Lieutenant General Perry L. Wiggins assumed command of United States Army North (Fifth Army) on 4 September 2013. He had served as the Deputy Commanding General since 24 January 2013. He recently served as the Commanding General of First Army Division (West) at Fort Hood, Texas. Lieutenant General Wiggins previously served as the Deputy Commanding General of United States Army North (Fifth Army) from April 2009 through October 2011.
Growing up as a son of an Air Force senior noncommissioned officer, Lieutenant General Wiggins lived in a number of locations throughout the world but considers Warner Robins, Georgia, as home. He earned his commission as an Infantry Lieutenant from Mercer University in 1983.
Lieutenant General Wiggins has served with the Army throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. He is an accomplished aviator and is qualified to fly a number of aircraft in the Army’s inventory. As a Company Commander, he participated in OPERATIONS DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM during the first Gulf War; as a Regimental Executive Officer in the 229th Attack Helicopter Regiment, he participated in OPERATION JOINT ENDEAVOR in Bosnia; as a member of the Air Force’s 93rd Air Control Wing, he participated in OPERATION DESERT FOX, OPERATION DESERT THUNDER and OPERATION SOUTHERN WATCH; and, as the Brigade Commander of the 82nd Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, he participated in OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM.
After serving on the Joint Staff in the Pentagon, Lieutenant General Wiggins became the Assistant Division Commander for Maneuver, 1st Infantry Division, on 7 July 2008. On 17 July 2008, he assumed duties as the Acting Commander of the 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley.
Lieutenant General Wiggins is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Aviation Officer Advanced Course, Command and General Staff College, and the United States Army War College, where he earned a Master of Arts in Strategic Studies.
Lieutenant General Wiggins is the recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal (with one Oak Leaf Cluster), Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (with two Oak Leaf Clusters), Bronze Star (with one Oak Leaf Cluster), Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal (with three Oak Leaf Clusters), Air Medal with “V” device, Army Commendation Medal (with six Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal (with four Oak Leaf Clusters), Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge