The U.S. Senate confirmed Brig. Gen. Scott Efflandt for promotion to major general May 23.
Efflandt leads a variety of key initiatives at III Corps as a deputy commanding general – including revolutionizing the way Soldiers are educated and how units are organized for cavalry missions.
He has served in armor and cavalry posts in the United States, Europe and the Middle East. Efflandt’s operational experience is characterized by leadership and command positions from platoon through division, including four combat tours in Iraq. He served in III Corps units including the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas, and the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood.
He is on his fourth tour of duty at Fort Hood. As a field grade officer at Fort Hood, he completed three operational deployments to Iraq with the 1st Cav. Div. He commanded the famed 1st Brigade Combat Team “Ironhorse,” 1st Cavalry Division from 2010-2012.
Efflandt left his childhood home in Rock Island, Illinois, as an Eagle Scout to join the Army at Marion Military Institute, Alabama. Following a tour of duty as an infantry officer in the Illinois National Guard, he assessed to active duty as a distinguished military graduate and armor officer. He holds a bachelor’s degree in administration of justice, a master’s degree in sociology from Texas A&M, a master’s degree in strategic studies from U.S. Army War College and continued study at Salve Regina University, Rhode Island.
“Scott Efflandt is a visionary leader, with extensive combat experience,” Lt. Gen. Paul E. Funk II, III Corps commanding general, said. “He cares greatly about Soldiers and military Families, our Army will benefit from his dynamic leadership as a two-star general.”
Efflandt’s awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, six Legions of Merit and three Bronze Star Medals.
A date for Efflandt’s promotion ceremony is not set.
III Corps is comprised of four combat divisions, a sustainment command, a cavalry regiment, a fires brigade and multiple enabler units encompassing almost 90,000 Soldiers on five military installations across five states. The Corps celebrated its 101st birthday May 16.