Brig Gen Terence J Hildner
  • 49 years old
  • Date of birth: Feb 20, 1962
  • Date of passing: Feb 3, 2012
Let the memory of Terence be with us forever

Brigadier General Terence J. Hildner of Fairfax, a highly-decorated officer who received the Bronze Star Medal for combat heroism, died Feb. 3 in Kabul of apparent natural causes, military officials announced Saturday.

#Hildner, 49, was the highest ranking officer to die in Afghanistan, according to Defense Department officials.

Cannon Salute Honors Hildner

#FORT HOOD, Texas – Family and friends of the late Brig. Gen. Terence J. Hildner joined Fort Hood leaders on Thursday, Feb. 9, to honor the commanding general with a cannon salute fired at noon.

#Hildner, the 13th Expeditionary Sustainment Command (ESC) commanding general, died in Afghanistan Feb. 3 of apparent natural causes.

#Soldiers with the 2nd Battalion, 20th Field Artillery Regiment, fired 11 rounds in one-minute intervals. The cannon salute is a traditional courtesy bestowed upon a general officer following his or her death, and the number of rounds fired is associated with rank, according to a statement released by Fort Hood.

#A memorial service for the general will be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 18 at the Spirit of Fort Hood Warrior and Family Chapel. The funeral is scheduled for 8:45 a.m. Feb. 29 at the Memorial Chapel at Arlington National Cemetery.

#"This is a tragic loss for the Army, III Corps and for our Central Texas community," said Lt. Gen. Don Campbell Jr., III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his Family and friends. The command will remain focused on assisting the Family through this difficult time."

#Hildner served as commander of the 13th Expeditionary Sustainment Command (ESC) at Fort Hood in Texas until his deployment to Afghanistan in December to support the NATO training mission. According to its website, the ESC performs a number of support functions, including maintenance on equipment and distribution of ammunition and clothing. The ESC includes the 1st Medical Brigade, which provides combat medical services and health care.

#"The unfortunate and untimely death of Brigadier General Hildner was a shock to our unit and families," Col. Knowles Atchison, 13th ESC rear commander, said in a statement released by Fort Hood on Saturday. "Both forward deployed elements and we at home station are deeply saddened by this loss. We will all pull together through this difficult period and care for one another." 

#IN 2003, Hildner assumed command of the 13th Corps Support Command's Special Troops Battalion at Fort Hood. During nearly three years in command, his battalion was deployed twice - first to Iraq, supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom by providing logistical support to units around Joint Base Balad, as well as the Abu Gharib prison complex. The second deployment came in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, providing both military and humanitarian support. The 13th ESC led by Hildner supports other units. Hildner served in Iraq during both Operation Desert Storm and the 2003 U.S.-led war. He also served in Kuwait and was part of the last U.S. patrol along the East-West German border before reunification of Germany.

Photo Gallery Brigadier General Terence J. Hildner

Brigadier General Terence J. Hildner of Fairfax, a highly-decorated officer who received the Bronze Star Medal for combat heroism, died Feb. 3 in Kabul of apparent natural causes, military officials announced Saturday.

From July 2007 to July 2009, Hildner commanded the 23rd Quartermaster Brigade at Fort Lee, Va., training more than 20,000 soldiers annually.

A native of New Haven, Conn., Hildner began his career with the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Bliss after graduating from the University of Notre Dame in 1984. In 1988, he was reassigned to Germany, where he commanded a ground cavalry troop. During his company command, Hildner's troop deployed to Kuwait and Iraq during Operation Desert Storm, as well as conducting the last U.S. patrol along the East-West German border before reunification.

Returning from Germany, the general served in several assignments at Fort Hood to include 2nd Armored Division comptroller and aide-de-camp to the 4th Infantry Division commanding general.

 He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1984 followed by his
commissioning as a 2nd Lieutenant. He began his military career as an
Armor officer with the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Bliss,
Texas. In 1988 he was reassigned to the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment
in the then Federal Republic of Germany where he served as the
Regimental Training Officer and commanded a ground cavalry troop.
During company command, his troop deployed with the regiment as part
of the VII Corps' attack into Kuwait and Iraq during Operation Desert
Storm. He also conducted the last US patrol along the East-West German
border before its reunification. His subsequent assignments include
2nd Armored Division Comptroller and Aide-de-Camp to the 4th Infantry
Division's Commanding General, both at Fort Hood. He then transitioned
to the Quartermaster Corps and attended the US Army Command and
General Staff College. He also served in a variety of staff positions
such as Battalion Executive Officer of the 296th Forward Support
Battalion, Supply and Services Chief for I Corps G4 at Fort Lewis, adn
the J4 for the Department of Defense's counterdru Joint Task Force 6.
In 2004 he commanded the Special Troops Battalion, 13th Corp Support
Command, during which he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi
Freedom, providing general logistical support to units locateda round
Joint Base Balad and the Abu Gharib prison complex. The second
deployment was in the wake of Hurricane Katrina as Logistical Task
Force Lone Star, providing both military and humanitarian support
operations. From July 2007 to July 2009, he commanded the 23rd
Quartermaster Brigade at Fort Lee, training mroe than 20,000 soldiers
annually for deployment with the Operational Army in support of
contigency operations across the globe. From July 2009 to July 2010,
he was the CASCOM's G3, Director of Training and Doctrine. In August
2010, he assumed command of the 13th Sustainment Command
(Expeditionary) at Fort Hood. In December 2011, he deployed a
logistics element and members of his stoaff to Afghanistan to support
the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan. As the Deputy Commander for
SUpport Operations, he supervised six Regional Support Commands and
oversaw the development of logistics across the Afghanistan National
Security Force. Terry was an exceptional soldier and leader; often
called a visionary by those he mentored. He loved the Army and taking
care of soldiers and their families. He was a team player and lived
the warrior ethos. He was a loving and devoted husband and father. He
enjoyed life, had a strong faith in God. He believed in building
strong relationships with those he lived and worked with, and
particularly the surrounding communities. He loved sports and spending
time with friends and family when he wasn't working. He was the
consumate officer and gentleman always.


All Medals Received
Army Distinguished Service Medal; Legion of Merit; Bronze Star (with 2
Oak Leaf Clusters); Joint Service Commendation Medal; Army
Commendation Medal (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters); Army Achievement Medal
(with Oak Leaf Cluster); National Defense Service Medal (with bronze
service star); the Afghanistan Campaign Medal (with one service star);
Armed Forces Reserve Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service
Ribbon (with numeral 3); the NATO medal; Kuwait Liberation Medal
(Saudi Arabia); Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait); the Combat Action
Badge; and the Parachutist Badge

All Awards Received
Joint Meritorious Unit Award; Valorous Unit Award

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by lora durling on 3rd February 2016

"New life"

This tribute was added by Andrew Legler on 16th August 2014

"Thank you Gen. Hildner, from you old loader, Andrew Legler.  You were a great Troop Commander for A Trp 1/2 ACR and my Tank commander!  My God rest your soul and you rest in peace.  I will always have fond memories of you and I am proud to have served under you in Operation Desert Storm and on that last border mission to Camp Hof in 1990.  From your Loader and fellow Notre Damer fan, roll A66, M1A1, Andrew Legler.  Present Arms.............Order Arms!"

This tribute was added by lora durling on 20th February 2014

"happy birthday Terry"

This tribute was added by lora durling on 27th January 2014

"sempre nei pensieri di quelli che lo conoscono"

This tribute was added by Cindy Hildner on 9th January 2014

"Thank you for this tribute.  My husband was an exceptional soldier and officer.  He was passionate about what he did and loved taking care of his fellow soldiers.  As stated above, he truly was the consumate officer and gentleman, always!  He was my best friend and not a day goes by that I don't feel his absence."


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