Major General Edward Reeder, Jr., a decorated two-star general, is the former commander, Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan and commander, Combined Forces Special Operations Component Command-Afghanistan. Retiring in June 2015, Major General Reeder completed 34 years of service in the U.S. Army with deployments to more than 30 countries, including eight combat tours.
During his illustrious military career, Major General Reeder also served as the commander, 7th Special Forces Group and the commanding general, U.S. Army Special Forces Command. Prior to this, he was the assistant chief of staff, G3, for the U.S. Army Special Forces Command and served as the executive officer to the commander, U.S. Special Operations Command.
His combat tours include National Civil Defense Advisor, Republic of El Salvador in 1988 and commander Special Forces Operational Detachment-Alpha 786 in support of Operation Just Cause in 1989. He commanded Special Operations Task Force 32 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan in 2002 and again in 2003. Major General Reeder commanded the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan in 2006 and in 2007. He also commanded the Combined Forces Special Operations Component Command-Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan from 2009 to 2010.
Major General Reeder’s personal awards comprise various U.S. and foreign decorations and badges.
He holds a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University and a Master of Science in National Security Strategy from the U.S. National War College.