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Brig. Gen. Kareem P. Montague, Deputy Commanding General

4th Infantry Division 

Brig. Gen. Kareem P. Montague was born and raised in Fishkill, New York, and was commissioned as a field artillery officer and a Distinguished Military Graduate from Harvard University in 1995.

Montague most recently served as the executive officer to the chief of staff of the Army (CSA), director of the CSA’s Coordination Group and the Fires Division chief in Army G-8.

Previously, he commanded the 5th Battlefield Coordination Detachment at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam. He has had operational assignments in the 2nd Infantry Division, Republic of Korea, the 18th Field Artillery Brigade, the 18th Airborne Corps Artillery, the 82nd Airborne Division, the 3rd Infantry Division, and the 25th Infantry Division.

He commanded a self-propelled field artillery cannon battery out of Fort Stewart, Georgia, during the initial invasion of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 and a towed airborne artillery battalion at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, from 2012 to 2014. Montague has deployed twice to Iraq, most recently in 2008-2009, twice to Afghanistan, most recently in 2015-2016, and to Kosovo in 2001.

Montague is also a school-trained Army planner and his key staff assignments include future operations planner for the 25th Infantry Division; executive officer for the 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Division; campaign plan designer for the U.S. Army Pacific; and governance planner for Regional Command South, Afghanistan. He also previously served as an observer/controller/trainer, artillery team chief, and executive officer at Fort Lewis, Washington, where he trained National Guard battalions for deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantanamo Bay. He also served as the Fires officer for the Joint Special Operations Command and simultaneously as the chief of Plans for the Aviation Tactics and Evaluation Group. 

Montague has an undergraduate degree with honors in English and American Literature; a Masters in Military Operational Art, Science, and Strategy from the School of Advanced Military Studies at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; and a Masters in Strategic Studies as a Distinguished Graduate from the Army War College at Carlisle, Pennsylvania. His publications include his monograph, “The Army and Team Learning,” and an article titled “Building the Pentathlete Mind,” both through the Combined Arms Center. Montague also completed the 2021-2022 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI Fellowship Program.

His hobbies include youth sports coaching, reading, board games (chess, checkers, competitive Chutes and Ladders, and more recently, Ticket to Ride), and avidly supporting the New York Yankees, Giants, Knicks, and Rangers, as well as all 41 Harvard sports teams.