Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, USA Ret.

Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, USA Ret.

Lieutenant General Sean MacFarland, USA, Ret., is a non-resident Senior Fellow of Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and a Senior Fellow at the Association of the United States Army. During the course of his 37-year military career, he served in armor and cavalry units at every echelon. Lt. Gen. MacFarland commanded an armored cavalry troop in the ‘Fulda Gap’ in Germany, an armored battalion in Germany and the Balkans, an armored brigade combat team in Germany and Iraq, the 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss, Texas, and the III Armored Corps at Fort Hood, Texas and in Iraq. He also served as Commanding General of JTF-North in support of US border security, Deputy Commanding General of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan, and Deputy Commanding General/Chief of Staff, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command. 

As a brigade combat team commander in Ramadi, Iraq, he is credited with fostering the Sunni Arab ‘Awakening’, which was instrumental in turning the tide of the war. While commanding III Corps, he also commanded all coalition forces in the war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria from 2015 to 2016, during which time coalition forces recaptured nearly half of the Islamic State’s territory and set the conditions for their final defeat.