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William J. Lennox, Jr.
Lieutenant General William J. Lennox, Jr.
Born 1949 (age 72–73)
Place of birth Yonkers, New York (St. John's Hospital)
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1971-2006
Rank US-O9 insignia.svgLieutenant General
Commands held Superintendent, United States Military Academy
Awards Legion of Merit (5)
Ranger Tab

Lieutenant General William James Lennox, Jr. (born c. 1949) of Houston, Texas, was the 56th Superintendent of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York from 2001 to 2006.[1] He entered the Army following graduation from the United States Military Academy in 1971, where he earned his commissioned as a lieutenant of Field Artillery.[2]

Lennox served in a wide variety of field assignments, including as a Forward Observer, Executive Officer, and Fire Support Officer in the 1st Battalion, 29th Field Artillery, and as Commander, Battery B, 2d Battalion, 20th Field Artillery, 4th Infantry Division. He was the Operations Officer and Executive Officer for the 2d Battalion, 41st Field Artillery, 3d Infantry Division. He commanded the 5th Battalion, 29th Field Artillery in the 4th Infantry Division and the Division Artillery in the 24th Infantry Division. Lennox also served in a number of staff positions including White House Fellow, Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Army, and Executive Officer for the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans. He served as Deputy Commanding General and Assistant Commandant of the U.S. Army Field Artillery Center; Chief of Staff for III Corps and Fort Hood; Assistant Chief of Staff, CJ-3, Combined Forces Command/United States Forces Korea and Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Eighth Army; and Chief of Legislative Liaisons.[2] On June 9, 2006, Lennox relinquished command of West Point to his former West Point classmate, Franklin Hagenbeck. Effective August 1, 2006, Lennox joined the Goodrich Corporation as a senior vice president.[3]

In addition to his Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy, Lennox holds a master's degree and a Doctorate in Literature from Princeton University. He wrote his dissertation on American war poetry and has written about the utility of poetry to aspiring Army leaders.[4] His military education includes the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, the Infantry Officer Advanced Course, as the distinguished graduate from the United States Army Command and General Staff College, and the Senior Service College Fellowship at Harvard University.

Lennox's awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Legion of Merit with four oak leaf clusters, the Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Army Achievement Medal, the Korean Order of Military Merit (Inheon Medal), the Ranger Tab, the Parachutist Badge, and the Army Staff Identification.


  1. Hamburger, Andrea (2002-07-19). "USMA celebrates St. Cyr's bicentennial". United States Military Academy. Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  2. 2.0 2.1[dead link]
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  4. Lennox, William James (2006-03-01). Romance and Reality. Poetry. Retrieved 2010-04-25.
Military offices
Preceded by
Daniel W. Christman
Superintendents of the United States Military Academy
Succeeded by
Franklin L. Hagenbeck

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