DENNIS JOE REIMER was born 12 July 1939 and grew up in Medford, Oklahoma; graduated from the U.S. Military Academy and commissioned a second lieutenant, June 1962; graduated from the field artillery officer orientation course, Fort Sill, 1962; married Mary Jo Powers, 28 December 1962; completed ranger and airborne training, Fort Benning, 1962–1963; served as assistant executive officer and executive officer, 20th Artillery, 5th Infantry Division (Mechanized), 1963–1964; promoted to temporary first lieutenant, December 1963; served as assistant battalion adviser, Advisory Team 60, U.S. Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, 1964–1965; promoted to permanent first lieutenant and temporary captain, June 1965 and November 1965, respectively; attended artillery officer advanced course, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and Fort Bliss, Texas, 1965–1966; commanded Company C, 11th Battalion, 3d Brigade, U.S. Army Training Center, Fort Benning, 1966–1967; served as aide-de-camp to the commandant, Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Virginia, 1967–1968; promoted to temporary major and permanent captain, September 1968 and June 1969, respectively; served as executive officer and S–3, 2d Battalion, 4th Artillery, 9th Infantry Division, U.S. Army, Vietnam, 1968–1970; was instructor at U.S. Army Field Artillery School, Fort Sill, 1970; attended U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, 1970–1971; served as personnel management officer, Assignment Section, Field Artillery Branch, Office of Personnel Operations, Wash., D.C., 1971–1972; was assistant executive officer and aide to the chief of staff, U.S. Army, General Creighton W. Abrams, Jr., 1972–1974; served as executive officer and S–3 (Operations and Training), Division Artillery, 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Carson, 1975–1976; promoted to temporary lieutenant colonel and permanent major, June 1975 and June 1976, respectively; commanded 1st Battalion, 27th Artillery, 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Carson, 1976–1978; was commandant, Training Command, 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Carson, 1978; attended U.S. Army War College, 1978–1979; received Master of Arts degree from Shippensburg State College, 1979; promoted to temporary colonel, August 1979; served as deputy commander and later special assistant to the commander, V Corps Artillery, U.S. Army, Europe, 1979–1980; commanded Division Artillery, 8th Infantry (Mechanized), U.S. Army, Europe, 1980–1982; promoted to permanent colonel, March 1982; served as chief of staff, 8th Infantry Division (Mechanized), U.S. Army, Europe, 1982–1983; was deputy assistant commandant, Field Artillery Center and School, Fort Sill, 1983–1984; promoted to permanent brigadier general, September 1984; was commanding general, III Corps Artillery, Fort Sill, 1984–1986; served as chief of staff, U.S. Army Element, Combined Field Army, Republic of Korea 1986; was assistant chief of staff, C3/J3, Republic of Korea/U.S. Combined Forces Command, 1986–1988; promoted to major general, September 1987; commanded 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Carson, 1988–1990; promoted to permanent lieutenant general, July 1990; was deputy chief of staff for operations and plans, U.S. Army, and Army senior member, Military Staff Committee, United Nations, Wash., D.C., 1990–1991; promoted to general, June 1991; served as vice chief of staff, U.S. Army, Wash., D.C., 1991–1993; served as commanding general, U.S. Army Forces Command, Fort McPherson, 1993–1995; was chief of staff of the U.S. Army, 20 June 1995-20 June 1999; revamped the Army during a period of high-tempo deployments, including peacekeeping in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo; retired from active service, August 1999.

The Artist

Christine Conniff Sheahan (1940- ) was born in Los Angeles, California. She majored in art at Marymount College in New York, where she later worked first as an illustrator/graphic designer and then as a magazine publisher while simultaneously fulfilling many commissions as a portrait painter. Well known in New York, she has painted the portraits of prominent personalities, including actress Susan Lucci, and also a number of business and community leaders. Her portrait of General Dennis J. Reimer is reproduced from the Army Art Collection.


Painting:  Dennis Joe Reimer.  By Christine Conniff Sheahan.
Dennis Joe Reimer
By Christine Conniff Sheahan
Oil on canvas, 44"x 33", 1999


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