Norfolk State University alumnus, Col. Fletcher V. Washington ’92, was promoted to the rank of brigadier general in a ceremony on March 3 in Springfield, Virginia. A native of Fredericksburg, Washington served four years enlisted in the Army National Guard as a 12B combat engineer, before graduating cum laude from Norfolk State with a bachelor’s degree in public administration.
He continued his education at Florida Tech and received a master’s degree in logistics management. Washington also attended the National Defense University, obtaining a second master’s in joint planning and strategy. As a distinguished military graduate of NSU’s ROTC program, he received a regular Army commission in the Transportation Corps. He converted from the regular Army into the AGR program, as a major, in September 2003, with no break in service.
Washington has held a variety of command and staff positions throughout his military career including stints as a combat developer in the U.S. Army Combined Arms Support Command at Fort Lee; deputy chief of Air Operations in Coalition Forces Land Component Command in Kuwait; Brigade Operations Officer in the 166th Regional Support Group in Puerto Rico and Iraq and brigade commander of the 647th Regional Support Group in El Paso, Texas, where he deployed his brigade staff to Kandahar Airfield (KAF), Afghanistan, serving as Garrison Commander of the KAF. He most recently served as chief of staff of HODA G-3/5/7 Force Management. Washington is currently the deputy commanding general of the 80th Training Command in Richmond, Virginia.
Washington has received several awards and decorations including the Bronze Star Medal, seven Meritorious Service Medals, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, three Army Commendation Medals, three Army Achievement Medals, numerous other campaign medals and ribbons, two Meritorious Unit Citations, the Army Superior Unit Award, the Parachutist Badge and the Army Staff Identification Badge.
Washington and his wife, Rhonda, have one son, Fletcher Valdez Washington II.