MAJ. GEN. JERRY RALPH CURRY, US ARMY RETIRED
Author: From Private to General and The Dream Continues
Maj. Gen. Jerry Ralph Curry, U.S. Army Retired: BA. MA., D. Min. has had several careers. After graduating from high school he went to work as an arc welder in the Pittsburgh Steel Foundry then, enlisted in the US Army as a Private during the Korean War. This led to a 34 year military career during which he worked his way up through the ranks of the infantry retiring as a Major General.
Along the way he served as Military Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense in the President Carter Administration; and Acting Press Secretary to the Secretary of Defense in the President Reagan Administration. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska, Omaha; an MA in International Relations from Boston University; a D. Min. from Luther Rice Seminary, all night school; attended HARVARD Kennedy School, was Chairman of the Board of Regents, Oxford Graduate School.
He stood as a candidate for the U.S. Congress (1988) in south eastern Virginia, and later for President, followed by three years as Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the first President Bush Administration. Afterward he spent his time writing as a consultant to the automotive industry.
General Curry is a decorated combat veteran, Army Aviator, Paratrooper and Ranger who has served his country both in the military and as a Presidential political appointee for nearly forty years. He has many honors and decorations (including a Combat Infantryman’s Badge) and a strong background in federal regulatory matters, foreign affairs, national defense concerns, corporate planning and automotive safety.
He is known for his forceful leadership skills and his demonstrated ability to perform multiple tasks concurrently well under pressure and in a crisis. Most of Jerry’s time in the military was spent in troop assignments in the United States, Germany, Korea and Viet Nam.
During his first tour in Vietnam he flew reconnaissance planes and helicopters, worked in intelligence and commanded an airplane reconnaissance company. His second tour of duty was in the jungle as an Army Advisor embedded in a South Vietnamese Infantry Regiment.
General Curry later commanded the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. TECOM was responsible for performing Engineer Development Testing — to determine whether Army equipment is safe to operate, free from defects and is in compliance with all of the Army’s technical specifications – on all Army equipment – including Jeeps, trucks of all types, self-propelled artillery, tanks, electronics, airplanes, helicopters and missiles.
Following his retirement from the Army he became President and Publisher of a public policy “think tank”, and was later a corporate Vice President for Program Development of a computer systems integration company. Dr. Curry has served on the Board of Directors of the Greater Washington DC Board of Trade, the USO, the American Red Cross, was a Trustee of the Federal City Council, and an ex-officio member of the National Research Counsel’s Executive Committee, Transportation Research Board. In 1982 he was named Washingtonian of the Year and was a Distinguished Alumnus of the U. of Nebraska and Boston U.
He was a member of the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine; the society of Automotive Engineers; Delta Phi Alpha, the National Honorary German Society; Phi Alpha Theta, the International Honor Society in History; the National Eagle Scout Association; was decorated by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands with the Order of Orange-Nassau; is a recipient of the United States Secret Service Honor Award; and is a Fellow in the Oxford Society of Scholars.
Before the Korean War came along Jerry, a dramatic operatic baritone seriously considered pursuing an operatic career. Over the years he has sung with myriad choral groups and in concerts in Europe, the United States, the Far East and Brazil. His CDs Generally Singing and Live at Strathmore Mansion were well received as were his books: From Private to General, an African American Rises Through the Ranks; The General’s Lady, and The Dreams Continue.
This book is just amazing! It is a life-changing experience to read...one of the best I have ever read. I have bought many copies to give to my children and friends. It has had an impact on everyone who reads it.ANN MITCHELL, Front Royal, Virginia, Online Reviewer
Charlene Curry is a woman of integrity, wisdom and grace. Her life as a military spouse of a rising army officer and a mother of four active children has been an amazing example of raw stamina, enormous flexibility, and inedible faith in God's sovereignty. love and power. In The General's Lady, Charlene Curry shares the realities of marriage beyond the blissful wedding day.LILLIAN GASKILL, late wife of Maj. Gen. Robert A Gaskill, U. S. Army Retired
I first met Charlene when she and her husband, Jerry, were having Bible Study and prayer meetings in their home in Mannheim, Germany in the early 1970's. What prayer meetings they were! Lives were changed forever.REV. CHARLENE AMMERMAN, Deputy Director, Chaplancy, Full Gospel Churches and author of After the Storm.
I have known Charlene for over 30 years. Her life is full of the light of Jesus. She is the "sweet fragrance of Christ" that draws many to Jesus. As the General's wife and beyond, she leads with the love of Jesus...and others follow.JILL WIEGAND, wife of the late Maj. Gen. Robert Wiegand, U.S Army
In my sixty-one years of ordained ministry, I have not known a more sound, faith-stimulating brother. His character is impeccable. I have seen him unashamedly witness for Christ all over the US, Europe. and Central America.E.H. JIM AMMERMAN, Director of Chaplaincy for Full Gospel Churches (CFGC) Inc.
Jerry Curry's war stories are electrifying and have a supersizing spiritual dimension. Jerry enlisted in the Army as a Private and retired as a General, a feat that is extremely rare and difficult to accomplish. He is a warrior statesman whom I suspect would have become President if he had chosen politics instead of the military. General Curry, who married his high school sweetheart, is a gentleman and a committed husband and father.EDWARD A. ELLIOTT, President, Oasis Audio LLC a leading publisher of audio books.
Dr. Jerry R. Curry emerged from humble small-town beginnings to become an Army Major General. He is a man of great intelligence, integrity, and self-discipline. He is a focused, tactical and strategic thinker and doer. Over the years he has deftly balanced a demanding public service career, family obligations, and love of music. You’ll be fascinated to learn of how a ranger warrior became an opera singer. The stabilizing constant is his prayerful Christian character.MAJOR GENERAL ROBERT A. GASKILL, U.S. Army Retired
"The ablest tactical commander in the entire American army." These were the words of a distinguished American officer describing Jerry Curry. Years later, when struggling with oil stockpile management issues just prior to the first Gulf War, I had personal evidence of the accuracy of this description when, months before the attack to drive Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait, Curry described in my office in the State Department how the war would subsequently unfold, and predicted that it would conclude within days.AMBASSADOR RICHARD McCORMACK, Under Secretary of State for Economic Affairs 1989-1991