School Chief to Report for Active Duty

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Superintendent of Hermiston Schools Dr. Fred Maiocco informed the Hermiston School Board on Monday that he will leave for extended active duty as a member of the U.S. Armed Forces.

As a result, he requested a leave of absence from his duties as superintendent for purposes of military service. Maiocco serves as a brigadier (one star) general in the U.S. Army Reserve, and he is being ordered to active military service in late-July 2017 in support of U.S. military operations in Europe. He will be assigned as the Commander, 7th Mission Support Command (MSC), a forward-deployed, consequence management and civil affairs unit based in Kaiserslautern, Germany.

Additionally, he will also serve as the deputy commanding general for the 21st Theater Sustainment Command (TSC), an active duty 2-star command coordinating logistical support to US forces based in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.

Maiocco has served as superintendent of the Hermiston School District since 2007. He is a 1986 graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point and has been a member of the U.S. military for over 30 years. He was previously deployed to Iraq in 2004-05 and Kuwait from 2011-12 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Maiocco estimated that his new deployment will last approximately 15-18 months, and he anticipates returning to Hermiston in late fall 2018. The Hermiston School Board announced that it will select an interim superintendent to lead the district during Maiocco’s absence.