Kenneth P. Bergquest
Brigadier General, U. S. Army Retired
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Kenneth P. Bergquist was born in Washington, D. C. on July 12, 1944. He attended Stanford University, graduating
with a B.A. in 1967.
Upon graduation, Bergquist joined the United States Army and served in the Army until 1974. For two of his years in
the Army, he saw action in the Vietnam War in Vietnam and Cambodia. For his combat service, he was awarded the
Silver Star, six Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts.
Bergquist left the Army in 1974, but remained a member of the United States Army Reserve. Starting in 1974,
Bergquist attended the University of Texas School of Law, receiving his J.D. in 1977.
After law school, Bergquist joined the Central Intelligence Agency as an intelligence officer and paramilitary officer.
He then joined the staff of United States Senator Alan K. Simpson (R—Wyoming) as Legislative Counsel. He next
became Chief Counsel and Staff Director of the United States Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
In 1983, Bergquist became Deputy Assistant Secretary for Readiness, Force Management and Training at the United
States Department of the Army. In 1986, he became Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the United States
Department of Justice's Office of Legislative Affairs.
On June 9, 1987, President of the United States Ronald Reagan announced the nomination of Bergquist as
Assistant Secretary of Defense (Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict). Less than a year later, President
Reagan nominated Bergquist as Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Manpower and Reserve Affairs), and Bergquist
subsequently held this office from June 1988 until November 1989.
He later served as Associate Coordinator for Counterterrorism.
In 2001, at the request of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the commander of the United States Special
Operations Command (General Charles R. Holland), Bergquist was recalled to active duty with the rank of Brigadier
General in order to become the first president of the new Joint Special Operations University, set up to educate
intermediate and senior personnel of the Special Operations Forces and senior personnel in the Joint Special
In the wake of the September 11 attacks, Bergquist was assigned to United States Central Command as Special
Operations Staff Director for Operation Enduring Freedom. In this capacity, he oversaw Unconventional Warfare and
Special Operations during the War in Afghanistan.
General Bergquist retired from active duty in July 2002 and has been an independent crisis management and risk
mitigation consultant and has been affiliated with a number of companies. General Bergquist has been responsible
for managing the execution of approximately $100 Million of various security and national security related projects in
the both the Middle East and in the United States. General Bergquist is currently associated with Jankel Tactical
Systems of the United Kingdom.