Major General Kenneth L. Privratsky
U.S. Army Retired
EWU Class of 1969
DLA Hall of Fame 2018
Major General Kenneth L. Privratsky received his Regular Army commission in the Transportation Corps from ROTC at Eastern Washington State College (EWSC) on December 11, 1969. His initial assignments were as an Infantry Officer and included tours as a company executive officer in the l-508th Infantry, and Commander, HHC, 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division. He served as a Rifle Platoon Leader and S3 Air in l-502nd Infantry, 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile), in the Republic of Vietnam.
Assignments following his return in 1972 included Plans Officer, Directorate of Inland Traffic, Eastern Area Military Traffic Management Command in Brooklyn, and Assistant Professor of English, United States Military Academy. In 1982 he was assigned to the 193rd Infantry Brigade (Separate) in Panama where he served as Secretary General Staff; Executive Officer, 193rd Combat Support Battalion; and Commander, 193rd Logistics Battalion.
In 1986, MG Privratsky moved to Fort Hood, Texas and served as Chief, Plans Division, 13th COSCOM and Commander, 48th Forward Support Battalion, 2nd Armored Division. In 1990 he was reassigned to the National Training Center, Fort Irwin as the Senior Forward Support Battalion Trainer and then in 1992 to Alaska, where he served as Director of Logistics and Commander, Division Support Command, 6th Infantry Division (Light). In October 1994, he assumed duties as Chief, Strategic Mobility Division, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Department of the Army. In February 1996, he became Commander of Defense Distribution Region East, Defense Logistics Agency and then, in October 1997, the first Commander of the Defense Distribution Center, responsible for 22 distribution depots in CONUS and Europe. Major General Privratsky was Director of Transportation and Troop Support, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics. On July 9, 1999, Major General Privratsky assumed command of the Military Traffic Management Command. Major General Privratsky retired from the Army in 2002.
MG Privratsky is a graduate of the Airborne, Ranger, and Jungle Schools, and the School of Advanced Military Studies. He was a Senior Service College Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University and has earned graduate degrees in English, Business and Military Science.
MG Privratsky’s awards and decorations include the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, two Legions of Merit, two Bronze Stars, four Meritorious Service medals, two Air Medals, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, and Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Bronze Star.
After retiring from the military Major General Privratsky worked for the largest domestic ocean shipping company in the U.S. He was responsible for terminal operations in Alaska, Hawaii, Guam and along the west coast of the U.S. He retired from private industry in 2010. After retirement Major General Privratsky received the 2013 Exceptional Military Service Award from Eastern Washington University. He was also inducted into the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Hall of Fame in 2018. He is also an author having published book the book, Logistics in the Falklands: A Case Study in Expeditionary Warfare. The EWU Army ROTC indoor shooting range at Cadet Hall is named in honor of Major General Privratsky. He and his wife, Kathy, have two daughters, Erika and Kylie and currently live in Anchorage, Alaska.
Major General Privratsky is inducted into the DLA Hall of Fame.
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