Shortly after midnight on August 21, 2004, while leading three Humvees through southwest Baghdad to extract a team of snipers, U.S. Army First Lieutenant Anthony Odierno’s vehicle was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade. The grenade took off a piece of his right arm, scraped across his chest, took off his left arm, and killed one of his fellow soldiers. During a year of recovery and rehabilitation, Odierno participated in a number of Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) programs, which helped renew his interest in sports. Since his injury, he has completed two triathlons and routinely uses a prosthesis to play golf.
Tony joined the WWP Board of Directors in 2009, serving as secretary from 2009 – 2013 and audit committee chair from 2011 – 2014 before becoming board chair in 2014.
Odierno is currently head of retail asset management for consumer bank real estate at JPMorgan Chase. Previously, he served as vice president of military and veterans affairs, where he led a variety of programs, particularly in the areas of employment, housing, and education, to drive the firm’s veterans strategy and to position members of the military and veteran community for long-term success.
Before joining JPMorgan Chase, Odierno was manager of stadium operations for the New York Yankees. Prior to that, he served as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army, where he held a variety of positions to include Aide-de-Camp to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Scout Platoon Leader, and Support Platoon Leader.
Odierno’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal for Valor, Purple Heart, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, and Combat Infantryman’s Badge. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Airborne School, Ranger School, Scout Leaders Course, and Mechanized Leader Course.
Odierno has a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from West Point and a Master of Business Administration from NYU’s Stern School of Business.