Bernard E. Trainor bio

1. Name: Bernard E. Trainor
2. Title:

Retired Marine Corps Lieutenant General, and former Military Correspondent for The New York Times

3. Biography:

Lieutenant General Bernard E. Trainor served in the Marines from 1946 until 1985. He served as a midshipman, infantry platoon leader, detachment commander, staff officer, company commander, joint plans officer, colonel, and brigadier general.

After he was promoted to Lieutenant General, Trainor became Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans, Policies and Operations and the Marine Corps Deputy to the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

After he retired, Trainor was the chief military correspondent, The New York Times. He now works as a military analyst for NBC.

4. Involvement/ Affiliations:
  • Military Analyst, NBC
  • Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Member, Board of Directors, World Affairs Council
  • Member, Editorial Board, Joint Force Quarterly
  • Editorial Advisor, Naval War College Review
  • Director of the National Security Program, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, 1990-1996
  • Former Chief Military Correspondent, The New York Times, 1986-1990
  • U.S. Marine Corps, 1946-1985
  • Recipient, Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (twice), Bronze Star, Navy Commendation Medal (twice), Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential and Navy Unit Citations, Vietnamese Crosses of Gallantry (with silver stars), and Vietnamese Honor Medal (First Class)
5. Education:
  • M.A., University of Colorado, year unknown
  • BA., College of the Holy Cross, 1951
6. Published Works:
  • Cobra II: The Inside Story of the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq (Co-written with Michael R. Gordon), 2006
  • The Generals’ War: The Inside Story of the Conflict in the Gulf, 1995
7. Contact info: None found