Maj. Gen. Bayer is a retired United States Army Major General and former Director of Strategy, Plans, and Policy on the Army staff at the Pentagon. He served as MMI’s Commencement speaker in 2017.
His current position is as the Area Vice President, Midwest South at Penske Logistics. He had also previously served as the Area Vice President, Northeast for Penske Logistics, where he led a team of more than 1,900 associates providing world class transportation and warehouse management logistics support to 37 diverse customers nationwide.
His career in the United States Army spanned more than 29 years as a soldier in a variety of command and staff positions in the United States, Germany, and the Middle East. He owns extensive leadership experience at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels and spent the majority of his career in operations and training with duty in multiple armor and cavalry units, including four post-9/11 operational and combat tours in Kuwait and Iraq.
Maj. Gen. Bayer was the Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Policy, Headquarters Supreme Allied Command Transformation, NATO and held numerous other staff assignments. He commanded C Company and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 69th Armor in Kitzingen, Germany; 2nd Battalion 69th Armor at Ft. Benning and in Kuwait as well as the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment at Ft. Irwin and in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Maj. Gen. Bayer’s awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and Meritorious Service Medal. He is a 1984 graduate of Lehigh University with a B.S. in Marketing and earned a master’s degree in Security Studies from the U.S. Army War College in 2004.