Major General Antonio (Andy) Munera assumed command of the 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives (CBRNE) Command on June 9, 2020, at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. He is the eighth commander of the Army and Defense Department’s only integrated command with CBRN, EOD, and lab capabilities. Maj. Gen. Munera is responsible for manning, equipping, and training a highly-technical, special purpose formation of approximately 3,500 soldiers and 225 civilians located in 16 states on 19 different installations. The command includes the 52nd and 71st Ordnance Groups (EOD), the 48th Chemical Brigade, a CBRNE Analytical and Remediation Activity, and the 1st Area Medical Laboratory.
Maj. Gen. Munera is a native of Fairfax, Virginia, and he received a Regular Army commission in May 1991 as a Distinguished Military Graduate from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in History and Master’s degrees in Theater Operations and Strategic Studies. His military education includes the Chemical Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Command and General Staff College, the School for Advanced Military Studies, and the U.S. Army War College.
In his 29 years of service to our Nation, Maj. Gen. Munera has served in a variety of command and staff positions. His previous assignments include: Platoon Leader, Executive Officer and CBRN Officer in the 101st Airborne Division; Detachment Commander in the XVIII Airborne Corps; Infantry Company Commander and CBRN Officer in the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division; Company Commander in the United States Army Technical Escort Unit (CBRNE); Chief of Plans for the 20th CBRNE Command; Branch Chief in the Joint Requirements Office for CBRN Defense, J8, Joint Staff; Commander of the Radford Army Ammunition Plant; Commander of the 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (MEB), 1st Infantry Division; Security Sector Reform Chief as part of the Office of Security Cooperation-Iraq; and Senior Military Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction. He served as the 30th Chief of Chemical and Commandant of the U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear School from June 2017 to April 2019 and, most recently, as the Deputy Commanding General for the United States Cadet Command and Fort Knox.
Maj. Gen. Munera deployed in 1999 as part of Operation Joint Guardian in Kosovo, where he served as a Company Commander in the 82d Airborne Division; in 2003 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he served as the Plans Officer for the 75th WMD Exploitation Task Force; and in Iraq in 2015 as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, advising the Iraqi government on security sector reform.
Maj. Gen. Munera is married to the former Tacy Clark of Bedford, Pennsylvania. They have two sons. Adam is married to the former Belen Gonzalez from Aberdeen, Maryland, and Justin. Adam is currently a crime scene investigator in Pensacola, Florida, and Justin teaches special education in Richmond, Virginia.