His military education includes the AMEDD Officer`s Basic and Advanced Courses, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the Command and General Staff Officer’s Course, and the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania where he was awarded a Distinguished Writing Award for publishing a Personal Experience Monograph on his experiences as the Task Force Ranger Surgeon in Somalia in 1993.
Previous assignments include Clinic Commander & Officer-In-Charge, Medical Dispensary, Multinational Force and Observers, Sinai, Egypt; Residency Staff Physician and Clinic Director, Family Practice Residency Program, Womack Army Medical Center, Ft. Bragg, NC; Division Surgeon, 82D Airborne Division, Ft. Bragg, NC; Command Surgeon, Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) and Commander, Joint Medical Augmentation Unit (JMAU), Ft. Bragg, NC; Hospital Commander, 28th Combat Support Hospital, Fort Bragg, NC; Department Chief (Teaching Chief), Department of Family Practice & Emergency Medical Services, Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, HI; Brigade Commander, 62nd Medical Brigade, Ft Lewis, WA; Commander, 18th MEDCOM / 121st General Hospital (Seoul Community Hospital); Command Surgeon, United States Forces Korea / Eight US Army; and Deputy Command Surgeon, United Nations Command / Combined Forces Command, Republic of Korea from 2002 to 2004; the Assistant Surgeon General for Force Projection (ASG-FP), Office of the Surgeon General, Department of the Army, the Pentagon, Washington, DC. After being promoted to BG on 1 Oct 2005, MG Volpe served as the Commanding General, 44th Medical Command (Airborne), the Command Surgeon for XVIIIth Airborne Corps and the Director of Health Services at Fort Bragg, North Carolina from 2005-2007. He then served as the Deputy Commander, Joint Task Force – National Capital Region Medical at Bethesda Naval Base, Maryland from 2008-2010. While serving at the Joint Task Force, MG Volpe was promoted to Major General on 11 May 2009. He then became the Commanding General of Western Regional Medical Command at JBLM from 2010-2012.
In addition to his assignments, MG Volpe also served as the Military and Operational Consultant to the Surgeon General from 1998-2003; served as a military delegate to the American Academy of Family Physicians from 2002-2005; and served as the Co-Chair of the Department of Defense Task Force on the Prevention of Suicide by Members of the Armed Forces from 2009-2011.
MG Volpe has participated in a variety of deployments to include: Operation JUST CAUSE in Panama (2nd Ranger BN / USSOCOM); Operation HURRICANE ANDREW RELIEF in South Florida (Command Surgeon, 82nd ABN DIV); Operation RESTORE HOPE in Somalia (Command Surgeon, Task Force Ranger); Operation UPHOLD DEMOCRACY in Haiti (JSOTF Surgeon); Operation CLEAN SWEEP (Hurricane Fran Relief) in North Carolina (Hospital CDR); and numerous classified special operations missions.
His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal (Army), the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (4 OLC), the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (2 OLCs), the Army Commendation Medal with "V" Device (& 2 OLCs), the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with Arrowhead and 2 Bronze Stars, the Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal with 2 Service Stars, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award (3 OLCs), and the Korean Order of National Security Merit Medal (the Samil Medal). He has also been awarded the Expert Field Medical Badge, the Combat Medical Badge, the Parachutist Badge, the Combat Parachutist`s Badge, the Air Assault Badge, and the Army Staff Badge. MG Volpe possesses the Surgeon General`s “A” Proficiency Designator in the field of Family Medicine. He is a recipient of the Corby Award, University of Notre Dame Alumni Association for distinguished military service and a recipient of a Public Service Award from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. MG Volpe is a proud member of the AMEDD Regiment and the Order of Military Medical Merit.