Brigadier General William J. Fiorentino was born in New York on January 2, 1935. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Fordham University and a Master of Science in Engineering from the University of Alabama.
His distinguished career from 1956 to 1988 was characterized by a succession of demanding assignments, which prepared him to be one of the Army's preeminent project managers as well as one of its first and most successful program executive officers.
The Pershing Project Office under his direction was awarded the Army Superior Unit Award, the first time an Army Materiel Command unit ever won the honor. His other assignments included Project Manager, Joint Tactical Missile System; Deputy Program Manager, Joint Tactical Missile System; Deputy Program Manager, Ballistic Missile Defense; Director, Army Space Study; and Program Manager/Program Executive Officer, Forward Area Air Defense Systems.
Though General Fiorentino retired in 1988, he continues to work through the various professional organizations to further the interests of the Ordnance Corps, the Army, and the nation.