Gwen Bingham

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Gwen Bingham
Gwen Bingham.jpg
Born 1959
Troy, Alabama
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch Emblem of the United States Department of the Army.svg United States Army
Years of service 1981 – present
Rank US-O8 insignia.svg Major General
Commands held TACOM Life Cycle Management Command
White Sands Missile Range
U.S. Army Quartermaster School
Awards Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit (2)
Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2)
Meritorious Service Medal (4)
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Army Commendation Medal (2)

Major General Gwendolyn Bingham (1959 –) is an officer in the United States Army and is the current Commander of the TACOM Life Cycle Management Command (LCMC) headquartered at the Detroit Arsenal in Warren, Michigan. Bingham previously served as Commanding General, White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. She was the 51st Quartermaster General of the United States Army and Commandant of the U.S. Army Quartermaster School at Fort Lee, Virginia - the first female officer to hold these positions.

Military education[edit]

Gwen Bingham is a native of Troy, Alabama. She graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science degree in general business management. She was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Quartermaster Corps as a distinguished military graduate of Army ROTC. She has a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University and a Master of Science in national security strategy and resources from the National Defense University.

Her military schooling includes the Quartermaster Officer Basic and Advanced Courses; the Personnel Management Course; Combined Arms and Services Staff School; Commissary Management Course; Army Command and General Staff College; the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and the Army Inspector General Course.

Military career[edit]

Bingham has served in a myriad of staff and leadership positions throughout her career to include: Platoon Leader and Executive Officer, HQ&A Company, 9th Supply and Transport Battalion, 9th DISCOM, Fort Lewis, Washington; Battalion S1, 2d Forward Support Battalion, 9th DISCOM, Fort Lewis, Washington; Field Services Officer, 1st COSCOM, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Group S1/Adjutant, 507th Transportation Group, 1st COSCOM, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; OIC, Commissary Central Distribution Center, Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA), Manheim, Germany; Chief, Aviation Supply Branch, 4th Corps Materiel Management Center, Fort Hood, Texas; Battalion S3 and Battalion Executive Officer, 4th Corps Materiel Management Center, Fort Hood, Texas; Chief, Plans Division, ACofS, Materiel, 13th COSCOM, Fort Hood, Texas.

Chief, G3 Plans Division, 13th COSCOM; Deputy Commander, 64th Corps Support Group, 13th COSCOM, Fort Hood, Texas; Executive Officer, ACofS, J1, USFK, Yongsan, Korea; Commander, 266th Quartermaster Battalion, 23d Quartermaster Brigade, Fort Lee, Virginia; Chief, Support Services Office and Deputy Inspector General, Joint Staff, The Pentagon; Commander, United States Army Garrison, Fort Lee, Virginia and Chief of Staff, United States Army Combined Arms Support Command and Sustainment Center of Excellence, Fort Lee, Virginia; Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom as Special Assistant to the Commanding General, 1st Theater Sustainment Command, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait; Kabul, Afghanistan and Kandahar, Afghanistan; Commander, White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.[1]

Gwen Bingham was nominated for promotion to Brigadier General on August 27, 2010[2] and received that rank on April 22, 2011.[3] The President sent her nomination for promotion to Major General to Congress on March 20, 2013.[4][5]

On June 25, 2014 MG Gwen Bingham became the first female commander of the United States Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command (TACOM LCMC).[6]

Awards and decorations[edit]

Women in Defense Michigan 2014 Excellence in Leadership Award Nominee [7]

Gwen Bingham's awards and decorations
Defense Superior Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Army Achievement Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal
Iraqi Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Korean Defense Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Army Service Ribbon
Army Overseas Service Ribbon
NATO Medal
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge

Awarded the Distinguished Order of Saint Martin in 2002.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ruidoso News editorial staff. "New commander makes history at White Sands". Clovis News Journal, September 19, 2012. Retrieved on May 16, 2013.
  2. ^ "General Officer Announcements". U.S. Department of Defense. August 27, 2010. Retrieved January 24, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Gwen Bingham (1959–)". Strong Men & Women in Virginia History. 2013. Retrieved January 24, 2015. 
  4. ^ Ramirez, Steve. "White Sands Commander Gwen Bingham promoted to major general". Las Cruces Sun-News, March 20, 2013. Retrieved on May 16, 2013.
  5. ^ "General Officer Announcements". U.S. Department of Defense. March 20, 2013. Retrieved January 24, 2015. 
  6. ^ "TACOM welcomes first female commander". Click On Detroit. June 25, 2014. Archived from the original on June 25, 2014. 
  7. ^ "WID-Michigan to Honor Major General Gwen Bingham at the 6th Annual Black Tie Gala". WID-MI. August 10, 2014. Archived from the original on August 16, 2014. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Jesse R. Cross
Quartermaster General of the United States Army
2010 – 2012
Succeeded by
Brigadier General John E. O'Neil IV