William G. Webster

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William G. Webster
William G. Webster.jpg
Born Baton Rouge, Louisiana[1]
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch United States Department of the Army Seal.svg United States Army
Years of service 1974–2011[1]
Rank US-O9 insignia.svg Lieutenant General[2]
Commands held

Lieutenant General William G. Webster was a senior officer in the United States Army and a former commander of the U.S. Third Army/U.S. Army Central.[1] Webster took command of the Third Army/Army Central on May 9, 2009 from Lieutenant General James J. Lovelace and during his tenure would be responsible for moving the Third Army's headquarters from Fort McPherson, where they had resided for 62 years, to Shaw Air Force Base in 2011.[3] Webster would be succeeded as commanding officer of the Third Army upon his retirement by Lieutenant General Vincent K. Brooks on June 3, 2011. While commanding Third Army, Webster oversaw the transition towards full-spectrum operations in the Third Army from a more narrow focus on combat operations as well as the Third Army's role in sustaining United States military activity in Iraq and Afghanistan.[1]

Military career[edit]

Webster received his commission upon his graduation from the United States Military Academy in 1974.[4] During his tenure, Webster held commands within every level of the Army, ranging from platoon to field army. Webster has also served as Director of Training on the Army Staff, commander National Training Center, commander 3rd Infantry Division, as well as various other roles within the operations Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.[4] Webster would retire from the US Army after transferring command of the Third Army to Vincent K. Brooks on June 3, 2011.[1] Webster has also attended the US Army Command and General Staff College, the US Army War College, and the School of Advanced Military Studies.[4]


Since receiving his commission, Webster has received the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (5), and the Bronze Star (2).[2] Also, upon his retirement during the change of command ceremony, Webster received the Distinctive Service Medal in recognition of his 37 year career.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e Gable, Benjamin (06.03.2011). "Third Army commanding general bids farewell". US Army. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Lieutenant General William G. Webster Jr.". US Army. May 2007. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Webster takes command of Third Army". US Army. May 4, 2009. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c "Lieutenant General William G. Webster, Jr.". US Army. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Brooks assumes command of Third Army". US Army. June 3, 2011. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
James J. Lovelace
Commanding General of the Third United States Army
Succeeded by
Vincent K. Brooks