Charles Whittington

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Charles W. Whittington, Jr.
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Charles W. Whittington, Jr.
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service1986-present
RankUS-O8 insignia.svg Major general
Unit 29th Infantry Division
Commands heldCommander of the 29th Infantry Division
AwardsLegion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal

Charles W. Whittington, Jr. is a Major General in the United States Army. As of July 2018, he is serving as Deputy Director of the United States Army National Guard.[1] Whittington previously served as the First Army Deputy Commanding General-Operations.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Whittington is a native of Birmingham, Alabama. He graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1986 with a BS degree in political science. He joined Tau Kappa Epsilon during his time at Southern Mississippi. Whittington was commissioned via ROTC in December 1986 as a field artillery officer.[3][4]

Military career[edit]

General Whittington began his military service when he was commissioned in December 1986 as an artillery officer in the Regular Army, through the University of Southern Mississippi, Reserve Officer Training Corps.

After commissioning, he served in Germany and as a Field Artillery Instructor at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. During Operation Desert Storm, he served in Kuwait and Iraq as a Battery Executive Officer. Since joining the Maryland National Guard in 1993, he has commanded and held staff assignments at the battery, battalion and brigade levels.

In March 2007, Whittington deployed to Camp Victory, Iraq as Deputy Commander, 58th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. In June 2008, he assumed command of the 58th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and oversaw the Brigade's transformation into the 58th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade. General Whittington served as Deputy Commander, 29th Infantry Division in June 2010. He recently returned from Kabul, Afghanistan where he served on the International Joint Command Staff as Director, Afghan National Security Forces Development/ International Security Assistance Force from September 2011 to July 2012. He led a joint multicultural team tasked with developing and implementing key initiatives to facilitate the growth and development of the Afghan National Security Forces.[4][5]

Whittington was named First Army Deputy Commanding General for Operations on Aug. 26, 2015.[6] He assumed the post of Deputy Director of the U.S. Army National Guard on July 1, 2018.[1]

Civilian career[edit]

He is the vice president and Chief Information Officer for Pactiv Corporation in Lake Forest, Illinois.[2][7]

Assignments[edit]

  1. October 1987 - March 1988, Student, Field Artillery School, Fort Sill, Oklahoma
  2. March 1988 - December 1988, Company Fire Support Officer, 4-67 Armor, Ray Barracks, Friedburg, Germany
  3. December 1988 - December 1989, Executive Officer, Service Battery, 2-82d Field Artillery A (155SP), Ray Barracks, Friedburg, Germany
  4. December 1989 - September 1990, Adjutant, 2-82d Field Artillery Battalion, Ray Barracks, Friedburg, Germany
  5. September 1990 - July 1991, Executive Officer, Battery A, 2-82d Field Artillery, Basara, Iraq
  6. . July 1991 - September 1992, Instructor, Field Artillery School, Fort Sill, Oklahoma
  7. September 1992 - October 1993, United States Army Reserve Control Group
  8. October 1993 - January 1995, Brigade Targeting Officer, 2-110 Field Artillery Battalion, Pikesville, Maryland
  9. January 1995 - November 1997, Commander, Battery B / 2-110 Field Artillery Battalion, Pikesville, Maryland
  10. November 1997 - July 1998, Plans Officer, 2-110 Field Artillery Battalion, Pikesville
  11. . July 1998 - January 2002, Operations Officer, 2-110 Field Artillery Battalion, Pikesville, Maryland
  12. January 2002 - August 2003, Executive Officer, 2-110 Field Artillery Battalion, Pikesville, Maryland
  13. August 2003 - April 2006, Commander, 2-110 Field Artillery Battalion, Pikesville, Maryland
  14. April 2006 to March 2007, Commander, 291 Army Liaison Team, Laurel, Maryland
  15. March 2007 - May 2008, Deputy Commander, 58th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Camp Victory, Iraq
  16. June 2008 - June 2010, Commander, 58th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Towson, Maryland
  17. June 2010 - September 2012, Deputy Commander, 29th Infantry Division, Towson, Maryland
  18. October 2012 – Present, Commander, 29th Infantry Division, Fort Belvoir, Virginia [4][5]

Awards and decorations[edit]

  • Legion of Merit (with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
  • Bronze Star Medal (with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
  • Meritorious Service Medal (with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
  • Army Commendation Medal (with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
  • Army Achievement Medal (with 3 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
  • Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (with 4 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
  • National Defense Service Medal (with 1 Bronze Service Star)
  • Southwest Asia Service Medal (with 3 Bronze Service Stars)
  • Afghanistan Campaign Medal (with 1 Bronze Service Star)
  • Iraqi Campaign Medal (with 1 Bronze Service Star)
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Humanitarian Service Medal
  • Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with Bronze Hourglass and M Device)
  • Army Service Ribbon
  • Overseas Service Ribbon (with Numeral 3)
  • North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal
  • Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)
  • Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)
  • State of Maryland Distinguished Service Cross
  • Maryland State Outstanding Unit Award
  • Maryland State Active Duty Medal
  • Maryland State Service Medal (with 2 Botany Crosses)
  • Army Meritorious Unit Commendation (with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
  • Army Superior Unit Award
  • Parachutist Badge

[4][5]

Effective dates of promotion[edit]

  • Second Lieutenant 19 December 1986
  • First Lieutenant 19 December 1988
  • Captain 1 May 1992
  • Major 26 October 1993
  • Lieutenant Colonel 5 November 2003
  • Colonel 29 March 2007
  • Brigadier General 1 October 2010
  • Major General 7 October 2012[4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Deputy Director of the Army National Guard Major General Charles W. Whittington". www.nationalguard.mil. Retrieved 2018-12-01.
  2. ^ a b "United States Army Deputy Commanding General (Operations) Charles W. Whittington, Jr" (PDF). First.army.mil. Retrieved 2016-03-01.
  3. ^ "TEF Courtyard Ceremony Recap | Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity". Tke.org. Retrieved 2016-03-01.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Whittington named new commander of the 29th Infantry Division". Virginia National Guard. Retrieved 2016-03-01.
  5. ^ a b c d "National Guard > Leadership > NGB-GOMO > bio-show". Nationalguard.mil. Retrieved 2016-03-01.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Whittington named First Army Deputy Commanding General for Operations". Virginia National Guard.
  7. ^ "Whittington named First Army Deputy Commanding General for Operations". Virginia National Guard. Retrieved 2016-03-01.

External links[edit]

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