R. Steven Whitcomb

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R. Steven Whitcomb
LTG R. Steven Whitcomb
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army seal United States Army
Years of service 1970-2010
Rank US-O9 insignia.svgLieutenant General
Commands held 2nd Brigade, 24th Infantry Division
Combined Forces Command, US Forces Korea
3rd U.S. Army
Awards Defense Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit (5)
Bronze Star with "V" Device
Bronze Star
Meritorious Service Medal (4)
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Expert Infantryman Badge
Master Parachutist Badge
Ranger Tab
Army Staff Identification Badge

R. Steven Whitcomb is a retired United States Army Lieutenant General. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant upon graduation from the University of Virginia in 1970. His most current assignment he served as the Inspector General in the Office of The Inspector General (OTIG) of the United States Army Inspector General Agency.

Company grade assignments[edit]

Whitcomb served in his first assignment as a rifle and weapons platoon leader in Company C, 2d Battalion, 508th Infantry (Airborne), 82d Airborne Division. His first Platoon Sergeant was Sergeant First Class Richard Sikes.

Branch transferring to Armor, his initial assignments included Commander, Company B, 2d and then 3rd Battalion, 64th Armor, 3rd Infantry Division. First Sergeant Arthur L. Jones served as the company's First Sergeant. Following company command, he served as Assistant Professor of Military Science, California University of Pennsylvania.

Field grade assignments[edit]

Next assigned to the Republic of Korea, Whitcomb served as S3, 524th Military Intelligence Battalion. Posted to Fort Hood, Texas he served as Deputy G2, 2d Armored Division, and then S3 and XO, 3rd Battalion, 67th Armor, as well as Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General, III Corps and Fort Hood.

His next assignment was in Germany where he commanded the, 2d Battalion, 70th Armor, 1st Armored Division, deploying the battalion to combat in Desert Shield/Desert Storm. The Battalion Command Sergeant Major was Command Sergeant Major Ralph Broughton. After battalion command, he served as a staff officer in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans, Headquarters Department of the Army.

Colonel assignments[edit]

Whitcomb served as Commander, 2d Brigade, 24th Infantry Division, with elements of the brigade deploying to Somalia and Haiti. Command Sergeants Major Ben Palacios and Joseph John served with him. His follow-on was a second tour at Headquarters, Department of the Army as a director in Force Development followed by service as Executive Officer to the Vice Chief of Staff, Army.

General Officer assignments[edit]

After completing his tour of duty at Headquarters, Department of the Army, Whitcomb assumed the duties of Assistant Division Commander for Maneuver, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas, deploying with elements of the Division to Bosnia, followed by an assignment as Deputy Commanding General, Fort Knox, Kentucky with Command Sergeant Major Carl Christian.

During his second tour of duty in the Republic of Korea, Whitcomb served as the C3/J3, United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command, United States Forces Korea, and Deputy Commanding General, Eighth United States Army.

He was again reassigned to Fort Knox, Kentucky where he served as the Commander, U.S. Army Armor Center-Command Sergeants Major Carl Christian and then Joe Gainey served as part of the command team. In January 2003, he was assigned to US Central Command, serving as the Chief of Staff, CENTCOM during OIF and OEF.

Whitcomb assumed command of Third Army, US Army Central,(CFLCC) Forward Camp Arifjan, Kuwait on October 13, 2004 and ended this tour December 18, 2007.

Whitcomb became the 63rd Inspector General of the Army on February 14, 2008. He retired on August 13, 2010.[1]


Whitcomb's education includes the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Counter Intelligence Officer Course, the Armor Advance Course, Command and General Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College. His civilian education includes a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from the University of Virginia and a master's degree in education from California University of Pennsylvania.

Dates of rank[edit]

Insignia Rank Date
US-O1 insignia.svg
Second Lieutenant 29 November 70
US-O2 insignia.svg
First Lieutenant 29 November 71
US-O3 insignia.svg
Captain 29 November 74
US-O4 insignia.svg
Major 1 June 82
US-O5 insignia.svg
Lieutenant Colonel 1 October 88
US-O6 insignia.svg
Colonel 1 September 93
US-O7 insignia.svg
Brigadier General 1 September 97
US-O8 insignia.svg
Major General 1 October 00
US-O9 insignia.svg
Lieutenant General 13 October 04


Whitcomb has been awarded the following military decorations:[2]

See also[edit]

Arlington National Cemetery mismanagement controversy


Military offices
Preceded by
David D. McKiernan
Commanding General of the Third United States Army
Succeeded by
James J. Lovelace