Major General Ronald Stephen Chastain
Major General Chastain of Conway served in Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom. He was the first Arkansas General to command Arkansas units in combat since the Civil War. His awards include the Legion of Merit, two Bronze Star Medals, and four Meritorious Service Medals.
General Chastain is the only Arkansas General to command Arkansas Units in combat since the Civil War. During Operation Desert Storm he commanded the 25th Rear Operation Center; which was responsible for synchronized movement, sustainment, terrain management, and force protection missions for the XVIII Airborne Corp.. During Operation Iraqi Freedom II he commanded the 39th Brigade Combat Team; which consisted of over 5000 soldiers form the reserve component, active component and New Iraqi Army. He earned a Bronze Star for each of those operations.
His Bronze Star narrative for service during Iraqi Freedom II reads as follows: From 1 March 2004 to 28 December 2004. For exceptionally meritorious service during combat operations while deployed to Baghdad, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II. In spite of continuous dangers and hardship, Brigadier General Chastain honorably contributed to the insurgents’ defeat and the protection of his comrades. While assigned to the “Bowie” Brigade, his dedication to duty and commitment to excellence enabled the unit to succeed in its mission and provide a safer, more secure Iraq. Brigadier General Chastain’s leadership and professionalism are in keeping with the finest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the First Cavalry Division and the United States Army.
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