Chester J. Bobinski
Colonel Bobinski enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1946 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant, Infantry, in August 1951 upon graduation form the Officer Candidate School, Fort Benning, Georgia. He is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Advanced Course at Fort Benning, Georgia, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and the U.S. Army Language School, Monterey, California. He was integrated into the Regular Army in 1965. In 1971 he was selected as Chief of the United States Sports Delegation to accompany a select group of Armed Forces athletes to Greece, Lebanon and Damascus, Syria. | Colonel Bobinski's assignments included command, operational and staff positions providing a broad general background. His language background resulted in detached service with the Department of State to assist in processing refugees from Yugoslavia. Overseas tours of duty included Japan, Europe, Korea and Vietnam. Following a tour of duty as the Adjutant General at the United States Military Academy, he was appointed as the Special Assistant Department of the Army, for Prisoner of War and Missing in Action Affairs. In this position he was responsible for developing and coordinating the Army plan for repatriation of prisoners of war and to maintain continuous liaison with the next of kin of those service members who did not return. | Upon retirement Colonel Bobinski assumed the position of Assistant Secretary with the Army Mutual Aid Association in Arlington, Virginia. | Colonel Chester J. Bobinski, Jr. retired from the United States Army on 1 November 1976 after 30 years of active federal service. Prior to his entry into the Army he served with the United States Maritime Service in France, Egypt, North Africa, India, and South America.