Robert C. Kingston
General Robert Charles Kingston was commissioned an Infantry Officer upon graduation from Officer Candidate School 20 December 1949. His first duty assignment was as Platoon Leader, 3d Battalion, 32d Infantry, Korea. | His subsequent duty assignments include: Company Executive Officer, Company Commander, 3d Battalion, 32d Infantry, Korea; Commanding Officer, Far East Command Special Mission Group; Executive Officer, Ranger Mountain Camp, Dahlonega, Georgia; Airborne Infantry Company Commander, Asst Division G2, 82d Airborne Division; Exchange Airborne Officer, 16th Independent Parachute Group, United Kingdom, C Company, 3d Parachute; Operations Division, Headquarters, U.S. Army, Europe; Test and Evaluation Group, United States Army Airmobile Test Unit, Fort Benning, Georgia; Senior Advisor to the Vietnamese Ranger Command; Commander, 1st Battalion, 35th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division; Studies and Observation Group, Headquarters, Military Assistance Command, Vietnam; Chief of General Planning Branch, Plans and Programs Directorate, Office of the Assistant Chief of Force Development, Headquarters, Department of the Army; Commanding Officer, 3d Special Forces Group (Abn), 1st Special Forces, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Commanding Officer, 3d and 1st Brigades, 1st Cavalry Division, (Airmobile), Vietnam; Deputy Secretary of the General Staff, Office of the Chief of Staff, U.S. Army; Deputy Secretary of the General Staff, Office of the Chief of Staff, U.S. Army; Deputy Commanding General, Second Regional Assistance Command and Deputy Senior Advisor, II ARepublic of Vietnam Corps and Military Region II, Vietnam; Commander, Joint Casualty Resolution Center, Nakhon Phanom, Thailand; Assistant Division Commander, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas; Commander, U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Center for Military Assistance, and Commandant, U.S. Army Institute for Military Assistance, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Assistant Chief of Staff, J3, United Nations Command/United States Forces Korea/Eighth U.S. Army, Seoul, Korea; Chief of Staff, United Nations Command/United States Forces Korea/Eighth U.S. Army, Seoul, Korea; Commanding General, 2d Infantry Division, Eight United States Army, Korea; Commander in Chief, United States Central Command, McDill Air Force Base, Florida. | His awards and decorations include: 12 Overseas Bars, Vietnamese Ranger Badge, Vietnamese Jumpmaster Badge, Parachute Wing, United Kingdom, Korean Parachutist Badge, Gliderman Badge, Ranger Tab, Master Parachutist Badge, US, Combat Infantryman Badge (Second Award), Republic of Vietnam Civil actions Unit Citation, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Valorous Unit Award, US Navy Presidential Unit Citation, US Presidential Unit Citation, United Nations Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Vietnamese Honor Medal (First Class), Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm (Individual) (Six Awards), National Order of Vietnam (Fifth Class), National Order of Vietnam (Fourth Class), Order of National Security Merit, Chonsu, Overseas Ribbon with Numeral 2, Army Service Ribbon, NCO Professional Development Ribbon with Numeral 1, Vietnam Service Medal with seven Battle Stars, Korean Service Medal with nine Battle Stars, National Defense Service Medal with first Oak Leaf Cluster, army of Occupation Medal (Japan), Army Commendation medal with First Oak Leaf Clusters, Bronze Star with Valor Device and one Oak Leaf Cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross, Legion of Merit with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Silver Star with first Oak Leaf Cluster, Distinguished Service Medal with first Oak Leaf Cluster, Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Service Cross. | General Kingston was recognized as a Distinguished Member of the OCS Hall of Fame in 2018.