Robert C. Stack
Robert C. “Bob” Stack was born in Huntington, NY, on 12 July 1942, the eldest of eight children. His military career began when he volunteered to serve the U.S. Army on 1 September 1960. He reported for basic training at Fort Dix, New Jersey. After completion of basic and Advanced Individual Training, he was assigned to Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 9th Infantry. There he became a machine gun squad leader. He was then selected for Officers Candidate School at Fort Benning, GA, and was commissioned as a 2nd LT in December, 1961. He then attended flight school at Fort Rucker, AL, earning his wings in October, 1962. | Bob was assigned to the 187th Regiment of the 11th Air Assault Division at Fort. Benning, GA. There he served as a Caribou pilot (a twin engine troop transporter) until October, 1964. He volunteered for a tour in Vietnam in October, 1964. On this tour in Vietnam, he flew Caribous out of Vung Tau. | Following that tour of duty, Stack was transferred back to Fort Rucker where he taught survival school for pilots. In 1967, he was certified as an attack helicopter pilot and recalled to Vietnam where he served until 1968. During his service in Vietnam, he was shot down seven times and awarded three Purple Hearts. In 1968, he completed the Advanced Infantry Officers course and in 1969 became the Executive Officer for the 1st Battalion, 51st Infantry Division in Germany. In 1970, he was selected to command Delta Troop, 2-4 Cavalry, of the 4th Armored Division. Delta troop was the main participant in the “Ansbach Test” which validated the role of Army aviation in high intensity conflicts. | Bob attended Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS, from 1971 to 1972. In 1972, he enrolled at the University of Nebraska, graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business in 1973. Continuing in the U.S. Army, he was transferred to the United States Air Force Academy and taught English Composition and Leadership courses until 1975. | In 1976, Bob served on the Source Selection Evaluation Board for the Blackhawk helicopter at the Aviation Command, St. Louis, MO. In 1976, he was appointed the S-1 of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th ID. In 1978, he became the Executive Officer of the 2nd Brigade of the 4th ID and took command of the 1st Battalion the 22nd Infantry Brigade, 4th ID. In 1982 he attended the War College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, AL. In 1983, he was promoted to Colonel and became the C-3 (operations officer) of the Combined Field Army (CFA) in Korea. The CFA consisted of the 2nd ID and 25 Republic of Korea Divisions. COL Stack learned to read, write, and speak Korean. | In 1984-85 he was the Commander of the 3rd Brigade 2nd ID, an 8,000 man combat team responsible for the American sector of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). In 1985, COL Stack was appointed the G-3,5th Army, Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He retired from active duty on 1 October 1986. | Bob served private contractors as project manager for various defense programs until 1998 when he became the Range Control Officer at Fort. Carson, CO. During his tenure in this position, Bob directed the construction and modernization of many of the ranges and training facilities at Fort Carson. Most notably, under Bob’s direction and leadership, the Range Control office designed and built Range 111, a Multi-purpose Training Range, at considerable cost and time savings from alternative sources, thus enabling a high through-put rate that enhanced readiness for combat troops. Bob retired as Range Control officer in 2006. | Bob is now the manager of Red Canyon Limited Liability Company and lives with his wife, Linda, on a ranch outside Colorado Springs. | Bob Stack received six awards for valor, including two awards of the Silver Star. In addition he received six awards for meritorious service, which include two awards of the Legion of Merit. He was awarded three Purple Hearts.