March 29, 2019 - Issue: Vol. 165, No. 55 — Daily Edition116th Congress (2019 - 2020) - 1st Session
IN RECOGNITION OF COLONEL (RET.) GEORGE W. STEUBER; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 55
(Extensions of Remarks - March 29, 2019)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E369] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] IN RECOGNITION OF COLONEL (RET.) GEORGE W. STEUBER ______ HON. SANFORD D. BISHOP, JR. of georgia in the house of representatives Friday, March 29, 2019 Mr. BISHOP of Georgia. Madam Speaker, I rise today to recognize the career and service of a dedicated military officer, civil servant, and outstanding citizen, Col. (ret.) George W. Steuber. Col. Steuber will be retiring from his post as Deputy Garrison Commander at Fort Benning on March 31, 2019, after almost a decade of extraordinary service, and will be honored in a retirement ceremony on Friday, March 29, 2019, at 3 p.m. Col. Steuber received a bachelor's degree in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Minnesota and master's degrees in National Security Affairs, from the Naval Postgraduate School, and Strategic Studies, from the Naval War College. In addition to his extensive academic background, Col. Steuber is also a qualified linguist in Chinese (Mandarin) and Thai. For almost five decades, Col. Steuber has been a well-respected and long-standing figure as an officer and civilian in our nation's military. He built quite an impressive career, which began shortly after his 17th birthday when he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He commenced his uniformed career as a private in basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, MO, later completed Officer Candidate School, and then served in several prestigious positions, including the Colonel directing TRADOC's International Armies Program Directorate at Fort Monroe, VA; a foreign area officer on peacekeeping missions in Cambodia, Somalia, and Haiti; a senior military advisor to the Czech Republic's Training and Doctrine Command; a senior military analyst in JFCOM J-9 working the Joint Urban Fires Program; and Garrison Commander for Fort Sill (2001-2003). Then as a civilian, he served as Deputy Garrison Commander for Fort Rucker (2005 to 2009). Col. Steuber has received several prestigious awards for his outstanding military and civilian service, including the Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf Cluster); Defense Meritorious Service Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters); Meritorious Service Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters); Joint Service Commendation Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster); Army Commendation Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster); Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm; Combat Infantryman Badge; Aerial Observer Badge; U.S. Parachute Badge; Joint Chief of Staff Identification Badge; Royal Thai Army Parachute Badge and Red Silk Aiguillette; Royal Thai Army Command and General Staff Badge; Republic of Vietnam Parachute Badge; Superior Civilian Service Award; and Commander's Award for Civilian Service. During his tenure as Deputy Garrison Commander at Fort Benning, he was instrumental in the development of the newly formed Maneuver Center of Excellence, oversaw implementation of the Base Realignment and Closure activities, provided support for the complex integration of several key matters--including all missions on post, Forces Command in the inactivation of the 3D Infantry Division, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, and the reflagging and activation of the first task force in the United States, 1-28 IN Battalion. Additionally, under his watch, annual services and support were provided to more than 70,000 soldiers, civilians, and contractors in five separate cantonment areas. He also provided guidance to all Fort Benning directorates to ensure proper management of 141,000 maneuver training acres, 15,800 range acres, 83 live fire ranges, 300 training areas, and 115 range and training area events, including command oversight for daily high-risk training events. Col. Steuber has achieved much success in his life, but none would have been possible without the enduring love and support of his wife, Patricia; and their sons, Bill and Jon. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, ``Life's most persistent and urgent question is, `What are you doing for others?' '' Col. Steuber undoubtedly lives by this philosophy. From his commendable efforts for our nation's military, both at home and abroad as well as on active duty and as a civilian; his work has made a tremendous impact in the lives of many. Madam Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join my wife, Vivian, and me, along with the more than 730,000 residents of Georgia's Second Congressional District, in extending our sincerest congratulations and best wishes to Col. (ret.) George W. Steuber on the occasion of his retirement as Deputy Garrison Commander at Fort Benning and for an outstanding career of civil and public service. ____________________