IN RECOGNITION OF COLONEL (RET.) GEORGE W. STEUBER; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 55
(Extensions of Remarks - March 29, 2019)

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                      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 
  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.