Major General Robert Lee Halverson
Major General Robert Lee Halverson was born on January 8, 1941, in Lincoln, Nebraska. He attended Colorado State University at Fort Collins, Colorado, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Construction Management.
General Halverson began his military career on August 9, 1963, as an Army ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate. he served sixteen years on active duty, including tours of duty in the Republic of Vietnam, the Federal Republic of Germany, Virginia, Texas and Belgium. Upon leaving active duty in 1979, General Halverson entered the US Army Reserve and in October 1985, transferred to the Texas Army National Guard. Early assignments included Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence (G2) for the 49th Armored Division; STARC Chief of Plans, Operations and Training; and Chief of Staff, 71st Troop Command, and 49th Armored Division. In October 1996 he was promoted to Brigadier General and assigned as Deputy Command, 71st Troop Command. In August 1997 he as assigned as Deputy Commander for Support, 49th Armored Division.
General Halverson took command of the 49th Armored Division in September 1998 and was promoted to Major General. During his command tour, the 49th AD Headquarters, with the Signal Battalion and Engineer elements and Active Army's 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment was deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina where he commanded Multi- National Division (North), Stabilization Force 7 from March to October 2000. This was an historic NATO peacekeeping mission of the first Active and Reserve Component integrated headquarters to serve in Bosnia. Upon return to Texas, General Halvrson continued to command the 49th Armored Division during times of mobilizations for airport security throughout Texas and security of sensitive sites in multiple states following the September 11, 2001 attack on the United States. General Halverson retired in March 2002.
General Halverson's military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Military Intelligence Advanced Course, and the Army Command and General Staff College. His military awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and the Army Meritorious Service Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters and the Army Achievement Medal.
In addition to his military service, General Halverson worked for the state of Texas for nearly 20 years. He served in the Governor's Division of Emergency Management, and also in the Department of Insurance as the Deputy Insurance Commissioner for Safety.
After retirement, General Halverson served as a mentor for other National Guard Division and Brigade Commanders and Staffs preparing for the mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina. He helped to prepare the 29th Infantry Division ( Maryland), 28th Infantry Division (Pennsylvania), 35th Infantry Division (Kansas), 34th Infantry Division (Minnesota), and the 38th Infantry Division (Indiana). He remains active in the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) and in the National Guard Association of Texas( NGAT).
General Halverson's other awards include the AUSA LTG Raymond S. McLain Medal, the NGAG Minuteman Award, the Texas Committee for Employer Support for Guard and Reserve Eagle Award, and the US Army Military Intelligence Corps Knowlton Award. In 2006, General Halverson was inducted into the US Army Military Intelligence Hall of Fame.
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