Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia


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.
116th Congress