SANDSTON, Va. — Maj. Gen. Charles W. Whittington Jr. has been named First Army Deputy Commanding General for Operations according to an announcement made Aug. 26, 2015, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. Whittington most recently served as the commander of the Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division and is scheduled to be officially welcomed Sept. 3 at First Army Headquarters in Rock Island Arsenal, Il.
“We are incredibly fortunate to have Maj. Gen. Chuck Whittington as the new First Army Deputy Commanding General – Operations,” Williams said. “He is a proven leader with years of experience and exemplary service in the Maryland and Virginia National Guard, and I confident he will prove to be an aggressive and highly effective advocate for Army National Guard combat readiness. I look forward to working with him in this new position of responsibility.”
First Army partners with all Army National Guard and Army Reserve units throughout the continental United States to provide advice, assistance and training support to commanders and Soldiers to ensure reserve-component forces can fight and win in a complex world.
As the DCG-O, Whittington will be a principal advisor to the First Army commander and focused on training and operations, in particular mobilization and demobilization policy and planning for Army National Guard units. He will serve as First Army’s primary interface with National Guard Bureau, Army National Guard Readiness Center and the 54 Adjutants General as well as assist with establishing partnerships with Army National Guard division and brigade commanders. He will also oversee the planning and execution of development and support for division and brigade Warfighter exercises, Multi-Echelon Integrated Brigade Training exercises and Combat Training Center rotations.
Whittington took command of the 29th Infantry Division Oct. 7, 2012, and relinquished command to Brig. Gen. Blake Ortner July 24, 2015. Lt. Gen. Michael S. Tucker, commander of First Army, presided over the exchange of organizational colors at the change of command ceremony.
“Maj. Gen. Whittington’s masterful leadership has skillfully led the 29th Division for more than two and a half years now and his achievements during this timeframe are significant,” Tucker said. “You successfully developed the ‘alignment of training’ concept, which leverages the 29th Division to train like we fight. This unique and innovative training concept is one of Maj. Gen. Whittington’s keystone successes. I commend both Maj. Gen. Whittington and his wife Kimberly for their dedicated commitment to the 29th Division and the great state of Virginia, its Soldiers and families, and our Army during your skilled leadership of this magnificent organization.”
Whittington, a native of Birmingham, Ala., graduated from University of Southern Mississippi in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and was commissioned via Reserve Officer Training Corps in December 1986 as a field artillery officer. He served on active duty in Friedberg, Germany as a platoon leader and battalion adjutant. He also served as a company and battalion fire support officer attached to 4th Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment during this tour. He deployed in support of Operation Desert Storm as a battery executive officer with 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment. He taught at the U. S. Army Field Artillery School, Fort Sill, Okla. from 1991 to 1992.
Whittington joined the Maryland National Guard in 1993 and served as battery commander, brigade targeting officer, battalion operations officer, battalion executive officer and battalion commander. He served as the Chief of the 291st Army Liaison Team from May 2006 to March 2007 and was selected as the deputy commander for the 58th Infantry Brigade Combat Team in March 2007. He deployed with the 58th from April 2007 to April 2008 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He commanded the 58th IBCT from June 2008 to June 2010.
He served in Kabul, Afghanistan, on the International Joint Command Staff as Director, Afghan National Security Forces Development / International Security Assistance Force from September 2011 to July 2012. He led a joint multicultural team tasked with developing and implementing key initiatives to facilitate the growth and development of the Afghan National Security Forces.
His military schools include the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, Field Artillery Officer Advance Course, Combined Arms Services Staff School, Command and General Staff College and is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College.
His military awards include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leave Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Southwest Asian Service Medal with campaign stars, the Iraqi Campaign Medal and the Parachutist Badge.
Whittington is currently employed as the Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Pactiv Corporation in Lake Forest, Ill.