Whittington named new commander of the 29th Infantry Division

Brig. Gen. Charles W. Whittington, Jr.

SANDSTON, Va. — Brig. Gen. Charles W. Whittington, Jr. has been named as the new commander of the Virginia National Guard’s Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division, according to an announcement made by Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia. Whittington will succeed Maj. Gen. Frank E. Batts, Sr., as the commander of the division in October of this year.

“Brig. Gen. Whittington is an excellent general officer and outstanding leader,” Long said. “We are very proud of him and look forward to having him serve as the division commander. I am confident he will lead the division through the many challenging times that lay ahead and ensure the organization will be ready, reliable and rapidly responding for both the commonwealth and the nation. The 29th Infantry Division has a long and illustrious history, and I know the division will continue to serve with honor and distinction under his leadership.”

Whittington is the deputy commander of the 29th Infantry Division and is currently deployed to Afghanistan as the director of Afghan National Security Force Development with the 29th Infantry Division Security Partnering Team Mission. He currently serves in the Maryland National Guard and will transfer to the Virginia National Guard to assume the post of commander of the 29th.

“It is an honor to have a long-time member of the Maryland Guard command such a historic division,” said Maj. Gen. James A. Adkins, the Adjutant General of Maryland. “Brig. Gen. Whittington is a seasoned combat veteran who has successfully commanded at every level and brings experience and expertise to the position.”

Whittington, a native of Birmingham, Ala., graduated from University of Southern Mississippi in 1986 with a BS in Political Science and was commissioned via ROTC in December 1986 as a field artillery officer. He served on active duty, served in Friedberg, Germany as 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.  Deployed in support of Operation Desert Storm as a platoon leader 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 November 1992 and served as the 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. 15. He commanded the 58th IBCT from June 2008 to June 2010.

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 Executive Director for the Pactiv Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, Ill.

The 29th Infantry Division has an honored legacy.  It was formed in 1917, but is best remembered for its integral part in Operation Overlord, the landings in Normandy Beach during World War II.  The division was among the first wave of troops to the shore at Omaha Beach.

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