Distinguished Service Medal
A native of Clarendon, AR, Robert (Bob) English graduated Valedictorian from Clarendon High School in 1973 and Arkansas State University in 1977 with a B.S. in Chemistry and a Distinguished Military Graduate in ROTC. He was commissioned an Ordnance Officer and held several key positions throughout his 30-year career including Platoon Leader, Shop Officer, Company and Battalion Commander, and Depot Commander. His key staff positions included various director positions in U.S. Army Europe, Department of the Army at the Pentagon, Japan and was selected to serve as the first J4/Director of Logistics for Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa. He also helped establish the Task Force Headquarters in Djibouti. His career culminated as the Chief of Staff, U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command where he established the Army’s first Life Cycle Management Command.
Since retiring from the Army, Colonel English worked for Computer Sciences Corporation in Huntsville, Alabama as a Director and Program Manager, continuing to support the Army. He has served on the Board of Directors of the local chapters of the Association of the U.S. Army and National Defense Industrial Association since retirement where he supports soldiers, families, veterans and ROTC cadets.
Colonel English is a graduate of U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, The Defense Meritorious Service Medal, The Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Service Medal, and the Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, to name a few. Colonel English and his wife Lorraine live in Madison, Alabama. They have two grown children, Rob and Bailey.