Lieutenant General Robert Arter
|Born||September 7, 1929|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/||United States Army|
|Years of service||1950-1986|
|Commands held||U.S. Sixth Army|
|Other work||Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army|
He was commissioned a second lieutenant of Infantry from Ohio University in 1950. In 1952, Arter served with the 35th Regimental Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, in Korea. From 1956-60, after attending the Infantry Officer Advanced Course, he was assigned as an operations officer for the Infantry School. Upon completion of the U.S. Air Force Air Command and Staff College in 1962, he held numerous command and staff positions before being sent to the Republic of Vietnam. In 1968, he assumed command of the 1st Battalion, 506th Airborne Infantry, 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile). He returned to Vietnam in 1971 to command the First Brigade, 101st.
Arter was promoted to brigadier general in 1973 and became the Commanding General of the Third ROTC Region. From 1975-79, he was the Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Training Center and Fort Ord; Assistant Division Commander, 7th Infantry Division; and Deputy Commandant, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. In 1979, Arter was promoted to major general and named Commanding General, United States Army Military District of Washington, followed by Commanding General, U.S. Army Military Personnel Center. Arter's last assignment was as Commanding General, Sixth United States Army.
Awards and decorations
|Combat Infantryman Badge with star (2 awards)|
|Basic Parachutist Badge|
|Army Distinguished Service Medal|
|Legion of Merit with one bronze oak leaf cluster|
|Distinguished Flying Cross|
|Air Medal with "V" Device and bronze award numerals 14|
|Joint Service Commendation Medal|
|Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster|
|National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star|
|Korean Service Medal with three service stars|
|Vietnam Service Medal with five service stars|
|Army Service Ribbon|
|Vietnam Gallantry Cross with bronze star|
|Vietnam Armed Forces Honor Medal (1st Class)|
|Vietnam Staff Service Medal (1st Class)|
|United Nations Korea Medal|
|Vietnam Campaign Medal|
In 1991, Arter briefly held the position of Superintendent of Wentworth Military Academy. He served as President and CEO of the Armed Forces Bank in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas for a number of years and remains as a member of the board. In February 2006, he was named as a civilian aide to the Secretary of the Army for Kansas. In addition, Arter serves on the Governor’s Military Council for the state of Kansas.
- "Lansing resident tapped as aide to Army secretary", The Lansing Current, February 23, 2006. (URL accessed on May 5, 2006)
- "Governor’s Military Council will strengthen Kansas military installations", News Release, Office of the Governor of Kansas. (URL accessed May 5, 2006).
- Robert Arter, Phi Kappa Tau.