|United States Army|
|Brigadier General Ricky D. Gibbs|
Brigadier General Ricky D. Gibbs, a native of Austin, Texas, was commissioned as a 2LT of lnfantry in 1982 from the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Physical Education from UTA, a Masters of Science in Management from Troy State University, and a Masters in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College. His military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Ranger School, Air Assault School, Jumpmaster School, Pathfinder School, Long Range Surveillance Leaders School, Infantry Officers Advanced Course, Combined Arms Service Staff College (CAS3), Command and General Staff College (CGSC) and the United States Army War College.
Brigadier General Gibbs' previous assignments include serving as a Rifle Platoon Leader, Scout Platoon Leader, and Rifle Company Executive Officer in 3rd Battalion, 28th Infantry (Mechanized) in Weisbaden, Germany. He served in 3rd Battalion, 75th Infantry (Ranger) at Fort Benning, GA, as Rifle Platoon Leader. His next assignment was with the Ranger Training Brigade as Branch Chief of the Long Range Surveillance Unit School. Following graduation from the Infantry Officers Advanced Course, he served with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky as Commander C Company, 2-187 Infantry Battalion (Air Assault), Assistant Brigade S3 (3rd Brigade), Aide de Camp CG 101st (Desert Shield/Desert Storm) and as Commander, HHC 3rd Brigade. Brigadier General Gibbs' next assignment was at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas as Chief of Personnel and Training for the Combat Training Center Directorate, Combined Arms Command then as a Student in the Command and General Staff College (CGSC). Following graduation from CGSC, he was assigned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina as S3, 1st Battalion, 325th Infantry (Airborne), 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division. In August 1995, he served in the G3, XVlII Airborne Corps as Chief, USACOM Joint Exercises. From July 1996 to May 1998, he served as Aide for the Commanding General, Fifth US Army in San Antonio, Texas. In May 1998, he was assigned to J8, Joint Staff as Joint Ground Maneuver Program Analyst in the Land and Littoral Warfare Assessment Division. His next assignment was as Commander, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry (Air Assault), 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) from June 2000 to June 2002 then as Deputy Chief of Staff, G3 where he deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom. Following graduation from the Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, he served on the Army Staff as a Strategic Planner in the Executive Office of the Headquarters, then as the Director, the Office of Institutional Army Adaptation (OIAA) and finally as the Chief, Army Initiatives Group (AIG), G3/517. Brigadier General Gibbs assumed the duties as Commander, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas July 2005. In February 2007 Brigadier General Gibbs' Brigade deployed to Baghdad, Iraq as part of the Army's "surge" in support of Operation Iraq Freedom. Brigadier General Gibbs commanded the 4th IBCT as it conducted counter-insurgency operations in Baghdad's Rashid Security District. Brigadier General Gibbs served as the 1st Infantry Division Chief of Staff from May 2008 until 5 June 2009.
Brigadier General Gibbs' awards include the Bronze Star Medal (2 OLC), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (6 OLC), Joint Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (7 OLC), Army Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal with 3 Bronze Stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Saudi Arabian Liberation Medal, and the Kuwaiti Liberation Medal. He is also authorized to wear the Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, the Pathfinder Badge, the Joint Staff Identification Badge and the Army Staff Identification Badge.