General Robert Charles Kingston
Robert Kingston was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Infantry from the Officer Candidate School at Fort Riley, Kansas in December 1949. Less than a year later, between 21-28 November 1950, 2LT Kingston distinguished himself as the commander of 'Task Force Kingston,' an element of the 3-32 Infantry Battalion, which fought it's way to the Yalu River despite of conditions of extreme cold and fierce enemy resistance. During this action, then-Lieutenant Kingston's task force was augmented by armor, artillery, and engineer formations all led by officers senior to him in rank and over whom he retained operational command. His actions and leadership during this operation are noted among the most impressive achievements of the Korean War and set the pattern for a career of exceptionally distinguished service. For the duration of the Korean War, he continued to serve in other positions of responsibility with the 3-32 Infantry Battalion, ending his first tour in Korea in 1954 as a Company Commander.
Between 1954 and 1961, General Kingston served in several Airborne and Ranger assignments including postings at Dahlonega, Georgia, with the 82d Airborne Division at Ft Bragg, and as an Airborne Exchange Officer to Great Britain. From 1961 to 1969, he served in a variety of positions of increasing responsibility including tours with the Army Airmobility Test Unit, as an advisor in Vietnam, and as the Commander of the 3d Special Forces Group. In late 1969, he returned to Vietnam to command the 3d Brigade and then the 1st Brigade of 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile).
Between 1972, when he was promoted to Brigadier, and 1984 when he retired as a General, he commanded the Joint Casualty Resolution Center, the Kennedy Center for Military Assistance, the 2d Infantry Division, the Rapid Deployment Joint Task Force, and finally, the United States Central Command. General Kingston is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the Armed Forces Staff College, and the National War College and holds a Masters degree from George Washington University in International Relations. His decorations include the Distinguished Service Cross, the Distinguished Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Silver Star (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Legion of Merit (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star with V device (with Oak Leaf Cluster) and the Combat Infantryman Badge (2nd Award) and Master Parachutist Badge.