Mr. President, today I salute an outstanding military officer, Lt. Gen. Samuel E. Ebbesen, U.S. Army. General Ebbesen is retiring this month with more than 35 years of dedicated service to our country, culminating in assignments as Commanding General, Second United States Army, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Personnel Policy.
In his most recent position, he was responsible for the establishment of all policies concerning military personnel matters including accessions and retention programs; compensation and benefits; and the classification, assignment and career development for the 1.4 million service members of the Department of Defense. His accomplishments were many, resulting in improved quality of life for our service members and the enhanced readiness of our Armed Forces.
General Ebbesen, a native of St. Croix, VI, was commissioned in 1961 through the Reserve Officer Training Corps [ROTC]. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from City College of New York and a Masters degree in public administration from Auburn University. His military schooling includes the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the Air War College.
During his distinguished career, General Ebbesen served in numerous leadership and key staff positions throughout the Army. He served as the commanding general, 6th Infantry Division, Light, Fort Wainwright, AK, as the deputy commander, Alaska Command [ALCOM] and as the assistant division commander, 6th Infantry Division, Light. After the division relocated--north of the range--in Alaska, General Ebbesen was instrumental in successfully integrating the 6th Infantry Division--Light--into the Fairbanks community. He fostered strong community relationships which endure today. Under General Ebbesen's tenure, the 6th Infantry Division achieved safety records which were unsurpassed in the United States Army at that time. This record was achieved in spite of adverse and difficult climatic conditions. He ensured that the 6th Infantry Division were pivotal players in the U.S. Pacific Command's Expanded Relations Program throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Further, General Ebbesen significantly improved quality of life for those soldiers and their families stationed throughout Alaska.
Additionally, General Ebbesen served as the Deputy Chief, Legislative Liaison, Office of the Chief of Legislative Liaison, United States Army, Washington, DC; Chief of Staff, I Corps, Fort Lewis, WA; commander, 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, Air Assault, Fort Campbell, KY; Deputy Chief, Plans and Operations Division, and later Executive Officer, Office of the Chief, Legislative Liaison, Office of the Secretary of the Army, Washington, DC; and Commander, 2d Battalion, 32 Infantry, 7th Infantry Division; Executive Officer, 2d Brigade, 7th Infantry Division; and G3, 7th Infantry Division, Fort Ord, CA.
General Ebbesen's military awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit--with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Bronze Star Medal with ``V'' Device--with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Meritorious Service Medal--with Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal and Army Commendation Medal--with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters. His combat assignment and training resulted in the award of the Combat Infantry Badge. Expert Infantry Badge, Parachutist Badge, and Air Assault Badge. He is authorized to wear the Army General Staff Identification Badge and the Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge.
Mr. President, I ask you and our colleagues to join me in saluting General Ebbesen for his distinguished service to this great Nation and to the great State of Alaska, as well as his superb leadership of the men and women of our Armed Forces. It is with great pride that I congratulate him upon his retirement and wish him the very best.
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