2007 Honorees

Rebecca S. HalsteadRebecca S. Halstead
(b.1959) 

Commanding General, 3rd Corps Support Command, Wiesbaden, Germany



Rebecca Halstead enter the United States Military Academy in 1977.  She was one of 104 women to enter in the second class that included women, which was made possible in 1975, when President Gerald Ford signed into legislation the opening for women applicants at all service academies.

With her promotion to her present rank on 1 January 2005, she became the first female from the United States Military Academy to be promoted to General Officer rank.  This honor was bestowed 29 years after the first class of 119 women entered the U. S. Military Academy on July 7, 1976.  On October 30, 2006, Brigadier General Halstead became the 34th, but first female Chief of Ordnance for the US Army. 

Brigadier General Halstead is a native of Willseyville, NY.  She was commissioned in the Ordnance Corps upon graduation from the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY, in 1981.

Her military education includes completion of the Ordnance Officers Basic and Advanced Courses, Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS; and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Fort McNair, Washington, DC.  She holds a Masters degree in Military Art and Science from the Command and General Staff College and a Masters degree in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University.

Brigadier General Halstead  has served in a variety of assignments to include:  Platoon Leader, Operations Officer, and Executive Officer, 69th Ordnance Company (DS/GS Special Weapons), 559th Artillery Group, Vicenza, Italy; Commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Company; Commander, 63rd Ordnance Company (DS/GS Ammunition), and Materiel Officer for the 80th Ordnance Battalion, Fort Lewis, WA; Personnel Assignments Officer, Ordnance Branch PERSCOM, Alexandria, VA; Aide-de-Camp, Combined Arms Support Command, Fort Lee, VA; Support Operations Officer and Battalion Executive Officer, 526 Forward Support Battalion, 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Division, Fort Campbell, KY; Logistics Staff Officer and Assistant Executive Officer to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Headquarters, Department of the Army, Washington, DC; and Commander, 325th Forward Support Battalion, 25th Infantry Division (Light), Schofield Barracks, HI; Commander, 10th Mountain Division Support Command. 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, NY; Executive Assistant to the Combatant Commander, United States Southern Command, Miami, FL; and the Deputy Commanding General for the 21st Theater Support Command, USAREUR, Kaiserslautern, Germany.

Brigadier General Halstead’s most recent assignment was as Commanding General, 3d Corps Support Command, US Army Europe and Seventh Army, Germany from September 2004 to September 2006 with deployment to Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq as the senior Commander for logistics operations from October 2005 to September 2006.

Awards and decorations received by Brigadier General Halstead include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (with oak leaf cluster), Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with five oak leaf clusters), the Army Commendation Medal (with oak leaf cluster), the Army Achievement Medal, the Air Assault Badge, and the Army Staff Badge.

Brigadier General Halstead is the daughter of BJ and Dick Halstead of Willseyville, NY.