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'Selfless': LeMasters promoted to major general

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Posted: Friday, July 11, 2014 1:21 pm

FORT HOOD — Clark W. LeMasters Jr., was chosen for promotion not just because of his record of service, but also because of his character, Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, III Corps and Fort Hood commander, said during a promotion ceremony Friday at Hildner Field.

“He is the single most selfless officer, selfless team player that I have yet to meet in uniform, and is also singularly the most humble individual wearing a star that I know today,” Milley said.

With the assistance of his mother, wife and two children, LeMasters pinned on the rank of major general. He has served as commander of 13th Sustainment Command for more than two years.

“The unit has done amazing things. It has shaped my thinking as an officer in the time that I’ve spent here.”

The son of a Green Beret, LeMasters attended Killeen High School for two years while his father was stationed at Fort Hood.

He commissioned as an ordnance officer in 1984.

Milley noted that of the 8,000 officers commissioned that year, only 27 made it to general officer.

LeMasters has served in four Army divisions and deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Before serving as the 13th’s commander, he was the commandant and chief of ordnance at the U.S. Army Ordnance School and Corps at Fort Lee, Va.

Retired Chief Warrant Officer 5 Bernard Satterfield served with LeMasters in Virginia and traveled from North Carolina to show his support during the ceremony.

“We developed a close relationship and it just carries on,” he said.

LeMasters deserves the promotion, he said, because he upholds the Army’s standards — loyalty and responsibility to the Army family.

In less than two weeks, LeMasters will leave Fort Hood to serve as the deputy chief of staff for logistics and operations for the Army Materiel Command at Redstone Arsenal, Ala.

As he leaves, he said he will take with him lessons learned.

Working with Milley — who administered the oath of office for the newly pinned two-star major general — taught him to refocus on combat readiness, LeMasters said.

“Organizations, headquarters, staff entities exist to ensure our soldiers and our formations are ready to fight when called on,” LeMasters said. “There is awesome responsibility in that oath. I look forward to what I can do to make sure our Army is ready.”

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By Rose L. Thayer

Killeen Daily Herald

FORT HOOD — Clark W. LeMasters Jr., was chosen for promotion not just because of his record of service, but also because of his character, Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, III Corps and Fort Hood commander, said during a promotion ceremony Friday at Hildner Field.

“He is the single most selfless officer, selfless team player that I have yet to meet in uniform, and is also singularly the most humble individual wearing a star that I know today,” Milley said.

With the assistance of his mother, wife and two children, LeMasters pinned on the rank of major general. He has served as commander of 13th Sustainment Command for more than two years.

“The unit has done amazing things. It has shaped my thinking as an officer in the time that I’ve spent here.”

The son of a Green Beret, LeMasters attended Killeen High School for two years while his father was stationed at Fort Hood.

He commissioned as an ordnance officer in 1984.

Milley noted that of the 8,000 officers commissioned that year, only 27 made it to general officer.

LeMasters has served in four Army divisions and deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Before serving as the 13th’s commander, he was the commandant and chief of ordnance at the U.S. Army Ordnance School and Corps at Fort Lee, Va.

Retired Chief Warrant Officer 5 Bernard Satterfield served with LeMasters in Virginia and traveled from North Carolina to show his support during the ceremony.

“We developed a close relationship and it just carries on,” he said.

LeMasters deserves the promotion, he said, because he upholds the Army’s standards — loyalty and responsibility to the Army family.

In less than two weeks, LeMasters will leave Fort Hood to serve as the deputy chief of staff for logistics and operations for the Army Materiel Command at Redstone Arsenal, Ala.

As he leaves, he said he will take with him lessons learned.

Working with Milley — who administered the oath of office for the newly pinned two-star major general — taught him to refocus on combat readiness, LeMasters said.

“Organizations, headquarters, staff entities exist to ensure our soldiers and our formations are ready to fight when called on,” LeMasters said. “There is awesome responsibility in that oath. I look forward to what I can do to make sure our Army is ready.”

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