Army Major General Arthur M. Bartell, a highly decorated officer whose command assignments included overseeing all ROTC and JROTC units nationwide, is currently the President of the Army and Navy Academy.
General Bartell was born in Brooklyn, NY - the son of a career Army Officer. He was commissioned as an Army Field Artillery officer in 1977 through ROTC at the University of Michigan and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Zoology. He has also earned Master's Degrees in Behavioral Science from Catholic University, and National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College.
General Bartell's leadership has made a profound difference in units at locations such as Korea, Alaska, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Haiti, Afghanistan and Iraq. He is a veteran of Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Uphold Democracy, Enduring Freedom, and New Dawn. His stateside assignments include service with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault,) the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry,) and the XVIII Airborne Corps.
His last assignment was the Deputy Director and Chief of Staff of the Army Capabilities Integration Center, Training and Doctrine Command at Fort Eustis, Va., General Bartell retired from the Army on September 1, 2013. His 36-year career has included combat assignments in Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan; as well as a stint as Commanding General of the U.S. Army Cadet Command.
His decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Defense Superior Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, The Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with seven Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Parachute Badge, the Air Assault Badge, and numerous medals commemorating his service in Korea, Southwest Asia, Kuwait, Afghanistan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the Global War on Terrorism.
General Bartell is married to the former Karen Gravlin and their family includes son Aaron, his wife Talia, and grandson Daniel; son Kevin and his wife Megan; and son Benjamin.