|Years of service 1950-1986|
Education Ohio University
Name Robert Arter
|Commands held U.S. Sixth Army|
Rank Lieutenant general
|Born September 7, 1929 (age 86) (1929-09-07) |
Other work Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army
Awards Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart
Battles/wars Korean War Vietnam War
Service/branch United States Army
Battles and wars Korean War, Vietnam War
Allegiance United States of America
Robert Arter (born September 7, 1929) is a retired United States Army Lieutenant General and former commanding general of the Sixth United States Army.
He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Infantry from Ohio University in 1950. In 1952, Arter served with the 35th Regimental Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, in Korea. From 1956-60, after attending the Infantry Officer Advanced Course, he was assigned as an operations officer for the Infantry School. Upon completion of the U.S. Air Force Air Command and Staff College in 1962, he held numerous command and staff positions before being sent to the Republic of Vietnam. In 1968, he assumed command of the 1st Battalion, 506th Airborne Infantry, 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile). He returned to Vietnam in 1971 to command the First Brigade, 101st.
Arter was promoted to Brigadier General in 1973 and became the Commanding General of the Third ROTC Region. From 1975-79, he was the Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Training Center and Fort Ord; Assistant Division Commander, 7th Infantry Division; and Deputy Commandant, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. In 1979, Arter was promoted to Major General and named Commanding General, United States Army Military District of Washington, followed by Commanding General, U.S. Army Military Personnel Center. Arter's last assignment was as Commanding General, Sixth United States Army.
In 1991, Arter briefly held the position of Superintendent of Wentworth Military Academy. He served as President and CEO of the Armed Forces Bank in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas for a number of years and remains as a member of the board. In February 2006, he was named as a civilian aide to the Secretary of the Army for Kansas. In addition, Arter serves on the Governor’s Military Council for the state of Kansas.