Major General Robert D. Harter became the U.S. Army Materiel Command Chief of Staff and Assistant Deputy Commanding General for the U.S. Army Reserve in April 2019.
A native of both Alaska and Virginia, Major General Harter was commissioned in the Field Artillery Corps in 1988, after graduating from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and Communications. He also holds a Masters in National Security Strategy from the National War College.
Major General Harter’s previous General Officer assignments include Commanding General of the 316th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) where he deployed to CENTCOM in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and Spartan Shield; Chief of Staff and G3 for the Office of the Chief of Army Reserve (OCAR); and the Army Reserve Senior Representative to the 39th Chief of Staff of the Army Transition Team.
His active duty assignments include the 11th Armored Calvary Regiment, Bad Hersfeld, Germany, where he participated in multiple border security missions before the fall of the Berlin Wall and German reunification, and deployed to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait in support of Operation Desert Storm; the 101stCorps Support Group, where he served as the Group Maintenance Officer and commanded the 584thMaintenance Company, Fort Campbell, Ky.; and as an instructor at the Ordnance (Ammunition) Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Redstone Arsenal, Ala.
Major General Harter transferred to the Active Guard Reserve program in 1999. His AGR assignments include: Training Chief for Readiness, 99th Regional Readiness Command, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Support Operations Officer, 55th Sustainment Brigade, Fort Belvoir, Va.; Distribution Management Chief, 316thExpeditionary Sustainment Command, mobilized to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (2007-2008); Branch Chief, Force Protection Branch, Joint Staff J8, Force Structure, Resources, and Assessment, Washington, D.C.; Executive Officer, Office of the Chief of Army Reserve, Washington, D.C.; and Assistant Chief of Staff, Office of the Chief of Army Reserve, Fort Belvoir, Va.
Major General Harter’s awards include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Defense MeritoriousService Medal, and the Parachutist and Air Assault badges. He is a graduate of the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, Ordnance Officer Advanced Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Command and General Staff College, the National War College, and The CAPSTONE course.