Commander, 82nd Airborne Division
Bobby B. Porter, from Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, began his military career in 1954 as a private in the Arkansas National Guard. In 1956, he graduated from Arkansas State as the Distinguished Military Graduate with a degree in Business Administration and was commissioned into the Infantry. General Porter served two combat tours in Vietnam where he was awarded two Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm. During his 30 years of commissioned service, he served in leadership positions at every level of command from rifle platoon leader to commander of an airborne division. General Porter has served his nation in positions of leadership at the highest levels to include Director of Military Personnel Management, Commanding General of the 82nd Airborne Division, and Deputy Commanding General of the XVIII Airborne Corps.