Brigadier General Steven B. McLaughlin took command of the 100th on 2 November 2019 in a ceremony on Brooks Field, Fort Knox. He has been a soldier for 25 years, after commissioning in 1994 in the Transportation Corps (TC).
He first served on active duty in TC units in Germany, deployed in 1995 in support of Operation Joint Endeavor (NATO’s mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina), and in 1997 in Operation Joint Forge (NATO’s stabilization force in Bosnia-Herzegovina) deploying to Hungary as Base Camp Mayor and Commander, HHD, 28th TC Battalion (Forward).
After leaving active duty in 1998, BG McLaughlin served in USAR TC units in California as company commander 481st Transportation Terminal and battalion S2/3 of 483rd Transportation Battalion. In 2004, he deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and served as battalion S2/S3, acting battalion commander and battalion executive officer of the 483rd Transportation Battalion.
In 2009, he served as a staff officer in the 63rd Regional Support Command and then commanded the 483rd Transportation Battalion to 2012. He then mobilized with the 311th Expeditionary Sustainment, Rear Detachment as the G3 and later served as Assistant Chief of Staff, G3/5/7.
In 2015, BG McLaughlin commanded the 1394th Transportation Brigade, Camp Pendleton, CA. He was later assigned as an IMA with Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, Scott AFB, IL. In 2018, he became G3/5/7 of the 63rd RD in Mountain View, CA, and later Chief of Staff.
BG McLaughlin’s many awards include The Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3OLC), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and Service Medal, NATO medal, Army Superior Unit Award and the German Army Truppindienst (Bronze). He is a recipient of the TC Corps Regiment Order of St. Christopher Medal.
BG McLaughlin completed US Army Transportation Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Combined Armed Service and Staff School, Army War College, Joint Combined Warfighter School, Bn/Bde Pre Command Course and the Anti-Terrorism Officer Course, among other schools.
He holds a BS degree in History from Santa Clara University and a Masters in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College. He is married to the former Heather Custino and they have two children, Ryan (age 16) and Charlotte (14). They reside in Burlingame, CA.
100th Division Change of Command on 2 Nov 2019 on Brooks Field, Ft. Knox, KY.
New Command Team for the 100th Division (LD)
Left to Right: CSM Gregory Betty, 100th Division CSM
BG Steven B. McLaughlin, New CG of the 100th Division
MG (Ret) Bill Barron, Past Commanding General of the 100th Division and Chairman of the AOC Board
COL Robert A.Cobb, began his Army career as an enlisted soldier with the 100th Division in 1971. He quickly achieved the rank of Sergeant First Class before receiving a Direct Appointment in 1979 to First Lieutenant, in the Branch of Adjutant General. He completed of the AG Officer Basic Course and served as the OIC for the records section of the Division G1. In 1985 he Branch transferred to Armor. COL Cobb subsequently served as Company Commander, S-3 Operations Officer, and later as Battalion Commander for 2-399th Regiment in Bowling Green, KY.
COL Cobb was specifically instrumental as the Operations Officer for 2-399th, 7th Brigade in the preparation and training for tank crewmen for the M1A1 and Bradley fighting vehicle. The battalion later trained ROTC cadets in the Basic and Advanced Courses. COL Cobb was hugely responsible for the successful conduct of the ROTC training mission. His final assignment was the Deputy Chief of Staff, G1, where he assisted in the preparation for the Communities of Excellence Award received by the 100th Division. COL Cobb retired in 2006, after 35 years of faithful service. His service reflects professional competence, high standards, and many years of successful mission accomplishment.
COL Cobb has received numerous awards, including the Meritorious Service Medal(2OLC), Army Commendation Medal(1OLC), Army Achievement Medal(6OLC), Good Conduct Medal, Army Service Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal.
COL Cobb is an active member of the Association of the Century, a member of the Board of Directors and currently 1st Vice President, and responsible for the activities of the Supply Room, generating funds for the AOC. He is a Lifetime Member of the Association, and a supporting member of the Franklin Club. He volunteers time supporting the 100th Division museum, and he assists with membership surveys and soliciting membership contact information and feedback.
COL Cobb resides in Bowling Green KY with his wife Mary. COL Cobb is recently retired from his position as advisor to PHD candidates at Western Kentucky University, after serving the university for 44 years.
2019 – Inducted into the Corridor of the Century, Inductee # 123
The General’s “Franklin Club Challenge” has raised $18,452 from 120 participants; $10,622 has been designated to the Scholarship Fund; $1,167 to the SOS Fund, $1,166 to the Museum Fund and the remainder has been designated unrestricted. The 125 participants are:
IN MEMORIAM: COL Byron Crawford by: Anonymous
Larry D. Abel
David Evans ($300)
Francis ‘Mac’ McDermott Gerald C. McKinney ($150) Keith McWhorter
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|Updated:2 October 2019|