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Brig. Gen. Stephen M. Twitty

Brig. Gen. Stephen M. Twitty

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has announced the promotion of Brig. Gen. Stephen M. Twitty to the rank of Maj. Gen. in the United States Army.

A veteran of three wars, Twitty is currently serving in Afghanistan on his fifth overseas combat tour. His previous combat deployments included three tours in Iraq and a tour in Kuwait.

Twitty is the son of Bobby and Belinder Twitty of Chesnee. He is a 1981 graduate of Chesnee High School and a 1985 graduate of S.C. State University. He holds master’s degrees from Central Michigan University and the National Defense University.

“It is an honor to serve my country and a privilege to lead our nation’s finest sons and daughters. Their tremendous sacrifices and dedication have made me look good and their example has brought out the best in me,” Twitty said. “I owe much of my success, during over 27 years of service, to these wonderful soldiers.”

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In addition to his numerous military awards, Twitty is a recipient of the Silver Star medal, the nation’s third highest award for valor in combat, two awards of the Distinguished Superior Service Medal and three awards of the Bronze Star medal. In 2009, the state of South Carolina recognized Twitty by naming a four-and-a-half-mile stretch of State Highway 11, which runs through his hometown of Chesnee, in his honor.

A distinguished military graduate of S.C. State University’s Army ROTC Program, Twitty was inducted into S.C, State’s Army ROTC Hall of Fame in 2009, and was selected as one of the university’s distinguished alumni in 2004. With the promotion to major general, Twitty becomes S.C. State University’s most senior alumni serving on active duty in the military.

Twitty and his wife Karen have two daughters, Ashley and Brooke. Upon his return to the United States this summer, Twitty and his family will reside at Fort Hood, Texas, where he will assume the position as senior commander of Fort Hood, Texas.

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