Lansing resident tapped as aide to Army secretary
Fort Leavenworth Lansing resident Robert Arter is the new civilian aide to the secretary of the Army for Kansas.
With approximately 100 family members, friends, and local community leaders looking on, Arter was sworn into his position in an investiture ceremony conducted Wednesday at Fort Leavenworth.
"I'm very honored," Arter said, "I have seen the many benefits which have accrued over the years as a result of the program."
Arter's oath of office was administered and the ceremony hosted on behalf of the Secretary of the Army by Lt. Gen. Robert T. Clark, commanding general, Fifth U.S. Army. Lt. Gen. David H. Petraeus, commanding general, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth, served as co-host of the ceremony.
"Everyone present agrees that the perfect individual (Arter) has been selected and the honor being bestowed is more than appropriate, it is right," Petraeus said.
This appointment as Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for Kansas is a two-year term. In this capacity, Arter will serve as a local area advisor to the Secretary of the Army and the Fifth U.S. Army commanding general on matters relating to the U.S. Army.
"These are important people to the United States Army. They are part of the sounding board for whoever the Army secretary may be; a person the secretary can reach out and talk to about issues and get a different perspective," Clark said.
Arter also assumes the responsibility of interpreting the Army to communities within the state and, in turn, interpreting these civilian communities to the Army, thus serving as liaison between the Army and the Kansas civilian communities.
Civilian aides are provided timely, pertinent information on subjects of general Army interest, especially subjects that have particular application in their states. Individuals designated for this responsibility are accorded a unique protocol status ranked just below 3-star general officers and are considered as the secretary of the Army's personal representative. Arter joins 32 other civilian aides serving in positions throughout the Fifth Army area of responsibility.
Arter is active in many civic organizations. He is a member of the Business Executives for National Security, AUSA, chairman of the Military Affairs Committee of the Greater Kansas City Area Chamber of Commerce, and chairman of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College Foundation. Additionally, he is a member of the Governor's Military Council.
In partnership with the late U.S. Sen. Harry Darby, Arter endowed an annual award to encourage the study and writing of military history by students of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. His is also an Ohio University Medal of Merit honoree for distinguished service to the nation, a member of the Ohio University ROTC Hall of Fame, and a member of the Fort Leavenworth Hall of Fame.
After serving a distinguished 35-year military career that included combat tours in Korea and Vietnam, Arter retired from the U.S. Army as a lieutenant general During his Army service, Arter received the Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star Medal, the Air Medal (18 Awards with "V" Device), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster)), the Korean Service Medal (2 Campaigns), the Vietnam Service Medal (6 Campaigns) and the Vietnam Gallantry Cross. He also was awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge (with Star), the Parachutist Badge and the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge.
Arter received his Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce from Ohio University and his Master of Science degree in Public Administration from Shippensburg University.