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General B. B. Bell

Commander United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command/United States Forces Korea

(Posted 5/10/2006)


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President Dechert announces that the Commander, UN Command and US Forces Korea, General B.B. Bell, US Army has become a Life Member of the Korean War Veterans Association. Dechert notes that this supports the mission of the KWVA and supports membership recruiting of contemporary service personnel engaged in the continuing defense of the ROK. KWVA records search indicates that this is the first time the ranking UN/US Commander serving in the Republic of Korea has become a member of the organization.


General B.B. Bell
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General Bell was born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee on 9 April 1947 and was commissioned as a Distinguished Military Graduate in June 1969 upon graduation from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. His military education includes the Armor Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Command and General Staff College, and the National War College. He received a Master of Science in Systems Management from the University of Southern California.

General Bell's command positions include the 2nd Squadron, 9th Cavalry, 24th Infantry Division ( Mech) at Ft. Stewart, Georgia; and the 24th ID’s 2nd Vanguard Brigade, also at Ft. Stewart. He served as an Assistant Division Commander, 1st Infantry Division ( Mech) Bamberg, Germany and commanded the Army's Armor Center and Ft. Knox, Ft. Knox, Kentucky. General Bell commanded the Army’s III Corps, headquartered at Fort Hood, Texas; and most recently commanded the United States Army, Europe and 7th Army; and NATO's Allied Land Component Command, Heidelberg, Germany.

General Bell's staff positions include service as an ROTC Instructor at Texas Tech University; Force Plans Analyst for the Army DCSOPS; and Joint Staff Officer responsible for the Unified Command Plan in the J5, Joint Chiefs of Staff. Additionally, he was a tank battalion S3 in Korea and the Chief of Staff of 3rd Infantry Division in Würzburg, Germany. He also served as Chief of Staff of V Corps, and as DCSOPS and subsequently Chief of Staff, United States Army, Europe and 7th Army.

In 1994 General Bell served as a Senior Military Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City, and has since been selected as a serving member on the Council. General Bell deployed as USCINCCENT's Executive Officer in Desert Shield and Desert Storm; and later served as Chief of Staff, USAREUR Forward Headquarters, Taszar, Hungary during Operation Joint Endeavor in the Balkans.

His awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Army Commendation Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters. General Bell has also been awarded the NATO Meritorious Service Medal and the Polish Army Medal (Gold Award).

 

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