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Dr. Richard Stewart, Chief Historian of the U.S. Army Center of Military History

Richard W. Stewart was appointed as the Chief Historian of the U.S. Army Center of Military History in 2006. Prior to assuming this post, he was the Chief of Histories Division, Center of Military History, from 1998 to 2006. His Bachelor’s Degree in history is from Stetson University, Deland, Florida (1972) and he has a Master’s degree in history from the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (1980). He received his Ph.D. from Yale University, New Haven, CT in 1986 with a dissertation topic on The English Ordnance Office: Arms and Politics 1585–1625. Dr. Stewart has also attended the National War College in 2005–2006 and received his Masters of Science in National Security Strategy from that Senior Service College. Before coming to the Center in 1998, Dr. Stewart was the Command Historian, US Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina from 1990–998, and Historian, Center for Army Lessons Learned, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas from 1987–1990. A retired Colonel in military intelligence, USAR, with 30 years of commissioned service, he has deployed as a combat historian to Operation Desert Storm (Saudi Arabia and Kuwait), Operations Continue Hope/Support Hope in support of Task Force Ranger in UNOSOM II (Somalia), Maintain/Restore Democracy (Haiti), Joint Guard/Joint Force (Bosnia), DESERT SPRING (Kuwait and Bahrain), and after 9/11 to Afghanistan in support of Task Force Dagger during Operation Enduring Freedom. He is married to the former Lynn Jones, currently an archivist at the Washington National Records Center, Suitland, Maryland, and has two sons, Mr. James Stewart of Laurel, Maryland, and Second Lieutenant John C. Stewart currently serving in Afghanistan.