April 7, 2009
Huxtable assumes duties of Virginia Assistant Adjutant General for Army
By Maj. Cotton Puryear
Virginia Guard Public Affairs
FORT PICKETT, Va. — Brig. Gen. Stephen L. Huxtable assumed the duties of the Assistant Adjutant General of Virginia for Army from Brig. Gen. Eugene A. Stockton April 5, 2009. Huxtable was promoted to brigadier general in a ceremony at Fort Pickett Sunday afternoon, and the ceremony also marked the retirement for Stockton who is ending his Virginia Army National Guard career that began in 1980.
Vera Huxtable affixes brigadier general rank on her husband Stephen L. Huxtable during his promotion ceremony at Fort Pickett April 5, as Maj. Gen. Robert B. Newman, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, looks on. (Photo by Maj. Cotton Puryear, Virginia Guard Public Affairs) Click HERE to download a high resolution version of the photo.
As the Assistant Adjutant General for Army, Huxtable reports to the Adjutant General of Virginia and is responsible for overseeing all training, logistics and personnel matters for almost 8,000 men and women of the Virginia Army National Guard serving in 47 armories throughout Virginia.
“Steve Huxtable brings to this position not only a deep understanding of Army National Guard procedures and operations, but also the most thorough understanding of the Virginia Department of Military Affairs as a state agency,” said Maj. Gen. Robert B. Newman, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia. “Those talents, along with his compassion for the welfare of Soldiers and their families and the energy that Steve displays in every task he is given makes an assistant adjutant general who will provide great leadership to the Virginia National Guard.”
The Honorable John Marshall, the Virginia Secretary of Public Safety, also commended Huxtable on his experience, as well as his understanding of the Virginia National Guard mission both here in Virginia and overseas.
“Steve Huxtable always finds a way to get the job done, and he someone you can always depend on when times are tough,” Marshall said. “He deeply cares about our Guardsmen and their families, and he truly is a leader and deserving of this promotion.”
Huxtable, a resident of the Short Pump area in Henrico County, said he felt honored and humbled by the promotion, and he looked forward to the opportunity to help make Virginia Guard Soldiers successful.
“If I can make Soldiers successful by getting them the training, logistics and resources they need, then we will all be successful,” Huxtable said.
Huxtable said his top priority will be retaining quality Soldiers in the Virginia Army National Guard to ensure the organization has the personnel strength to conduct the missions assigned by Virginia or the federal government. He said he plans to meet with commanders and senior noncommissioned officers to discuss ways to make sure Soldiers are getting quality training and their families are being provided any care they need, whether it is during a drill weekend or during a deployment.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the direction the Virginia National Guard is going, and we hope to maintain the momentum developed under the leadership of Brig. Gen. Stockton,” Huxtable said.
Maj. Gen. Robert B. Newman, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, presents Brig. Gen. Eugene Stockton with the Legion of Merit award April 5 at Fort Pickett. (Photo by Maj. Cotton Puryear, Virginia Guard Public Affairs) Click HERE to download a high resolution version of the photo.
Stockton began his career in the Virginia National Guard in 1980, after having served in the Marine Corps. In his civilian career, Stockton currently serves as the Director of the Bureau of Field Operations for the Virginia State Police.
“It is hard to see an officer of General Stockton’s caliber retire,” Newman said. “I can’t think of anyone I have a served with who has given more time of himself and put more energy into a job, and I have leaned on him every day for advice and counsel regarding the Army National Guard.”
Newman also stressed the importance of Stockton’s state police experience in the contribution he made to the Virginia Guard.
“His experience has been invaluable,” Newman said. “His expertise in law enforcement operations has dramatically increased our situation awareness in operations where we partner with the Virginia State Police, and dramatically improved our ability to plan with our interagency partners.”
Huxtable’s military career began when he enlisted in the Air Force in 1971, and in May 1982 he was commissioned as a second lieutenant. After transferring to the Virginia Army National Guard in 1984, Huxtable worked full-time as the deputy director of facilities management for the Virginia Army National Guard.
He became the director of facilities management in 1992, and served there until May 2000 when he was assigned as the full-time Virginia Army National Guard Chief of Staff. In addition to his full-time service, Huxtable also served as the commander of the 276th Engineer Battalion from 1996 to 1998.
Huxtable retired from his full-time employment with the Virginia Army National Guard in August of 2006, and he was selected as the Director of Personnel and Administration for the Department of Military Affairs. The DMA is the state agency responsible for the oversight of the Virginia Army National Guard, the Virginia Air National Guard and the Virginia Defense Force.