Kappa Alpha Soldier Promoted to Brigadier General during Camp Robinson Ceremony
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (PRESS RELEASE) – A lone soldier stood in uniform elevated above the crowd by the stage. To each side of him stood his family. One placing a single star on the space on his chest, and the other placing his cap, adorned with an identical single star, upon his head. The lone soldier turned and faced the crowded room as it erupted in applause.
The Arkansas National Guard’s Gregory C. Bacon (Epsilon Zeta – Arkansas Tech ’87) was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General during a ceremony at Camp Robinson Saturday.
“Today is rather surreal,” said Bacon. “It’s a happy day. It’s a good day for my family. But a little surreal.”
Bacon began his career in the Arkansas National Guard in 1985. He received his commission through Officer Candidate School in 1990, where he was recognized as the Honor Graduate and Distinguished Honor Graduate. Bacon has held multiple positions during his service, including Battery Commander, Recruiting and Retention Commander, and the Chief of Staff. He has deployed with the 142nd Fires Brigade during Operation Enduring Freedom, where he served as the IED-Defeat Cell Chief.
“Gen. Bacon epitomizes those qualities we look for in senior leaders in the Arkansas National Guard: honesty, dedication, commitment, tactical and technical expertise, sound ethical behavior, and Greg lives the warrior ethos,” said Maj. Gen. (Retired) William Wofford, former Adjutant General of the Arkansas National Guard and officiator for the ceremony today. “This is a long awaited day. One that Gen. Bacon has been preparing for his entire career, even if he didn’t realize it at the time.”
Bacon assumed his current position as the Deputy Adjutant General Arkansas National Guard. In this position, Bacon serves as the principal staff assistant and advisor to The Adjutant General.
His duties include a full spectrum of oversight, at both the state and national levels, regarding management and administration, coordination and collaboration across Army and Air components, performance improvement efforts, and regulatory compliance.
“We have a great responsibility as leaders, and every single one of us, whether we are an E-5 sergeant or the Adjutant General, have a job to do,” said Bacon. “The job that is common among us is leading our soldiers and airmen, and I don’t take that lightly. I pledge to you today, that whatever the job is, I will always give you my best.”
Bacon is from Dardanelle, Arkansas. He attended Arkansas Tech University where he earned his Bachelors of Science Degree in Agriculture Business. He then earned his Masters of Science in Strategic Studies at the U.S. Army War College. Bacon and his wife Stacy have two sons, Tyler and Taylor.
“In the military, when somebody does an outstanding job, we reward them with medals and ribbons,” said Wofford. “We promote only those that have demonstrated that they have the potential, the experience, and the capability to serve and command at the next higher level, and Greg certainly has that experience.”