Barton J. Gilbert – Brigadier General (Ret)

BG Barton J. Gilbert (Ret)

Brigadier General Barton J. Gilbert is a retired United States Army officer with over 40 years of Army and Reserve service. His military duties have taken him to Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and Central America. Between 2007 and 2011, General Gilbert was recalled to active duty to serve at the Pentagon as a member of the Army Chief of Staff Retiree Council.

General Gilbert is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the Army Military Police and Transportation Officer Basic and Advanced courses and the Advanced Infantry Officers Course.

He holds a Master’s Degree from the Consortium of the California State University and Colleges, Long Beach and Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, Fresno.

General Gilbert joined the Army the day after he turned seventeen and spent eight years as an enlisted person before receiving a direct commission as a Second Lieutenant. He has had a wide variety of assignments including command at every officer level and served as a Captain in combat assignments with the First Infantry Division in Vietnam during 1968 and 1969.

General Gilbert’s decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Air Medals, Meritorious Service Medals, Army Commendation Medal and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm.

In civilian life General Gilbert served as Director of General Services, Contra Costa County, Martinez, California. He also was an Adjunct Associate Professor at Golden Gate University, School of Public Service and International Studies, San Francisco, California, between 1985 and 2005 and was the recipient of the University’s Distinguished Teaching Award.

As a member of the Board of Directors for Vietnam Helicopters, he will actively participate in all Directors’ meetings, assisting in support of goals and missions of the organization. He will serve as a visible representative to both the general public and the Veterans community.


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