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Steven L. Arnold
Born 8 January 1940(1940-01-08) (age 82)
Place of birth Illinois, U.S.
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1962–1997
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held Third United States Army
10th Mountain Division
2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division
2nd Battalion, 13th Infantry Regiment
1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment
Company A, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Airborne Infantry
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Gulf War
Awards Distinguished Service Medal
Silver Star Medal (2)
Legion of Merit (4)
Bronze Star Medal (2)
Purple Heart (2)

Steven Lloyd Arnold (born 8 January 1940)[1][2] is a retired lieutenant general in the United States Army who served as commander of the Third United States Army and deputy commander of FORSCOM from 1994 to 1997. He previously served as commanding general of the 10th Mountain Division from 1991 to 1993.[3][4]

Early life and education

Born in Illinois, Arnold graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1962 with a B.S. degree. He later earned an M.A. degree in political science from Auburn University and an M.S. degree in systems management from the University of Southern California. Arnold is also a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College and the Army War College.[1][2][3][4]

Military career

Arnold served with the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Airborne Infantry, 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam, commanding a company and earning two Silver Star Medals and two Purple Hearts.[5]

Arnold later served with the 8th Infantry Division in West Germany, commanding the 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment and the 2nd Battalion, 13th Infantry (Mechanized). He subsequently served as commander of the 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg.[3]

As a brigadier general, Arnold served as assistant commander of the 2nd Infantry Division at Camp Casey in South Korea. He then became operations officer for the Third U.S. Army in Saudi Arabia, where he led planning for Operation Desert Storm during the Gulf War.[3][4][6]

As a major general, Arnold served as deputy commander of the First U.S. Army at Fort Meade, commander of the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) at Fort Drum, and Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans at the Pentagon.[3][4] As the 10th Mountain Division commander, he participated in relief efforts after Hurricane Andrew in 1992 and then in Operation Restore Hope in Somalia.[7] Promoted to lieutenant general, Arnold assumed command of the Third U.S. Army in July 1994.[3]

Arnold was inducted into the Army Ranger Hall of Fame in 2015.[5]


Arnold is the son of Charles Dean Arnold (22 February 1914 – 8 July 1988) and Lois Evelyn (McNicol) Arnold (24 January 1916 – August 1982). His older brother Stanley Dean Arnold (6 October 1934 – 23 November 1993) was an Army aviator and Vietnam veteran who retired as a lieutenant colonel.[8][9][10][11]


  1. 1.0 1.1 U.S. Army Register: Active and Retired List. I. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office. 1 January 1966. p. 20. Retrieved 2021-11-23. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Class of 1962—Register of Graduates". Official Register of the Officers and Cadets. United States Military Academy. 1969. p. 789. Retrieved 2021-11-23. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 "'Patton's Own' Third U.S. Army: ‘Always First’". Association of the U.S. Army. October 1996. p. 174. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 "Third US Army: Preparing for the Future". US Army Command and General Staff College. March–April 1997. p. 18. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Ranger Hall of Fame". U.S. Army. 20 November 2018. 
  6. Schubert, Frank N. (1995). "Chapter 6: The Offensive Takes Shape". The Whirlwind War: The United States Army in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Center of Military History, United States Army. p. 129. ISBN 978-0160429545. Retrieved 2021-11-23. 
  7. Benson, Kevin C. M. (27 September 2010). Educating the Army’s JEDI: The School of Advanced Military Studies and the Introduction of Operational Art into U.S. Army Doctrine 1983-1994 (Thesis). Department of History, University of Kansas. p. 326. 
  8. "Charles Dean Arnold". 
  9. "Lois Evelyn McNicol Arnold". 
  10. "LTC Stanley Dean Arnold". 
  11. "Two Sons Wounded in Action". Kinmundy, Illinois: Kinmundy Historical Society. 14 September 1967. 

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