Assistant Adjutant General (Army)

Brig. Gen. Stanley J. Gordon Retires

 

Written by Maj. Hank McIntire

Published June 8, 2005

   

Brig. Gen. Stanley J. Gordon displays some mementos given him on his day of retirement.

Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Greg Cullis

Brig. Gen. Stanley J. Gordon displays some

mementos given him on his day of retirement.

DRAPER, Utah — After 38 years of devoted service to the Nation and Utah, Brig. Gen. Stanley J. Gordon, Assistant Adjutant General (Army) of the Utah National Guard retired officially at a ceremony and program held in the Draper headquarters June 2.

 

At the ceremony Utah National Guard Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Brian Tarbet presented Gordon with the Legion of Merit. The citation read in part, “For exceptionally meritorious service while serving in positions of great responsibility and trust . . . His vision and superb leadership have substantively contributed to the overall readiness of the National Guard and the United States Army.”

 

Following the awarding of the medal, friends, colleagues, and fellow Soldiers presented Gordon with farewell gifts and shared humorous and tearful memories about him which have accumulated over a long and successful career.

 

As did those who preceded him in the program, Tarbet paid a touching, personal tribute to the man who served as his second in command for nearly five years.

 

“We don’t have a better Citizen-Soldier than Stan Gordon. He has been an impact player the whole time,” Tarbet said.

 

During his remarks, Tarbet asked Gordon and all Soldiers in the room E-6 and below to stand.

 

“This is your general,” he said to the Soldiers. “To train you, to pay you, to promote you—that’s what Stan Gordon is all about.”

Maj. Gen. Brian Tarbet pins Brig. Gen. Tarbet with the Legion of Merit.

Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Greg Cullis

Maj. Gen. Brian Tarbet pins Brig. Gen. Gordon with the Legion of Merit.

 

Gordon, in his remarks, acknowledged that his accomplishments are in large measure a by-product of the great Soldiers and civilians he has worked with.

 

“It’s been absolutely delightful to work with a professional team that knows what it’s doing,” Gordon said. “Since 9/11 we’ve gone from a peacetime Guard to a high-tempo organization. And you did it without missing a beat.”

 

To the Soldiers whom Tarbet asked to stand Gordon said, “You are the future. You’re the ones that we worry about.”

 

As the ceremony concluded a six-piece ensemble from the Utah National Guard’s 23rd Army Band played “The Liberty Bell March,” “This Is My Country” and “Russian March” as friends and well-wishers formed a receiving line to congratulate Gordon.

 

At the luncheon following the ceremony, Gordon’s wife Darcie praised her husband’s military service and underscored his commitment to the Guard team.

 

“I’m very proud of him. He’s held up his end so that others could do the job that they needed to do,” she said.

 

Gordon, an artillery officer, was commissioned from the University of Utah ROTC program in 1967 and served 11 years in the Active Army to include a tour in Vietnam as a member of the 4th Infantry Division.

 

In his career Gordon served as commander of various units to include A Battery, 1st battalion (Target Acquisition), 26th Field Artillery;  1st Battalion, 140th Field Artillery and 1st Corps Artillery.

 

Gordon has held other positions of responsibility to include Operations Officer; Executive Officer; Director of Plans, Operations, Training and Military Support and Director of Information Management for the Utah State Area Command.

 

Gordon is a graduate of Command and General Staff College and the Air War College.  His decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster and the Army Commendation Medal with three bronze oak leaf clusters.

 

Gordon served as Assistant Adjutant General (Army) from October 2000 to May 2005

 

A shadowbox of a life's worth of accomplishments in the military was displayed for Brig. Gen. Gordon on his day of retirement from the Utah National Guard.

Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Greg Cullis

A shadowbox of a life's worth of accomplishments in the

 military was displayed for Brig. Gen. Gordon on his day of

retirement from the Utah National Guard.