Lt. Gen. William M. Steele
Lt. Gen. William M. Steele commanded the US Army, Pacific from July 1996 to October 1998. A native of Atlanta, Georgia, he graduated from The Citadel in 1967 and earned a Master of Arts in Management from Webster University in St. Louis. His military education includes the National War College.
In Vietnam Steele served from 1969-1970 as Battalion Advisor for the 23rd Ranger Battalion and as Operations Advisor for the 2nd Ranger Group. Promoted to brigadier general in 1990, his major command assignments include serving as Commanding General of the 82nd Airborne Division from 1993-1995. After his Hawaiian command, he served as Commanding General for the US Army Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
Other major duty assignments for Steele were Assistant Division Commander for the 8th Infantry Division in Germany from 1990-1991 and Deputy Commandant for the US Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth. Prior to coming to Hawaii, he served as Director for Operations for the US Atlantic Command in Norfolk, Virginia.
Gen. Steele's awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and the Bronze Star Medal. He retired on 30 September 2001.
USARPAC postures and prepares the force for unified land operations, responds to threats, sustains and protects the force, and builds military relationships that develop partner defense capacity in order to contribute to a stable and secure U.S. Pacific Command area of responsibility.
Vincent K. Brooks