Webb, Charles

BRIGADIER GENERAL CHARLES R. WEBB, AUS (Retired) Retired Brigadier General Charles R. Webb was born on 8 August 1947 in Statesboro, Georgia. He entered the military on 17 August 1968 as a private in the Georgia Army National Guard. He completed basic combat training (BCT) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and advanced individual training (AIT) at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He was commissioned a second lieutenant from the Georgia Military Institute (GMI) State Officer Candidate School (OCS) on 28 August 1970. One of 18 graduates from an initial class of 120, he was an Honor Graduate and received the Leadership Award for GMI Class IX. As a commissioned officer, he has held numerous positions. He served as a Forward Observer, Fire Direction Officer, and Executive Officer before becoming a Field Artillery Battery Commander (C-2/214) and later a Headquarters Commandant (HHB-2/214). At the battalion level, he served as S-1, S-2, S-3 and XO. He has been a Training Officer, Readiness Officer, and Resource Planner for the DCS-OPS at HQ-STARC in Atlanta, and the Logistics Operations Officer (S-4) for TSSD at the NGTC at Fort Stewart, Georgia. In 1995 he was selected as Battalion Commander for the 1/214th Field Artillery in Elberton, Georgia. During his command, the 1/214th participated in NATO winter exercises in Norway, which at that time was the largest overseas deployment for the Georgia Army National Guard since World War II. The achievements and success of this mission brought extensive recognition to the 1/214th. He was recognized by King Harold V of Norway and the Norwegian Sixth Army for exemplary command leadership during the exercise. In 1996 General Webb was one of 20 National Guard senior officers chosen nationwide for the resident course at the United States Army War College (USAWC) at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. He was elected to the Class Council and was chosen by his peers as Seminar Leader. While attending the USAWC, he flew to Tbilisis and met with senior military and political leaders of the former Soviet Republic of Georgia to research and prepare a strategic analysis of the National Guard State Partnership Program. At graduation in June, he was one of five students in his class of 320 who received the War College Foundation’s Writing Award, recognizing excellence in research and writing. In 1997, General Webb assumed command of the 122nd Support Detachment, which is an Army National Guard (ARNG) Joint Rear Tactical Operations Center (JRTOC), located in Savannah, Georgia. It is assigned to the 377th Theater Support Command (TSC), whose Army Reserve (USAR) headquarters is located in New Orleans, Louisiana. The TSC includes active, reserve and National Guard elements. The JRTOC coordinates force protection and joint rear battle operations with Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard and Marine commanders as well as coalition forces from friendly nations. During his tenure of command, the ROC upgraded its readiness and deployability to among the highest priority elements (FSP-1) in the ARNGUS, and the unit was transformed to a theater level Joint Rear Tactical Operations Center (JRTOC) for the Southwest Asia (SWA) area of responsibility (AOR). The JRTOC was a leader among ARNGUS elements at state and national levels in personnel strength, training, annual weapons qualification (AWQ), annual physical fitness test (APFT) scores, MOS qualification, and NCO and officer promotion rates. General Webb received his Bachelor of Science Degree in 1970, Masters in 1981, Education Specialist Degree in Administration in 1994, and the Doctor of Education Degree in Educational Leadership in 2001, all from Georgia Southern University. His military education included Field Artillery Officers Basic and Advanced Courses at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, the C&GSC (Reserve Course) at the University of Southern Mississippi, and the U.S. Army War College (Resident Course, MEL-1) at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. He was qualified prefix 5H (Nuclear/Chemical Target Analyst) and 5U (Air Operations). He attended 12 army service schools throughout the nation. His awards and decorations included the Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal (2 awards), Armed Forces Reserve Medal (3 awards), Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (8 awards), Army Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon (3 awards), Georgia National Guard Meritorious Service Medal, Georgia National Guard Service Medal (3 awards), Georgia State Active Duty Ribbon, and the Army National Guard Recruiter Badge. He was an expert marksman with the 9mm pistol and earned the Army Physical Fitness Training Badge. Having served more than 32 years as a citizen soldier and at the time of his retirement, General Webb had been employed by the Bulloch County Board of Education (1990-2006), the Elbert County Board of Education (1985-1990), Bulloch Academy (1976-1985), the Dalton Parks and Recreation Department (1973-1976), and the Statesboro Recreation Department (1970-1973). As an athletics coach, his record of 160-81-1 placed him among Georgia’s top 25 active football coaches in total number of victories, and 60th on the all-time career list of winningest football coaches in Georgia history. He was a statewide coach of the year four times, and a region coach of the year eleven times. He also coached nine different sports. In 1993, he was chosen as Georgia’s Athletic Director of the Year by the Georgia Athletic Directors Association (GADA). The Georgia Athletic Coaches Association (GACA) nominated him for National Athletic Director of the Year the following year. He has served as president of the GADA as a member of its Board of Directors. He also served five years (1988-1993) on the GACA Board of Directors, and has twice been recognized by the GACA with its Distinguished Service Award. He has also received Service Awards from both the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association and the National Federation of High School Coaches. After becoming one of the first athletic directors in Georgia to complete the national requirements for Certified Athletic Administrator (CAA) in 1995, he soon became one of 100 Certified Master Athletic Administrators (CMAA) nationwide in 2001. He has been an adjunct professor of reading for East Georgia College and a guest lecturer for the College of Education and the College of Health and Professional Services at Georgia Southern University. As an educator, he served as a teacher, coach, department chair, athletics director, assistant principal, principal, central office administrator and public school superintendent. As principal of Portal Middle and High School (2003-2006), he reorganized a public school that had been on the State Department of Education’s Needs Improvement List for the previous six years to a Title I Distinguished School within three years. The school was the first recipient of the Governor’s Cup (2007) for the most improved scores on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). He was awarded the statewide Ashe-Stuckey Leadership in Government Award in 2004. The Appling County Board of Education employed General Webb as its Superintendent in 2006, and the school system has shown continuous improvement. For the first time, all schools within the system made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in accordance with provisions of No Child Left Behind (2001). Also for the first time, one of the schools in Appling County was name a Georgia School of Excellence (2007). The community passed an Educational Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (E-SPLOST) referendum in March 2007 with 89 per cent favorable votes. The school district was among the first 150 in the nation to earn Accreditation with Quality by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI). General Webb has also served as a consultant in educational administration, school finance, strategic planning, gender equity and collaborative team building. He has co-authored a book entitle the Legal A-B-C’s of Title IX (2003). He is active in local civic organizations and charitable projects. He is married to the former Lynda Dempsey Cochran of Chamblee, Georgia, who holds a Masters Degree in History from Georgia Southern University and is employed in the public schools as a social studies teacher of Advanced Placement (AP) U. S. History. He has two daughters, Whitney and Lauren, and a son-in-law, Ken. General Webb is an ordained Elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and a graduate of the Savannah Presbytery School of Laity. 16 December 2007