Brig. Gen. Stephen M. Twitty, native of Chesnee, and South Carolina State University Distinguished Military graduate, received the Silver Star Medal, the country’s third highest award for valor, for his actions during the fall of Baghdad in April, 2003. He currently serves as the Deputy Commanding General, 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss, Texas.
Throughout his illustrious military service, Brig. Gen. Twitty has held several leadership posts, including a tour in Operation Desert Storm and three tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom where he commanded an infantry company, battalion, and a brigade team in combat. He has held leadership posts in Heidelberg and Schweinfurt, Germany, and Belgium. In the U.S., he has served in leadership roles at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Fort Stewart, Georgia, and Executive Officer to the Deputy Commanding General of the United States, Northern Command in Colorado Springs. He also served as a Joint Chiefs of Staff intern in the Directorate for Strategic Plans and Policy in the Pentagon and as speechwriter to the Army Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations. He last served as Chief of Staff, Third Army/United States Army Central during Operation Iraqi Freedom in Kuwait and at Fort McPherson, Georgia.
Among Brig. Gen. Twitty’s numerous other awards and decorations are the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, three Bronze Star Medals, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal.
Brig. Gen. Twitty is a member of the South Carolina State University Army ROTC Hall of Fame, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree. He received the Master of Science from the National Defense University, and is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Brig. Gen. Twitty and his wife, the former Karen Wilson, are the parents of two daughters, Ashley and Brooke.