CLACKAMAS, Oregon -- Oregon Army National Guard Brig. Gen. Steven R. Beach retired after 33 years of military service in a ceremony, May 6, 2017, at the 41st Infantry Division Armed Forces Reserve Center at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Oregon.
Beach most recently served as the Assistant Adjutant General -- Army. In this role, he was responsible for synchronizing, coordinating and directing the Oregon National Guard's Army and Joint enterprise functions in support of the strategic plan, vision and guidance of the governor and the adjutant general. He ensured that the organization fulfilled its assigned missions and priorities, while adhering to all statutory, regulatory and policy requirements. He made strategic contributions with his work on the Oregon National Guard's Strategic Direction, the State Partnership Program, as well as his passion to preserve organizational history with the Oregon Military Museum.
Beach was presented with a letter from Governor Kate Brown on the occasion of his retirement, "In your years of service you have brought proficiency and expertise to challenging assignments and have been a tremendous asset to the Guard," the letter read. "Your presence and skills will be missed by many. May you continue to find challenge and reward in the years ahead."
Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel, Adjutant General, Oregon, presented Beach with the Oregon Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit and his Certificate of Retirement during the ceremony. He was also presented with several gifts from Oregon National Guard units that he led and supported throughout his career.
"Brig. Gen. Beach has been a superior leader and mentor throughout his career and has emulated the definition of what a senior leader should be," said Stencel. "His contributions have made a lasting impact on the organization and will continue to do so for many years to come."
Beach graduated from the United States Military Academy in May 1984 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and Math, and he earned a Master's in Business Administration from George Fox University in 2002.
His military education includes Field Artillery Officer Basic Course at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, in February 1985; U.S. Army Ranger school in April 1985; Nuclear Biological Chemical and Small Arms Courses in 1986; Public Affairs Officer Course in 1990; Infantry Officer Advanced Course in 1992/93; Combined Arms and Services Staff School in 1996; Information Operations Course in 1999; and Command and General Staff College in 2002. He completed U.S. Army War College through a National Security Fellowship at Harvard in August 2008 to May 2009.
His first military assignments were in the active duty U.S. Army as the fire support team chief and the fire direction officer (1985-87) with 2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery, at Kirch-Goens, Germany. He then became executive officer for the 42nd Field Artillery Brigade at Giessen Army Depot (1987-88).
Beach joined the Oregon Army National Guard in 1989. He served as the brigade public affairs officer for the 41st Infantry Brigade from 1989 to 1992. He commanded Company B, 1st Battalion, 162nd Infantry Regiment (1992-95). He led B Company to Panama as the opposing force in a training exercise against an 82nd Airborne Division battalion (1993). He also took the company to Operation Northwind in Hokkaido, Japan (March 1994).
He served full-time from 1989 to 1994 in the Counter-Drug Support Program. In 1998, he served for five months at U.S. Army Europe headquarters to plan operations for National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve troops in Bosnia. In 1999, he was selected as the first information operations officer for the 41st Infantry Brigade. He transferred to the Military Department in 2003 as a point of contact for the Strategic Management System and assisted in the train-up of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team for deployment to Afghanistan. He served as Chief of Staff of the Oregon Army National Guard (2004-2006). He was then assigned to Camp Rilea in July 2006 as operations branch chief and subsequently became the post commander.
Following War College, he deployed as the brigade executive officer with the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team from May 2009 to April 2010. He served as the deputy brigade commander of the 82nd Brigade Troop Command (2010-2011) and later assumed command of the brigade in 2013. He has been serving as the assistant adjutant general since June 2014.
His awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with four Oak Leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf cluster, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal with five Oak Leaf clusters, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M and 20 devices, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, and Ranger Tab.
General Beach and his wife, Diane, were married in 1992 and live in Newberg, Oregon. In his civilian employment, he has worked for Intel Corporation in Hillsboro, Oregon, since 1994.
Photo Captions: 170506-Z-OT568-010: Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel (left), Adjutant General, Oregon, presents Brig. Gen. Steven R. Beach, Assistant Adjutant General -- Army, with a Certificate of Retirement after 33 years of military service during his retirement ceremony, May 6, 2017, at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Oregon. In his civilian career, Beach works for Intel Corporation in Hillsboro, Oregon. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)
170506-Z-OT568-023: Brig. Gen. Steven R. Beach, Assistant Adjutant General -- Army, speaks to an audience of friends, family and fellow service members during his retirement ceremony, May 6, 2017, at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Oregon. Beach retired after nearly 33 years of military service. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)