Deputy to the Garrison Commander

Mr. Charles “Wes” Stephens, of Holly Pond, Alabama, assumed the duties as the Deputy to the Garrison Commander (DGC), U.S. Army Garrison, Devens Reserve Forces Training Area (DRFTA) on 19 July 2020.  Prior to this assignment, he served as the Garrison Executive Officer for the U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Stewart Georgia from June 2016 to July 2020. 

Mr. Stephens’ service as a Department of the Army professional spans over 32 years serving within teams and leading organizations, both in the United States and overseas, in a variety of military and civilian positions.  He began his active duty career as an Infantryman with the 4th Battalion, 27th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.  He then served as an Infantryman with the 3rd Battalion, 17th Infantry, 7th Infantry Division, Fort Ord, California.  In 1993, he joined the Judge Advocate General’s Corp as a Paralegal Noncommissioned Officer (NCO).  In that position, he served with the 2nd Armored Division “Hell on Wheels,” Fort Hood, Texas; 10th Area Support Group, Torii Station, Okinawa, Japan; 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York; and 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Stewart, Georgia.  After retiring from active duty in 2007 with 20 years of service, he immediately began a career as an Army Civilian with the Installation Management Command at Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia.  While at Fort Stewart, he served as the Administrative Law Senior Civilian Paralegal, Staff Judge Advocate Office from September 2007 to June 2014, the Fort Stewart Support Agreement Manager, Directorate of Resource Management from June 2014 to June 2016, and as the Garrison Executive Officer.

Mr. Stephens holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Columbia College of Missouri, and has completed the Army Management Staff College Intermediate and Advanced Civilian Education System courses, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

Mr. Stephens’ civilian awards include the Meritorious Civilian Service Medal and the Achievement Medal for Civilian Service.  His military awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (5 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (3 OLC), Expert Infantryman’s Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.  Mr. Stephens participated in expeditionary campaigns in Bosnia for the NATO-led multinational peacekeeping force, and Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  He received the Noble Patron of Armor award in 2020.