Robert T. “Bob” Wright, 68 of Bowling Green, Va. passed away Monday Jan. 19, 2015 at his home. Born in Massachusetts, he served as the Deputy Commander of U.S. Army Garrison Fort A.P. Hill in Caroline County. Prior to being selected for Fort A.P. Hill Mr. Wright served as a Senior Specialist for the Regional Installation Support Team (RIST) with Atlantic Region of the Installation Management Command at Fort Eustis, Va. His specialty included working on the team that built Garrison organizations for Army Material Command installations that were being transferred to Installation Management Command. He also planned and conducted Region Team building staff rides to Civil War battle sites.
Prior to his assignment with Atlantic Region, Mr. Wright served as the Garrison Manager of Torii Station, Okinawa, Japan. Mr. Wright had direct oversight of seven U.S. Army installations and more than 5,000 Soldiers, family members and Retirees who lived on Okinawa. His job also included interaction with local Japanese Government Officials and daily interaction with the senior Mission Commander.
Before being assigned to Japan Mr. Wright was the Deputy Garrison Commander at Pohakuloa Training Area, a 138,000-acre training and range complex on Hawaii Island. Prior to serving at Pohakuloa he served a four-year tour as the Deputy Garrison Commander at Camp Hialeah in Pusan South Korea.
Before he returned to government service as an Army Civilian he worked in various jobs following his retirement from Active Duty service.
Mr. Wright retired from the Army in 1994 at the rank of Colonel. He began his Army career as an enlisted Soldier; among his enlisted assignments is a tour as a Drill Sergeant. Mr. Wright later attended Armor Officer Candidate School at Fort Knox, Ky. and was commissioned a second lieutenant. During his officer career he served in Joint Staff assignments in the Continental United States, Panama and South Korea. He commanded two Armored Cavalry Troops, an Air Assault Infantry Battalion, a Basic Combat Training Company, a student company at the U.S. Army War College and served as an Armored Cavalry Squadron Executive Officer. His combat experience includes three tours in Vietnam as a Tank Platoon Leader, a Tank Company Executive Officer and as a senior advisor to both a Vietnamese Armored Cavalry Squadron in the 1st Armored Cavalry Regiment and the 33rd Vietnamese Ranger Battalion (Airborne). Colonel (Ret.) Wright’s military decorations include the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, two Bronze Stars, three Purple Hearts, four Army Commendation Medals, three with “V” Device for Valor, and two Vietnamese Crosses of Gallantry.
He is survived by his wife, Victoria Kim Wright. A funeral service will be held Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Storke Funeral Home, Bowling Green. The family will receive friends at the funeral home, one hour prior to the service and will also host a reception following the service. Burial, with military honors, will occur at a later date in Wiscasset, Maine. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.storkefuneralhome.com.