ROTC Alumnus Leads Texas National Guard


After several tours of duty and years spent in Washington, D.C., U.S. Army National Guard Brigadier General Lester Simpson is coming home to Texas.

Simpson (’83), who was stationed at the Pentagon, will take over this month as head of the Texas Army National Guard. The UT Arlington ROTC alumnus joined the National Guard in 1980.

A veteran of the war in Afghanistan, Simpson served a 10-month tour in Bosnia and worked with NATO officials on peacekeeping assignments in Eastern Europe.

Simpson was inducted into the UTA Military Science Hall of Honor in 2010 and joins nearly two dozen alumni who have reached a top officer rank.


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