Colonel Charles (Gus) Stafford
West Point Chief of Staff
COL Stafford is a native of Hollister, California. He was commissioned from the United States Military Academy as a 2nd Lieutenant of Infantry on 27 May 1981, where he earned a BS degree in Engineering. After graduation COL Stafford attended the Infantry Officer Basic Course at Fort Benning, Georgia.COL Stafford's initial assignment was to Wiesbaden, Germany where he served as a Platoon Leader and Executive Officer for Company A, 3rd Battalion, 28th Infantry (Mechanized). Subsequently he served as the Executive Officer, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Brigade, 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized)(Separate), Assistant Brigade S-4, and Battalion S-4, 64th Support Battalion. Following his initial assignment in Germany, COL Stafford returned to Fort Benning for the Infantry Officer Advanced Course.COL Stafford was next assigned to the 197th Infantry Brigade (Mechanized)(Separate) at Fort Benning, Georgia where he served as the Assistant Brigade S-3 and Brigade S-3 Air Operations. He commanded A Company, 1st Battalion 58th Infantry (Mechanized) within the Brigade, and departed for graduate school at the Naval Post Graduate School, Monterey, California. After earning a Masters of Science degree in Operations Research and Systems Analysis, COL Stafford became a Personnel Program Analyst for the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel at the Pentagon.COL Stafford next attended the US Army Command and General Staff Officer's College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Following CGSOC, he moved to Fort Lewis, Washington where he initially served as Assistant Corps G3 Plans and Exercises, I Corps. COL Stafford next served as Battalion S3, 3rd Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment (Light), Battalion S3, 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment (Light) (Unit Re-designation), and culminated his service at Fort Lewis as the Brigade S3, 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Light).Following branch qualification, COL Stafford became the Special Assistant to Commander, TRADOC, Fort Monroe, Virginia where he was selected for Battalion Command. The family moved to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri where COL Stafford served as the Brigade Executive Officer, 3rd Basic Combat Training Brigade and Battalion Commander, 2nd Battalion, 10th Infantry Regiment.The family returned to Virginia where COL Stafford assumed duties as the Ground Operations Planner for the J3, United States Joint Forces Command. Following the events of September 11, 2001, COL Stafford deployed with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force as part of Combined Joint Task Force Consequence Management in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Upon return from the Middle East, COL Stafford concluded his Joint duties as the Deputy Chief of Plans and Operations for the J3, United States Joint Forces Command.Following completion of the United States Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, The family moved to Fishers, Indiana where COL Stafford took command of 3rd Brigade, 85th Division (Training Support). Through two years of command, COL Stafford mobilized and trained over 40,000 National Guard and Army Reserve soldiers, from 48 States and Territories, deploying in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.COL Stafford recently assumed duties as the West Point Chief of Staff, having served as the West Point G-3 following three years in the Office of the Chief of Legislative Liaison.