MG Dewitt T. Irby, Jr.

Army ROTC Alumni Hall of Fame Member


Major General Dewitt T. Irby, JR. was a Distinguished Military Graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi in 1962.  Following commissioning and early company grade assignments, MG Irby commanded Company A, 2d BA, 63rd   Armor of the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas.  Upon completion of the Officer Aviator Course in March 1965, he was assigned as an academic instructor and the company commander of a warrant officer candidate company for the United States Army Primary Helicopter School at Fort Wolters, Texas, until August 1966.  He then served his first tour in the RVN as the Maintenance Officer for the 125th Air Traffic Company.   In September 1967, he was transferred to Fort Eustis, Virginia, and served until November 1969 as Chief of the Aviation Support Division.  MG Irby returned to Vietnam where he was the Executive Officer of the 15th Transportation Bn, 1st Calvary Division, and the Commander of Company B, 15th Transport Battalion.  Upon Completion of the tour, he was assigned back to Fort Eustis as the Executive Officer of the 11th Transport Battalion.  In June 1973, MS Irby became the Field Grade Assignments Officer with the Transportation Branch at MILPERCEN.  He remained in that position until July 1975 when he was appointed the Aviation Programs Control Officer with the Aviation Logistics Office DCSLOG, Department of the Army.  In June 1978, MG Irby assumes command of the 205th Transportation Battalion (AVIM) and the Fliegerhorst Subcommunity, Germany.  Following command, he moved to Frankfurt and Headquarters, V Corps, where he served as Deputy G-4 and then Corp Deputy Chief of Staff.  Upon his return to CONUS in 1981, MG Irby was assigned to the United States Army Aviation Research and Modernization Program.  Subsequently, he served as the Director of Material Management with the Army Aviation Systems Command.  In June 1985, MG Irby was assigned as Commander of the 593rd Area Support Group, Fort Lewis, Washington.  MG Irby was assigned to the Pentagon from July 1987 to September 1989 as the Chief Logistics Resources Division, J-4, The Joint Staff.  In October 1989, he was assigned as the Deputy Commanding General of the United States Army Aviation Systems Command in St. Louis, Missouri.  MG Irby received his Masters of Arts degree in Management from Central Michigan University in 1975.  He is a graduate of the Armor Basic Course, Transportation Officer Course, the Command and General Staff College, the Defense Systems Management College, and the Industrial College if the Armed Forces.  MG Irby has commanded at every level.


His decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (3 OLC), Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal (4 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (1 OLC), Air Medal with 10 awards, and the Army Commendation Medal (3 OLC).  He is dual-rated Master Army Aviator.