Delaware Military History



BG (Ret) Ronald B. Stewart

Ronald B. Stewart retired in 2008 from the position of assistant adjutant general of
Delaware and commander of the Delaware Army National Guard.

Brig. Gen. Stewart dedicated his 40-year military career to advancing Army aviation. He
started as an Infantry private in 1965. Commissioned in 1967, he completed advanced
rotary-wing flight training at Hunter Army Airfield, Ga., in 1968.

Assigned to Vietnam, he led an assault helicopter platoon and flew 460 combat hours. He
was highly decorated for his year of wartime action.

Returning to the States, he became an instructor at the Army Primary Training Helicopter
Center at Fort Wolters, Tex. He instructed and flight-checked hundreds of students during
this tour before electing to leave the active military.

Stewart brought his vast experience to the Delaware Guard in 1971. He served as a flight
instructor and commander of an assault helicopter company. A dual-rated master army
aviator, he qualified in numerous rotary-wing and fixed-wing aircraft. He has chalked up
more than 6,300 pilot hours.

In 1984 he was named State Army Aviation Support Facility Commander and State Army
Aviation Officer, posts he held for 12 years. He was selected as chief of staff in 1996 and
Assistant Adjutant General-Army in 1999. He is the recipient of numerous awards for his
service to Delaware. He is the first aviator in the Delaware Army National Guard to be
promoted to the rank of general.

Gen. Stewart holds a bachelor of science degree in applied professions with a supervision
concentration from Wilmington College. He also attended the Army Command and
General Staff College and is a graduate of the U. S. Army War College resident class of 1990.

He and his wife Nancy live in Wilmington. They have two children: Scott Stewart who
lives in Pennsylvania, and Susan (Stewart) Lower of Las Vegas.