Major General Arlan M. DeBlieck
Deputy Commanding General - Sustainment, Eighth Army
Major General Arlan M. DeBlieck enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) in 1979, and in March 1985, commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the USMC. From November 1985 to October 1988, he served with the 3d Force Service Support Group (FSSG), III Marine Amphibious Force, Okinawa, Japan. During his tenure with the 3d FSSG, he served as Platoon Commander, Aide-de-Camp, Company Executive Officer, Assistant S3, and Company Commander with the 9th Motor Transport Battalion.
In November 1988, MG DeBlieck transitioned to The Basic School, Marine Corps Combat Develop Center, Quantico, VA., where he served as the S4 Maintenance Management Officer. In January 1990, MG DeBlieck attended the Army Transportation Officer Advanced Course, Ft. Eustis, VA. In June 1990, he transitioned to his final active duty assignment with the U.S. Marine Corps where he was assigned as the Inspector-Instructor for Transport Company, 6th Motor Transport Battalion, 4th Force Service Support Group (FSSG) in Providence, R.I. In April 1993, MG DeBlieck transferred to the Marine Corps Reserve, and in June 1993 was assigned as the Maintenance Management Officer for the G/S Maintenance Company, 4th Maintenance Battalion, 4th FSSG.
In March 2000, MG DeBlieck transferred to the U.S. Army Reserve where he was initially assigned to the 19th Theater Army Area Command as the Support Operations Electronic Missile Maintenance Officer, and eventually, the Special Troops Battalion S3. In January 2003, he deployed with the 3rd Corps Support Command (COSCOM), where he served as the Support Operations Transportation Branch Chief during Operation Iraqi Freedom. In March of 2004, he returned to a reserve status where he served as the Highway Regulations Officer, 3rd COSCOM (CONUS AUG), Des Moines, IA. In August 2005, MG DeBlieck assumed command of the 450th Movement Control Battalion (MCB), Manhattan, KS; and, in November 2006, deployed as the Commander for the Joint Movement Control Battalion (JMCB) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom at Bagram Airbase, Afghanistan.
In February 2008, MG DeBlieck and the 450th MCB returned from Afghanistan where he relinquished command and was assigned as the 89th Regional Readiness Command (RRC) G3. In October of 2008, he assumed command of the 561st Regional Support Group (RSG). The 561st RSG formed into TF Twister and MG DeBlieck deployed in September 2009 as the Victory Base Complex Garrison Commander, Baghdad, Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Following the return of TF Twister to CONUS in July 2010, MG DeBlieck relinquished command of the 561st and was assigned as the Deputy Commanding Officer, 103rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command (ESC), Des Moines, IA. In April 2012, he was assigned as the Commanding Officer of the 103rd ESC, and on July 20, 2012, and was promoted to Brigadier General and assigned as the Commanding General of the 103rd ESC. On August 20, 2014, he was assigned as the Deputy Commanding General, 21st Theater Sustainment Command and Commanding General for the 7th Mission Support Command (MSC), Kaiserslautern, Germany. On August 7, 2016, MG DeBlieck assumed command of the 81st Regional Support Command and on August 8, 2016 was promoted to Major General.
MG DeBlieck’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit with one oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal, National Defense Service Medal with bronze star, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one campaign star, Iraqi Campaign Medal with one campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with ‘M’ device, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with a numeral ‘3’, Army Reserve Overseas Training Ribbon with a numeral ‘5’, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with two bronze stars, NATO Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation, and Combat Action Badge.
MG DeBlieck retired in 2012 from the United States Department of Agriculture. MG DeBlieck is married to the former C. Michelle Samuels and they have four sons.