Major General Arnold Schlossberg, Jr. was born February 14, 1937 in New York City, and grew up in Roanoke, Virginia. He graduated from Virginia Military Institute in 1958 and held a Master of Arts Degree in International Affairs from George Washington University. Schlossberg served in the United States Army from 1958 until his retirement in 1991. After retiring from the military, General Schlossberg moved to Orland Park, Illinois, where he became one of the founders of The National Insurance Crime Bureau. He served as its first president and Chief Executive Officer until his death on October 4, 1994.
General Schlossberg served in the United States Army in Germany, Vietnam, Korea, and Central America. For his duty with an artillery unit in Germany, he received an Army Commendation Medal with praise for the high standard of service he rendered during his tour in Germany from December 1959 to May 1963.
Schlossberg served a tour of duty as a military advisor in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge and the Bronze Star Medal. He was cited for outstanding meritorious service in connection with ground operations against hostile forces in Vietnam during the period from October 1965 through September 1966. He was also presented the Air Medal for meritorious achievement while participating in sustained aerial flight in support of ground forces.
In 1972 he commanded the 3rd Battalion, 31st Field Artillery in South Korea. In 1983 and 1984 he commanded Joint Force Alpha at the United States Southern Command in Honduras. He attended the National War College at Fort Leslie J. McNair in Washington in 1974.
Over a two year period ending in August 1979, he served as Chief, Nuclear Plans and Policy Division, and later as Chief, Nuclear Division Chemical and Nuclear Directorate, both at the Office of the Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans in Washington, D.C.
In 1979, Schlossberg was awarded a Harvard University fellowship and taught at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. He held three awards of the Legion of Merit, the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal; two awards of the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Defense Superior Service Medal.
From 1988 to 1989, he was Deputy Director, Plans and Strategy, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Politico-Military Affairs, under Secretary of State George Schultz. From 1990 to 1991 he was Deputy Assistant to Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney, in charge of the military’s participation in the war on drugs.
Major General Schlossberg was a true professional soldier throughout his distinguished and honorable career. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. He was the son of the late Arnold and Alice J. Schlossberg of Roanoke, Virginia. Survivors include his wife, Jolene Sutter Schlossberg; a daughter, Brandi Joy Schlossberg; a son, William Schlossberg; and two sisters, Nancy S. Giannasi, and Deda S. Miller.
Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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