Former deputy commanding general of the U.S. Army Cadet Command, Fort Monroe, was honored with a retirement ceremony Friday at the 1st Logistical Command War Memorial.
Brig. Gen. Mark A. Montjar bids farewell to the Army after 35 years of service.
“The Army is losing one its best,” said Brig. Gen. Mark A. Bellini, Quartermaster Center and School commanding general.
“We all know Mark’s commitment to our nation, along with his long years of service,” Bellini said. “Mark is remembered very fondly for his hard work here at Fort Lee and throughout the (quartermaster) corps. Wherever he’s been, he’s been at the front of the ranks accepting the tough challenges. All of that underscores that the Army was really lucky, and the quartermaster corps was lucky when you chose the quartermaster corps 35 years ago.”
Bellini said he was honored that Montjar chose to come back to Fort Lee for his retirement.
Maj. Gen. Harry J. Phillips, Jr., 377th Theater Sustainment Command commanding general, said he wanted to give thanks for Montjar’s service on behalf of those who have served with him.
“There’s no greater Soldier with whom we have had greater pleasure to serve with than (Montjar),” Phillips said. “No person who has embraced his duties with greater energy, or enthusiasm, or professionalism than you, Mark.”
Phillips said Montjar undertook to educate him on the complexities at Army Materiel Command.
“What Mark did for our Army and our nation was incredibly valuable, incredibly worthwhile and will not be forgotten,” he said.
Montjar thanked many individuals who were present at the ceremony and those who had an influence on his success.
He said there’s nothing stronger than an Army Soldier, “and there’s nothing stronger than a quartermaster Soldier.”
Montjar was born in Springfield, Ohio. He received a bachelor’s degree in marketing and was commissioned a second lieutenant in August 1971, upon completing the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program from the University of Cincinnati.
He entered active-duty service in January 1972 at Fort Lee. After graduating from the Quartermaster Officer Basic and Subsistence Officer Course, he was assigned to the Theater Army Support Command in Neu-Ulm, West Germany and served as the installation commissary officer.
Other assignments on active duty include the VII Corps and the Quartermaster School Brigade where he commanded an advanced individual training company.
In October 1977, he separated from active duty and entered the Army Reserve where he served with the 70th Division (Training), the 85th Division (Exercise), and the 19th Theater Army Area Command.
He was then assigned to the U.S. Army Materiel Command to serve as the assistant deputy chief of staff for operations from 2001 to 2005. He was recalled to Active Duty in August 2005 and culminated his career with the U.S. Army Cadet Command until August 2006.
Montjar retired from General Motors Corporation in 2002 where he served as a world-wide purchasing supervisor. He is currently employed by Booz Allen Hamilton in Michigan.
He is married to Diana L. Curson. His son, Andrew, resides in Shelby Township, Mich.; and his daughter, Catherine, resides in New York City. Montjar and his wife reside in South Lyon, Mich.