• Maj. Gen. Michael Bills, commander, 1st Cavalry Division, added his second star during his promotion on Cooper Field at Fort Hood, Texas, June 27. Bills took command of the 1st Cav. Div. in March and has since deployed along with roughly 300 Soldiers assigned to the division headquarters. The division will serve as the Regional Command-South headquarters in Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Angel Turner, 1st Cav. Div. PAO) (Released)

    First Team commander adds second star

    Maj. Gen. Michael Bills, commander, 1st Cavalry Division, added his second star during his promotion on Cooper Field at Fort Hood, Texas, June 27. Bills took command of the 1st Cav. Div. in March and has since deployed along with roughly 300 Soldiers...

  • Megan Bills, the wife of Maj. Gen. Michael Bills, commander, 1st Cavalry Division, adds the rank of major general to Bills' uniform during a promotion ceremony on Cooper Field at Fort Hood, Texas, June 27. Bills took command of the "First Team" in March and is headed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Angel Turner, 1st Cav. Div. PAO) (Released)

    First Team commander adds second star

    Megan Bills, the wife of Maj. Gen. Michael Bills, commander, 1st Cavalry Division, adds the rank of major general to Bills' uniform during a promotion ceremony on Cooper Field at Fort Hood, Texas, June 27. Bills took command of the "First Team" in...

FORT HOOD, Texas - Family and friends from near and afar witnessed Maj. Gen. Michael Bills, commanding general of the 1st Cavalry Division, add his second star during a promotion ceremony on Cooper Field here June 27.

"It is certainly an honor to be standing here before you," Bills said.

Bills was commissioned as a second lieutenant armor officer upon graduating from George Mason University in 1983.

Bills attributed his advancement in rank to the men and women he's served with throughout the years.

"It's the Soldier's, noncommissioned officers and the leaders that have made me who I am, in terms of who I am today," Bills said. "It's a great honor to them for achieving this rank as a two star."

Lt. Gen. Mark A. Milley, III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general, presided over the promotion and shard a brief insight on just how far Bills has advanced in the Army.

Milley said there were 7,923 lieutenants commissioned the same year as Bills.

"Twenty-seven of them made general officer and very few have pinned on the rank of major general," Milley said. "You're an incredible officer.

You've demonstrated competence, character, courage and compassion throughout your entire career."

Bills' Family, to include his parents, took part in the ceremony. His mother removed the previous ranks from Bills' chest and his wife put on the new rank. His father and two sons each added the two star rank to his Cavalry Stetson, beret and patrol cap.

"We're delighted," said Don Bills, Bills' father. "He's always remained our little boy who we were proud of when he grew up - now he can do it all."

Bills joined the "First Team" in March and has since led part of the division to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

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