• Mrs. Marcia Irwin pins the one-star on her husband, newly promoted Brig. Gen. Lewis G. Irwin, commander of 926th Engineer Brigade, as Maj. Gen. William Buckler, Jr., commander of 412th Theater Engineer Command, looks on, USARC headquarters, July 14, 2012.

    Mrs. Marcia Irwin pins the one-star on her...

    Mrs. Marcia Irwin pins the one-star on her husband, newly promoted Brig. Gen. Lewis G. Irwin, commander of 926th Engineer Brigade, as Maj. Gen. William Buckler, Jr., commander of 412th Theater Engineer Command, looks on, USARC headquarters, July 14...

  • Mr. Doug Johnson presents flower bouquets to Brig. Gen. Lewis G. Irwin's family, wife Marcia (right), and daughters Eva and 2nd Lt. Mary Irwin, during the 926th Engineer Brigade commander's promotion ceremony on July 14, 2012 at the USARC headquarters, Ft Bragg, N.C. (Photo: Capt. Maryjane Falefa Porter, 412th TEC Public Affairs)

    Mr. Doug Johnson presents flower bouquets to...

    Mr. Doug Johnson presents flower bouquets to Brig. Gen. Lewis G. Irwin's family, wife Marcia (right), and daughters Eva and 2nd Lt. Mary Irwin, during the 926th Engineer Brigade commander's promotion ceremony on July 14, 2012 at the USARC headquarters...

  • 2nd Lt. Mary Irwin, daughter of Brig. Gen. Lewis G. Irwin, presents the General Officer Flag to Maj. Gen. William M.  Buckler, Jr., during her father's promotion ceremony at the USARC headquarters, July 14, 2012.

    2nd Lt. Mary Irwin, daughter of Brig. Gen...

    2nd Lt. Mary Irwin, daughter of Brig. Gen. Lewis G. Irwin, presents the General Officer Flag to Maj. Gen. William M. Buckler, Jr., during her father's promotion ceremony at the USARC headquarters, July 14, 2012.

  • Eva Irwin, daughter of Brig. Gen. Lewis G. Irwin, commander of 926th Engineer Brigade, presents the General Officer Belt to Maj. Gen. William M. Buckler, Jr., commander of 412th Theater Engineer Command, during her father's promotion ceremony at the USARC headquarters, July 14, 2012.

    Eva Irwin, daughter of Brig. Gen. Lewis G...

    Eva Irwin, daughter of Brig. Gen. Lewis G. Irwin, commander of 926th Engineer Brigade, presents the General Officer Belt to Maj. Gen. William M. Buckler, Jr., commander of 412th Theater Engineer Command, during her father's promotion ceremony at the...

  • Brig. Gen. Lewis G. Irwin, commander of 926th Engineer Brigade, receives a hug from his wife, Marcia, after she pinned on his one-star rank during his promotion ceremony at the USARC headquarters, July 14, 2012.

    Brig. Gen. Lewis G. Irwin, commander of 926th...

    Brig. Gen. Lewis G. Irwin, commander of 926th Engineer Brigade, receives a hug from his wife, Marcia, after she pinned on his one-star rank during his promotion ceremony at the USARC headquarters, July 14, 2012.

  • Maj. Gen. William M. Buckler, Jr., commander of 412th Theater Engineer Command, passes the General Officer Flag, to newly promoted Brig. Gen. Lewis G. Irwin, commander of 926th Engineer Brigade, during his promotion ceremony at the U.S. Army Reserve Command headquarters, July 14, 2012.

    Maj. Gen. William M. Buckler, Jr., commander of...

    Maj. Gen. William M. Buckler, Jr., commander of 412th Theater Engineer Command, passes the General Officer Flag, to newly promoted Brig. Gen. Lewis G. Irwin, commander of 926th Engineer Brigade, during his promotion ceremony at the U.S. Army Reserve...

  • 2nd Lt. Mary Irwin, a 2012 West Point graduate and daughter of Brig. Gen. Lewis G. Irwin, commander of 926th Engineer Brigade, renders a salute to her father, as her mother and sister look on, during her father's promotion ceremony at the USARC headquarters, Ft. Bragg, N.C., July 14, 2012.

    2nd Lt. Mary Irwin, a 2012 West Point graduate...

    2nd Lt. Mary Irwin, a 2012 West Point graduate and daughter of Brig. Gen. Lewis G. Irwin, commander of 926th Engineer Brigade, renders a salute to her father, as her mother and sister look on, during her father's promotion ceremony at the USARC...

  • Lt. Col. Dirk Gill, 412th TEC Chief of Resource Management, congratulates Brig. Gen. Lewis G. Irwin, commander of 926th Engineer Brigade, following his promotion ceremony at the U.S. Army Reserve Command headquarters, Ft Bragg, N.C., July 14, 2012. (Photo: Capt. Maryjane Falefa Porter, 412th TEC Public Affairs)

    Lt. Col. Dirk Gill, 412th TEC Chief of Resource...

    Lt. Col. Dirk Gill, 412th TEC Chief of Resource Management, congratulates Brig. Gen. Lewis G. Irwin, commander of 926th Engineer Brigade, following his promotion ceremony at the U.S. Army Reserve Command headquarters, Ft Bragg, N.C., July 14, 2012...

  • Maj. Gen. William M. Buckler, Jr., commander of 412th Theater Engineer Command, presides over the Oath of Office for Brig. Gen. Lewis G. Irwin, commander of 926th Engineer Brigade, during Irwin's promotiom ceremony at the USARC headquarters, July 14, 2012.

    Maj. Gen. William M. Buckler, Jr., commander of...

    Maj. Gen. William M. Buckler, Jr., commander of 412th Theater Engineer Command, presides over the Oath of Office for Brig. Gen. Lewis G. Irwin, commander of 926th Engineer Brigade, during Irwin's promotiom ceremony at the USARC headquarters, July 14...

  • Maj. Gen. William M. Buckler, Jr., commander of 412th Theater Engineer Command, Brig. Gen. Lewis G. Irwin, commander of 926th Engineer Brigade, Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald Flubacher, 412th TEC, and Command Sgt. Maj. Steven Hatchell, 926th Eng. Brig., sing the Army Song during Irwin's promotion ceremony held at the USARC headquarters, July 14, 2012.

    Maj. Gen. William M. Buckler, Jr., commander of...

    Maj. Gen. William M. Buckler, Jr., commander of 412th Theater Engineer Command, Brig. Gen. Lewis G. Irwin, commander of 926th Engineer Brigade, Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald Flubacher, 412th TEC, and Command Sgt. Maj. Steven Hatchell, 926th Eng. Brig., sing...

  • Command Sgt. Maj. Steven Hatchell, 926th Engineer Brigade, adjusts the General Officer Belt on his commander, Brig. Gen. Lewis G. Irwin, as Maj. Gen. William Buckler, Jr., commander of 412th Theater Engineer Command, looks on during Irwin's promotion ceremony at the USARC headquarters, July 14, 2012.

    Command Sgt. Maj. Steven Hatchell, 926th...

    Command Sgt. Maj. Steven Hatchell, 926th Engineer Brigade, adjusts the General Officer Belt on his commander, Brig. Gen. Lewis G. Irwin, as Maj. Gen. William Buckler, Jr., commander of 412th Theater Engineer Command, looks on during Irwin's promotion...

  • Brig. Gen. Lewis G. Irwin, commander of 926th Engineer Brigade, addresses a full house during his promotion ceremony at the U.S. Army Reserve Command headquarters, Ft. Bragg, N.C., July 14, 2012.

    Brig. Gen. Lewis G. Irwin, commander of 926th...

    Brig. Gen. Lewis G. Irwin, commander of 926th Engineer Brigade, addresses a full house during his promotion ceremony at the U.S. Army Reserve Command headquarters, Ft. Bragg, N.C., July 14, 2012.

  • Family and friends gather to congratulate Brig. Gen. Lewis G. Irwin, commander of 926th Engineer Brigade, 412th Theater Engineer Command, following his promotion ceremony held at the USARC headquarters, July 14, 2012.

    Family and friends gather to congratulate Brig...

    Family and friends gather to congratulate Brig. Gen. Lewis G. Irwin, commander of 926th Engineer Brigade, 412th Theater Engineer Command, following his promotion ceremony held at the USARC headquarters, July 14, 2012.

  • Maj. Gen. William Buckler, Jr., commander of 412th Theater Engineer Command, presides over the Oath of Office for newly promoted Brig. Gen. Lewis G. Irwin, commander of 926th Engineer Brigade, during his promotion ceremony at the USARC headquarters, July 14, 2012.

    Maj. Gen. William Buckler, Jr., commander of...

    Maj. Gen. William Buckler, Jr., commander of 412th Theater Engineer Command, presides over the Oath of Office for newly promoted Brig. Gen. Lewis G. Irwin, commander of 926th Engineer Brigade, during his promotion ceremony at the USARC headquarters...

  • 2nd Lt. Mary Irwin, a 2012 graduate of West Point and daughter of Brig. Gen. Lewis G. Irwin, listens as her father thanks peers and friends for their support following his promotion ceremony held at the USARC headquarters, July 14, 2012.

    2nd Lt. Mary Irwin, a 2012 graduate of West...

    2nd Lt. Mary Irwin, a 2012 graduate of West Point and daughter of Brig. Gen. Lewis G. Irwin, listens as her father thanks peers and friends for their support following his promotion ceremony held at the USARC headquarters, July 14, 2012.

FORT BRAGG, N.C.--Col. Lewis G. Irwin, commander of 926th Engineer Brigade, 412th Theater Engineer Command, was promoted to the rank of brigadier general in an official ceremony here Saturday at 5pm.

The event was held in conjunction with 412th TEC's 3-day Commander's Readiness Workshop held at the USARC headquarters. More than 70 key leaders and primary staff representing the TEC and its 26 brigades, battalions and direct reporting units were in attendance to witness this milestone for the Irwin family.

Mrs. Marcia Irwin pinned on her husband's 'one star', while daughters, Mary and Eva, each presented the General Officer Flag and the General Officer Belt. A large crowd of family and friends beamed with joy as Maj. Gen. William M. Buckler, Jr., commanding general of 412th Theater Engineer Command, administered the Oath of Office to the Army's newest brigadier general.

Struggling to fight back tears during his remarks to a full house, Irwin said he was especially thankful to his wife and children for their patience and support over the years. He credits them for any and all successes in his life, as he couldn't have done it without them.

He reflected on his younger years and growing up in small town America, in rural Claysville, Pa., attending the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the essence of hard work and staying focus to succeed in life. He talked about the value of family, trust, education, friendship and the people he's met and remembered through the years.

He also made a point of not letting this 'star' get to his head, the need to stay grounded and to do one's best to get the job done and to take care of Soldiers. He recalled an important lesson from retired Gen. Colin Powell's own experience as a one-star….that no one is indispensable.

Irwin is a 1982 graduate of McGuffey High School and a 1986 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. In 2008 he returned from a tour of active duty in Afghanistan, during which he led an interagency effort to design and implement a nation-wide reform of the Afghan National Police (ANP). He currently commands the 926th Engineer Brigade, headquartered in Montgomery, Alabama, and he also serves as an Army Reserve Adjunct Professor for Research at the U.S. Army War College's Strategic Studies Institute.

In his civilian career, Irwin is a professor of public policy and government at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. He holds masters degrees and a doctorate in political science from Yale University, as well as a masters in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College. Irwin is the author of two books on American politics and a variety of journal articles on national security and public policy, among other publications. Most recently, he published a third book on Afghanistan and the U.S. Government's strategic and interagency challenges there.

During more than 26 years of service in the U.S. Army, Irwin has served in Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Kuwait, Bosnia, Panama, Germany, and Afghanistan, as well as a variety of stateside locations, for both operations and training. His active duty service has included tours in the 101st Airborne Division; a combat tour with the 3rd Armored Division during Desert Storm; a Sapper company comman in the 1st Armored Division; and service with the Afghan National Police. Other command assignments have included command of the 2nd Battalion, 312th Regimemt, and the 301st Regional Support Group.

Irwin's military awards include two Bronze Star Medals, five Meritorious Service Medals, five Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, and various other service-connected awards. He is also Airborne, Air Assault, Sapper, and Jungle Warfare qualified.

Irwin and his wife Marcia and their three children live in McMurray. Their oldest daughter, Mary, is a 2012 graduate of West Point and will be assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division's Sustainment Brigade this Fall. Their daughter Eva is studying to be a teacher at Washington and Jefferson College, where she plays collegiate volleyball. Their son, Andrew, is a cadet in the Class of 2016 at West Point.

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