Bird retires after 30 years of service in the Army | Congrats Colleton | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | November 12, 2016 5:00 pm
Last Updated: November 9, 2016 at 2:16 pm
LTC Harry J. Bird recently retired from the Army after 30 years of service.
Bird enlisted in the United States Army in 1986 as an armor crewman. He transitioned to the South Carolina Army National Guard in 1988. He is the third honor graduate of Palmetto Military Academy (Class 44) and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant armor officer on Aug. 7, 1993. LTC Bird holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Charleston Southern University and a Black Belt certification in Lean Six Sigma from Midlands Technical School.
Throughout his career he has held a variety of leadership positions to include: Commander, 43rd Weapons of Mass Destruction-Civil Support Team, AGR Branch Manager; S-3, 4th Battalion 118th Infantry; J-3 Plans Officer, Joint Forces Headquarters-SC; Operations Officer, 218th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade; Team Chief and S-3, Embedded Training Teams in Afghanistan; Commander, C Company 1st Battalion 263rd Armor, S-3 Air, S-4, Company Executive Officer, Scout Platoon and Tank Platoon Leader for 1st Battalion 263rd Armor.
LTC Bird’s military education includes: armor crewman (OUST), Palmetto Military Academy, Armor Officers Basic Course, Scout Platoon Leaders Course, Armor Officers Advance Course, Combined Arms and Service Staff School the Military Training Teams Course, the Military Police Officers Transition Course, Defense Support to Civilian Agencies, the Counter-Insurgency Academy and the Command and General Staff College for Intermediate Level Education.
LTC Bird’s awards and decorations include but are not limited to: The Bronze Star Medal with “V” Device; the Bronze Star Medal (10LC), the Meritorious Service Medal (POLC), the Army Commendation Medal (one SOLC and two OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (one OLC), the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (one SOLC and two OLC), the National Defense Medal (one star), the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal (two stars), the Humanitarian Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (two Hour Glass, five “M” device), the Overseas Service Ribbon (Number Three Device), the NATO Service Medal (ISAF) and the Combat Action Badge.
LTC Bird is the youngest son of a World War II, Korea and Vietnam Navy veteran Harry C. Bird Jr. (deceased) and Yvonne C. Bird of Walterboro. He has two brothers and two sisters. LTC Bird is married to the former Rhonda Summers of Columbus, Ga. He has two sons, daughter-in-law, two granddaughters and one grandson. The family currently resides in North Charleston.