Brigadier General Billy J. Stalcup
Brigadier General Billy J. Stalcup was born in Johnson County and graduated from ETSU in 1957. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant through the university's ROTC program, beginning a long and illustrious military career.
After his basic training, he was sent to Fontainebleau, France, where he served for three years, followed by two years in an Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Knox, Ky. He was selected for the Quartermaster Advanced Course and assigned to Fort Lee, Va., and then assigned as an ROTC instructor at the University of Pennsylvania. While on this assignment, he attended airborne school and became a paratrooper.
Next, he was sent to Vietnam, where he was responsible for supporting numerous combat operations in the highlands.
Returning to the U.S., he became executive officer for the depot in Mechanicsburg, Pa., followed by attendance at the Command and General Staff College in Kansas and an assignment to the Netherlands in a NATO position. For his next duty, he was sent to Thailand, supporting military efforts in the Far East.
Again returning to the U.S., he was stationed at Fort Meade, Md., as an advisor to Army Reserve and National Guard units in five states. His next assignment took him to the Pentagon and service with the Department of the Army Logistics Staff. From there, he went to Kaiserslautern, Germany, and later to Camp Carroll, the principal U.S. military support base in Korea. During his Korean tour, he was promoted to Brigadier General and reassigned to Washington, D.C.
After serving in Zweibrucken, Germany, assisting with logistical support of Army units in Germany and Italy, he returned to Washington and retired in 1989.
Among his many military awards, he was inducted into the U.S. Army Quartermaster Hall of Fame for "extraordinary and lasting contributions during his service to the country." This honor has been bestowed on fewer than 100 individuals. According to the Quartermaster Hall of Fame, he is widely credited with having bolstered Army combat readiness by promoting "a new way of doing logistics business."
Post-retirement, he joined Computer Sciences Corporation, working with information technology and logistics information systems in support of government contracts at home and abroad. He retired from his second career in 2004 and resides in Alexandria, Va.
He frequently attends Homecoming and other ETSU events, driving from the Alexandria area to ETSU in his beloved 1957 Chevrolet.