Brigadier General John G. Pappas graduated from the University of New Hampshire and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1966. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army Corps of Engineers. His civilian education includes Master’s Degrees in Public Administration and Justice from Golden Gate University, while his military education includes the Command and General Staff College and the Army War College.
BG Pappas had a distinguished career in the United States Army Reserves and contributed to the Armed Forces in many command and staff positions. He served as a Platoon Leader, 100th Combat Engineer Company, Vietnam. He subsequently was the Executive Officer, 2nd Battalion Center Brigade, Fort Belvoir, Virginia. BG Pappas also served as the Operations Officer, 368th Engineer Battalion, 94th ARCOM. As part of the 1034th USAR School, he contributed as an Officer Advanced Course Instructor and the Director of Enlisted Courses. As a member of the 76th Division, he advanced through the ranks as Battalion Commander, Executive Officer, Brigade Commander, Commandant of the 1035th USAR School and 76th Training Command, Assistant Division Commander and ultimately Commanding General of the 76th Division. In many key positions, BG Pappas provided the leadership needed for the 76th Division to conduct infantry one station unit training, basic rifle marksmanship training, as well as conduct basic and support training and command of Combat Support units in New England, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. His 30 years of service culminated in selection for Major General, and his retirement in 1996 followed the deactivation of the 76th Division.
His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, US Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with four oak leaf clusters, National Defense Medal with Silver Star, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device.
BG Pappas also made many contributions to the State of New Hampshire. As a probation and parole officer, he provided a systematic approach to classification needs, risks, and pre-sentence investigations as directed by the NH Court System. He also handled public relations and training responsibilities. He retired from this civilian job in 2001. BG Pappas also served as a member of the NH Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Committee (ESGR) for over 27 years, with volunteer positions on the Boss Lift Committee, Training Officer, and Region One Chair starting in 1995. His contributions were instrumental in support to the ESGR goal to support employers who share their employees with the nation to ensure national security. After 9/11, his ESGR work greatly increased with concerns on reserve rights and responsibilities, pre-mobilization and deployments, and the family support program. BG Pappas also served as President of the NH Chapter ROA and NH Chapter AUSA, as well as being the ROTC Chairman.
For outstanding leadership and service to the United States Army Reserves and the State of New Hampshire, Brigadier General John G. Pappas is inducted into the ROTC Hall of Fame.