Major General Milford Beagle, Jr., Commander, U.S. Army 10th Mountain Division

Major General Milford Beagle, Jr.

Commander, U.S. Army 10th Mountain Division 

Milford H. Beagle, Jr., is a native of Enoree, South Carolina. He received his Army commission from the ROTC program at South Carolina State University where he earned an undergraduate degree in criminal justice. He would later earn an M.S. in adult education from Kansas State University and an M.S. in advanced military studies from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. 

He served in the War in Afghanistan. He was commander of the 193rd Infantry Brigade for four years, then became deputy commanding general for the support of the 10th Mountain Division. He served as commanding general of the U.S. Army Training Center at Fort Jackson for three years and has been the commanding general of the 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum since July 2021. 

He is married to Pamela and they have two sons. 

In the News…

Major General Milford Beagle, Jr., the commander of the Army’s prestigious 10th Mountain Division, wants troops to be less glued to their phones, ordering commanders and senior noncommissioned officers to lay off texting soldiers after duty hours. 

He wants his formations to be careful about their reliance on phones over concerns the constant barrage of social media and messages is impacting troops’ mental health. 

Beagle issued a memo barring leaders under him from texting or calling their subordinates before 5 a.m. or after 6 p.m., with some caveats for exceptional circumstances, including situations involving the well-being of a soldier. 

“It’s the stress of the phone. It’s all the group texts [soldiers are] getting after hours, sometimes late, that don’t amount to anything – stuff leaders can wait until tomorrow or have better planning,” Beagle said. “[Leaders] need to make sure they have their business in order so they can put out proper information at the end of the duty day while they have [soldiers] there.” 

The memo, he said, is more of an indictment on leaders, not the phones themselves. He stated the order is designed to prevent soldiers from being led by text, thus this new policy. 


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