Ogdensburg graduate Douglas Stitt is promoted to lieutenant general in the U.S. Army

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August 27 – In a ceremony at the Pentagon earlier this month, Douglas F. Stitt, a graduate of the Free Academy in Ogdensburg, was promoted to the rank of lieutenant general.

Gen. James C. McConville, U.S. Army Chief of Staff, hosted the Aug. 5 ceremony in which Lt. Gen. Stitt received his third star. He previously held the rank of major general.

Lieutenant General Stitt is the son of the late Wesley L. Stitt and the late Janet A. Stitt, who reside in Canton. The late Mr. Stitt had been a former Superintendent of the City of Ogdensburg School District.

His mother, Janet, and other family members attended as well as Christine E. Wormuth, Secretary of the Army. The ceremony was recorded and can be viewed on www.dvidshub.net.

“It’s a special day, it’s a special day for the Stitt family, a special day for the Army because we’re going to be promoting a great officer to be the Army’s G-1. As we often talk it’s about people first it’s our most important asset in the US military it’s our greatest strength so it’s wonderful to have the right person at the right time in this work as we move forward,” Gen. McConville said. “Congratulations to Doug and the Stitt family. Thank you for your commitment to the Army and the nation. Thank you for taking care of our people, our soldiers, our families and our civilians.”

The publication of the orders was as follows:

“The President of the United States has placed particular confidence in the patriotism, bravery, loyalty, and ability of Douglas F. Stitt. In view of these qualities and his demonstrated potential for increased responsibility, he is therefore promoted to the States U.S. Army from Major General to Lieutenant General by order of the Secretary of the Army.”

Lt. Gen. Stitt thanked his family members in attendance and thanked the U.S. military for the opportunity to continue serving.

“Madam Secretary, thank you for your trust; General McConville for your leadership. Never having been a personalist, your active interest over the past nine years has indeed put us on the right track, I appreciate that” , said Lt. Gen. Stitt said. “To the military, thank you for allowing me to serve every day with the greatest people and the greatest soldiers of the greatest known force in the world.”

A 1986 graduate of OFA, Lt. Gen. Stitt graduated from Norwich University in Vermont in 1990 through the school’s Reserve Officer Training Corps program and was commissioned as a second lieutenant. After graduating, he was posted to Fort Knox to train as an armor officer, then later sent to Fort Polk, Louisiana.

During his career in the military, the Ogdensburg native counts three tours in Afghanistan and a tour in Iraq among his assignments. In 2019, he attained the military rank of brigadier general and was later appointed major general.

Lt. Gen. Stitt and his wife, Beth, have two daughters who attended the ceremony.

“I am honored every day to don this uniform and I take great pride in serving as the court’s Adjutant General and being a teammate with the greatest human resource professionals in the Army today,” said Lieutenant General Stitt.

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