Major General Puster is currently serving as the Commanding General for the 84th Training Command (Unit Readiness), in Fort Knox, Kentucky. He was commissioned through ROTC at The College of William and Mary as an Armor Officer in 1980. Upon completion of the Armor Officer Basic Course, he served on active duty with the 4th Infantry Division in the 1st Battalion, 77th Armor at Fort Carson, Colorado as an Armor Platoon Leader, Support Platoon Leader, Scout Platoon Leader, and Company Executive Officer.
After completion of the Infantry Officer Advanced and Airborne Course at Fort Benning, Georgia he served as Battalion S4 and Armor Company Commander for Bravo Company in Katterbach, West Germany. He attended the Combined Arms Service Staff School, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and was then assigned as Assistant Brigade S3 in the 1st Battalion, 37th Armor and 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division at Illesheim, West Germany. After completion of his service in Germany he was assigned as an Operations and Training Staff Officer at Headquarters, Training and Doctrine Command in Fort Monroe, Virginia.
Major General Puster began his Army Reserve Career in 1991. He served as a Force Structure Division Chief, Staff Group Leader for the Combined Arms Services Staff School, and the Deputy Chief of Staff - G3, 108th Division. He commanded the 2nd Military Police Battalion, 108th Division and the 1st Brigade (Initial Entry Training), 108th Division. He was then mobilized for a combat tour in Diyala Province, Iraq embedded as the 5th Iraqi Army Division Senior Military
Transition Team Leader. He was selected as the Commander of 4th Battle Command Training Brigade, 75th Division located in
Birmingham, Alabama. Upon completion of his first general officer command Major General Puster was selected as the Commander of the 302d Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, 412th Theater Engineer Command located at Westover Air Force Base in Chicopee, Massachusetts. Major General Puster is currently assigned as the Commanding General, 84th Training Command, Fort Knox, Kentucky. MG Puster also serves on the Secretary of the Army’s Reserve Forces Policy Committee.
Major General Puster graduated from The College of William and Mary in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from The College of William and Mary and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies from the Army War College.
His military education includes the Armor Officer’s Basic and Advance Courses and Infantry Officer’s Advanced Course, the United States Army Combined Arms Services Staff School, the United States Army Command and General Staff College, the United States Army War College, Advanced Joint Professional Military Education at the Joint Forces Staff College, and Flag and General Officer Capstone Course at the National Defense University.
Major General Puster’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, five Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, Combat Action Badge, and Parachutist Badge.
He is married to the former Rebecca Lynn Gamber of Colorado Springs, Colorado and they currently live in Fort Knox, KY. They have two children: Matthew David, currently at the University of Pennsylvania pursuing a PhD in Physics, and Kristen Elaine, recently earning her graduate degree at the University of Colorado for Flute Performance.