Maj. Gen. H Steven Blum is the commanding
general of the 29th Infantry Division (Light),
Virginia Army National Guard, headquartered
at Fort Belvoir.
As the division commander, he is responsible for the operations,
training and readiness of the one of the Army's most historic
Maj. Gen. Blum also has been named as the commanding general
of the Multi-National Division North, Task Force Eagle, in Bosnia
for the 10th rotation of NATO's peace stabilization force (SFOR
10), beginning on or about Oct. 1, 2001. As commander of Task
Force Eagle, he will command units from the Army National Guard,
Army Reserve and active Army, as well as forces from more than
11 other nations.
Maj. Gen. Blum assumed command of the 29th Infantry Division
(Light) Aug. 14, 1999. As its commander, and in cooperation with
five adjutants general, he exercises command and control of divisional
elements and 11,000 citizen-soldiers spread out over a five-state
area (Maryland, Virginia, Connecticut, Massachusetts and New
A native of Baltimore, Md., Maj. Gen. Blum was born Oct. 13,
1946. He is a 1963 graduate of Forest Park High School and a
1968 graduate of the University of Baltimore. Maj. Gen. Blum
was commissioned as a second lieutenant of infantry on Aug. 28,
1971, when he graduated with honors from the Maryland Army National
Guard Officers' Candidate School. With more than 18 years command
time, he has commanded at every level, to include command of
a Special Forces operational detachment, 1st Battalion, 115th
Infantry, 3rd Brigade, 29th Infantry Division (Light), and the
29th Division Support Command (DISCOM).
Maj. Gen. Blum, who served in the Maryland Army National Guard
for nearly 30 years, transferred to the Virginia Army National
Guard to assume command of the 29th Infantry Division (Light),
Aug. 1, 1999, As a brigadier general, he served as the Assistant
Adjutant General Army for Maryland and as the Assistant
Division Commander Support for the 29th.
He and his wife Susan reside in Reisterstown, Md. They have two
children, Marc and Debbie, and two granddaughters.