8th Infantry Illinois National Guard Association


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Ruben, Dian


Major Dian Ruben began her career in the enlisted ranks of the Illinois Army National Guard at Headquarters of the 33rd Infantry Brigade on 22 April 1974. After attending Basic Training at Fort McClellan, Alabama, she attended the Wheeled Vehicle Course (64C now 88M) at Fort Dix, New Jersey and became the first female Light Vehicle Driver with the Illinois National Guard.
She drove for the Brigade HHC commander. In February 1976 she transferred to the 1st Bn, 178th Infantry where she was driver for the Battalion Commander. Major Ruben attained the rank of sergeant with the 178th Infantry Battalion prior to enrollment of Officer Candidate School.
After three years enlisted, she became the first woman from the state of Illinois to be commissioned at the U.S. Army Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia. Major Ruben graduated from BIOCC 2-77 (Basic Infantry Officer Candidate Course) in June 1977. Major Ruben was in the second class that admitted women and was technically the first black woman to receive a commission from this Regular Army course. Following commissioning, Major Ruben completed the Adjutant General Basic Course (42-A) at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana in 1978.
Major Rubenís first assignment as an officer was with the 33rd Infantry Brigade's 108th Support Battalion as Assistant Adjutant. During her first year, the Adjutant General of the state of Illinois requested that Major Ruben join the staff at the Illinois Army National Guard Military Academy in Springfield where she served as a Tactical Officer responsible for the leadership development of future officers. In a short time, she became Class Chief and also served on the Board of officers determining admission to the Academy. Major Ruben's first Army Commendation Medal (ARCOM 1981) resulted from this service.
Major Ruben's next assignment was as a Platoon Commander with the 508th Medical Company (IL STARC). For this assignment, she acquired a second specialty as a Field Medical Assistant (67-B) by attending the course at Fort Sam Houston, Texas in 1981. Next Major Ruben served as S-4 (logistics officer) for the 108th Medical Battalion (IL STARC).
In 1985, Major Ruben transitioned to the US Army Reserves, where she served with the 477th Personnel Services Company first as Personnel Management Officer, then as Executive Officer and finally as Interim Commander. Major Ruben's achievements during this time were rewarded with the Army Achievement Medal (1987). In 1988, Major Ruben completed the Adjutant General Advance Course in residence at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana.
While serving as Interim Commander of the 477th, the Chief of Staff of the 425th Transportation Brigade (COSCOM) requested that Major Ruben become the Brigade Adjutant. She accepted and served in that capacity for 3 years during which she completed two back-to-back 179-day tours on Active Duty for Special Work. In this capacity, Major Ruben managed a communications budget of approximately $50K-$75K for units in 6 Midwestern states. She handled the logistics and installation of the first personal computers to these units as well as arranged the training of personnel to use the computers. She also served as Assistant Instructor in that training. Major Ruben was awarded her first Meritorious Service Medal (1991) for her active duty service.
While with the 425th Transportation Brigade (COSCOM), Major Ruben participated in the major logistics exercise WINTEX/LOGEX for a three-year period beginning with travel to V CORPS in West Germany and culminating with LOGEX 90 at Fort Lee, W.Va. She became the brigade expert on reconstitution/reconstruction and trained personnel in this concept, significantly enhancing the training experience for Logistics Exercise 90 (LOGEX) participants.
Next Major Ruben agreed to serve as S1/Adjutant for the 336th Transportation Group. A major responsibility during this tour was functioning as Detachment Commander for the HHD. ARCOM (1st OLC1993) resulted from this service. Major Ruben remained with the 336th through its interim mission assigned by the CG 86th ARCOM of providing administrative service to the members of the 425th Transportation Brigade (COSCOM) during its period of inactivation (1994-1995). For this service she was awarded ARCOM (2nd OLC 1995).
Major Ruben's final assignment was with the 1st Brigade, 85th Division. During which time, she willingly shared and never faltered in sharing her expertise and knowledge of staff functions and personnel services on the battlefield in simulation exercises. Major Ruben exhibited a vast knowledge and understanding of battlefield functions stemming from her years of experience and training in line units in an infantry environment. A graduate (1995) of the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI) at Patrick Airforce Base, Florida, Major Ruben served as the 2nd Group's Equal Opportunity Advisor. Upon retirement, she received her second Meritorious Service Medal (1999).
Major Ruben currently serves as Vice President of the 8th Infantry Illinois National Guard Association. In civilian life she is an educator. She holds a Master of Education Degree and a Bachelorís Degree in Psychology. She resides in a southern suburb of Chicago with husband, 1SG Luther L. Newburn Sr.



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