Heltonville Resident Begins New Year with Retirement from Indiana National Guard

(BEDFORD) – Maj. Robert Cline is scheduled to retire from the Indiana Army National Guard after more than 33 years of service.

He finishes his military career on Dec. 31, 2019.

Maj. Robert Cline and Brig. Gen. R. Dale Lyles, the Indiana National Guard adjutant general

Cline began his military career in July 1986 as an active duty enlisted infantryman in the army. He transitioned to the Indiana Army National Guard in 1988 and in 2004 earned his commission as an officer in the Judge Advocate General Corps.

He deployed to Afghanistan in 2009 with Indiana’s first Agribusiness Development Team. During the deployment, Cline served as the mission commander and led more than 50 combat missions with the 101st Airborne Division, the 82nd Airborne Division, and the 25th Infantry Division.

“Maj. Cline is an exemplary member of the Indiana National Guard,” said Brig. Gen. R. Dale Lyles, the Indiana National Guard adjutant general. “His service to the state and nation is greatly appreciated and sets an example for future soldiers to follow.”

Cline’s awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Combat Action Badge, Expert Infantry Badge, Air Assault Badge, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Meritorious Device, four Army Reserve Components Achievement Medals, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Service Star, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Indiana Emergency Service Ribbon, two Indiana Long Service Medal, Indiana Military Volunteer Emblem, Indiana
Overseas Service Ribbon, Indiana OCONUS Ribbon, and four Army Achievement Medals.

“One of the best decisions I’ve made in my life is joining the Indiana National Guard. It’s been a driving force and very positive force, and I will certainly miss all of the men and women of the National Guard,” said Cline. “The whole experience has been an honor.”

Cline finishes his career while serving as the senior defense counsel for the headquarters of the Indiana National Guard.

He currently resides in Heltonville, with Audrey, his wife of 24 years and their three children. He is currently the chief deputy prosecutor for Lawrence County and will continue serving in that position after his retirement from the military.