Published: February 11, 2020

Col. Bob DeSousa honored for 28 years of service in U.S. Army

The following press release was published on February 7, 2020, via the Office of U.S. Senator Pat Toomey ( It was reprinted with permission from Steve Kelly, Communications Director for the Office of U.S. Senator Pat Toomey. The article highlights Col. Bob DeSousa (Gamma Eta/Bucknell 1982).

Toomey Honors Colonel Bob DeSousa’s 28 Years of Army Service

Allentown, Pa. – U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) issued the following statement honoring Colonel Bob DeSousa’s 28 years of service to our nation as a member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. Colonel DeSousa, who also works as Senator Toomey’s State Director, will be retiring from military service this weekend.

“Colonel DeSousa is a patriot and credit to the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. Over his 28 years with the Army, Bob has admirably served as a Judge Advocate. His service to our nation also saw him deployed to Iraq, where he earned the Bronze Star. I am proud to call Bob a friend and I am grateful that he will continue serving the people of Pennsylvania as my State Director. Kris and I offer our congratulations to Bob on this great day.”

Upon his retirement from the military service on Saturday, February 8, 2020, Colonel DeSousa will be awarded the Legion of Merit, the Pennsylvania Meritorious Service Medal, and promoted to the honorary rank of Brigadier General on the Pennsylvania Guard’s Retired List.

In addition to his service to service to our nation and his work for Senator Toomey, Colonel DeSousa is a former Inspector General for Pennsylvania and Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Bucknell University, The Dickinson School of Law, and the U.S. Army War College. 

You may read the original press release by clicking here.