Lieutenant General Robert L. Bergquist was born on May 7, 1931 in Whitinsville, Massachusetts and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Providence College, Rhode Island in 1954.
He completed the Transportation Officer Basic Course in 1954. Following a tour as a project officer for the M113 Armored Personnel Carrier family of vehicles at the Tank-Automotive Command and transfer to the Ordnance Corps, he completed the Ordnance Officer Advanced Course at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland in 1962. He conducted the operation, test, and evaluation of the M113 as a member of the Army Concept Team in Vietnam.
From 1964 to 1967, he served as project manager for several general-purpose vehicles. Following graduation from the Armed Forces Staff College in 1968, he attended the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a Master of Business Administration in 1969. He is also a distinguished 1971 graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
General Bergquist held various posts with the Office, Chief of Staff of the Army, from 1971 to 1973. From 1973 to 1976, he commanded Anniston Army Depot and was designated the first commander of the Depot Systems Command in September 1976.
In March 1978, he was appointed deputy commanding general for Resources and Management at the Army Material Development and Readiness Command, and in April 1983, he became commanding general of the U.S. Army Logistics Center and deputy commanding general for logistics for the Training and Doctrine Command.