Special to The U-R
MILLEDGEVILLE — The community is invited to a ceremony this week marking the retirement of Lt. Gen. William Caldwell IV from active duty in the United States Army and his official induction as the 21st president of Georgia Military College.
The ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Grant Parade (on the east side of the Old Capitol Building, Georgia Military College).
During the ceremony, Caldwell will make national history by becoming the first recipient of the Department of Homeland Security’s Distinguished Service Medal, with citation for extraordinary meritorious service. He receives this award for his work as the Commanding General of U.S. Army North (5th Army), U.S. Northern Command’s Joint Force Land Component Command and Army Service Component Command, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas from December 2011 to August 2013.
In addition, Stephanie H. Caldwell will be presented with the Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service for extraordinary contributions to U.S. Army North and 5th Army, Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
The event’s distinguished guest speaker is Gen. Charles H. Jacoby Jr., Commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command. Jacoby is also the first Army officer to assume command of Northern Command or NORAD, as both commands have traditionally been commanded by Air Force officers.
The investiture ceremony, led by Randy New, chairman of the Georgia Military College’s Board of Trustees, will mark Caldwell’s assumption of the presidency of Georgia Military College.
Caldwell officially began work as GMC’s president on Nov. 1. He succeeds Maj. Gen. Peter J. Boylan, who retired as the longest serving president in the history of Georgia Military College.
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