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Ralston at Miami to celebrate ROTC anniversary
Gen. Joseph Ralston, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Miami University ROTC during a visit to campus Nov. 5-6.
Gen. Ralston, a Norwood native and 1965 Miami graduate, is the nation's second-highest ranking military officer, charged with leading all U.S. military forces. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1965 through Miami's Air Force ROTC program and went on to fly 147 combat missions over Laos and Vietnam.
Gen. Ralston's career includes staff and management positions at every level of the Air Force. He was appointed to his current position in 1996 and was recently nominated by the president to be the next NATO commander. He is expected to assume the position in May 2000.
As vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Gen. Ralston is closely involved with building the Air Force of the 21st century, said Col. George R. Raney, professor of aerospace studies and commander of the Miami Air Force ROTC unit.
"Gen. Ralston's impressive achievements and service to his country and to his alma mater truly attest to the quality of the educational foundation he received at Miami. The impact he has on the future of our nation's defense capability cannot be overstated," Col. Raney said.
An honorary degree will be awarded to Gen. Ralston during a ceremony scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, in Benton Hall's Patten Auditorium. The ceremony will include a discussion led by the general with the ROTC cadets, Miami students and the Oxford community.
On Saturday, Nov. 6, Gen. Ralston will toss the coin at the Miami/Akron football game. Pre-game and halftime celebrations honoring the 50th anniversary of ROTC at Miami will include a presentation of colors, a demonstration from the Blue Diamonds drill team and an F-16 flyover.
For additional information, contact Capt. Audra Cake at (513) 529-2031.