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Gen. Ralston on campus to celebrate ROTC anniversary

Gen. Joseph Ralston, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Miami’s ROTC during a visit to campus Nov. 5-6.

Gen. Ralston, a 1965 Miami graduate, is the nation’s second-ranking military officer. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1965 through Miami’s AFROTC program and went on to fly 147 combat missions over Laos and Vietnam.

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 that 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 (aerospace studies), commander of Miami’s Air Force ROTC unit.

"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 in Benton Hall’s Patten Auditorium. The ceremony will include a discussion with the ROTC cadets, students and the Oxford community.

Saturday, 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 demonstration from the Blue Diamonds drill team and an F-16 flyover.

Date Published: 11/04/1999
Volume: 19   Number: 15

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