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TRADOC commander to speak at W&M commissioning

Nine William & Mary students will be commissioned as U.S. Army officers over the weekend, one day before they graduate from the College. The ceremony will take place at noon on May 11 in the Sadler Center’s Commonwealth Auditorium.

General Robert W. ConeThe commissioning address will be given by General Robert W. Cone, commander of the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command. The ceremony will also feature remarks from William & Mary President Taylor Reveley, William & Mary Chancellor Robert Gates, and Lieutenant Colonel Barbara Streater, chair of William & Mary’s Department of Military Science.

Cone has served in his current position at the helm of TRADOC since April 29, 2011. Previously he served as commander of the III Corps at Fort Hood, Texas and deputy commanding general of operations for U.S. Forces in Iraq. His awards and decorations include: the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge.

Graduates Aleca Rose Blaisdell-Black ’13, Kelly Jeanne Chapman ’13, Patrick Connor Dittamo ’13, Daniel Richard Johnson ’13, Karri Elizabeth Kypriandes ’13, Benjamin Richard Luedtke ’13, and Thornton Lee Ray ’13 will be commissioned as active duty officers. Matthew Peyton Stallings ’13 will be commissioned as a reserve officer and Paul Charles Judge ’13 will be commissioned as an unassigned officer and enter the Judge Advocate Corps program.

The commissioning is open to the public and will be followed by a reception.