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Notable Cadet Alumni

This page is maintained by the Institute for Leadership and Strategic Studies. The University of North Georgia defines "alumni" as any person who attended North Georgia Agricultural College, North Georgia College, North Georgia College & State University, or the University of North Georgia for a minimum of two semesters or three quarters.

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Flag Officers
Rank and Name UNG Class Organization Flag
Courtney H. Hodges
Attended North Georgia Agricultural College before transferring to West Point. Hodges was only the second Soldier in the history of the U.S. Army to make his way from private to 4-star general. Served as a battalion commander in WWI earning the Distinguished Service Cross for heroism leading an attack across the Marne River. In WWII, GEN Hodges commanded 1st Army, then 12th Army Group. See the archived image where Cadet Hodges is pictured in the second row on the far left. 1903 U.S. Army four-star general flag
Brigadier General Hughes L. Ash Born in Dahlonega in 1912. He attended school in Dahlonega and graduated from North Georgia College with a Bachelor of Arts in 1932. Commissioned a Second Lieutenant in Infantry (Army Reserve). In January 1941 he was ordered to extended active duty and served continuously until retirement 31 December 1967. Served in Europe in WWII; the Pentagon; Korea from 1952 through 1954 commanding an infantry battalion; Ft. Knox; Naval War College; Ft. Leavenworth; Canada; Navada Test Site with the Defense Atomic Support Agency; Iran; and Ft. Monroe. Retired in December 1967. 1932 U.S. Army one-star general flag
Brigadier General 
Fred W. Collins
Was the XO of 3/8th, 4th Infantry Division during the Normandy Invasion on Utah Beach. 1935 U.S. Army one-star general army
Major General 
George M. Johnson, Jr.
Born in Ft. Valley, GA in 1918. Participated in seven major campaigns as a pilot in WWII. Graduated Air War College in June 1959. Assigned to the Directorate of Military Assistance, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, as chief of the Policy and Plans Division, chief of the Control Division, and deputy director of military assistance. In March 1964 he was appointed director of military assistance. In November 1965 was assigned to U.S. Air Forces in Europe as deputy chief of staff for materiel. In July 1968 he became commander of the Oklahoma City Air Materiel Area, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. Transferred to Air Force Logistics Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, as deputy chief of staff for plans and operations, in February 1972, and became chief of staff in May 1973. He was assigned as chief, Military Assistance Advisory Group, Italy, in January 1974. Awards included Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal, and the French Croix de Guerre. He was a command pilot with more than 6,000 flying hours. Retired on 1 September 1975. Read a June 2018 article from the Davie County Enterprise about MG Johnson going strong at 100. 1938 U.S. Air Force two-star air force general flag
Major General  
Edward M. Nichols
Born in Savannah, GA. Entered Army Air Corps in 1939. Served as a commander of the 344th Bombardment Squadron equipped with B-29 aircraft in Japan; deputy commander for operations of the 106th Bombardment Wing; transitioned to B-47 aircraft; vice commander of the 4081st Strategic Wing in Newfoundland; commanded the 99th Bombardment Wing; and commanded the 57th Air Division. Retired in 1972. 1939 U.S. Air Force major general two star air force flag
Vice Admiral  
Robert H. Scarborough, Jr.
Graduated from the Merchant Marine Academy in 1944. Entered the Coast Guard after four years in the Navy and Merchant Marine. Flag officer assignments included Commander, Ninth Coast Guard District; Chief, Office of Operations, Coast Guard; Chief of Staff of the Coast Guard; and 13th Vice Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard. 1941 U.S. Coast Guard vice admiral navy flag
Rear Admiral
Robert Parker Hilton
Entered the Corps of Cadets as a freshman in 1945 from Ellaville, Georgia, then enlisted in the Navy at the end of WWII. Commissioned as an ensign after graduating from the University of Mississippi. Served 38 years in the Navy. Commanded a destroyer off the coast of Vietnam. He spearheaded the development of a Navy staff office that authored the Navy's maritime strategy for the 1980s. Retired as Deputy Chief of Staff J3, Joint Chiefs of Staff. Passed away in 2004 at age 77.  1945 U.S. Navy major general two star air force flag
Brigadier General
Thomas N. Saffold
Born in Atlanta and raised in Buckhead. Died on July 18, 2019. Graduated Madison High School in 1945. Attended North Georgia College before transferring to the Georgia Institute of Technology. He graduated in 1949 in the top 10% of his class with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and as a Distinguished Military Graduate, commissioned officer, 2nd Lt. in the Army Chemical Corp. Upon graduation, he took a job with Southern Bell and immediately went on military leave to serve full-time in the United States Air Force and begin pilot training. Served for over 30 years in the USAF and Georgia Air National Guard and logged over 9,000 hours worldwide. He flew PA18, T-6, T-28, T-33, F-84D, E, F, G, F-86, F-100, F-105, C-45, C-47, C-97, C-124, as well as numerous civilian aircraft. His decorations included the Vietnam Service Medal and Legion of Merit. 1947 U.S. Air Force one star general air force flag
Brigadier General
Alton H. Craig
1948 U.S. Army one star general army
Brigadier General
Ben L. Upchurch, Sr. 
Born in Atlanta, Georgia on October 5, 1926. He died December 12, 2012 at the age of 86. He graduated from Russell High School and enrolled in North Georgia College. He left college in 1945 and was a first lieutenant in the occupation of Germany. After the war he returned to North Georgia and finished his B.S. and later earned a master's degree in business administration from Georgia State University. He was placement director at Georgia State until retirement. He was active in the Georgia Army National Guard and retired as a Brigadier General.  1948 U.S. Army one star general army
Major General
Emory C. Parrish
Attended North Georgia College from June 1946 to June 1947, in pre-engineering and transferred to Georgia Institute of Technology in September, 1947. Commissioned as an Army engineer. Served in many Engineer and Transportation positions on active duty and in the USAR and retired as a Major General from the U. S. Army with 33 years of service. His last assignment as a Major General was to command the 81st Army Reserve Command which consisted of all Army Reserve units in Georgia and Florida; 152 units and 15,000 troops. He retired from the Georgia Department of Transportation with 34 years of service, the last 17 years of this service was as Deputy Commissioner. 1950 U.S. Army two star army general
Brigadier General
Ben L. Patterson, Jr.
Born in Millen, GA. Commissioned USAF and became a fighter pilot. Flew 101 combat missions in Korea in F-51s in 1951-1952. Graduated UGA law school. Commanded the 158th Fighter Squadron in Savannah flying F-84D, F-86L, C-97, and C-124Cs. In 1973, commanded 116th Tactical Fighter Wing at Dobbins AFB, then wing commander flying F-100D, F-105G, F-4D, and F-15A. In 1983, became Commanding General of the Georgia Air National Guard. Died in 2016. 1950 U.S. Air Force one star general air force flag
Brigadier General James (Jimmy) M. Cook Born in Dublin, Georgia. Distinguished Military Graduate and commissioned active duty in 1951. Served five years on active duty, then in the Georgia Army National Guard for 25 years rising to the rank of colonel. He was promoted to brigadier general upon retirement.  1951 U.S. Army one star general army
William J. Livsey
Born in Clarkston, Georgia in 1931.  Commissioned infantry in 1952 from North Georgia College.  Served as infantry platoon leader in the Korean War and commanded an infantry battalion in the Vietnam War.  Commanded an infantry brigade at Ft. Carson.  General officer assignments included assistant division commander for the 4th ID (M); commanding general of the Infantry Center at Ft. Benning; commanding general of the 8th Infantry Division (Mechanized), US Army Europe; commanding general, VII Corps, US Army Europe; deputy commanding general, United States Army Forces Command; commanding general of the Third United States Army, Fort McPherson; I Corps Chief of Staff in Korea; and  Commander-in-Chief, United Nations, 1984-1987. 1952 U.S. Army four-star general flag
Major General
Thurman E. Anderson
Born in Glennville, GA. Major assignments included Comptroller, United States Army Forces Command, Atlanta, 1978-1980; Commanding General, 2d Armored Division, Garlstedt, Federal Republic Germany, 1980-1982; and Commanding General, 3d Armored Division, Frankfurt, Federal Republic Germany, 1982-1984. 1953 U.S. Army two star army general
Brigadier General
Grail L. Brookshire
Awarded the silver star in 1970 near Snoul, Cambodia while serving as commander, 2d Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. 1953 U.S. Army one star general army
Brigadier General 
Josiah Blasingame, Jr.
Born in Walton County, Georgia, raised in Jersey and attended Monroe High School. At North Georgia College he majored in physics and graduated cum laude in 1954. In his senior year he was the Commander of the Corps of Cadets and a Distinguished Military Student. He was commissioned regular army in the Signal Corps and assigned three separate times to the 3rd Armored Division in Europe, serving as platoon leader, company commander, battalion commander and brigade commander. Schooling included a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University in Boston (1963), Command and General Staff College (1967), and the US Army War College (1974). Other assignments were in Vietnam, Europe and Washington, D.C. including two with the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Josiah completed his career as Commander of the White House Communications Agency under the administrations of Presidents Carter and Reagan (1978-81). Upon leaving the US Army he was Vice President for a satellite communications company in Atlanta which was later purchased by Sprint. He then worked as Group Vice President with National Data Corporation with responsibility for its voice centers throughout the United States and Canada (1983-89). In 1995 he retired to Monroe. After retirement, he was active in the North Georgia College Foundation and was a Trustee Emeritus; president of the North Georgia College & Statue University Alumni Association; on the Board of Directors of the McDaniel-Tichenor House of the Georgia Trust, and active in the Historic Preservation Commission for the City of Monroe, and the Citizen Review Panel for the Juvenile Court of Walton County. 1954 U.S. Army one star general army
Rear Admiral Bobby C. Lee Admiral Lee entered the Navy as a Naval Aviation Cadet on October 19 1956 after completing two years at the University of North Georgia. Upon completion of flight training he received his commission and wings in May 1958 at Kingsville, Texas. His first tour of duty was at Cecil Field, Florida with Light Photographic squadron 62. He then attended Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, California where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. He was then assigned to Fighter Squadron 174 at Cecil Field. Subsequent assignments include Fighter squadron 24 embarked in USS Bonn Homme Richard where during his first combat tour shot down a North Vietnamese MIG 17 in May 1967. He then served in Attack Squadron 37 embarked in USS Kitty Hawk for a second combat tour in 1969. He was then assigned Carrier Air wing 19 at Naval Air Station Lemoore, California as Air Wing Operations Officer for a third combat tour. Command tours include Commander Attack Squadron 147 1975-76, Commander Air Wing Nine embarked in USS Constellation 1977-79. Commanding Officer USS Niagara Falls 1980-81 followed by Commanding Officer USS Forrestal 1982-84. His first Flag assignment was Commander Fleet Air Western Pacific, Headquarters in Atsugi, Japan 1987-89. He then served in the Pentagon as Director Force Level Plans, OP-70 in the office of Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Naval Warfare) until retirement in 1991. U.S. Navy one star general air force flag
Brigadier General 
John E. Rogers
Grayson, GA. Retired United States Army brigadier general. Served as U.S. Army Infantry School assistant commandant in 1979. Arranged visits to Ft. Benning by NGC faculty. Also retired as executive director at Peper Martin Law Firm in St. Louis and as legal administrator at Turner Broadcasting. 1955 U.S. Army one star general army
Lieutenant General 
Burton D. Patrick
LTG Patrick, a native of Thomson, GA, commissioned infantry. Served two combat tours in Vietnam and earned the silver star and four bronze stars, two for valor. Served as assistant division commander of the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea; chief U.S. congressional liaison in the Office of the Secretary of the Army; and commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division - the Screaming Eagles. Patrick is a member of the UNG Athletic Hall of Fame, the Army ROTC Hall of Fame, and the UNG Alumni Hall of Fame. He also served on the UNG Foundation Board of Trustees and is a recipient of the UNG Distinguished Alumni Award. 1957 U.S. Army three star army general
Brigadier General 
William V. Wigley
Born in Rome, GA. Commissioned active duty and upon release, served in the Georgia Army National Guard. Career in General Electric Company. Was actively involved in the Employers’ Support of the Guard and Reserve; the Georgia National Guard Youth Challenge Academy; and Boy Scouts.  1957 U.S. Army one star general army
Major General 
Jere H. Akin
Born in Atlanta, GA. Served 33 years. Last assignments included Assistant Commandant of the United States Army Quartermaster School; Assistant Chief of Staff C/J/G-4, Republic of Korea and Eighth United States Army; Director of Plans and Operations in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff Logistics at Headquarters, Department of the Army where he had overall staff responsibility for the deployment and sustainment of Army Forces in Desert Shield/Storm. Served on the Alumni Council of North Georgia College for seven years and as president in 2000. Served on the foundation Board of Trustees. Inducted into the Quartermaster Hall of Fame at Ft. Lee, VA in 2003. Designated as a Distinguished Alumni at North Georgia College and State University in 2004. 1959 U.S. Army two star army general
Brigadier General 
Joseph Breedlove 
Born in Augusta, Georgia. Commissioned field artillery. Former aviator. Major assignments included operations officer for division artillery, artillery battalion commander, and G3 for the 3d Armored Division, Europe;  legislative liaison in Washington, DC; commander, division artillery, 101st Airborne Division; and multiple assignments with Army Research Development and Acquisition. 1959 U.S. Army one star general army
Brigadier General 
William K. McDaniel
Former principal of North Gwinnett High School. Served in the Georgia Army National Guard from 1949 through 1991. Commanded the 48th Brigade in 1983, and served as Georgia’s sixth Assistant Adjutant General-Army from 1987 to 1991. 1959 U.S. Army one star general army
Major General 
James A. Guest
Born in Elberton, Georgia in 1938. Served 35 years. Commissioned infantry in 1960. Served in the 101st , Airborne Division, 10th Special Forces Group, 1st Cavalry Division, Mountain Ranger Camp, MACV, 7th Special Force Group, and XVIII Airborne Corps. His major assignments included command of the 5th Special Force Group, command of the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, Commanding General of Army Special Forces Command, and J-3 Director of Operations at the U.S. Special Operations Command. MG Guest had two combat tours in Vietnam. His awards included the Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Bronze Star with; device and two Oak Leaf Clusters. 1960 U.S. Army two star army general
Major General 
Edison E. Scholes
MG Scholes was from McCaysville, GA and commissioned infantry. He is in the Georgia Military Veteran's Hall of Fame for valor. General Scholes' Army career took him from Vietnam, to Deputy Commanding General of XVIII Airborne Corps, and a major NATO command. He served in Infantry, Airborne, Special Forces, and Ranger units, including four combat tours in three conflicts. During one of his combat tours in 1967, then Captain Scholes was the commander of an Airborne company engaged in a combat mission near Bong Son, Republic of Vietnam earning the silver star. 1961 U.S. Army two star army general
Major General 
Jack C. Wheeler
Served for 48 years. In the early 1970’s, was a primary action officer charged with developing plans, policies and incentives to field a volunteer Army. In the early 80’s, was policy chief for developing personnel policy for the enlisted, and later officer corps, to support and sustain a modernized Army. In the mid 80’s, served as the Director of Enlisted Personnel for the Army, and in the latter part of his career, commanded the United States Army Recruiting Command for over four years, including the Desert Shield and Desert Storm period. General Wheeler is a Distinguished Alumni of the University of North Georgia, is a member of the Army Adjutant General Hall of Fame, and has been a steadfast supporter of the Corps of Cadets, including service on the Corps Advisory Council. 1961 U.S. Army two star army general
Major General 
James E. Livingston
Born in Towns, GA. Earned the Medal of Honor as commander of a Marine company in Vietnam. MG Livingston is in the Georgia Military Veteran's Hall of Fame for valor. As a general, he served as Deputy Director for Operations at the National Military Command Center in Washington, D.C. During Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Gen Livingston commanded the Marine Air Ground Combat Center, 29 Palms, California and developed the Desert Warfare Training Program. After command of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade, he was advanced to major general on July 8, 1991, and assumed command of the 4th Marine Division. In July 1992, he assumed command of the newly created Marine Reserve Force, and continued through its reorganization in October 1994, with its new title, "Marine Forces Reserve". 1961 (NGC 1957) U.S. Marine Corps, Medal of Honor two star general marine corps
Major General 
Robert K. Guest
Commissioned infantry. Served two tours in Vietnam as a battalion Operations Officer and MACV advisor in 1966 and 1970. Served as Division Chief with the Defense Attache Office in Laos, in 1975. Graduate of the Naval War College in 1984. Commanded the 101st Division Support Command at Fort Campbell, KY (1987-89); Deputy Commanding General, 21st Theater Army Area Command in Germany when Iraqi forces invaded Kuwait; Deputy Commanding General of 22d Theater Army Area Command for Operation Desert Shield; served with the XVIIIth Airborne Corps during Operation Desert Storm. General Guest commanded the 3d Corps Support Command in Wiesbaden, Germany; Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army, from 1991 to 1993. Became the 43d Quartermaster General of the Army, then Commander of the U.S. Army Combined Arms Support Command. He has been described as a Log Warrior second to none, and "the consummate Quartermaster." Inducted into the Quartermaster Hall of Fame in 2002. 1963 U.S. Army two star army general
Brigadier General Thomas W. Dalton Born in Athens, GA. Assigned to Ft. Campbell, KY and served in Vietnam. Upon return served in the Army Reserve and Georgia Army National Guard. Served as Director of Public Relations & Alumni Affairs at North Georgia College, and named Citizen of the Year for Dahlonega by the Civitan Club in 1975. Chairman of the Dalton Financial Group. 1963 U.S. Army one star general army
Brigadier General 
Marvin E. Mitchiner
Became an Army aviator and flew 3,000 hours, including 1,200 hours in combat in Vietnam, 1966-1967 & 1969-1970. Commanded the 82nd Aviation Battalion for 36 months; was the first Commanding General of the Army Safety Center; and was Chief, Southern NATO Arms Control Team (CFE II). Flew UH-1, OU-13, T-41, T-42, U-8, and the UH60.  1964 U.S. Army one star general army
Major General 
Robert W. Roper
Born in Murphy, North Carolina. Graduated and commissioned from NGC in 1965. Retired from the Army in 1996. Last major assignments were Director of Operations at Headquarters Allied Forces Central Europe; Deputy Commanding General of the U.S. Army Recruiting Command; Deputy Director of Training, U.S. Army Forces Command; and Assistant Division Commander (support) for the 24th Infantry Division (Mechanized). 1965 U.S. Army two star army general
Major General 
James J. Cravens
MG Cravens commissioned air defense. Served in Vietnam March 1970 to March 1971. Retired from the Army after 32 years of active duty. Commanded Air Defense Artillery units at every level culminating with his assignment as the Commanding General, US Army Air Defense Artillery Center and School, Fort Bliss, Texas. He simultaneously served as the Commandant of the Air Defense Artillery School and Chief of Branch. His final military assignment was Chief of Staff, United States Army Training and Doctrine Command. 1966 U.S. Army two star army general
Lieutenant General 
Henry T. Glisson
Graduated from Osborne High School in Marietta, Georgia. Commissioned Quartermaster. Served in Vietnam in 1966. Served as the 44th Quartermaster General of the Army. Selected as the 13th Director of the Defense Logistics Agency in 1997 and retired from DLA and the Army in 2001. During his time at DLA, Lt. Gen. Glisson oversaw the agency through great changes in technology, processes, and culture. He left a legacy that still reflects his innovative spirit. 1966 U.S. Army lieutenant general army
Brigadier General 
Henry E. Tinley
Grew up in Waynesboro, Georgia. Graduated NGC in 1966. Served on active duty as an armor officer; transitioned to the Army Reserve; entered the Georgia Army National Guard as an artillery officer. Commanded an artillery battalion for four years with a deployment to Norway. Final assignment prior to retiring was on the general staff. Retired from the military in 1993 with 27 years’ service. Promoted to brigadier general upon retirement. 1966 U.S. Army one star general army
Brigadier General Edward H. (Rusty) Hightower

BG Hightower was a Distinguished Military Graduate and commissioned as a second lieutenant from UNG in 1966. During his deployment to Vietnam in 1969, Hightower served as an adviser to a South Vietnamese infantry unit and distinguished himself while taking control as commander after the unit's battalion leaders were killed. Despite being wounded, he maneuvered through enemy fire, inspiring his comrades by his courageous leadership. He evacuated the wounded and dead, saving many lives of his fellow soldiers and allies. His awards included the Silver Star, Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He served for many years as the Chief of Staff, Georgia State Defense Force, and was promoted to brigadier general upon retirement in 2020.

1966 U.S. Army one star general army
Brigadier General Steven E. Blanton Originally from Atlanta, Georgia. Commissioned transportation corps. Attended flight school and flew Cobra and Apache helicopters. Flew 300 hours in Vietnam. After a nine year break in service, entered the Georgia Army National Guard. Commanded supply and service battalion and regional support group. Led a task force in support of relief operations after Hurricane Katrina. Served as GaARNG Surface Maintenance Manager and retired in August 2008 having served for 31 years in uniform. 1970 U.S. Army one star general army
Brigadier General 
David L. Grange
Earned three silver stars and two purple hearts with the 101st Airborne's "Lima" Ranger Company in Vietnam. Commanded C Company, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, which supported the U.S. hostage rescue effort in Iran in 1980. Participated in the Grenada invasion as a member of Delta Force. Participated in Desert Storm as a Delta Force Task Force commander. Commanded the 75th Ranger Regiment. Served as assistant division commander, 3rd Infantry Division in Germany. Commanded 1st Infantry Division and Task Force Eagle in Bosnia. Retired in 1999. 1970 U.S. Army one star general army
Brigadier General 
Phillip M. Mattox
Attended Campbell High School in Smyrna, Georgia. Commissioned Armor and retired after 31 years. Served in 3rd Infantry Division as an armor company commander. Transferred to quartermaster. Commanded 4th Infantry Division Support Command, and Natick Soldier System Command. Served in numerous staff positions including 3rd Infantry Division logistics officer (G4) during Desert Storm, 3rd Corps G4, and J4 Pacific Command where he served during the East Timor Operation. 1970 U.S. Army one star general army
Major General 
Alan  W. Thrasher
Commissioned field artillery. Retired from the Army in 2008 after serving as the Army’s Deputy Inspector General. Prior to that, MG Thrasher commanded the U.S. Army Cadet Command, overseeing all Army ROTC and JROTC programs in the nation. 1972 U.S. Army two star army general
Major General 
William H. Johnson
Major General Johnson served on active duty and in the USAR for over thirty-eight years, from his commissioning into the Army's armor branch in 1972 from North Georgia College to his retirement in 2010. Prior to his terminal assignment as Chief of Staff, United States Transportation Command, Scott AFB, IL, he held two commands as a General, Commander, 143rd TRANSCOM (FWD), Camp Arifjan, Kuwait and Commander, 99th RRC, Coraopolis, PA and prior, commanded at the Company, Battalion and Brigade level. He was also Senior Army Aviator. General Johnson currently serves as an Army Reserve Ambassador, and has devoted much of his time and resources to the Corps of Cadets, most recently serving as chairman of the Corps Advisory Council. 1972 U.S. Army Reserve two star army general
Brigadier General  
Robert L. Decker
Born at Fort Bliss, Texas. Commissioned Field Artillery. Commanded 18th Field Artillery Brigade (Airborne), XVIII Airborne Corps Artillery, Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. Served as Director of Personnel, J1 and Special Assistant to the Commander-in-Chief of United States Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. Promoted to brigadier general in 1999. Served as Assistant Commanding General, Support, First Armor Division, Germany. Retired from active duty February 1, 2005. 1973 U.S. Army one star general army
Lieutenant General 
Randaulph (Randy) Mixon
Last two assignments were Commanding General of the 25th Infantry Division and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Pacific. While commanding the 25th, MG Mixon deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom and commanded both Task Force Lightning and Multi-National Division North in Iraq. During this time, MG Mixon oversaw heavy fighting in the Diyala province and operations throughout Northern Iraq during the surge of combat operations in 2007. 1975 U.S. Army lieutenant general army
Brigadier General 
Timothy D. Livsey
Commissioned infantry. Retired in 2005 after 26 years on active-duty. His military assignments in the offices of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Office of the Secretary of the Army, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Eighth U.S. Army and 2nd Infantry Division, Korea; United States Army Europe, Germany; III Corps and 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; and 4th Training Brigade, Fort Jackson, South Carolina. 1978 U.S. Army one star general army
Lieutenant General 
James L. Terry
Former Commanding General of the United States Army Central; Commanding General V Corps; Commander of the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command and Deputy Commanding General of the United States Forces Afghanistan. 1978 U.S. Army lieutenant general army
Lieutenant General 
William B. Garrett

Former Deputy Commanding General, U.S. European Command; Deputy Commanding General, Army Forces Command; Commanding General, U.S. Army, Africa Command. 1981 U.S. Army lieutenant general army
Stephen J. Townsend
Commanding General, U.S. Africa Command, Stuttgart, Germany. Assumed command on 26 July 2019. Former Commanding General, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command 1982 U.S. Army* four-star general flag
Lieutenant General
Stephen G. Fogarty

Former Commanding General of Ft. Gordon and the Army Cyber Center of Excellence, former Chief of Staff, U.S. Cyber Command, currently commanding general of the U.S. Army Cyber Command. 1983 U.S. Army*  lieutenant general army
Brigadier General 
Timothy B. Britt
Commissioned Military Police. Served as Director of the Joint Staff of the Georgia National Guard; Deputy Commander of CJTF Phoenix VIII in Afghanistan, 2008-2009. 1983 U.S. Army one star general army
Major General Allan Elliott Retired from active duty in March 2019 after serving as the U.S. Army Material Command Deputy Chief of Staff and Assistant Deputy Commanding General for the U.S. Army Reserve. Commissioned infantry, and commanded mechanized and light infantry units in 29th Infantry Regiment and 10th Mountain Division. Served as Deputy Commanding General of the 108th Training Command. Deployed to Iraq in 2006 and Afghanistan in 2013. 1984 U.S. Army Reserve two star army general
Brigadier General
Ronald Stephens
Former Commanding General, Regional Health Command-Europe/Command Surgeon, United States Europe, Germany. Retired in 2020.  1986 U.S. Army one star general army
Major General
Joseph F. Jarrard
Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Europe for Army National Guard. Former Adjutant General for the State of Georgia and Commanding General of the Georgia Department of Defense. 1988 U.S. Army* two star army general
Major General
William K. Gayler
Chief of Staff, U.S. Africa Command. Former Director, J-3 Operations/Cyber, U.S. Africa Command, Germany. Former Commanding General of Ft. Rucker and the Army Aviation Center of Excellence 1988 U.S. Army* two star army general
Lieutenant General
Paul T. Calvert
Commanding General of Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve. Former Army Assistant G3/5/7 in Washington, DC; Former Commanding General, 1st Calvary Division, Ft. Hood, Texas. 1988 U.S. Army* three star army general
Major General
James B. Jarrard
Commanding General of the 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii (assumed command on 5 November 2019). Former Director of Operations, United States Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. 1988 U.S. Army* two star army general
Brigadier General 
Michael L. Scholes
Commissioned armor. Commanded at the company, battalion, and brigade level. Served in numerous joint operational assignments to include Special Assistant to the Director of the Army National Guard, Arlington, Virginia after serving in the Balkans. General Scholes was the Chief of Staff, Kosovo Forces, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Camp Film City, Pristina, Kosovo in 2014. His mission was to continue to contribute to a safe and secure environment in Kosovo in order to enhance regional stability and to conduct proactive and comprehensive communications in support of the mission. Retired in 2016. 1988 U.S. Army one star general army
Brigadier General
Richard (Dwayne) Wilson
Commanding General of the Georgia Army National Guard. Former director of the Joint Staff, Georgia National Guard. Commissioned aviation. Commanded at the company, battalion, and brigade level in the active and reserve components of the Army. Served as Chief of Staff of the Georgia Army National Guard. Deployed in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia and Iraq 1990-1991, contingency operations in Albania in 1999 and Kosovo in 2001, and Operation New Dawn in Iraq in 2010-2011. Promoted to brigadier general on February 21, 2020. 1993 U.S. Army* one star general army
Brigadier General Charles R. (Rob) Parker Currently serves as the Deputy Director for Command, Control, Communications, and Computers/Cyber Systems, J-6 on the Joint Staff in the Pentagon. Most recently served as the Director, Joint & Integration for the Headquarters Department of the Army G8.  Commissioned Signal Corps and commanded at the company, battalion, and theater signal command levels. Deployed in support of Operation Joint Endeavor (1995-96) in support of the US Army Europe Forward Command Post; to Operation Enduring Freedom (2002-3) as the S6 for 2/160th Special Ops Aviation Battalion and again in 2012 as the Deputy Commander for Task Force Signal; deployed to Operation Inherent Resolve (2015-16) as the CJ6 for the Combined - Joint Task Force led by the III Armored Corps. Promoted to BG July 2, 2020. 1993 U.S. Army* one star general army
*indicates officer still on Active Duty
GA Military Veterans Hall of Fame
Rank and Name UNG Class Date Inducted
Brigadier General (Retired) David L. Grange (Valor) 1970 November 2013 one-star general flag
Colonel (Retired) Ben Purcell (Valor) 1950 November 2013 colonel eagle symbol
Major General (Retired) Everette Livingston, USMC (Valor) Attended 1961 November 2014 two star army general
Colonel (Retired) Ben Malcolm (Valor) 1950 November 2014 colonel eagle symbol
Colonel (Retired) Gerald Lord (Valor) 1961 November 2015 colonel eagle symbol
Colonel (Retired) Robert Powell (Valor) 1965 November 2015 colonel eagle symbol
Major General (Retired) Ed Scholes (Valor) 1961 November 2015 two star army general
Lieutenant General (Retired) Burton D. Patrick (Service) 1957 November 2016 lieutenant general army
Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Rembert G. Rollison (Valor) 1966 November 2017
Lieutenant General (Retired) Randaulph "Randy" Mixon (Service) 1975 November 2018 lieutenant general army
Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) George Partridge, USAF (Valor) Attended 1950-51 November 2018
Major General (Retired) James A. Guest (Valor) 1960 November 2019 two star army general
Major General (Retired) Jack C. Wheeler (Service) 1961 November 2019 two star army general
Colonel (Retired) Wayne Dill (Valor) 1962 November 2020 colonel eagle symbol
Colonel Edward "Rusty" Holman Hightower (Valor) 1966 November 2020 colonel eagle symbol

Visit the Georgia Military Veterans Hall of Fame website for more information.

Ranger Hall of Fame
Name UNG Class Date Inducted
Major General (Retired) Edison Scholes 1961 2007
Colonel (Retired) Robert Powell 1965 2012
Lieutenant Colonel Rembert Rollison 1966 2015
Brigadier General (Retired) David L. Grange 1970 2005
Lieutenant Colonel Robert Suchke Lieutentant Colonel Robert (Bob) Suchke, U.S. Army (Retired) 1969 2020
ROTC Hall of Fame
Name UNG Class Year Inducted
Colonel (Ret) James (Tom) T. Palmer 1973 2019
Lieutenant General Burton Patrick 1957 2016
Mr. Bob Mathews 1971 2016
Major General Alan (Bud) Thrasher 1972 2019
Other Notable Cadet Alumni
Name UNG Class Accomplishments
dr. hugh mills Dr. Hugh Mills, Deceased 1943 President of Gainesville State College
Dr. Mills attended North Georgia College on a basketball scholarship and graduated in 1943, where he immediately joined the Army Air Corps. After a medical discharge, he enrolled in the University of Georgia where he graduated with several degrees, culminating with a doctorate in education, while simultaneously teaching and coaching in public schools and institutions.
tom murphy Honorable Tom Murphy, Deceased 1943 Longest serving Georgia Speaker of House
After graduating from high school in Bremen, Murphy attended North Georgia College, where he participated in collegiate boxing. He graduated in 1943. From 1943 to 1946 Murphy served in the navy in the Pacific Theater of World War II (1941-45) as a Seabee.
lieutenant colonel mathis

Lieutenant Colonel William H. Mathis,
U.S. Army Air Corps and USAF, Deceased

1941 WWII Flying Ace
Recipient of three distinguished flying crosses and four air medals
eugene patterson Eugene Patterson, Deceased Attended in 1940 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing in 1967
Served as a tank commander in the United States Army General George Patton's, 10th Armored Division, 90th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, First Platoon, C Troop during World War II and won a Silver Star for gallantry in action at the Battle of the Bulge and a Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster for heroic achievement. The 10th Armored, CCB at Bastogne, held off the German Army onslaught for eight hours awaiting the arrival of the 101st Airborne Division to fully stop the offensive. He served as an Army pilot after the war until he left the military to pursue journalism in 1947.
lt-albert-thomas-harris-notable-alumni.png Lieutenant Albert Thomas Harris, USN, Deceased Attended in 1932 Recipient of the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession while serving on board the Heavy Cruiser U.S.S. SAN FRANCISCO (CA-38), during action against enemy Japanese forces in the Solomon Islands Area, on 12 and 13 November 1942. 

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