U.S. Army General to be Georgia Gwinnett College’s spring commencement keynote

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General Gustave F. Perna, 19th Commander of the U.S. Army Materiel Command, has accepted Georgia Gwinnett College’s invitation to speak during its spring Commencement ceremony Thursday, May 16, 2019, at 10 a.m. at the Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth, Georgia. 

Gen. Gus Perna is one of only a dozen active-duty Army four-star generals and leads the Army Materiel Command, with headquarters at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. As the Army's most senior logistician, Perna commands a global organization with nearly 60,000 soldiers and civilian employees supported by another 60,000 contractors. The Army Materiel Command has a presence in all 50 states and more than 150 countries, leading and directing the Army's logistics and sustainment efforts to ensure the best-equipped and sustained fighting force in the world.

The General obtained an associate’s degree in business administration from Valley Forge Military Academy in Wayne, Pennsylvania. Graduating as a Distinguished Military Graduate, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant, infantry officer in the U.S. Army. He also received a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland and a master’s degree in logistics management from the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida. 

His military education includes infantry officer basic course, ordnance officer advance course, logistics executive development course, support operations course, command and general staff college and senior service college.

His awards and decorations include a Distinguished Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Defense Superior Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, and  the Parachutist and Air Assault Badges.

For more information about commencement, visit www.ggc.edu/commencement

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