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Army ROTC Alumnus Nominated for 'Two-star' Promotion to Rank of Major General

An alumnus of Old Dominion University's Army ROTC program has been nominated for an Army Competitive Category "two-star" promotion to the rank of major general by Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates.

Brig. Gen. Mark Perrin '79, director, J-2, U.S. Forces-Iraq, Operation New Dawn, received notification of his nomination on Nov. 17.

Perrin is one of four active-duty general officers who are alumni of the ODU Army ROTC program, along with Major Gen. John Bednarek '75, Col. Martin Schweitzer '85, and Lt. Gen. Kathleen Gainey '78, director for logistics, J-4, the Joint Staff, who served on the selection committee for his promotion.

ODU Provost Carol Simpson said the announcement is "good news, indeed" for ODU's ROTC programs, and the entire university. "It is a great reflection on the ODU ROTC program and the caliber of our graduates from that program - and of course, the caliber of the instructors," Simpson said.

"Old Dominion University is extremely proud of Brig. Gen. Perrin's recent selection as a major general," said Dick Whalen, ODU's director of military activities.

"He joins an impressive list of senior officers selected for general officer rank over the years who were commissioned via the Old Dominion University Army ROTC program, begun in 1969."

The list of flag and general officers should grow, based on the strength of ODU's Army and Navy ROTC units, totaling nearly 600 students. "Our extensive distance learning offerings are further adding to our military alumni numbers by providing a wealth of unique degree options for service personnel on duty around the world," Whalen said.

This article was posted on: November 23, 2010

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