Fall 2014 Magazine - page 10-11

TROY Magazine
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TROY Magazine
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A Troy University alumnus, retired
Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins,
received the Medal of Honor from President
Obama on Monday, Sept. 15, during a
ceremony at the White House.
Troy University leaders said that Adkins,
who holds three degrees from TROY, is
an outstanding example of courage and
dedication.
“It is often said that freedom is not free.
Command Sergeant Major Bennie Adkins
proved the validity of this statement by
demonstrating great courage under fire,”
said Troy University Chancellor Dr. Jack
Hawkins, Jr. “He is a credit to his nation’s
military, a credit to Alabama and a credit
to Troy University. We are very proud of
his heroic and courageous action under
devastating circumstances, and we are very
proud that he is a Troy University Trojan.”
Adkins, a U.S. Army veteran, served three
tours in Vietnam. He was recognized for his
actions during 38 hours of close-combat
fighting against enemy forces on March 9 to
12, 1966. At that time, then-Sergeant First
Class Adkins was serving as an Intelligence
Sergeant with Detachment A-102, 5th
Special Forces Group, 1st Special Forces at
Camp “A Shau,” in the Republic of Vietnam.
“Command Sergeant Major Adkins’ courage
and commitment to excellence have won
him our country’s highest military honor, and
we are immensely proud of this outstanding
Troy University alumnus, who exemplifies
our strong ties to our armed forces and
veterans,” said Maj. Gen. Walter D. Givhan,
USAF Retired, and TROY’s Senior Vice
Chancellor for Advancement and Economic
Development. “He epitomizes the qualities
of a true Trojan Warrior.”
Adkins earned his bachelor’s degree from
then-Troy State University Montgomery,
in 1979. He earned his master’s degree
in education, in 1982, and then, a second
master’s degree in management, in 1988, all
from TSUM.
President Barack Obama presents
the Medal of Honor to retired Army
Command Sergeant Major Bennie
G. Adkins during a ceremony in
the East Room of the White House,
Sept. 15, 2014. (Official White
House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
A True
Trojan Warrior
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