TROY - Troy University will honor alumnus Maj. Gen. Walter D. Givhan of Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base as the University's 13th Distinguished Leadership Award recipient later this month.
The award honors the achievements of TROY alumni and friends who have distinguished themselves through exemplary work, philanthropy, leadership and service to their profession, community and alma mater. The award will be presented by Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., TROY Chancellor, during halftime ceremonies of TROY's Oct. 31 football game against Louisiana-Monroe. Also during the game, theUniversity will hold its annual salute to the military with a special pre-game performance by the Sound of the South marching band.
“Maj. Gen. Givhan is a ‘leader's leader' from Alabama who has served his country well throughout his distinguished career in the United States Air Force," Dr. Hawkins said. “The leadership Gen. Givhan provides in his role at Air University is vital in shaping policies and doctrines that will guide our military in the years to come. We are very proud to count this extraordinary Alabamian among our alumni of more than 140,000 worldwide."
Gen. Givhan, who received his Master of Science in International Relations from Troy University in 1989, serves as Commander of the Curtis E. LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education and Vice Commander of Air University. The LeMay Center is responsible for the research, development and production of Air Force doctrine and input for joint and multinational doctrine development activities.
A native of Safford, Ala., Gen. Givhan graduated from Morgan Academy in Selma and the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was a National Merit Scholar.
Gen. Givhan served as the U.S. air liaison officer to the commanding general, French ground forces, for operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and he led the effort to rebuild the Afghan air force as Commanding General of the Combined Air Power Transition Force. The general has commanded a combat training squadron, an operations group, an air base wing, an air expeditionary wing and the Air Force Institute of Technology.
His previous staff assignments include deputy military assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force, Chief of the Congressional Action Division for the Air Force Legislative Liaison, Chief of the Combat Forces Division, Directorate of Programs, and Director of the Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff Executive Action Group. Prior to his current assignment, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Plans, Programs and Operations in the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Political-Military Affairs.