DOTHAN—Major General James O. Barclay III, commanding general of the U.S. Army Aviation Center for Excellence and Fort Rucker, will deliver the keynote address to graduates at Troy University’s Dothan Campus during the fall commencement ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 13.
TROY Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr., will confer more than 240 graduate and undergraduate degrees during the 3 p.m. ceremony at the Dothan Civic Center.
Major General Barclay has served in various aviation and infantry units, and has commanded at the company, battalion and brigade levels, with service in Operations Provide Comfort in Iraq, Uphold Democracy in Haiti and Iraqi Freedom in Iraq.
His past assignments include Director of the Joint Center for Operational Analysis (JCOA), United States Joint Forces Command and the 1st Infantry Division as the Deputy Commanding General (maneuver). His joint assignments include Deputy Division Chief, United States Atlantic Command and Executive Officer to the Commander, Multi-National Forces-Iraq.
Major General Barclay was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant of Infantry in 1978. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the United States Military Academy and a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College.
His decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Bronze Star Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Meritorious Service Medal (with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Commendation Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Army Achievement Medal, the Senior Army Aviator Badge, the Parachutist Badge and the Air Assault Badge.