Spring commencement largest on record at Troy University

Posted: Tuesday, 28 April 2009

TROY – When U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Allen G. Peck addresses graduates at Troy University’s Spring Commencement on May 8, he address the largest graduating class in TROY’s history.

Some 657 undergraduate and graduates students will receive diplomas during exercises beginning at 10:30 a.m. in Sartain Hall. Included in that number are graduates from 21 states and 13 nations outside the United States.

Spring Commencement, although free to attend, is a ticketed event and is restricted to five tickets per graduate. Extra tickets will be available beginning at 8 a.m. at the Sartain Hall ticket booth and are limited to one per person.

General Peck is commander of Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base. In this assignment, he provides full spectrum education, research, and outreach at every level through professional military education, professional continuing education, and academic degree granting. He leads the intellectual and leadership center of the Air Force, graduating more than 50,000 resident and 120,000 non-resident officers, enlisted and civilian personnel each year. Additionally, he is responsible for officer commissioning through Officer Training School and the Reserve Officer Training Corps.

General Peck earned his commission upon graduation from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1975. He has served as an F-15 aircraft commander, instructor pilot and standardization and evaluation flight examiner. General Peck has completed two tours on the Air Staff at the Pentagon, a joint assignment as Chief of Current Operations at U.S. Central Command and was a National Security Fellow at Harvard. The general has commanded an air operations group in Germany, an air expeditionary wing in Saudi Arabia, and the Air and Space Expeditionary Force Center.

General Peck was a key planner for the air war over Serbia, and served in the Vicenza Combined Air Operations Center as the Chief of Combat Plans during the subsequent campaign. He also served with the Commander of Air Force Forces at the USCENTCOM Combined Air Operations Center during Operation Iraqi Freedom major combat operations. During a subsequent tour as Deputy Combined Force Air Component Commander, he oversaw planning, tasking, execution and assessment of coalition air operations for operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. The general is a command pilot with more than 2,700 hours in the F-15, including more than 300 combat hours.

Spring Commencement on the Dothan Campus is set for Sunday, May 17 and on the Montgomery Campus for May 18.