TROY—Major General Arthur M. Bartell will provide the keynote address at Troy University’s commencement exercises May 7.
Commencement gets under way at 10:30 a.m. in Sartain Hall for about 600 students representing 23 states and 13 nations outside the United States.
The commencement is a ticketed event. Each graduating student is allotted five tickets and extra tickets, if any, will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the door beginning at 8 a.m. and limited to one per person.
Major General Bartell is the Commanding General of the Army Cadet Command at Fort Monroe, Va., and directs Reserve Officer Training Corps units in the United States. Commissioned as a field artillery officer in 1977 through ROTC at the University of Michigan, he began his career in the Republic of Korea, and later with the 101st Airborne Division.
He has served as battery commander with the 172nd Light Infantry Brigade. Following a stint with the U.S. Army Military Personnel Center and attending the Army Command and General Staff College, Major General Bartell served with VII Corps Artillery during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and as battalion commander of the 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery at Fort Drum and Port-au-Prince, Haiti during Operation Uphold Democracy. He attended the U.S. Navy War College, and has been commander of the 10th Mountain Division Artillery.
A veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, he was vice director for operational plans and joint force development on the Joint Staff in the Pentagon before being assigned to his current post.
Major General Bartell’s personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal and the Army Achievement Medal.