DOTHAN—Major General Anthony G. Crutchfield shared the guiding principles of the U.S. Army's "Warrior Ethos" with Troy University graduates on Sunday, May 15, in Dothan.
Crutchfield was the keynote speaker during the spring commencement ceremony for the Dothan Campus. About 180 students received graduate and undergraduate degrees during the 3 p.m. ceremony held at the Dothan Civic Center.
Crutchfield, the commanding general of the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Ft. Rucker, said the four principles of the Army's "Warrior Ethos" can provide a useful guide for graduates as they begin the next phase of their lives.
The first principle is to "always place the mission first," Crutchfield said.
"Don't misinterpret placing the mission first with always accomplishing the mission," he said. "We know that would be an extreme expectation. I want you to remember to never lose sight of what is important. Never let go of that vision of what success will be for you."
The Army urges its soldiers to "never accept defeat" and "never quit," Crutchfield said. He told the graduates to not be discouraged by life's obstacles and challenges.
"Setbacks and mistakes are life's way of imparting knowledge and teaching you both what to do and what not to do," Crutchfield said.
Finally, he reminded graduates to "never leave a fallen comrade."
"Your comrade may be your spouse, best friend, co-worker or your boss," Crutchfield said. "It may be a cause or an organization … so graduates, when you walk through those doors today and find yourself committed to something or someone, stick by them at all costs."
Crutchfield took command at Ft. Rucker in August 2010. Prior to that, he served as director of the Joint Center for Operational Analysis-Lessons Learned at the U.S. Joint Forces Command in Suffolk, Va.