TROY - The former commander of NORAD and the United States Northern Command will provide Troy University's commencement speech on May 9 on the Troy Campus.
More than 700 students representing 24 states and 14 nations will participate in Spring Commencement Exercises beginning at 10 a.m. in Trojan Arena.
General Victor E. Renuart, Jr., who earned a master's degree in psychology from then-Troy State University, entered the Air Force in 1971, and has commanded a fighter squadron, a NATO support group and a fighter wing. He served as commander of the 76th Fighter Squadron during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and supported Operation Deny Flight as director of plans for the NATO Combined Air Operations Center at Headquarters 5th Allied Tactical Air Force. He also commanded Joint Task Force –Southwest Asia and 9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force-Southwest Asia, where he was responsible for the control and execution of Operation Southern Watch.
General Renuart served as Director of Operations at Headquarters, U.S. Central Command at MacDill AFB and its forward headquarters at Camp As Saliyah in Doha, Qatar, where he oversaw the planning and execution of all joint and allied combat, humanitarian assistance and reconstruction operations for Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. He has also been vice commander, Pacific Air Forces. Prior to his final posting, he was director of strategic plans and policy for the Joint Chiefs and was senior military assistance to the Secretary of Defense.
General Renuart's awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, the Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Aerial Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, and the Air Force Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster. He was a command pilot with more than 3,900 flight hours, including 60 combat missions.