Memorial Day and Remembering Those That Died for Our Freedom

At the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial,  there are over 170 acres of white Crosses and Stars of David which mark the graves of American soldiers who gave their lives to liberate Europe during World War II. The cross at plot D, row 19, grave 21 bears the name of GMC Junior College class of 1939 graduate LTC William Turner.

LTC Turner, or “Billy” as he was known by friends and family, commanded the First Battalion of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment. He jumped into France with his men on D-Day. On D-Day plus one, his battalion forced a German retreat town of Vierville, but on the way to St. Come du Mont, they encountered heavy enemy resistance. At which point, LTC Turner jumped into a Sherman tank to personally direct the fire.

Thanks to his heroic leadership, the battalion was able to move forward by destroying the German position. Unfortunately, LTC Turner was killed by enemy fire during the battle.  

He was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for “outstanding leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life.”

Memorial Day exists for Soldiers like him—patriots who made the ultimate sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.

Where would America be without men and women like Billy — a young man from right here in Milledgeville, Georgia who was killed and buried 4,000 miles from his home.  Where would we be without those men and women who served as if America’s future and the freedom of her people depended upon them alone? Without the courage, dedication, and honor of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend freedom throughout the world, we would be lost.  GMC is proud of Billy’s service, and we will never forget his sacrifice.  This Memorial Day, we remember LTC Turner and all of our nation’s fallen heroes.

National Peace Officers Memorial Day

In 1962, the date May 15 was designated as National Peace Officers Memorial Day, a day to honor and to remember local, state, and federal peace officers nationwide who have died or become disabled while serving others in the line of duty. It is also a time to remember those fallen officers’ families and the many sacrifices they, too, have made.

Law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice include GMC Prep School and Junior College alumnus John Thomas “Sonny” King III (HS ’59, JC ’61), a Georgia Bureau of Investigation special agent killed in 1985 while serving an arrest warrant, and Prep School alumnus William “Will” E. Robinson IV (HS ’87), a Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office deputy killed in 1995 while making a traffic stop.

The John Thomas (Sonny) King III Scholarship Fund for GMC Prep School or Junior College students was established in memory of and in honor of King. Among the scholarship’s qualification criteria in order to be awarded includes students whose parent or grandparent was a law enforcement officer in Georgia killed in the line of duty.

The William E. Robinson IV Memorial Scholarship Fund was established to honor the memory of Robinson. The scholarship is awarded to GMC Prep School students from law enforcement families. It also supports the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office C.H.A.M.P.S. Program, a drug and safety awareness program for fifth-graders. The Will Robinson Memorial Run, held for more than 20 years at the GMC-Milledgeville campus, serves as a fundraiser for the scholarship.

For the past two years, the GMC-Milledgeville campus and Preparatory School have honored our area peace officers on May 15 with a morning formation wreath-laying ceremony and a complimentary lunch provided for first responders.

In the past, we have had a fabulous turnout for the lunch that has included public safety personnel from local colleges, the city of Milledgeville, Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office, Baldwin County Fire Rescue, and other first responders. Unfortunately, this year, precautions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic have required us to cancel the lunch plans.

GMC still recognized National Peace Officers Memorial Day this year by holding a wreath-laying ceremony at the Grant Parade flag pole at the Milledgeville campus on May 15 at 8:30 a.m. This year, however, it was a social-distancing private event with a Facebook Live broadcast for others to view remotely.

Let’s come together on National Peace Officers Memorial Day virtually via live stream – and in our hearts – to remember and to honor all of the men and women in law enforcement who have made the ultimate sacrifice or suffered permanent disabilities selflessly defending their communities.

Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week May 4-8, 2020

There isn’t a day, a week, a month, or a year when we don’t appreciate our wonderful and dedicated GMC Prep School teachers, as well as Junior College professors and instructors. From elementary school to college, these educators are invaluable and incredible members of the GMC Family. They are the heart of the institution.

The unexpected circumstances experienced during the coronavirus pandemic have given us even more reasons to be so very thankful for our all our educators who have shown remarkable character and resilience navigating uncharted waters. For more than a month, these dedicated individuals have shown genuine character above all by remaining focused on their commitment to teaching students and student success. No amount of distance could take that away.  For those reasons and many more, Teacher Appreciation Week – May 4 to May 8 – is more special his year.

On behalf of the entire GMC Family, I want to thank our teachers, professors, and instructors for their determination and dedication to working quickly to find ways to adapt their classes in a virtual setting. Despite the chaos and change, they still found fun and innovative ways to connect and to share laughs with their students, such as with Cool T-shirt Spirit Day for seventh graders.

Special people call for special recognition. Throughout Teacher Appreciation Week, please find ways to honor and to thank the educators who have made a difference for their students during the trying and uncertain times of the coronavirus pandemic.

Even with social distancing measures in place, there are a variety of ways to show gratitude. It can be as simple as sharing a poem, drawing, video, or quick note of thanks sent via email or posted on social media.

For those who wish to give more, one way would be to support local businesses by purchasing a gift card online for a teacher, professor, or instructor to use at a local restaurant that offers delivery or curbside pick-up. Gift cards can be sent via email or text.

Nowhere was the spirit of “we’re all in this together” more apparent during the remote-learning period of the pandemic than in the character, duty, and honor shown by our teachers, professors, and instructors at GMC. Their devotion made all the difference in helping our Prep School and Junior College students succeed academically despite it all.

National Vietnam War Veterans Day 2020

As an American Soldier who was privileged to serve others and our Nation for 37 years, I have experienced on countless occasions people’s expressions of appreciation for my military service. It is always an immensely humbling experience that truly warms the heart.


Unfortunately, such personal displays of unexpected kindness have not always been shown to some U.S. military members. It has long been acknowledged, and I witnessed it firsthand with my father, that those who returned from the Vietnam War didn’t always receive a hero’s welcome. While we can’t travel back in time to make those wrongs right, we can take time today to honor those who served in the Vietnam War.


The date, March 29 of every year, has been designated by the U.S. Congress and our President as National Vietnam War Veterans Day. It was on this date back in 1973, almost fifty years ago, when all remaining U.S. troops were withdrawn from Vietnam – two decades after the war began. 


It is never too late to thank a Vietnam War veteran in our community and across our nation for their service and their sacrifice. On this day, Sunday, March 29, may we pause to recognize and to honor the men and women who served in the Vietnam War. May we also take time today to remember the POWs and MIAs of the Vietnam War, as well as their families.


We are blessed to live in a town that offers a number of ways to reach out to and to give back to Vietnam War veterans. Volunteer at the Georgia War Veterans Home or at Comfort Farms. Visit the Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery, which features an avenue of flags and places flags on gravesites for special occasions such as Veterans Day. Visit a Vietnam War memorial, which includes ours here on our Milledgeville campus.


In addition to each of these Milledgeville locations, on this day make sure to take time to thank and to spend time with family members and friends who are Vietnam War veterans. Let them know how much they and their military service truly mean to you. Gratitude and thanks don’t have an expiration date and they never go out of style. Know that your kind words will really mean a lot to them, even – and especially – today.

A Letter from President Caldwell on Coronavirus

Dear GMC students, parents, faculty, and staff,

These are unprecedented times and we will see the ramifications long after the pandemic is over. Although there is much uncertainty, one thing has not changed and that is the commitment of Georgia Military College to the education and safety of our students attending our Prep School, Junior College, and Corps of Cadets; as well as the safety and well-being of faculty and staff at all 14 GMC Junior College campuses.

In accordance with Governor Kemp’s executive order, as well as other state and national guidelines, all GMC campuses are closed to students and we have implemented social distancing measures. All of our Students and cadets have transitioned to remote learning and online courses until March 31. Faculty and staff members will be telecommuting during this time and readily available to students on a remote basis.

We will continue to have key and essential personnel available on GMC campuses to ensure college operations are maintained as needed and for public safety. Our #1 Mission right now is to Ensure the Success of our Students and minimize to the best of our abilities the disruption to their education.

Throughout the coming days and weeks, we will continuously reassess and adjust our procedures for all GMC campuses as required and appropriate. GMC leadership has committed to communicating on a regular basis with our students. Our intent next week, if sufficient information is made available, is to decide how to move forward after March 31. We will announce any new measures and protocols in a timely manner.

Thank you for your continued understanding and patience as we all navigate through these extraordinary times for our GMC Family, surrounding communities, and beyond.

William B. Caldwell, IV
Lieutenant General, U.S. Army (Ret.)
Georgia Military College


As we look back on the phenomenal 2018-2019 academic year at Georgia Military College, we also reflect upon the past 140 years of our history providing character-based education for generations of students. Since 1879, GMC has written an overarching student-centric story of hope, opportunity, leadership, and excellence in everything we do.

The successes we celebrate today are a reflection of the work of those who came before us. For more than a century, dedicated and determined members of our GMC Family have committed their time, talent, and treasure to make a difference in the lives of our students. Today we stand on the shoulders of all those who have worked tirelessly over the past 140 years to make GMC a premier educational institution.

Providing students with the best facilities is an important priority. We continue to invest in the future of our students through newly built and renovated structures. In 2018, we began construction on our new Prep School Annex, along with the renovation and restoration of historic Jenkins Hall, as well as building the second phase of our GMC-Fayetteville campus. Each project was completed and ready for students in the fall of 2019.

We were excited to welcome back fourth and fifth grades at our Prep School in the fall of 2018 and third grade in the fall of 2019. The additional elementary school grades were enthusiastically received by our community and classes filled quickly. We started our own traditions with our youngest students, including “High-Five Friday” held every week during morning drop-off at the Prep School Annex, where our high school students welcome the third- through fifth-graders to school; the “Bulldog Buddies Program,” where seniors are selected and partnered as “buddies” for our third-graders and have monthly programs; and our “West Gate Entrance Walk” for our new third-graders as they walk onto the GMC campus for the very first time.

GMC Junior College and our redesignated Global Online Campus continue to excel in terms of student enrollment and graduation numbers. Our Dual Enrollment program and Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree programs enrolled both a higher number of students and produced more graduates than in any previous year in our history. Our Global Online Campus also had our 50th BAS graduate in the fall of 2019, with many more in the program.

A key mission at GMC is to develop military leaders. We are thrilled to report the leadership and staff of our Corps of Cadets worked exceedingly hard to recruit and retain a greater number of cadets and to expand existing programs at GMC. And in the fall of 2019, we expanded our Corps of Cadets Service

Academy Preparatory Program to now serve as a preparatory school for four prestigious U.S. service academies with over 40 “scholars” in our Corps.

As GMC moves toward our sesquicentennial year in 2029 and beyond, we will continue to invest in the success of our students with a master plan that includes adding additional GMC Junior College campuses and expanding our existing campuses throughout Georgia. Additional athletic facilities and improvements are also included in the master plan.

Strategic plans for the Prep School continue to place an emphasis on the fine arts as a powerful means to advance the character-based education it has provided students for more than a century. A proposed Fine Arts Center for Education would provide our Prep School and Junior College students a state-of-the-art educational, exhibition, and performance venue to further explore and expand on their creative endeavors.

We are extremely grateful to every GMC stakeholder and friend. Each of you is a vital part of the success of GMC. You, too, have selflessly given of your time, talent, and treasure. I am honored to be part of the GMC Family as we move forward into an exciting future working together to accomplish even more for our students and the College.

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We began this year at Georgia Military College with a new email and social media campaign, “Attitude of Gratitude,” that each month features an exceptional employee we are so thankful to have as a member of the GMC Family. Each of them represents a shining example of a team member who is a joy to work with and who brings joy to everything they do at work.

Expressions of gratitude always brighten up a day – for the receiver and for the giver. Gratitude is truly meant to be shared with others. During the busy holiday season, as we spend time with friends and family, shopping and traveling, celebrating New Year’s Day, let’s add gratitude to our daily to-do lists.

Gratitude for those we love and appreciate. Letting family members and friends know how much it really means to have them in our life. Those moments are priceless. Saying thanks is so simple, yet always appreciated by everyone. If someone bakes your favorite cake, tell them how grateful you are. It can be as simple as telling someone thanks for holding the door open for you.

Gratitude for the little things in life. Oftentimes, it’s the little things that mean the most. Reading a book beside a roaring fire in the fireplace. Watching the sunrise, or sunset, alone or with a special someone. Spending quality time with family and friends. You don’t even have to do anything special. Just be together. That’s all it takes.

Gratitude for a new year. New opportunities. New experiences. 2020 holds so much potential. There is a lot to be grateful for in the upcoming year. Good times and bad times. They both hold experiences and lessons to be thankful for. We can be grateful for the ability to find the positive in the negative.

Throughout the year – every year – I am tremendously grateful to be a part of the GMC Family. I am truly grateful for every team member of the GMC Family. I am also extremely grateful for our students, alumni, and friends. I share the attitude of gratitude every day at GMC.


Few dates in our nation’s 243-year history have made such a huge impact on the trajectory of world history or can stir an immediate emotional response than that of December 7, 1941. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s wise words remain true today – it is “a date which will live in infamy.”

On December 7, 1941, more than 2,300 people – members of the military and civilians – were killed during a surprise attack by Japan on Pearl Harbor, as well as other areas on the island of Oahu. It was the impetus for the United States to enter into World War II.

Many people aren’t aware that Pearl Harbor was just one of a number of military bases attacked by the Japanese on December 7, 1941. Members of the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, the same U.S. Army division that I was assigned to decades later, were among the many soldiers and airmen who served bravely and fought valiantly on that infamous day in history.

My father was a 15 year old living on the island when his father who was stationed at Schofield Barracks on the morning of the attack.  I would later serve two tours on Oahu and be stationed at Schofield Barracks too. The military post was one of the first military installations hit by Japanese fighter pilots on that fateful day in December 1941. When I was there, buildings on the post still held bullets lodged during the waves of aerial attacks by the Japanese.

As with those bullets in the buildings at Schofield Barracks, the island of Oahu holds many reminders of those who selflessly served their country – with thousands making the ultimate sacrifice – on December 7, 1941. For decades, the Arizona Memorial is where many veterans and their families have gone to pay their respects to those who perished in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

In 1994, the date of December 7 was designated as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. It is a day when we can each take the time to remember and to honor the thousands who lost their lives and the more than a thousand who were injured – military and civilian – during the attack on Pearl Harbor. It is also a time to remember and to appreciate the men and women who proudly and selflessly served during World War II, as well as to honor and to thank our World War II veterans and their families.

You don’t have to travel to Oahu to pay your respects. On December 7, you can chose to attend a National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day ceremony, pay a visit to the Georgia War Veterans Home in Milledgeville, or simply say a prayer of gratitude for those who courageously fought and for those who lost their lives on that infamous day in 1941. We are forever in their debt.


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Today I want to do exactly what this day is set aside for me to do, which is to extend my gratitude and sincerest thanks to each and every one of our Veterans who – at some point in their life heard that call to serve their country and made the choice to answer it. That’s a decision that every single Veteran has in common, and it’s a decision you can be proud of for the rest of your life. Thank you for making that decision.

I spend a great deal of time thinking about the men and women who answer that call. I think about what kind of world we would live in without that kind of people. Where would our great nation be if we didn’t have so many people who put service before self and answer that call?

Bill Crawford was a genuinely nice guy. He worked as a Janitor at the United States Air Force Academy, and he loved interacting with the young men there. Telling them stories about his days as a boxer. He had the kind of personality that just stands out- the kind of personality that you notice.

A new cadet would strike up a conversation with a fellow cadet that went something like this, “I met the janitor today.”

“Mr. Crawford? Nice guy, isn’t he,” the second cadet would say.

“He sure is. And really interesting too. Did you know he used to be a boxer?”

“Oh yeah. He was a local champion. Does that surprise you?”

“You sure wouldn’t guess it just from looking at him.”

But he was a boxer. In fact, Bill Crawford thought he was good enough to have gone pro, but he never had the chance. Like so many men of his generation, Bill Crawford gave up everything to answer America’s call to serve.

Everyone who has spent even a single day in any branch of our military knows that call to serve is not an easy call to answer. Much is asked of the man or woman who answers that call. The first thing you discover is that service always entails one personal sacrifice after another. It’s a series of forfeitures you have to make. You have to leave your family- spouse, children. Your friends. Your home. You trade all that to go have orders barked at you and embark on what is probably the most difficult few weeks of your life up to that point.

When you make that decision to put service before self, everything in your life becomes like the equipment you load into a rucksack. Everyone who has ever served from the beginning of time knows that packing up that equipment is a very delicate balancing act. You’re walking a fine line. You want to make sure that you have every single thing you could possibly need for any situation you might find yourself in, and at the same time, you’re looking for anything that can be left behind to lighten the load. Do I really need this? It’s pretty heavy? Can I possibly live without it? You could pick any soldier at random, dump out their bag to go through the items, and you’d discover that there’s a correlation between how much each item weighs and how crucially important it is. The more an item weighs, the more important it must be.

Most of the time, that’s what service before self means. It means leaving things behind even if you need them. And I’m not talking about a weapon, or a carton of cigarettes, or some eating utensils. I’m talking about those people you love. Everyone you have to leave behind to in order to serve. Your family. Your friends. Sometimes the mission will ask you to leave the whole country behind. And you do it. It tears you up inside. You don’t want to do it. But you know that if we don’t have people who are willing to plow through all of that personal sacrifice. If we don’t have people who are willing to make forfeiture after forfeiture- people who give of themselves no matter what is asked- then our nation and what it represents won’t survive. So, what can you do? You get the order, so you ruck up and head out into the great unknown. And you stay thankful for what you still have.

I company’s third platoon had moved up a hillside when an enemy machine gun nest began to rain death around them.  A young Private attacked to the left, destroying the gun that was threatening his fellow American soldiers.  Then, without hesitation, he shifted his attack to the right, knocking out the second enemy emplacement. He turned the captured machine gun on the now routed and fleeing German soldiers. When the gunfire finally stopped, the men of the 3rd platoon who were still standing thanked God that they had survived, and they knew it wouldn’t have been possible without the heroic actions of that young Private. They all wanted to thank the Private, but… nobody could find him.

The Private received the Medal of Honor- the nation’s highest award for military valor- for his actions that day, but they weren’t able to place it around his neck and thank him for the service he had rendered. Instead, they had to hand it to his broken-hearted father as a posthumous honor. His father wept.

Because the people you leave at home, they’re veterans too really. And they didn’t even sign up to serve, but they have to make the big sacrifices too. In a way, they’re all drafted into their service. They’re forced to make the sacrifices and to understand the greater picture of why those sacrifices have to be made.

So what do they do? They live their lives on pins and needles. They do their best to go about their daily lives pretending everything is normal. They try to make it through each day without spending every waking minute wondering if their soldier is okay. Even though they pull themselves out of bed knowing that each sunrise could be the dawn of a catastrophic day. Because somewhere- maybe on the other side of the world- their loved one’s well-being is in God’s hands.

It’s a little different when you’re the one in harm’s way. You’re out on the mission, you’re out there doing what you were trained to do. You’re focused and there’s not a lot of downtime. But when there is. When you get that downtime- that’s when the homesickness rushes through you hard. It’s like standing in the ocean and being hit in the back by a wave.

The context of service changes tremendously from decade to decade. The equipment changes. The food changes. Who’s ever had a Meal Ready to Eat? Did you poke holes in it and heat it up with some C4?

In early wars, lots of guys died from drinking the water. By Vietnam, you could purify water with halazone and then take the lomotil tablets to help with whatever problems the halazone caused you.

If you served in Korea or WWII, you didn’t even have the MREs. You had your C-rations and your K-rations.

The uniforms change- if you served in Cuba during the Spanish American War, you’d take your blue coat and smear as much mud on it as you could. That was the only way to protect yourself from snipers who could see that blue coat standing out from a mile away. By the time men were fighting in Vietnam, they had boonie suits and tigerstripes. Today, we have the digital camouflage.

The missions have certainly changed. A new decade often brings with it new enemies and new threats to freedom. America began with soldiers fighting to free us from the British. A couple hundred years later, America fought alongside the British to save the world from Hitler. Then fifty years of proxy wars to prevent the spread of communism throughout the world. Then, Saddam Hussein, The Taliban, Al Qaeda, ISIS.

The context of service changes with the world. As enemies. New threats. New technologies.

What hasn’t changed from day one is the type of person who answers the call to serve. The type of person who is willing to say, “my country needs me, so I’m going to make the sacrifices.” It’s a selfless action.

And those who serve have to be selfless. They have to be willing to put the service above everything else. That’s how you end up surrounded by the kind of men and women you can trust to the end of the Earth. It’s not casual trust, it’s the ultimate trust. You won’t leave them behind no matter what and you know down to your bones that that person next to you won’t leave you behind no matter what.

Men like that Private who saved I company’s third platoon and received a posthumous Medal of Honor. But even though that Private was presumed dead, he wasn’t actually killed in the battle. He was taken prisoner by the Germans and held in a POW camp.  When the Russian Army advanced into Germany, the Private and his fellow POWs were arched 500 miles through the freezing mountains. 52 days, 10 miles a day, fueled by one meal that consisted of one potato. He was finally liberated in the Spring of 1945 by an advancing tank column.

He got to return home and hold the Medal of Honor that had been awarded to him posthumously when America thought he’d been lost.

That Private blended back into to civilian life – back into anonymity. He went to work at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

“I met the janitor today.”

“Mr. Crawford? Nice guy, isn’t he,”

“He sure is. And really interesting too. Did you know he used to be a boxer?”

“Oh yeah. He was a local champion. Does that surprise you?”

“You sure wouldn’t guess it just from looking at him.”

“Don’t you know about the janitor?”

“Know what?”

“That janitor wears the Medal of Honor.”

I spend a lot of time thinking about the kind of people who answer the call to serve.

Private Crawford’s story is a good reminder that there are heroes among us. I wonder how many students took the time to know him.  How many were humble enough to know the janitor. I wonder if any of them discovered his story and wished they had been more courteous.

Those are the kind of people who have gotten this country where it is today. Men and women like Private Crawford who heard that call to serve and answered it. Most of them don’t have Medals of Honor. Most of them weren’t prisoners of war. But that’s okay. Like I said before, the context of every veteran’s service is different. But every single one of them decided to put service before self and answer their country’s call.

Those are the people we call veterans. And they deserve every bit of thanks we have to give.


October 14th, Georgia Military College (GMC) celebrates 140 years of providing hope and opportunity to students across the state of Georgia! The date marks a true milestone in the history of our institution and in Milledgeville where it all began. We are grateful to the Milledgeville community for a partnership that has made it possible to provide a place where students can learn, grow, thrive, and become leaders of character within their communities.

In 1879- the same year Thomas Edison first introduced the light bulb- GMC was established as Middle Georgia Military and Agricultural College. With nothing more than a handful of faculty members, 219 students, and the Old Capitol Building classes began in 1880. Our Mission was simple, to provide a character-based education to young men and women across the state of Georgia and especially Baldwin County. Today, we continue in that tradition serving almost 17,000 students at 14 campuses across the state of Georgia, including a Global Online Campus, in addition to over 730 students in our Preparatory School, grades 3 through 12.

We have so much to be thankful for as we reflect on the past 140 years. Our Prep School has continued to be where young minds are inspired and challenged, character is developed and an attitude of serving our community is instilled in our students. This year our Prep School reopened its doors to third graders, we moved into our brand-new Prep School Annex and will shortly bring life back to the newly renovated and restored City Elementary School known as Jenkins Hall.

GMC’s #1 Strategic Initiative is Contribute to Student Success. The Junior College’s primary measure of student success is the annual number of students who graduate. This past year (2018-2019) the Junior College had our largest number of college graduates in our history with 1899 students receiving their degree. This represented a 32% increase over the number of graduates from just four years ago (2014-2015). Of the graduates who went on to four-year colleges and universities, 71% went to a University System of Georgia college.

GMC has never wavered from our military focus and proudly serves as The Military Junior College of Georgia. It is here that we educate and develop young men and women of character to serve in uniform in the ranks of the Army and Air Force. Today, as one of only four military junior colleges in the nation, we pride ourselves on striving for excellence and developing leadership within our Corps of Cadets. We take great pride in being a key commissioning source for our Georgia National Guard. Additionally, our Junior College Corps of Cadets now also has a thriving U.S. Service Academy Preparatory Program. This program prepares young men and women to enter into the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Air Force Academy.

After 140 years, we remain more committed than ever to our core institutional values of Duty, Honor, and Country and our motto of Character Above All. That’s why our graduates have distinguished themselves in government, the arts, education, as well as charitable and commercial industries throughout the United States. Since World War I, 86 GMC heroes have laid down their lives to defend American freedom throughout the world.

Our 140th birthday celebration is a celebration among our entire Georgia Military College family because everyone has been important in assisting GMC in fulfilling its mission to develop educated citizens who are contributing members of society. Thanks for all that each of you have done to help make this possible. Without the overwhelming support we’ve received from our GMC family, our community and throughout the state and beyond, we would not be able to provide the innumerable opportunities, the hope and the character-based education that have led so many thousands of our graduates to become leaders and tireless contributors to their communities and our nation from 1879 to 2019. We are even more excited for the years ahead and know that together, we will continue to fulfill our mission and provide the hope, opportunity, excellence and leadership that is so important in our nation.

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