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Ft. Campbell Garrison Commander Col. James Salome to speak at APSU's Summer Commencement

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Fort Campbell Garrison Commander Col. James R. Salome will deliver the keynote address at Austin Peay State University’s 88th Summer Commencement on Aug. 5.

Salome took command of Fort Campbell on June 18, 2015, after arriving from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where he served as the Commander’s Initiatives Group director, U.S. Army Forces Command. Salome previously served with 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Abn. Div., as an operations officer.

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Fort Campbell Garrison Commander Col. James R. Salome will deliver the keynote address at Austin Peay State University’s 88th Summer Commencement on Aug. 5.

Salome took command of Fort Campbell on June 18, 2015, after arriving from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where he served as the Commander’s Initiatives Group director, U.S. Army Forces Command. Salome previously served with 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Abn. Div., as an operations officer.

Salome previously served at Fort Campbell as Battalion and BCT S3 in 2nd BCT, 101st Airborne Division. He has served as a platoon leader, company executive officer, adjutant and Battalion S4 in the 82nd Airborne Division; was plans officer and Company Commander in the 173rd Airborne Brigade; and a Ranger instructor and Company Commander in 5th Ranger Training Battalion. He also served as Army Military Aide to the Vice President of the United States.

A distinguished officer, Salome has been awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal (three awards), the Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Army Commendation and Army Achievement Medals. He earned the Combat Infantryman’s Badge during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Salome earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the United States Military Academy, a Master of Arts in Administrative Management from Central Michigan University and a Master of Science in Strategic Studies from the Army War College.

Salome will speak at the commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. on Aug. 5, in the APSU Dunn Center. The ceremony will feature candidates from the College of Arts and Letters, College of Behavioral and Health Sciences, College of Business, Martha Dickerson Eriksson College of Education, College of Science and Mathematics and the School of Technology and Public Management.

APSU offers a free live webcast of the commencement ceremony. A link to the webcast will be made available within 24 hours of the ceremony. The ceremony also will be broadcast live on Magic 91.9 WAPX-FM, a broadcast service of the APSU Department of Communication.

For more information, visit www.apsu.edu/commencement.