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U. S. Army's vice chief of staff to speak at spring commencement

4/15/2002
April 16, 2002

As a culminating event of the University's 75th Anniversary Celebration, Vice Chief of Staff Gen. John M. Keane will address 654 candidates for graduation, their families and friends at 2 p.m., Friday, May 10 in Dave Aaron Arena, Winfield Dunn Center.

A four-star general, Keane spent the last 20 years in command and staff assignments in support of operational and joint forces.

Immediately prior to his current appointment in 1999, Keane was deputy commander-in-chief of the United States Atlantic Command.

Between 1988-96, he served several tours of duty at Fort Campbell, Ky., including a stint as chief of staff and another, as assistant commander of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

He earned a bachelor's degree from Fordham University and a master's degree from Western Kentucky University. His military education includes the United States Army Command and General Staff College and the United States Army War College.

Keane is a highly decorated officer. Among his commendations, he received the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star, five Legions Of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, three Meritorious Service Medals, the Army Commendation Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman's Badge, Master Parachutist Badge and the Air Assault Badge.

Speaking last year about the strong support from the Clarksville-Hopkinsville area, Keane said, "Fort Campbell and the communities surrounding it represent the best of what America is about…These communities welcome the soldiers, and every time there is a tragedy…the community puts its arms around the soldiers and their families."

For more information, telephone 7127.