Maj. Gen. Thomas W. Geary to Speak at Norwich University Veterans Day Observance


October 31, 2018

Norwich University will observe Veterans Day by conducting a Corps of Cadets review in honor of all veterans, past and present. The reviewing officer and guest speaker is Major General Thomas W. Geary, U.S. Air Force, Norwich Class of 1988.

Veterans, the public, and those currently serving in the Armed Forces of the United States are cordially invited to attend the Veterans Day Observance on the Upper Parade Ground at Norwich University on Friday, November 9, 2018, at 3:15 p.m.

The ceremony will include cannon fire in the Roll of Wars, a wreath laying, firing of three rifle volleys, and the playing of Echo Taps.

Major General Geary’s, remarks will touch upon the themes of veterans who have served in peacetime and war, including their unwavering courage and commitment to the nation. He will also address challenges facing our veterans, including health issues, homelessness and combat trauma, such as PTSD. And, he will recall the history of Veterans Day, as 2018 marks the Centennial of the Armistice ending World War I.

Just prior to the ceremony, Norwich University faculty members will hold free and open to the public the Norwich Panel on Armistice Day Centennial from 1 – 2:30 p.m. in Mack Hall Auditorium. As the world gathers to commemorate the centennial of Armistice Day, please join Norwich faculty for a panel discussion on the First World War, its conclusion, and the legacy it left behind. Panelists include: Rowly Brucken, Professor of History; Reina Pennington, Charles A. Dana Professor of History; and Lea Williams, Chair of the Department of English and Communications.

Veterans Day ceremony speaker Geary serves as the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Director for Operations. In this role, he manages and oversees the Directorate’s worldwide intelligence collection and counterintelligence analysis and operations. Geary serves as the Director’s principal advisor on all Human Intelligence (HUMINT) and Counterintelligence (Cl) issues and executes the responsibilities of the Defense HUMINT Manager and Cl Manager on the Director’s behalf.

He has commanded at the squadron, group, wing and joint levels, and throughout his career, has held a variety of leadership positions in various major commands, combatant commands – including the Director of Intelligence for U.S. Southern Command, the Defense Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency, as well as being deployed to Afghanistan serving on the senior staff of Headquarters International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan. Prior to his current assignment, Geary served as the Deputy Director for Strategic Integration, Headquarters Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington, D.C.

Geary was commissioned in 1988 as a distinguished graduate of the Air Force ROTC program at Norwich University. After commissioning, he served in the missile operations career field as Minuteman Ill Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Combat Crew Commander and instructor before transitioning to the intelligence career field.

An open reception will follow the outdoor ceremony in the foyer of Jackman Hall.

The uniform for this special event is the Service Class A uniform. Please plan on cold weather and dress accordingly.

About Norwich University˜

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) 

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