The new president of Georgia Military College is the Armys first recipient of the Department of Homeland Security Distinguished Service Medal.
Retired Lt. Gen. William Caldwell IV received a citation for extraordinary meritorious service Thursday during his retirement ceremony and investiture as the colleges 21st president.
Caldwell was honored for his work at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, where he was commanding general of the 5th Army, U.S. Northern Commands Joint Task Force Land Component Command and Army Service Component Command from December 2011 until August 2013.
The Columbus native officially took the helm of GMC on Nov. 1 after completing 37 years in the Army.
Caldwells wife, Stephanie, also was presented with the Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service for extraordinary contributions to the Army.
The Methodist minister and mother of three was recognized during Thursdays induction ceremony on Grant Parade on the east side of the Old Capitol Building of the Milledgeville campus.