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    LSU professors receive Commander’s Award

    LSU professors receive Commander's Award

    Photo By Raymond Barnard | From left to right: Louisiana State University Drs. Stanley E. Hilton, Karl Roider and...... read more read more



    Story by Maj. Gabriel Ramirez 

    Joint Readiness Training Center Operations Group

    FORT POLK, La. - Three Louisiana State University professors, who have long supported Fort Polk and the Joint Readiness Training Center, were awarded the Commander’s Award for Public Service during a ceremony May 9 at Fort Polk.

    Drs. Karl Roider, William A. Clark and Stanley E. Hilton received the award from Col. Timothy J. McAteer, commander of Operations Group at the JRTC.

    The three professors were recognized for their commitment to continued education for service and family members stationed at Fort Polk. Collectively the professors have been making the three-hour drive from Baton Rouge to Fort Polk since 1993.

    “It was just a really wonderful program. It never would have happened if it were not for these gentlemen and what they did. They would drive here on Friday night … they would drive all the way up here, teach the class, drive back on Sunday night and then go teach,” said McAteer.

    The LSU program offered a graduate degree of Master of Arts in liberal arts and has graduated 217 students during its tenure. Notable alumni from the program went on to achieve high ranking within the U.S. military to include a U.S. Army general and numerous U.S. Army colonels.

    Roider has been teaching at for LSU for 46 years and was the creator of the LSU Master of Arts in liberal arts graduate program here at Fort Polk. The program ran for 21 years starting in 1993 and will graduate its last alumnus with one final student waiting to take his final exam. Accompanying Roider, was Hilton who became director of the program in 1998 and had been with the university for 38 years. Hilton retired from the university last year.

    True to their dedication to teaching, the professors gave a leader professional development class to the leaders of operations group prior to the awards ceremony. The purpose of the class was to discuss Eastern and Western European history, culture and their impact to current international politics. The class was coordinated by the Operations Group as several members of the unit are alumni of this program.

    The LPD was conducted by Roider and Clark. Clark has been with the university for 23 years and has been teaching at the Fort Polk campus for the last 15 years. All three men expressed their pride in having been associated with the program at Fort Polk.

    The Commander's Award for Public Service is awarded to recognize service or achievements that contribute significantly to the accomplishment of the mission of an Army activity, command or staff agency.



    Date Taken: 05.09.2014
    Date Posted: 05.16.2014 12:56
    Story ID: 130089
    Location: FORT POLK, LA, US 

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