Gen. Robert Cone to deliver cadet commencement address
Gen. Robert Cone, commander of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command at Fort Eustis, Va., will deliver the South Carolina Corps of Cadets commencement address on May 4, 2013.
The cadet Class of 2013 will graduate at 9 a.m. on May 4 in McAlister Field House. The Citadel Graduate College will hold its commencement at 4 p.m. with guest speaker Mick Zais, state superintendent of education.
Cone, originally from Manchester N.H., was commissioned as an armor officer from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1979. A highly decorated officer, Cone is a senior Army leader with substantial combat command and training experience. He has held numerous Joint and multinational positions throughout his career. He has deployed to both Afghanistan and Iraq in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn. In Afghanistan he was commander of the Combined Security Transition Command. In Iraq, he most recently served as commander, III Corps and as deputy commanding general for U.S. Forces – Iraq after a brief stint as special assistant to the commanding general of the Training and Doctrine Command.
As the commanding general of the Army Training and Doctrine Command, Cone is responsible for training and educating Army soldiers, leaders and civilians; developing and implementing concepts and doctrine; and designing and integrating capabilities development for a campaign-capable, expeditionary Army at war.
In addition, General Cone has earned two master's degrees. He earned one in Sociology from the University of Texas, Austin and the other in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island.
His awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal, Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge.