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Citadel News Service
4 May 2013

Class of 2013 has "unparalleled opportunity for leadership"

Commander of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command
delivers commencement address to the Corps of Cadets

Gen. Robert Cone, commander of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command at Fort Eustis, Va., delivered the keynote address at the South Carolina Corps of Cadets commencement ceremony today at The Citadel. Cone congratulated the cadets for choosing to take the road less traveled when enrolling at The Citadel four years ago.

cone web"The world is as exciting and as unpredictable as it's ever been and as you go forth realize that there is a fine line between success and failure," he said. "In that spirit, while you will succeed, you will also fail. A true test of character is how well you handle adversity."

Cone encouraged the 468 cadets, veteran students and active duty military personnel graduating today to remember "you start building your professional reputation on the first day of your job, and you build the right character with consistency. A strong record of character is like a suit of armor – a false accusation will not hurt you."

Cone shared his belief that "life is really all about people." He said he is proudest of the number of officers and non-officers throughout his career over any material success.

"You have unparalleled opportunity for leadership. Be a leader. Lead by your actions and lead with honor at all times, not just when it's convenient," he said.

During the commencement Cone was presented with an honorary degree of Doctor of Military Science by The Citadel Board of Visitors in recognition of his principled leadership and the positive influence has exerted on the lives of so many servicemen and women.

A 1979 graduate of the United States Military Academy, Cone is responsible for educating and training Army soldiers, leaders and civilian, as well as, developing the support mechanisms to ensure the success of our troops. He is a highly decorated officer and senior Army leader with significant combat command and training experience.