CHARLESTON, S.C., Aug. 18.--Lt. Col. Bonnie Jo Houchen, who is retiring next month as military aide to the vice president of the United States, has assumed duties as an Assistant Commandant for The Citadel's Corps of Cadets. Houchen was a member of the first co-educational graduating class at the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Houchen will supervise the continued assimilation of women into the Corps of Cadets. Eighteen women are scheduled to enter on August 23 with the Class of 2001. Two women have completed their freshman year and will return next week. Colonel Houchen will assist in the training of the entire 1,880 member Corps of Cadets.
She is a graduate of the Air Command and Staff college and has commanded a space surveillance radar unit in the Northern Marianas Islands. At the Air Force Personnel Center in San Antonio, she was responsible for selecting officers for specific assignments worldwide.
Houchen holds the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, and several other awards. She wears the Senior Missile Operations and Master Space Operations badges.
Brig. Gen. J. Emory Mace, The Citadel's commandant of cadets, said, "We are extremely fortunate to obtain Colonel Houchen for our staff as the corps moves into this extremely important era. Her leadership and experience will help us to achieve our goal of becoming the best co-educational military college in the nation. She will spend a lot of time with our female cadets and will be available to them at all times."
Houchen is a native of Cincinnati.