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Citadel News Service
15 Oct 2009

Generals who are Citadel grads now on front lines in Afghanistan


You can go just about anywhere in the world today and find a Citadel graduate. Afghanistan is no different – three Marine generals who are all Citadel graduates are now on the front lines of the war on terror in Afghanistan.

Maj. Gen. Michael R. Regner, ’76; Brig. Gen. Lawrence D. Nicholson, ’79; and Brig. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., ’79, all deployed to Afghanistan this year and are currently serving there.

“It is unique that you have that many general officers serving in a relatively small theater like Afghanistan and that all of them are Citadel graduates,” said Col. Brent Dunahoe, commanding officer of the NROTC unit on campus.

To date more than 1,300 Citadel graduates are deployed or have been deployed in the war on terror. Fourteen have paid the ultimate sacrifice. See the Tip of the Spear here. Additional information is available on our Deployed Alumni page, which is available for all alumni to submit information about their deployments and military assignments.


Regner is serving as deputy chief of staff for Combined Joint Operations at the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Regner was raised in Charleston. He graduated from The Citadel with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and received his commission in 1976. He later earned a master's in public administration from Webster College. In August of 2009, Regner deployed to ISAF Afghanistan.

Official biography - Maj. Gen. Michael R. Regner, ’76  

Nicholson is the commanding general of the Second Marine Expeditionary Brigade. Born in Toronto, Canada, Nicholson is a 1979 graduate of The Citadel where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Nicholson also holds a master’s from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. His experiences while deployed in Iraq, including having been wounded when a rocket exploded in his office, have been widely reported in the news media.  (Read those stories from National Public Radio's Morning Edition and All Things Considered.)

Official biography - Brig. Gen. Lawrence D. Nicholson, ’79 

McKenzie is deputy chief of staff for stability with the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. He graduated from The Citadel in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education. McKenzie is an honors graduate of the Armor Officer Advanced Course, Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and the School of Advanced Warfighting. He has a master’s in teaching with a concentration in history and served as a Senior Military Fellow within the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University. 

Official biography - Brig. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., ’79 

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