Gen. Anthony G. Crutchfield, commanding general of the U.S. Army Aviation Center
of Excellence in Fort Rucker, Ala., will be the grand marshal in Marshall’s
homecoming parade next month. Crutchfield is a 1982 Marshall graduate.
The parade is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, in downtown Huntington. It starts at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena and ends at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. Marshall plays its homecoming football game Saturday, Oct. 15, taking on Rice at 3 p.m.
“We are pleased and proud to welcome General Crutchfield as our grand marshal for the 2011 homecoming parade,” said Tish Littlehales, director of alumni relations. “He is a tremendous role model for our students and alumni. Not only will he serve as grand marshal in the parade, but he also will meet and engage with students on campus. We appreciate his willingness to share his experiences with our students and alumni during this great week.”
Crutchfield began his military career in 1982, graduating from Marshall as a Distinguished Military Graduate receiving a Regular Army commission. In his current position as commanding genera, he is responsible for all U.S. Army helicopter, Unmanned Aerial Systems and Aviation Maintenance training.
In addition to his military education, Crutchfield has a Master of Arts degree in business from Webster University and a Master of Arts degree in Strategic Military Studies from the Army War College.
His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Air Medal, the Army Commendation medal with oak leaf cluster, the Army Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster, the National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal and the Humanitarian Service Medal.
Crutchfield has been awarded the Master Aviator Badge, the Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge and the Honorable Order of Saint Michael Silver Award. He has served tours in the United States and in Germany, Korea, Iraq and Afghanistan.
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