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Major General Mark Milley '80 Returns to Princeton

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 05/24/2012
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Princeton men's hockey is excited to welcome back to campus Major General Mark Milley '80.

The Commanding General of the US Army's 10th Mountain Division will act as the Commissioning Officer for the Class of 2012 Commissioning Ceremony on June 5 at Nassau Hall. University President Shirley Tilghman will present remarks.

Milley was a two-year lettwinner for the Tigers in 1977-78 and 1978-79 under Coach Jim Higgins. His leadership began when he was named captain of the JV squad in 1978.

"It is very exciting to have the opportunity to meet such an impressive individual!" head men's hockey coach Bob Prier said. "Major General Milley and all the brave men and women who he leads are heroes to us all."

Milley graduated with a degree in political science in 1980. He earned two masters degrees in international relations and in national security and strategic studies.

In the last 31 years, Major General Milley has held multiple command and staff positions in six Infantry Divisions and Special Forces, including two previous tours with the 10th Mountain Division.

Major General Milley's operational deployments:

  • Multinational Force and Observers (MFO), Sinai, Egypt
  • Operation JUST CAUSE, Panama
  • Operation UPHOLD DEMOCRACY, Haiti
  • Operation JOINT ENDEAVOR, Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, Iraq
  • Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, Afghanistan

Major General Milley's awards and decorations:

  • Defense Superior Service Medal
  • Legion of Merit
  • Bronze Star Medal
  • Meritorious Service Medal
  • Army Commendation Medal
  • Army Achievement Medal
  • Joint Meritorious Unit Award
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
  • Afghanistan Campaign Medal
  • Iraq Campaign Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Korean Service Defense Medal
  • Humanitarian Service Medal
  • Army Service Ribbon
  • Overseas Service Ribbon (4)
  • NATO Service Medal
  • Multinational Force and Observers Medal

He is authorized to wear:

  • Combat Infantryman Badge (with star)
  • Expert Infantryman Badge
  • Master Parachutist Badge
  • Scuba Diver Badge
  • Ranger Tab
  • Special Forces Tab
  • Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
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