Senior Mentor “Virtual” Breakfast
Like everything else associated with graduation and the traditions involved, the Senior Mentor Breakfast, sponsored by our Brookstone Parents Association, looked different this year. However, even though we were unable to gather and celebrate with our seniors and their mentors, our scheduled speaker, Lt. Gen. William Caldwell, still wanted to share some thoughts with the seniors, one of whom is his nephew.
You can click the video below to view his remarks.
Dear Class of 2020,
We are so proud of you and the things you’ve accomplished during your time at Brookstone School. We missed being together for the traditional Mentor breakfast. However, we are excited to share this year’s message to you from Lieutenant General (Ret.) William B. Caldwell, IV (Sutton’s uncle).
We wish you the very best as you spread your wings and soar to new heights next year. We know you are prepared, and we know you are ready!
Lieutenant General (Ret.) William B. Caldwell, IV is the 21st President of Georgia Military College.
Lieutenant General Caldwell was commissioned as an Infantry Officer from the United States Military Academy at West Point in June 1976 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. He went on to earn Master’s Degrees from the United States Naval Postgraduate School and from the School for Advanced Military Studies at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. Later, he attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University as a Senior Service College Fellow. He was also selected to serve as a White House Fellow—one of the most prestigious fellowships in our nation.
In his almost 13 years as a General Officer, Caldwell served at the highest levels of the U.S. Army. Most notably as Commanding General of the 82nd Airborne Division, Commanding General of the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom, Commanding General of the US Army Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth, and Commander of United States Army North (Fifth Army). He also served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Effects, and as spokesperson for the Multi-National Force – Iraq during Operation Enduring Freedom. His combat deployments include Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Operation Just Cause (Panama) and Operation Uphold Democracy (Haiti), Iraq, and Afghanistan.
He also served as Executive Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Senior Military Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense, Deputy Director for Operations for the United States Pacific Command, and Assistant Division Commander, 25th Infantry Division.
Lt. Gen. Caldwell received numerous awards and recognition, both domestic and foreign, during his 37 years of distinguished service in the US Army and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
He and his wife, Stephanie (’87), are both originally from Columbus, GA. One of their children is a student at the Georgia Military College Preparatory School, and two others attend the United States Air Force Academy and the United States Military Academy – West Point.