Spring Hill College is pleased to welcome author and retired Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Arnold Punaro, member of the Spring Hill College class of 1968, to campus for two events on April 24 and 25.
A special reception and book signing is planned for alumni and friends of Spring Hill College on Monday, April 24. Maj. Gen. Punaro will be the featured speaker and will discuss and sign his new book, On War and Politics: The Battlefield Inside Washington’s Beltway. The event is by invitation only.
Punaro will also join the college as it hosts its second annual Military Appreciation Luncheon on April 25. The event honors Spring Hill College alumni, students, parents, faculty and staff and their families who currently serve or are veterans of the United States Armed Forces.
Published in October 2016, Punaro’s work presents stories from his personal and public life, including accounts of his days in combat in Vietnam, interactions with leaders such as John McCain, the Clintons, the Presidents Bush and Colin Powell. Punaro also draws lessons from his military, government and industry service to propose solutions to legislative and fiscal problems facing the U.S., especially the military.
Punaro served as the director of the Marine Corps Reserve during the post-September 11 mobilizations, Deputy Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command (Mobilization) and for three years as the Commanding General of the 4th Marine Division. Other assignments were Commanding General, Marine Corps Mobilization Command and Deputy Commander, Marine Forces Reserve. He served on active duty as an infantry platoon commander in Vietnam where he was awarded the Bronze Star for valor and the Purple Heart. In December 1990, Gen. Punaro was mobilized for Operation Desert Shield. In December 1993, he completed a tour of extended active duty as Commander of Joint Task Force Provide Promise (Forward) in the former Yugoslavia. He was mobilized for a third time in May 2003 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
“We are honored to host Maj. Gen. Punaro as he returns to campus,” said President Christopher Puto, PhD. “Being a veteran and an alumnus, I find it particularly important that we, as a college community, come together to show honor and gratitude to our active duty and veteran military members.”