Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Retired Army Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez visits alma mater for annual Lectureship Series May 1

KINGSVILLE - April 19, 2007

Contact: Julie Navejar
kajam03@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

Retired Army Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez will visit his alma mater, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, to present the annual University Lectureship Series beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 1 at Jones Auditorium. Prior to giving the lecture, Sanchez will meet with members of the A&M-Kingsville ROTC and talk to other students in classes.

Tickets for the lecture are on sale at the information desk in the Memorial Student Union Building. General admission tickets are $5. A&M-Kingsville students with a valid identification card will be admitted free. Immediately following the lecture, a reception will be held at the Ben Bailey Art Gallery, adjacent to the auditorium. Refreshments will be available and the public will have an opportunity to meet Sanchez.

Sanchez is a native of Rio Grande City, Texas. As a Distinguished Military Graduate of Texas A&I University (now Texas A&M-Kingsville), he was commissioned a second lieutenant of armor in the Regular Army in 1973. He has served in many positions within the armed forces.

He commanded the 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor, 197th Infantry Brigade, Fort Benning, Ga. He served as an investigator in the office of the U.S. Army Inspector General in Washington and then as commander of the 2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan. He served as deputy chief of staff of the U.S. Southern Command in Miami and later as that command’s director of operations. Sanchez later served as the assistant division commander for support for the 1st Infantry Division, followed by an assignment as the deputy chief staff, operations at Headquarters, United States Army Europe in Heidelberg, Germany. On July 10, 2001, he became commanding general of V Corps’ 1st Armored Division.

In 2003, following his nomination to Lieutenant General, he assumed command in Baghdad, Iraq, of the Army’s Fifth Corps and at the same time, became commander of Combined Joint Task Force 7, responsible for one of the largest combat forces deployed in U.S. military history. During this command, he led the coalition military mission in support of the Coalition Provisional Authority who was responsible for restoring and reconstructing Iraq’s infrastructure and security forces. This allowed the interim Iraqi government to re-establish sovereignty in June 2004. Upon the reorganization of command and control structures in Iraq, he commanded Headquarters, Multi-National forces until July 2006. He returned to Germany where he continued as V Corps commanding general until September 2006. He retired after 33 years in November 2006 as the longest serving commander in V Corp history. He was the highest-ranking Hispanic in the Army upon his retirement.

Sanchez’ professional education includes the Armor Officer basic and advances courses, the Command and General Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and history from Texas A&I University in 1973 and a master’s degree in operations research and systems analysis engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School.

The general’s awards and badges include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, the Bronze Star Medal with “V” device and oak leaf cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Joint Service commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster, the National Defense Service Medal with two service stars, the Southwest Asia Campaign Medal, the Liberation of Kuwait Medals (Saudi Arabia and Kuwait), the NATO medal and the Master Parachutist Badge.

Sanchez was selected by the Javelina Alumni Association as one of Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s Distinguished Alumni for 2003.

The University Lectureship Series in an annual event featuring prominent speakers brought to campus. Previous speakers have included astronaut Dr. Leroy Chiao, actor Edward James Olmos, political activist Ralph Nader, athlete Gale Sayers and sex expert and author Dr. Ruth Westheimer.

For more information about the lectureship, call 361-593-3612.


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