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Lieutenant General Carl A. Strock ’70 to Speak at Institute Society Dinner

FullTextImage/img/@altLieutenant General Carl A. Strock ’70

Lieutenant General Carl A. Strock ’70, U.S. Army (Retired) will be the keynote speaker at the Institute Society Dinner on the evening of November 11, 2011. Annually, the VMI Foundation hosts the event at which it honors the members of The Institute Society, those alumni and friends who are the leading donors to the Foundation Fund; Class Agents; and the 50th and 25th Reunion Classes of the last fiscal year (this year, the honored classes are the Class of 1961 and the Class of 1985).

General Strock served in the Army from 1971 until 2007. He was commissioned as an Infantry Second Lieutenant through Officer Candidate School in 1972, and, after completing Ranger and Special Forces training, he served with infantry units before transferring to the Engineer Branch in 1983. 

His command assignments included the 307th Engineer Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division, which he commanded in Operation Just Cause in Panama and Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm; the Engineer Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division; and two Corps of Engineers divisions. His staff assignments include Chief of Staff, U.S. Army Engineer Training Center and Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and Exchange Officer and Instructor at the United Kingdom’s Royal School of Military Engineering.
General Strock’s military service culminated as Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers from July 2004 until June 2007. In that capacity, he led 36,000 military and civilian personnel in accomplishing the Corps’ civil works and military construction missions, including direct support of combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

His military awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, two awards of the Army Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and the Bronze Star Medal. He also holds Master Parachutist, Diver, Pathfinder, and Expert Infantry Badges and the Special Forces and Ranger Tabs.
Joining the Bechtel Group in 2007, General Strock currently is a Principal Vice President in Bechtel’s government services business unit in Maryland.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from VMI and a Master of Civil Engineering degree from Mississippi State University. He is a Registered Professional Engineer.

His many professional awards include the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Professional Practice Ethics and Leadership Award and its Henry Michel Award for Leadership in Research. The American Society of Engineering Management recognized him as Engineering Manager of the Year in 2008. He is a Fellow and Past National President of the Society of American Military Engineers. 

General Strock and his wife, Julie, have two sons, Chris ’97 and John ’98, and three grandchildren.

“We are pleased to have a leader of General Strock’s high caliber address this year’s Institute Society Dinner,” said Brian Scott Crockett, chief executive officer of the VMI Foundation. “The VMI education is aimed at producing leaders who can excel in various professions and in varied situations. As an infantry officer and officer in the Corps of Engineers, General Strock surmounted many challenges and accomplished much. He now is doing the same in the world of business. Certainly, he’ll have much to say to our guests, including a number of cadets, about the value of his VMI education as well as why VMI is an important educational institution.”