Gen. Peay Honored at Fort Leavenworth
May 27, 2011
LEXINGTON, Va., May 26, 2011 – VMI’s superintendent, Gen. J.H. Binford Peay III ’62, was inducted into the Fort Leavenworth Hall of Fame in a public ceremony May 24 at the Lewis and Clark Center at Fort Leavenworth.
Peay was recognized as the 24th vice chief of staff of the U.S. Army and as the Commander in Chief of Central Command, CENTCOM. Highlights of his Army career include two tours of duty in Vietnam and command of the 101st Airborne Division beginning in 1989 and throughout operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
His awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Army Distinguished Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Silver Star, and the Purple Heart. He wears U.S. campaign ribbons for combat duty in Vietnam (seven campaigns) and Saudi Arabia (three campaigns) and has received awards from Vietnam, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar.
The Hall of Fame recognizes inductees’ contributions to the Army and to Fort Leavenworth. Also inducted May 24, posthumously, was Air Force Gen. Otto P. Weyland, who fought in six campaigns during World War II and was called the “best damn general in the Air Corps” by Gen. George S. Patton Jr. He later served as the commanding general of the U.S. and Allied Air Forces during the Korean War and as commanding general of the Tactical Air Command.
Both Peay and Weyland were once students and deputy commandants at Fort Leavenworth’s Command and General Staff College, which provides an advanced military education to American and international officers.