Army officers mingle with Woodson at Fayetteville event

June 8, 2011
By Minnie Bridgers

Fayetteville eventMore than 60 people, including a few Army generals and colonels, gathered to talk with NC State Chancellor Randy Woodson at an alumni reception last night at the Airborne & Special Operations Museum in Fayetteville. The chancellor took questions from the crowd and talked about the upcoming football season.

“Tom O’Brien is an outstanding football coach,” Woodson said. “One thing I appreciate about Tom is that he is a Marine. When you are a chancellor you know all the bad stuff, and I sleep very well at night with Tom O’Brien as a coach because he takes care of those players.”

Woodson also spoke of the university’s College of Veterinary Medicine being ranked number three in the country, and the recent opening of the Randall B. Terry Jr. Companion Animal Veterinary Medical Center.

“The Randall Terry Companion Hospital is world class. In fact, if I get sick, I want to go there,” Woodson jokingly told the crowd.

Retired four-star Army Gen. Dan Kelly McNeill ’68,  Col. Andy Anderson ’76 and Col. Mark Erwin attended the event.

The 82nd Airborne Division’s All-American Chorus performed several songs, including “America the Beautiful.” The chorus is made up of Troopers representing every unit within the division.

Alumni Association President Judi Grainger ‘72 and Peter Stewart ’78, a Fayetteville-based Alumni Association volunteer, spoke about the importance of membership and involvement in the Alumni Association to attendees.

View photos from the event on our Flickr page, and watch a performance by the 82nd Airborne Division’s All-American Chorus on our YouTube channel.


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