Gen. Ray Odierno ’86 sings holiday tune with Stephen Colbert

December 16, 2011
By Sylvia Adcock
Stephen Colbert and Gen. Ray Odierno sing on "The Colbert Report." (Photo courtesy of "The Colbert Report")

Stephen Colbert and Gen. Ray Odierno sing on "The Colbert Report" Wednesday night.

NC State’s own Gen. Ray Odierno ’86 MSE, the Army’s chief of staff, appeared on “The Colbert Report” Wednesday night, where he and the show’s host Stephen Colbert lifted their voices in song to welcome the troops home.

During the interview, the audience burst into applause when Odierno said, “The war is over, Stephen.” Odierno also made a plea for employers to hire returning veterans.

“You get somebody with high moral values, you get somebody with a work ethic,” Odierno said.  Odierno, who greenlighted the 2003 raid that captured Saddam Hussein, was named Army chief of staff in June.

Visit to hear Odierno and Colbert sing, “I’ll be home for Christmas.”


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