West Virginia Board of Education Welcomes A Four-Star General

June 09, 2003

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Board of Education recognized U.S. Air Force General Robert “Doc” Foglesong for the example he has set for students across the state.  

“I am so proud of General Foglesong,” said State Board President Howard Persinger. “It was a true honor to have the opportunity to spend some time with such a distinguished West Virginian. His is a true example of what a dedicated student can achieve.”  

The four-star general visited the Board of Education during a special orientation session on June 5, 2003.  

General Foglesong is a native of Williamson, West Virginia. He has kept his call sign “Mingo 1” throughout his military career. He attended Mingo County schools and credits the public school system for laying the foundation for all he has accomplished. He also points to his mother, a retired schoolteacher, for nurturing his love of education.  

“The West Virginia education system gave me the software for my professional development,” said Foglesong.  

The General will take over as head of U.S. Air Forces in Europe later this month. His new position is one of the major military commands around the world.  

“Education plays a major role in my life,” said Foglesong. “I’m not looking for a job today but I know that when I leave the military I want to return to West Virginia and get involved in some facet of education.”  

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