CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Islander Alumnus Larry Wyche continues to make his alma mater proud. Wyche was recently promoted to Three-Star General in the United States Army. The new title means Lt. Gen. Wyche will take on the roles of Army Materiel Command's Deputy Commanding General and Redstone Arsenal's Senior Commander.
Wyche began his military career in the enlisted ranks, and in 1982, was commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. During his rise through the ranks, Wyche says he never forgot his early days as an ROTC cadet. Back then, his dream was to make the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Little did he know, he would surpass that dream by leaps and bounds.
“When I reflect on how I got here, I think about my days in ROTC,” said Wyche. “It instilled values, and gave me the basic foundations to become a good leader. It also taught me how to make a decision. Those foundation builders still play a major role in my life today.”
After graduating in 1983 with a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Wyche earned a master’s degree in Logistics Management from the Florida Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
Wyche’s most recent promotion ceremony took place on April 10, 2015, at Redstone Arsenal, the Army post in Alabama that he will oversee. At the ceremony, Wyche thanked his family, friends, and the many mentors who have supported him during his career. He gave special credit to his wife Denise, a native of Corpus Christi, and their three grown children, for their longstanding support of his career.
“You were always there for me, when I was deployed or taking care of the Army's and the nation's business,” Wyche said, thanking his family for enduring more than two dozen moves.
Lt. Gen. Wyche has commanded at all levels. While serving as a Brigade Commander, Wyche deployed with his unit to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He has served in numerous staff positions to include assignments in the Pentagon.
His awards and decorations include the two Army Distinguished Service Medals, two Legion of Merits, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, three Meritorious Service Medals, four Army Commendation Medals, Joint Service Achievement Medal, two Army Achievement Medals, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, and the Humanitarian Service Medal. He has also earned the Parachutist Badge and the Air Assault Badge.
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will honor Lt. Gen. Larry Wyche by placing a brick in his name in the Walk of Recognition. The University is proud to have offered Lt. Gen. Larry Wyche the foundation for a successful career of service to the United States Army. Wyche’s dedication to his country and family inspires all Islanders – past, present, and future – to reach for their dreams.
“I am incredibly honored and very humbled, because at the end of the day I should be the one giving back to the University,” said Wyche.