CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi was proud to host Lt. Gen. Larry Wyche, a three-star General and highest ranking Islander alumnus, for a campus tour and keynote speech on Monday, Nov. 30. Wyche currently serves as the Deputy Commanding General of the U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC) and Senior Commander at Redstone Arsenal, Ala., a position he has held since April 2015.
Wyche was commissioned into the US Army in 1982 after graduating as a distinguished military graduate from A&M-Corpus Christi. During his time at the Island University, he was a member of the ROTC program and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration.
“General Wyche’s success is built on the foundation he received as a member of the ROTC program we now call the Islander Battalion,” said President and CEO of A&M-Corpus Christi Flavius Killebrew. “We extend our thanks for his service to our nation and welcome him back to share his story with our students and to show them what leadership looks like.”
The campus visit started with a morning welcome from ROTC Islander Battalion. Dressed in full uniform, members of the ROTC greeted Wyche and escorted him to the Michael and Karen O’Connor Building. There, Wyche was presented with a virtual tour from A&M-Corpus Christi research faculty in the College of Science and Engineering. Topics included cyber defense, unmanned aircraft systems, cold plasma application, computing sciences and mapping technology.
Wyche was also presented with a virtual tour of the College of Business and its key initiatives including its leadership institute, its entrepreneur program and operations of the Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center.
After both presentations, Wyche was escorted to view the brick of recognition bearing his name, located in the courtyard in front of the Center for Instruction.
During Wyche’s speech on the topic of leadership, he talked about his rise through the ranks of the Army and at one point in his young military career, how he almost left the service.
“Excellence is not by accident,” said Wyche from the podium. “A good leader is guilty of hard work and will continue to want to grow. People will be able to spot a good leader because they care for others and believe in the success of the people they lead. True leaders never take lightly their contribution to the success of others.”
After the speech, Wyche took questions from the crowd.
“As a leader,” he said, “there are times you are going to get punched in the gut. That’s the nature of business. It’s how you handle that adversity that either makes you a good leader or not.”
In his current position at AMC, Wyche is responsible for day-to-day operations providing material readiness-technology, acquisition support, material development, logistics power projection and sustainment to the Army. AMC is a $58 billion global enterprise consisting of more than 64,000 soldiers, government employees and contractors. It consists of 75 Logistics Readiness Centers and 23 industrial facilities. AMC has presence in all 50 states, including the Corpus Christi Army Depot in Corpus Christi, and supports more than 155 countries.Wyche has held many other key assignments including numerous staff positions at the Pentagon and service in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His awards and decorations are many, and include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star Medal.