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Flag Ceremony Honors Highest-Ranking Islander Military Alumnus

June 23, 2017

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – On Friday, June 2, members of the ROTC Islander Army Battalion at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi honored retiring Lieutenant General Larry Wyche in a flag ceremony on campus. Wyche is the highest-ranking military officer who is also an Islander alumnus and he is retiring from the US Army this summer after more than 42 years of service.

Second Lieutenant Matthew Connell, who is studying in the MBA program, and Cadet Lorenzo Garcia, a senior nursing student, were the two Islander Army ROTC members entrusted to lead the flag ceremony which included the raising of a Texas flag at the pole located in front of the Blanche Davis Moore Early Childhood Development Center.

“I had the opportunity to meet Lt. Gen. Wyche a couple of years back when he visited our campus to deliver a strong message of leadership to students and cadets at the University,” said Connell.  “Overall, he is a great role model for the students here at the University along with students in the Islander Battalion.”

The same flag also flew over the Texas House of Representatives and at Fort Hood, a military post located in Killeen. The flag will be presented to Wyche at a Farewell Dinner at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, on July 20.

Wyche received his commission as a Quartermaster officer from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Reserve Officers Training Corps in 1982, and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Island University the following year.

As Deputy Commanding General of the Army Materiel Command (AMC), Wyche has been entrusted with managing 23 depots, plants, and arsenals, including Corpus Christi’s Army Depot. Wyche’s decorations and commendations are numerous, including two Army Distinguished Service Medals, the Bronze Star, four Army Commendation Medals, and the Humanitarian Service Medal. He provided logistics support for major US military operations, including Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. He also received the honor of a brick bearing his name at the Island University’s Walk of Recognition. 

Wyche credits his time at the Island University with instilling in him the leadership, values, decision-making skills and perseverance that have remained relevant throughout his career.

“The accomplishment and contribution of four decades of outstanding military service is something all Islander applaud,” said Dr. Kelly Quintanilla, Interim President and CEO of A&M-Corpus Christi. “We are grateful to have contributed to the leader Lt. General Wyche is today and to have helped lay a foundation for success that has not only benefited those at the Island University, but throughout the entire country.”