Regardless of how much Georgia Military College evolves and changes over the years, we work diligently to keep the rich history of the school and our alumni close to heart. Those who walked the campus of GMC over the years have paved the way for us, showing us clearly how to embrace and live out the motto, “Duty, Honor, Country.” One such individual who we want to honor is Captain Arthur Cline Tennille, Jr. Captain Tennille, more commonly known as “A.C.” or “Red” due to his bright red hair, was born in Milledgeville on March 1, 1916.
A native of Swainsboro, Georgia, Brigadier General Tommy F. Grier graduated from GMC in 1960. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia in 1962, and a Master of Science in Public Administration from Shippensburg University in 1983. Grier received his commission on August 16, 1962, through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program. His first assignment was as a propaganda officer for the 13th Psychological Warfare Battalion, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
After attending flight training school, Grier served as armed helicopter section leader from 1966-1967, with the 121st Aviation Company in the Republic of Vietnam. Prior to attending the Infantry Officers Advanced Course in 1969, he served for two years as an instructor pilot and flight commander at the Army Primary Helicopter School.
Colonel Reginald Neal, Ed.D certainly appreciates the value of education. In addition to two associate degrees from GMC, he also earned bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in education. And he holds a second master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College.
What’s his proudest educational accomplishment?
“Earning my associate degrees from GMC was a defining moment in my life,” he says. “That’s where the light for learning went on. I was an average high school student, but GMC’s professors were personally invested in my success, helping me realize college graduation was within my grasp. That discovery shaped the rest of my life.”
Lt. Colonel William L. Turner, known as “Billy” to his friends, was killed in action in France, the day after D-Day, while in service with the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division.
He commanded the First Battalion of that regiment. Born June 18, 1916, in Sparta, Georgia, the son of Dr. and Mrs. Dennis T. Turner, Billy moved at an early age to Milledgeville, Ga., where he grew up and attended Georgia Military College before entering the Military Academy. Billy, who was a member of F Co. at the Military Academy, was always remembered by his classmates as a Georgia boy who never lost his drawl through his years at the Point and in the Army afterwards.
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Everyone who had the privilege to meet Jesse Negri while he was a GMC student knows that he exemplified all of the qualities of an outstanding student leader, and the U.S. Army Cadet Command agreed. Among his many accomplishments during his time at Georgia Military College, Negri was chosen in September 2015 as the Top Cadet out of all five Military Junior Colleges in the Nation by the U.S. Army Cadet Command. Negri truly excelled in all arenas of student life, ranging from academics, service and athletics. He maintained a 4.0 cumulative academic GPA for all quarters he was a student at Georgia Military College in addition to making the President’s List Honors each quarter.
On June 10, 2016, Brigadier General Doyle D. “Don” Broome, Jr. (JC 1975) became the first GMC graduate inducted into the inaugural Army ROTC Hall of Fame. The induction was part of the ROTC’s 100th Anniversary celebration and included an esteemed group of just 326 service men and women from across the nation.
Brigadier General Doyle D. “Don” Broome, Jr., (U.S. Army, Retired) is the tenth President of Hargrave Military Academy.