Doug Wilson, our executive director of advancement, became a regular citizen last week, retiring after 27 years in the Air Force reserve and reaching the rank of Lt. Colonel. In the ten years since 9/11/2001, Doug served in twelve different active duty assignments, one an extended local assignment and the other eleven in varying locations throughout the world. His last deployment of four weeks in the South Pacific ended just a few days ago. Doug became involved with the Air Force after being a part of the Air Force ROTC post at Samford while he was an undergraduate student in the early 1980s, a program that was initiated by his father, a long-time member of our faculty. During his career, Doug worked with some of our most sensitive national defense intelligence, protecting us day by day.
The world is better (and, in part, we are safe today) because of Doug Wilson.