Distinguished Alumnus 2000
Maj. Gen. Evan R. Gaddis

Major General Evan R. Gaddis, of Fort Knox, Ky., was born in Compton, Calif., where he graduated from high school. He received a bachelor of science in business administration from Cameron University in 1978. He credits the background received in Dr. Horner's economic courses at Cameron as being pivotal in his various duties and assignments. He later received a masters in business administration from National University in San Diego, California. He is also a graduate of the Field Artillery Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Airborne and Ranger Courses, the Army Command and General Staff College and the National War College.

He was commissioned in the Field Artillery through the Officer Candidate School at Fort Sill in 1968. His initial assignments included forward observer and fire direction officer with the 6th Battalion, 33d Field Artillery in the Republic of Vietnam. His command assignments include Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison, Fort MacArthur, Calif.; Battery A, 6th Battalion, 37th Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison, Fort MacArthur, Calif.; Battery A, 6th Battalion, 37th Field Artillery, the Republic of Korea; Recruiting Area Commander, San Diego, Calif.; 5th Battalion, 15th Field Artillery, Fort Ord, Calif.; and 10th Mountain Division Artillery, Fort Drum, New York. Staff assignments include Aide-de-camp to the Commanding General, I Corps Group, United States/Republic of Korea; Battalion Operations Officer of the 2d and 3d Battalions, 18th Field Artillery, Fort Sill, Okla.; Operations Officer of VII Corps Artillery, Federal Republic of Germany; Assistant Fire Support Coordinator and Force Integration Officer for the 7th Infantry Division; Chief, Army Protocol, Office of the Chief of Staff; Senior Joint Exercise planner, the Joint Staff; Chief of Staff, 10th Mountain Division; and Executive Assistant to the Director, Joint Staff/Executive Assistant to the Chief of Staff of the Army. Gen. Gaddis served as the Assistant Division Commander for the 25th Infantry Division from August 1995 to October 1996 at which time he became Commander of the U.S. Army Community and Family Support Center, Alexandria, Va. He became Commander of the United States Army Recruiting Command in July, 1998. He was responsible for recruiting quality young men and women to serve in the Regular Army and Army Reserve, ensuring security and readiness for our nation. He plans to retire from the Army in January, 2001.

Gen. Gaddis' awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with four Oak Leaf Clusters, the Bronze Star with "V" device, the Purple Heart, and the Meritorious Service Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf cluster, the Joint Chiefs of Staff identification Badge, and the Department of the Army Staff Identification Badge. He is married to the former Bonnita Burgess of Fort Supply, Okla. They have two children, Brent and Renee.