On Sunday a great Virginian Major General Carroll Thackston died in Lynchburg Virginia. A graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, he served his nation as a citizen soldier and career National Guardsman retiring in 1998 at the The Adjutant General of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Moreover he was good friend and mentor to me. I am humbled to have known him.
He and I first teamed up to persuade the then TAG MG John Castle not to support the elimination of mandatory commissioning. MG Castles was persuaded, unfortunately the Board of Visitors did not follow his lead. After that he became not only a mentor but also a good friend.
MG Thackston as the TAG and a member of the VMI Board of Visitors was instrumental in persuading the Board of Visitors not to take VMI private after we lost in the Supreme Court. For that courageous stand we should be thankful; for without the Commonwealth there can be no VMI.
In honor of MG Thackston, let all who knew him, remember the words of the Doxology:
“So now Keydets, with one voice cry, God Bless our team and VMI.”