General Foglesong USAF (ret) to Speak at “Fund For Concord” Dinner at The Greenbrier, Saturday, April 1

For Immediate Release: 
Mar 13 2006

General Foglesong USAF (ret) to Speak at “Fund For Concord” Dinner at The Greenbrier, Saturday, April 1

Athens, W.Va. – General Robert H. “Doc” Foglesong USAF (Ret), will be the keynote speaker at the eighth annual Fund for Concord University dinner to be held at The Greenbrier on Saturday, April 1.

General Robert H. "Doc” Foglesong recently retired as a four-star general of the United States Air Force. His distinguished military service includes serving most recently as Commander, U.S. Air Forces in Europe; Commander, Allied Air Component Command; and Air Component Commander, U.S. European

Command (NATO). He spent a number of years as a national security advisor at cabinet and presidential levels during which time he traveled extensively and studied education and personnel development programs from around the world. During his military career, "Doc” Foglesong earned 30 military awards for leadership and technical skills, accumulated over 4,350 flying hours in fighter and training assignments and published over 50 articles on military strategy; education and training; and leadership, ethics and management.

He was prompted by an interest in leadership and character development to create the Appalachian Education and Leadership Foundation (AELF) in 2003 in his native West Virginia. AELF's mission is to identify and support underprivileged students who are academically qualified, hardworking, aggressive and capable of becoming the future leaders for the state and nation. Character development is one of its hallmarks. AELF, in partnership with Concord University, will sponsor ten scholarship students beginning the fall semester 2006. In addition, AELF will establish classes on leadership and recruit and sponsor prominent lecturers from the nation and world to speak to the leadership classes.

General Foglesong was born and raised in Williamson, West Virginia, where the bridge on U.S. 119 connecting South Williamson, Kentucky, and Williamson was dedicated and named for him. He is a graduate of West Virginia University (BS, MS, PhD) and has been honored as a Distinguished Alumni. He was selected by the West Virginia Education Alliance as a Graduate of Distinction and was selected by the West Virginia Executive Magazine as the Patriot of the Year for 2005.

He and his wife of 38 years, Mary Thrasher Foglesong, are the parents of two children, David (U.S. Air Force) and Mark (public relations). General Foglesong’s hobbies include running marathons, collecting slide rules, collecting potato mashers and public speaking.

Ms. Holly Damron from Oak Hill will be the featured student speaker and Ms. Sarah Richmond from Lexington, Va., will be the featured alumna speaker.

Committee Chair Hobart “Bart” Harvey, said, “We are looking forward to our seventh annual fundraiser at The Greenbrier on April 1, 2006. Our supporters always enjoy the wonderful, warm hospitality of The Greenbrier.

“This year we are particularly fortunate to have General Foglesong serve as our keynote speaker. He has served his nation so ably as the four star general who commanded the United States Air Forces in Europe. As a native of Mingo County, we are extremely proud of his accomplishments as a West Virginian.

“Moreover, General Foglesong selected Concord University as only one of two universities in the state to incorporate a leadership institute for ten students in the fall of 2006.”

The reception is set to begin at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. in the Colonial Room. Individual seating is available at $125 per person and table sponsorships are available. Due to security measures currently in place at The Greenbrier, reservations must be made.

Planning committee members include: Committee Chair Hobart “Bart” Harvey and members Wilma Anderson, Barbara Alvis, Tim Arnold, Homer K. Ball, Kevin Cole, Linda Cox, Robert Farley, Thomas M. Giffen, Samuel G. Hill, Suellen Ferrell Hodges, Glenn Lowe, Sandra Lowe, Lynn Mayberry, Curtis McCall, Charles Pace, Beryle C. Santon, Bryon K. Satterfield, Jack Stafford and Loretta A. Young.

Reservations are due Friday, March 24. For more information, contact Ms. Loretta Young, 1-304-384-5257 or


PHOTO: General Robert H. “Doc” Foglesong USAF (Ret)