Gen. Mark A. Milley, the 39th Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, visited UNG’s Dahlonega Campus on Aug. 28 to meet with President Bonita Jacobs and speak to members of the Corps of Cadets.
While his speech began with praise and appreciation for UNG, he also discussed the future of the U.S. Army mission and readiness and shared lessons about leadership with the 764 members of the Corps of Cadets in attendance.
“You’re going to have to have unbelievable personal integrity. You’re going to have to have spines of titanium steel in order to deal with that environment,” Milley said. “Integrity is going to matter. Your candor, your compassion, your love of your soldiers, your loyalty, your sense of selfless service – all of that will matter as well, but integrity is what will make or break leaders in those type of intense, pressurized environments.”
Cadet Col. Tyler Farney of Phoenix, Arizona, commander of UNG’s Boar’s Head Brigade, was one of a dozen cadets selected to have lunch with the chief of staff.
“As a cadet who’s not even in the military yet, to have that opportunity and be able to share that knowledge with our fellow cadets is going to put us above and beyond most cadets,” Farney said. “I’m very happy that we were afforded the opportunity – just as a university – for him to visit.”