Former Commanding General of Coalition Task Force to View Annual Tri-Service Pass In Review of BU ROTC Programs

in BU In the Community, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, News Releases
April 15th, 2004

Contact: Tom Testa, 617/353-2240 |

(Boston, Mass.) — Cadets from Boston University’s Army, Navy and Air Force ROTC programs will present colors to Commanding General of the Army Lieutenant General John R. Vines on April 24, 2004 during the 21st annual Presidential Tri-Service Pass In Review ceremony. Lieutenant General Vines will be joined on the reviewing stand at Boston University’s Nickerson Field by Dean John Schulz of the Boston University College of Communication and a host of dignitaries and guests from the community.
The event will begin at 10 a.m. with an Air Force fly over featuring A-10 Thunderbolt IIs (also known as warthogs), during which the full regiment of approximately 350 cadets, led by the U.S. Navy Band of Newport, Rhode Island, will march onto the field and pass by the reviewing stand. In addition to marching music, the Band will play the National Anthem and a medley of the four military service songs.
A fifteen-gun salute to Lieutenant General Vines by the Service Battery, 1st Battalion, 102nd Field Artillery Regiment, 42nd Infantry Division Artillery will take place prior to his remarks. The ceremony will be followed by a reception for guests and dignitaries on the 18th floor of the Student Village located at 10 Buick Street.
Lieutenant General Vines is Commanding General of the XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg in Fort Bragg, N.C. Prior to his appointment, Lieutenant General Vines served as Commanding General of the U.S. led Coalition Task Force – 82 in Afghanistan and then Commander of Combined Joint Task Force-180 in Bagram, Afghanistan.
Lieutenant General Vines’ awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Bronze Star Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Meritorious Service Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Expert Infantryman Badge, the Master Parachutist Badge (with Bronze Service Star), the Pathfinder Badge, the Air Assault Badge, and the Ranger Tab.
For further information, please call Ann Deveney or Tom Testa at 617/353-2240.

Note to Editor: Lt Gen Vines will be available for interview following the event. If you would like to interview Lt Gen Vines or are interested in covering the event, please call Ann Deveney or Tom Testa at 617/353-2240. A timeline for the Pass In Review ceremony is included below and a photo of Lieutenant General Vines is available for downloading at the following URL:

Boston University’s 21st Annual Presidential
Tri-Service Pass In Review Timeline
April 24, 2004

Time Activity
10:00 – 10:10 a.m. Air Force fly over; Regiment of 350 cadets march onto field
10:10 – 10:15 a.m. National Anthem

10:15 – 10:16 a.m. 15-gun cannon salute
10:16 – 10:50 a.m. Awards and Remarks — Lieutenant General Vines

10:50 – 11:15 a.m. Pass In Review
11:15 a.m. Corps of Cadets released

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