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Deputy Commander gets star: Fort Benning’s second in command promoted to brigadier general

By USAIC Public Affairs Office, Michelle L. Gordon/The Bayonet

FORT BENNING, Ga. (TRADOC News Service, August 16, 2007) -- Deputy Commanding General Michael Linnington understands Soldiers, and during his Aug. 3 promotion to brigadier general, he acknowledged and thanked his officers and NCOs for helping him throughout his career.

“I couldn’t be prouder of what they’ve done because they make me look good,” he said.

“Nobody makes rank because of anything they’ve done. They do so because of their Soldiers.”

More than 250 Soldiers, friends, family and community leaders gathered at the Benning Club Friday to watch Linnington receive his first star, an honor not bestowed on many.

His military career began back in 1980, when he graduated from the United States Military Academy.

That same year, more than 8,000 active-duty Soldiers were commissioned as Army officers.

To date, only 22 of them have been promoted to general officer. Linnington is number 23.

However, as Maj. Gen. Walter Wojdakowski said in his opening remarks, it’s not about statistics. Linnington was promoted to brigadier general because he is a proven senior leader and he has earned the respect of his Soldiers.

“To be a general officer in the Army you have to perform and you must earn it with your Soldiers,” Wojdakowski said. “If you care about Soldiers and their Families those Soldiers will perform. And before you know it, you’re standing here being promoted to brigadier general.”

At the conclusion of the ceremony, Linnington thanked everyone for attending and his parting thoughts demonstrated why he was chosen for promotion.

“I ask you to remember the 160,000 Soldiers we have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan,” he said. “And as we sit here in this air conditioned room, think of them, because at the end of the day it really is about the Soldiers.”




I ask you to remember the 160,000 Soldiers who have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. And as we sit in this air-conditioned room, think about them, because at the end of the day it really is about the Soldiers.

— Brig. Gen. Michael Linnington