Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s efforts in America are not forgotten

On Friday, January 18, 2019, it was a very special day for us at GMC. Our first African American graduate from the Corps of Cadets, Al Jackson, returned to GMC to speak at our annual Martin Luther King Jr. Ceremony!

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When Al started his journey at Georgia Military College in 1965, he wasn’t welcomed. He was discouraged for coming to GMC, and he’ll tell you, he doesn’t have many fond memories from his time as a Cadet here. But in the last few years, Al and I have gotten to know each other and I know that the challenges he faced during his time at GMC are experiences that need to be shared.

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Most of our current students can’t imagine a world that was segregated, but sadly it wasn’t that long ago. It was important for Al to share his stories about his time here at GMC, to show our students that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. changed America for the better, and because of his efforts, people like Al Jackson had the courage to persevere as the first African American Cadet at Georgia Military College.

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We are so grateful to Al for coming back to GMC to share his story. On Friday, some of his old high school classmates and close family and friends surprised him at our Martin Luther King Jr. Ceremony, and before he even took the stage – just as I was introducing him – he got a standing ovation.

Al Jackson is a special man and he is part of GMC’s history, and for that, we are so grateful. We couldn’t have asked for a better day!

Click here to watch GMC’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ceremony

Take the LEAD on Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

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When Alex Maddox watched the final bodycam footage of her husband, Locust Grove Police Officer Chase Maddox, rushing into a situation that would prove fatal, she told a WSB-TV reporter, “To watch that be displayed, and to know that without him more people would be dead … it made me proud. It made me very proud to be his wife. It made me very proud to even know Chase Maddox.”

Four days after Officer Maddox was killed in the line of duty, Alex gave birth to their second child.

Every day, law enforcement officials like Officer Maddox stand on the front line against crime to keep the rest of us safe. They provide us with the peace of mind that comes from knowing our children, our spouses, our loved ones can move safely through our own neighborhoods. They risk their own lives to protect ours. They risk everything to stand tall as part of that “thin blue line” which stands between order and chaos, safety and tragedy.

And Officer Maddox was not the only one to pay the ultimate price last year. Five other Georgia law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty in 2018: Officer Anthony Christie, Chief Frank McClelland, Officer Antwan Toney, Officer Edgar Flores. Officer Michael Smith was killed just over a week ago. A few days after Christmas.

It’s easy to take for granted the miracle that you can pick up a phone any time of the day or night and one of America’s bravest will be ready to serve and protect you at any cost. When others rush away from danger, they’re the ones who rush toward it. We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to these exceptional men and women.

Unfortunately, we fail them far too often. When anti-police sentiment is perpetuated by the media and glorified by pop culture, it makes the men and women who protect and serve our neighborhoods less safe. It would be a tremendous failure of our national character if these men and women who put their lives at risk for strangers every single day couldn’t count on us to protect them. That’s why it’s important on this Law Enforcement Appreciation Day that we come together to fight back against anti-police sentiment by putting our support for our men and women in blue on full display. An act as simple as changing the profile picture on your social media page can go a long way toward spreading our thanks wide enough that it reaches every law enforcement official in the United States. Today, let’s sound a national cheer that to tell them, “we see the work you’re doing, we know what you’re risking, and we couldn’t be more thankful.”

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Independence Day!

During America’s war for Independence, John Adams sent a message to all future generations of Americans. It read, “Posterity! you will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom! I hope you will make a good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven that I ever took half the pains to preserve it.”

On this 4th of July, let us remember all of the pains that have been to taken by so many to preserve those rights that, 242 years ago, the Declaration of Independence asserted were the God-given rights of all people: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Every generation of Americans has lost heroes on foreign soil or here at home to safeguard these cherished rights. They are the rights that were invoked by Thomas Jefferson in Philadelphia in 1776, by Abraham Lincoln on the battlefield in Gettysburg in 1863, and by Martin Luther King, Jr. in Washington D.C. in 1963. They are the greatest of American ideals- the ideals we celebrate today and every July 4th, and the ideals we must never stop striving to preserve!

Happy Independence Day!
President Caldwell

“A Part of America Died”

In the 1980’s a police officer working his beat in a small town was killed in the line of duty. Members of his department found, tacked to his bulletin board, an anonymous poem.  They were so moved by the poem, they submitted it to the local paper to be included in the story of the officer’s death.  The poem began, “Somebody killed a policeman today, and a part of America died.”

As we celebrate National Police Week (May 13-19) and National Peace Officers Memorial Day on May 15, we celebrate those individuals who join together to form society’s shield—selflessly guarding order against the ever-creeping chaos which threatens it and our safety against the agents of danger.  These men and women of law enforcement are modern day Knights committed to service and driven by their outstanding courage.

Courage— the type possessed by our men and women in blue— is one of God’s greatest gifts to humanity.  Without it, who would volunteer to stare danger in the eye and provide us that precious peace of mind that comes with knowing that someone is standing between our children, our spouses, our loved ones and the harm that could befall them.

Who would stand between us and harm knowing that the ultimate sacrifice is always lurking in the shadows.  Knowing they are always one irrational act, one evil deed away from losing everything.  We are robbed of so much on the days when that evil wins.  We are robbed of all the good an officer had left to do in the world.  Children are robbed of mothers and fathers.  Men and women are robbed of their spouses.  And every member of the human race is robbed of one of our courageous few.

But their resolve remains iron and their commitment steadfast.  They rush in.  Knowing all that could be lost, they rush in for us.  What a Blessing from God that we have these heroes.

Today and every day, we are tremendously proud of those in our Georgia Military College family who possess that courage and made the ultimate sacrifice to protect and serve.

In 1985, GBI officer and GMC graduate SAC John T. “Sonny” King was killed in the line of duty while serving an arrest warrant.  In honor of his service and sacrifice, there is now a Sonny King Endowed Scholarship.

In 1995, Deputy Sheriff William Robinson, IV was shot and killed by a paroled felon while serving as a member of the Baldwin County Sherriff’s Office.  In honor of his service and sacrifice there is now a Will Robinson Endowed Scholarship.

In 2017, GA DOC Sergeant Christopher Monica, the father of a GMC student, was shot and killed while transporting prisoners in Putnam County.

These three members of the GMC family had much left to give.  Their families, their friends, and those whose lives they touched are forever torn.  These three great men were taken from us, and a part of America died.  But their courage, their service, and their sacrifice live on.

This week and always, we remember our fallen heroes, and the service of all who form the shield to protect and serve.

President’s Report 2017-2018


prez report cover (002)_editedDear GMC Alumni and Friends,

As we celebrated Georgia Military College’s 139th birthday this year, I asked our fourth- and fifth-grade students what we should do next year to celebrate GMC’s 140th birthday, and they told me they wanted to celebrate by leading the formation! They’re excited to be here and eager to experience all GMC has to offer. Seeing our older students at the Prep School and Junior College win state and national championships in activities like literary, theatre, JROTC, and athletics makes them envision big successes in their future, and our faculty and staff are excited and ready to help facilitate those successes.

I couldn’t be more proud of our first elementary school classes in 80 years, and I’m excited for the opportunity to share with our young people the treasured values of Georgia Military College.

It’s amazing to look back at the last five years and see how much GMC has grown in a short amount of time. Since 2013, we’ve opened five new college campuses in Fayetteville, Dublin, Eastman, Albany, and Zebulon as well as adding three bachelor’s degree programs which have already produced 15 four-year college graduates. We are creating educational opportunity across the state of Georgia, and students are seizing that opportunity. Today, students from 92 percent of Georgia’s 159 counties attend classes at one of our GMC campuses.

To create more educational opportunities in our Prep School, we’ve broken ground on an Annex to the Prep School. This Annex will provide students with computer labs, reading and testing rooms, a multipurpose room, a combined cafeteria and auditorium, and a 1,428-square-foot visual arts studio. The Annex will be an invaluable resource where students will discover their own creativity and fall in love with the arts. They’ll discover the endless potential of their own intellect and that hard work and dedication pay great dividends.

Your support for GMC has been invaluable! So much of the success of the last few years was made possible by the generosity of our outstanding GMC Family, our wonderful alumni and friends. We’re in the business of creating opportunities and expanding possibilities, and without your support, we could never have achieved so much success in so short a time. We can’t thank you enough for helping to brighten the future and unlock the potential of so many young people.

LtGen William Caldwell

President of GMC

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