CSU to Honor Area Military with Reception 5/4/2017 In recognition of Military Appreciation Month, Columbia Southern University (CSU) will present a special reception Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. at the Pensacola Naval Air Station’s National Naval Aviation Museum, 280 Taylor Road, Pensacola, Fla. Led by guest speaker retired Maj. Gen. George Alexander, M.D., the free event will honor military active-duty and veteran CSU students, alumni and area men and women who serve or have served in the military. “I am truly honored to be the guest speaker for this important and memorable occasion,” said Alexander. “Working with Columbia Southern University in honoring military men and women is a real opportunity to show our deepest appreciation to those who serve in our nation's military.” CSU military outreach representative Karl Hoffmann, who is organizing the event, agrees and is excited Alexander is part of this event. “Maj. Gen. Alexander has served our nation with great honor. His career serves as an example to all those who have served or who are currently serving,” said Hoffmann. Among his stellar military career milestones, Alexander was selected as the Assistant Surgeon General for Mobilization, Readiness and National Guard Affairs, Office of the U.S. Army Surgeon General in October 1999 and was promoted to brigadier general in October 2000. In October 2002, he was selected as the Deputy Surgeon General for the Army National Guard, Office of the U.S. Army Surgeon General and was promoted to major general. He retired in October 2005 as major general. Alexander was also awarded the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Silver Hourglass Device, Army Commendation Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, Legion of Merit Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and National Defense Service Medal. All military members and veterans are invited to the event on May 18, 2017 at the Naval Air Station’s National Naval Aviation Museum. For more information, email Brittany.Gibson(at)CSEGroup(dot)com. About Columbia Southern University One of the nation’s pioneer online universities, Columbia Southern University was established in 1993 to provide an alternative to the traditional university experience. CSU offers online associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees such as business administration, criminal justice, fire administration and occupational safety and health. Visit ColumbiaSouthern.edu or call (877) 347-6050 to learn more.