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After 27 years of dedicated service to the U.S. Army, Col. Rodney Fogg, commander of the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General on Sept. 18 at Hildner’s Field at Fort Hood in Texas.

When he was young, Fogg never thought of the Army as a career option. Originally from Castlewood, Va., Fogg came to King University, then King College, in 1983, majoring in History. After running low on funds during his sophomore year, he entertained the possibility of enlisting in the Army. Fogg met Major Kilgore at ETSU, who suggested he enroll in a summer basic camp through their ROTC program.

“After I had completed the camp, I was handed a piece of paper, which said the Army was giving me a full scholarship for my last two years at King,” said Fogg. “Through the ROTC program, I was able to cross-enroll at King and ETSU.

“During my graduation ceremony in 1987, King honored me by having me take the oath of office of Second Lieutenant. They actually did my commissioning ceremony as part of graduation.”

After being stationed in Germany for a time, Fogg was assigned to Fort Campbell, Ky., with the 101st Airborne Division Support Command. “Fort Campbell is where I fell in love with the military. It was during that time I decided to make the U.S. Army a career.”

Brig. Gen. Fogg’s assignments have included West Germany, Ft. Campbell, Ky., Hunter Army Airfield, Ga., Camp Smith, Hawaii, Ft. Richardson, Alaska, Ft. Lee, Va., and Redstone Arsenal, Ala. He has deployed to Somalia in support of Operation Provide Hope, Haiti in support of Operation Uphold Democracy, and twice to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

In addition to his degree from King, and commission from ETSU, Fogg holds a Master of Science in Logistics Management from Florida Institute of Technology and a Master of Science in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. Among his awards and decorations are Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with three Stars, Parachutist, and Air Assault Badges.

Of his promotion, Brig. Gen. Fogg said, “I am humbled and honored that I get to do what I love to do, and that is serve in the Army. It is wonderful to have the opportunity to continue to serve.”

When asked about King’s impact on his life and career in the U.S. Army, Fogg said, “My time at King was a positive experience beyond my career. It became the exact right place for me, because the focus was on academics and trying to live your life as a Christian. It was fundamental to my family life as well as my work life. I even met my wife Janie Kelly (’85) at King. Through 27 years, we have been able to base what we do and how we live on what we learned there at King.”

Brig. Gen. Rodney Fogg is currently leading the 13th SC(E) as the unit prepares for its next mission to serve as the logistics hub for the Central Command area of operations deploying to Kuwait in late 2014.