| Alumnus to receive honorary
From University Relations,
North Dakota State University, Fargo
North Dakota State University alumnus Gen. Charles F. Wald is
scheduled to receive an honorary doctorate during commencement ceremonies
at 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, in the Fargodome. The State Board of
Higher Education approved Wald's nomination on Nov. 18.
As deputy commander of the U.S. European Command Headquarters,
Stuttgart, Germany, Wald is responsible for the nation's defense
interests across a major part of the world. He handles operations
of a command structure that includes 21 million square miles and
93 countries throughout the western world, southern Asia and western
A native of Minot, N.D., Wald was a 1971 graduate in political
science with a pre-law option. While a student, he was a member
of the 1969 Bison national champion football team. He also set school
pass receiving records in a game, season and career.
After graduating from NDSU, Wald completed squadron officer school
at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama. He served as a forward air
controller, an instructor pilot, F-15 flight commander, assistant
squadron operations officer, operations officer, chief of the U.S.
Air Force Combat Terrorism Center, assistant executive officer for
the Air Force Chief of Staff and in several positions with the allied
air forces' Central Europe headquarters. Prior to his current position,
he commanded the 9th Air Force and U.S. Central Command Air Forces
at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina.
"When he left NDSU I am sure that neither Charles Wald nor
the faculty and staff who mentored him here could imagine that he
would one day have direct operational response for the defense of
much of Western Europe, Southwest Asia including Afghanistan, and
West Africa as his responsibility," wrote Thomas Riley, dean
of arts, humanities and social sciences, in a letter of nomination.
"We are proud of his successes over the decades since his graduation,
and we are extremely proud that he can be numbered one of us."
Wald also received a master's degree in political science at Troy
State University, completed training at the National War College
and completed the program for senior officials in national security
at Harvard University. A command pilot, Wald flew more than 3,200
hours, including in excess of 450 combat hours over Vietnam, Cambodia,
Laos, Iraq and Bosnia.
"'Chuck' Wald is a North Dakota native that has and will continue
to bring great credit to our state and NDSU," wrote Keith Bjerke,
vice president for university relations, in a letter of support.
"He has been a credit to both the university and the nation,"
wrote Denis Isrow, professor emeritus of health, nutrition and exercise
sciences. "He has all the presence of a leader."
Wald's many honors include the Defense Superior Service Medal with
oak leaf cluster, the Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters,
the Distinguished Flying Cross with two oak leaf clusters, Meritorious
Service Medal with oak leaf cluster and Air Medal with six oak leaf