General B.B. Bell
General B.B. Bell

Charles Pierce
Charles Pierce

 

Legends and Leaders Bell and Pierce to be Honored

General B.B. Bell, Commanding General, U.S. Army, Europe and Seventh Army headquartered in Heidelberg, Germany will discuss The Global War on Terrorism—A Real War of Values and Ideals Fought by "Small Town, USA" Tuesday, May 20 at 11:45 a.m. in 114 Fletcher Hall on the UTC campus. To reserve a seat, please call 425-4203.

Later that evening, Bell will receive the 2003 Distinguished Alumnus Award from UTC at the Legends and Leaders Banquet, to be held Tuesday, May 20 at the Chattanooga Gold and Country Club.

Among the military decorations Bell has received during his prestigious career are the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with three Oak Leaf Cluster. Bell, 55, received U.S. Senate approval in October, 2002 for the top post in America’s European Command.

"We are extremely proud of General Bell’s accomplishments and the faith the U.S. government has placed in his abilities," said UTC Chancellor Bill Stacy.

Bell’s interest in the military began with ROTC, when Bell was a student on the UTC campus. He served two years uncommitted, and he was then offered a scholarship in his junior year. Upon graduation in 1969, his Army career began as an armor officer.

Bell has served as executive officer to the Commander in Chief, U.S. Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, and Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia.

Charles Pierce, a 1962 alumnus, will also be honored at the Legends and Leaders Banquet. He will receive the 2003 UTC Outstanding Service Award. Pierce has served in every facet of alumni volunteer work. Besides his work with the UTC scholarship committee, Pierce has also served on the UC Foundation, UTC Athletic Board and Chancellor’s Roundtable. Pierce has also been active with the UTC Alumni Council, serving two terms as president, and three terms on the UTNAA Board of Governors. Pierce also has an extensive record of civic service.

Tickets to the 2003 Legends and Leaders Dinner cost $20 per person. Please call (423) 425-4785 for more information.