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Joint Forces Staff College Commandant delivers graduation speech

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (Dec. 22, 2008) – Brig. Gen. Katherine P. Kasun, U.S. Army, Commandant of the Joint Forces Staff College, served as commencement speaker for Tidewater Community College’s 47th graduation exercises on Friday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m. at the Ted Constant Convocation Center, Norfolk. More than 1,600 students graduated with associate degrees, certificates or diplomas.

To read the commencement address by Brig. Gen. Kasun, click here.

General Kasun became commandant of the Joint Forces Staff College here in Norfolk this past September. She had previously served as deputy commanding general of the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command.

Born in San Jose, California, and raised in the mountains of North Carolina, General Kasun graduated from Western Carolina University in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and law enforcement, and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Military Intelligence Corps. In 2003, she received a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College.

General Kasun’s first operational assignment was with the 1st Armored Division in Ansbach, Gemany, followed by an assignment to VII Corps in Stuttgart. In 1982, she returned to the states and joined the Army Reserves, serving at numerous posts around the country.

Directly after 9/11, General Kasun was activated for five years. Her battalion, the 325th Military Intelligence Battalion from East Windsor, Connecticut, was the first Army Reserve battalion mobilized in direct support of Operation Noble Eagle. She served in Iraq in 2005 and Afghanistan in 2006 as a team chief and military intelligence collections analyst for the Joint Forces Command, Joint Center for Operational Analysis.

General Kasun recently concluded a three-year active-duty tour with the U.S. Joint Forces Command in Norfolk where she served as the Joint Capabilities Integration Development System chief, then as the deputy director for integration with the Joint Capability Development Directorate, and as a senior joint doctrine development officer with the Joint Warfighting Center.

Her personal decorations include four awards of the Meritorious Service Medal, three awards each of the Joint Meritorious Service and Army Commendation medals, and the Army Achievement Medal.

TCC’s commencement also featured student speaker Charity Pierce, who delivered her speech  (click here for speech) after the new graduates crossed the stage. Pierce, a transfer student to Virginia Commonwealth University, hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in counseling psychology.






Laurie White
Media Relations

Celebrating its 40th year, Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - enrolls nearly 40,000 students and has the second largest undergraduate student body in Virginia. The 23rd highest producer of associate degrees in the nation, and the 35th largest community college, TCC is among the 20 fastest-growing large two-year institutions in the United States. Founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System, the college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in Norfolk’s theater district, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-six percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit