Ross Perot to visit Fort Benning

Press Release

FORT BENNING, GA  – American businessman Ross Perot, who ran for president of the United States in 1992, will visit Fort Benning Jan. 22 and participate in a reenlistment ceremony at the National Infantry Museum at 2:15 p.m.

Later, Perot will address more than 300 officers and noncommissioned officers as guest speaker of Fort Benning's Combat Leader Speaker Program.

The billionaire will also meet with Soldiers assigned to the Warrior Transition Battalion, observe the Rangers in Action demonstration and will be the guest speaker for the Ranger graduation.

The Texas entrepreneur is a 1953 graduate of the Naval Academy who served four years on a destroyer and an aircraft carrier.  Throughout his career, he has garnered many awards and honors from civilian and military organizations, including the Army. 

Perot's awards include the Medal for Distinguished Public Service, which is the highest civilian award presented by the Department of Defense and given for his efforts supporting U.S. prisoners of war; the Sylvanus Thayer Award presented by the U. S. Military Academy at West Point; the Eisenhower Award in recognition of his support for the U.S. armed forces; the Doughboy Award presented by the National Infantry Association; the Jefferson Award for public service and the Patrick Henry Award in presented by the National Guard Association of the United States.

Perot is also an honorary member of the 75th Ranger Regiment and an honorary Green Beret.

Source: Fort Benning Office of Public Affairs