National Infantry Museum hosts retirement ceremony for Lt. Gen. Carmen Cavezza

(Source: Rico Mitchell/WTVM)
(Source: Rico Mitchell/WTVM)

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – A retirement ceremony honoring Lieutenant General Carmen Cavezza was held at the National Infantry Museum.

Cavezza retired as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the National Infantry Museum Foundation. He held this position for five years on November 2016.

The retirement ceremony will highlight Cavezza's lifetime of service to both the Army and the Columbus community.  After 33 years in the Army, including a stint as Commanding General of the U.S. Army Infantry School at Fort Benning, Cavezza, and wife Joyce chose to retire in Columbus, where he took on numerous positions of leadership.

Since his retirement, Cavezza has served as Executive Director of Columbus 1996, the committee charged with planning and hosting the 1996 Olympic softball competition; City Manager of Columbus; executive director of the Leadership Institute at Columbus State University's Cunningham Center; and chairman and CEO of the National Infantry Museum Foundation.

He has been heavily involved in numerous business and community organizations including the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club of Columbus, PAWS Humane, RiverWay South, the Valley Partnership, and the Georgia Military Affairs Coordinating Committee.

He is also the recipient of the Jim Woodruff Jr. Memorial Award, which recognizes an outstanding business and civic leader, the Boy Scouts Distinguished Citizen Award, and the Service Above Self Award from the Rotary Club of Columbus.

The museum's tribute to Cavezza will reflect his far-reaching impact on both soldiers and members of the community and will include remarks from key community leaders who worked with him throughout his career.

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