Soldiers who retire after military service should return to their communities and make a difference, retired Maj. Gen. James E. Donald said Thursday during a Black History Month program at Fort Benning.
Donald, appointed the first black commissioner of the Georgia Department of Corrections in 2003 and currently the chairman of state Board of Pardons and Paroles, said it’s a life and death struggle to make a difference.
“We need male role models coming out of the Army to get a hold of our children and give them what they need to make the right choices in life,” Donald said. “I’m exited about the potential of leveraging all these men and women. If we got retirees to get into fields like teaching and law enforcement, it will be very helpful.”
More than 420 active duty soldiers, retired veterans and area residents filled the supper room of the Benning Conference Center.