LACONIA — Brig. Gen. Donald Bolduc, the Special Operations Command-Africa commander and Laconia native, was awarded the 2015 Dr. Marilyn E. Flaherty Distinguished Alumnus Award from his Alma Mater, Salem State University, on Sunday May 31st at a ceremony in Salem, Mass.
Alumni from around the world joined the General and his family in celebrating the event while recognizing the accomplishments of a number of former students as part of Salem State University's Alumni Weekend festivities. Bolduc was nominated and introduced by his long-time friend and former classmate, Ed Worthy.
During the ceremony, Bolduc thanked his former classmates and Salem State Alumni Association for their warm reception. The General also recounted several moments from his career, studying to become an officer at the
University's Reserve Officer Training Corps detachment and one of the most important events of his college scholarship, meeting the future Mrs. Sharon Bolduc (then Whitman) on the historic campus.
"I couldn't be here without the love and support of my family," Bolduc said to the audience of former classmates, university faculty and distinguished guests. "I never would have thought growing up on a farm in New Hampshire
one day I would be here with you.today is about how we got here together."
Also recognized at the event were the Salem State University Rising Star and Volunteer of the Year awards.
Bolduc is currently serving as the Commanding General of Special Operations Command-Africa, the Special Operations Component of US Africa Command, based in Stuttgart, Germany. In this role, Brig. Gen. Bolduc is responsible for the full spectrum of Special Operations activities across the African continent and the more than 1,500 U.S. military, interagency and international military personnel operating in 27 countries throughout Africa
and Europe. Prior to this assignment, Bolduc served as the Deputy Director for Operations, United States Africa Command.
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