Wilburn E. “Bud” Meador, Jr., a long-serving assistant professor in the Department of Military History at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, was honored by colleagues and friends at a retirement luncheon on Jan. 24, 2019, at the Frontier Conference Center on Fort Leavenworth.
Meador, a retired Marine lieutenant colonel, served from August 2004 to January 2019 at the College. He and his wife Jane have plans to move to Arizona to start the next chapter of their lives.
Col. (Ret.) Dave Cotter, the director of the Military History Department, led the ceremony in which Meador was recognized with the Department of the Army Superior Civilian Service Award presented by Col. Rob Ault. Cotter also presented Meador with his retirement certificate, as well as the traditional framed Fort Leavenworth Lamp certificate signed by his College staff and faculty colleagues.
Meador’s retirement is significant for the CGSC Foundation because of his role as the Foundation’s appointed faculty advisor, the only faculty advisor the Foundation has had since its inception in December 2005. Lt. Col. (Ret.) Chris Johnson has assumed the faculty advisor role from Meador.
“Bud will be missed,” said CGSC Foundation President/CEO Rod Cox. “He has not only been an outstanding faculty advisor, he’s also gone well above any prescribed duties of that role. He’s been instrumental in helping us communicate with the faculty and get outreach programs fine-tuned. And he’s always been willing to bring some of our visitors into his classroom to observe and participate and truly communicate the knowledge and expertise that resides in CGSC faculty and students. What everyone will also miss is his bigger-than-life personality and sense of humor. We wish him and Jane well.”
Foundation Chairman Mike Hockley presented Meador with a College chair for his service at the College and his role with the Foundation. As the Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army, Hockley also presented him with his CASA challenge coin.
Meador began his military career on May 24, 1965 by enlisting as a young Marine on the day of his high school graduation. After boot camp and Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego and
infantry training at Camp Pendleton, Calif., Meador was assigned to Marine Security Guard Battalion at the American Embassy in Saigon, Viet Nam, from Jan. 12, 1967 to Jan. 24, 1969. During this tour, he was part of the defense of the embassy, ultimately serving as one of eight Marines on the personal security unit of the ambassador during the Tet Offensive on Jan. 31, 1968.
After serving a four-year enlistment, Meador attended Arizona State University and returned back to the Marine Corps as a commissioned officer in 1973. He graduated from The Basic School at Quantico, Va., as an infantry officer. During his service as a Marine Corps officer he served in command and staff positions from rifle platoon commander through assignment as the operations officer for a Marine Expeditionary Force. He also served as a Marine officer instructor at the University of Southern California, as a faculty advisor and on the staff of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College and Marine Corps University at Quantico. He retired from active duty as a lieutenant colonel in February 1996. In 2004, he joined the faculty at the U.S. Command and General Staff College. Meador holds a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and a master’s from National University.
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Video: Presentation at the Dole Institute of Politics about the fight at the U.S. Embassy in Saigon in 1967