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Joe E. Ramirez, Jr.

Brigadier General

Joe E. Ramirez, Jr. ‘79
Brigadier General, USA (Ret)
Commandant Texas A&M Corps of Cadets

Brigadier General Joe Ramirez is a native of Houston and a product of its JROTC program at Stephen F. Austin High School. He received his commission from Texas A&M University as a Distinguished Military Graduate in 1979 where he commanded the B Company “Street Fighters” in the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band.

During his 31 years of military service General Ramirez commanded soldiers around the world from the platoon and battery level up to battalion, brigade and division level. He commanded the 1st Battalion, 41st Field Artillery “Glory’s Guns” at Ft Stewart, Georgia, the 1st Cavalry Division Artillery “Red Team” at Fort Hood, Texas, and was the Deputy Division Commander for the 2nd Infantry Division in the Republic of Korea .

General Ramirez holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Physical Education from Texas A&M (1979); Masters Degree in Management from Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri (1993); and a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania (2000).

His numerous military awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal,  Korean Defense Service Medal, and the Parachutists Badge.

John A. Van Alstyne

Lieutenant General

Gen. John A. Van Alstyne '66 is the 38th Commandant of Cadets and Head of the School of Military Sciences at Texas A&M University. 

Gen. Van Alstyne became Commandant in October 2002, upon completing 36 years of service with the United States Army. Prior to his retirement from active duty, he was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Personnel Policy.

A graduate of Spring Branch High School in Houston, Gen. Van Alstyne earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing from Texas A&M and was commissioned a Second

Lieutenant through the University’s Army ROTC program. He earned a Master of Science degree in Military Science from the Army Command and General Staff College in 1976 and a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in 1986.

Prior to his last Pentagon assignment, he served as commanding general of the United States Army Training Center at Fort Jackson, S.C., and with the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command at Fort Monroe, Va., he served as deputy commanding general for initial entry training. 

During his military career, he served as an infantry platoon leader and company commander, commanded a mechanized infantry battalion and a motorized infantry brigade, and was assistant division commander of the 1st Armored Division. He was an advisor to Vietnamese combat forces during the Vietnam War and served as Chief of Staff of the 24th Infantry Division during its combat engagements in the Persian Gulf War.

Among the general's military decorations are three Defense Distinguished Service Medals, the Army Distinguished Service Medal, four awards of the Legion of Merit, two Bronze Star Medals, five Meritorious Service Medals, two Air Medals, and five Army Commendation Medals. He also holds the Combat Infantryman, Expert Infantryman and Parachutist Badges.


Gen. Van Alstyne and wife Anita reside in College Station. They have one son and two daughters, and six grandchildren.

Major General James Earl Rudder

16th President of Texas A&M University 1958-1965

MG Rudder commanded the 2nd Ranger Battalion during WWII and led the Rangers up the cliffs of Point Du Hoc, France on D-day, June 6, 1944. Despite being wounded twice during the assault he managed to maintain control of his men and successfully pushed the Germans back from the cliffs thus saving the D-day invasion from further losses. During the assault on the heavily fortified German Artillery position at the top of the cliffs he lost communication with the rest of the invasion force and was cut off from re-supply and reinforcements for more than 24 hours. During this time he and his Ranger force repulsed two counterattacks by significantly larger German forces and were able to hold the cliffs, denying the Germans the ability to fire upon the remainder of the invasion as they landed on the beach.

Following the war he went on to become the President of Texas A&M University and later President of the TAMU System. He affected great changes at the school and contributed greatly to its growth and legacy, his efforts will not soon be forgotten. To date on the campus, the tallest portion of the Memorial Students Center (MSC) is named in his honor, Rudder Tower. Additionally, his faithful dog Ranger lies in a small marked plot nearby the home of the President of the University.

James F Hollingsworth

Lieutenant General – U.S. Army

Served with the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M University and is the most decorated general officer in the history of the school. He graduated from A&M in May 1940 with a bachelor's degree in agriculture and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Serving in World War II, he participated in seven major campaigns extending from North Africa to the occupation of Berlin in 1945, rising from platoon leader to commander of a regimental-size armored task force in Gen. George Patton's Third Army. He later commanded the Army's XXIV Corps in Vietnam. He retired from active duty in 1976 and formed Hollingsworth Consultants Inc., an aerospace consulting firm.

Three Time Recipient Distinguished Service Cross, Four Distinguished Service Medals, Four Silver Stars, Three Legion of Merit Medals, Three Distinguished Flying Crosses, The Soldiers Medal, Four Bronze Stars for Valor, Thirty-eight Air Medals, Army Commendation Medal, Six Purple Hearts for Combat Wounds.