SPARTANBURG, S.C. – U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba, who authored the investigative report on the abuses of Iraqis at the Abu Ghraib prison by American soldiers, will speak at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at Wofford College as part of The War Year series of lectures and programs.
The program, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Leonard Auditorium.
The War Year is a learning community undertaken during Wofford’s 2006-07 academic year to study the history, practice and implications of war. The program includes panel discussions, special speakers and a variety of other programs.
The program encompasses numerous disciplines at Wofford, with new courses being offered and many existing courses emphasizing topics related to war.
Taguba is deputy chief of the Army Reserve and deputy commander of the U.S. Army Reserve Command for Transition and Transformation.
Born in Manila, Philippines, Taguba is the second-highest ranking Filipino-American in the U.S. Army. He was commissioned as an armor officer in 1972 following graduation from Idaho State University. He began his career with the Combat Developments Experimentation Command at Fort Ord, Calif., and went on to serve in various command capacities in Korea, Germany and on bases in the United States.
Complementing his command assignments, Taguba has served as materiel systems analyst in the Office of the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army at the Pentagon; executive office of the C/J5 (Plans and Policy) ROK-U.S. Combined Forces Command in Yongsan, Korea; chief of staff with the U.S. Army Reserve Command at Fort McPherson, Ga.; assistant division commander-forward with the 24th Infantry Division (Mechanized) and deputy commanding general (South) with the First U.S. Army at Fort Jackson, S.C.; vice director, and later acting director, of the Army Staff at the Pentagon; deputy commanding general-support for the Third U.S. Army/ARCENT deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom; and as deputy assistant secretary of defense for reserve affairs (readiness, training and mobilization) with the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Taguba is a graduate of the armor officer basic and advanced courses at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the U.S. College of Naval Command and Staff, and the U.S. Army War College. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from Idaho State University; a master’s degree in public administration from Webster University; a master’s in international relations from Salve Regina University; a master’s in national security and strategic studies from the U.S. College of Naval Command and Staff.
He has been awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (with three Oak Leaf Clusters), Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with six Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (with two Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal (with one Oak Leaf Cluster), Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge and Army Staff Identification Badge.
He and his wife, Debbie, have two children, Lindsay and Sean.