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Welcome Home to a Veteran

— by on December 15th, 2011

Throughout the country this month, emotional homecomings are occurring every day as members of the United States military return from Iraq. Although it did not involve Iraq, one homecoming this week caught our eye. A story in the Statesville, N.C., Record & Landmark is about the celebration in that town when an Army officer, Maj. Gen. James B. Mallory III, of Washington and Lee’s Class of 1977, came back from Afghanistan, where he has spent the past year as the deputy commanding general for the NATO training mission at Camp Eggers in Kabul.

You can read about the giant American flag flown across Statesville’s main street in James’ honor, and you can watch a video that shows the people lining the street and waving flags as James drove up to his house.

James was commissioned as a second lieutenant after graduating from W&L and served four years in the 82nd Airborne. In 1981, when he entered law school at Wake Forest, he joined the Army Reserve and rose through the ranks to his current post with the 108th Training Command, which is the sole nationwide reserve command for initial military training.

In May, James was featured on C-Span’s “Washington Journal,” discussing the training of the Afghan army and police forces. You can watch that video on the C-Span “Washington Journal” site.

James’s law practice in Statesville focuses on solving money issues, including helping people stop foreclosures, repossessions, wage garnishments, judgment executions, IRS levies and creditor harassment.

Welcome home, James.