Col. (Promotable) Brian E. Alvin, a graduate of the NIU Class of 1984, will be promoted to the rank of brigadier general in the U.S. Army Reserve.
The ceremony takes place Saturday, Sept. 7, at Altgeld Hall. Brig. Gen. (Promotable) Mark McQueen, commander of the 350th Civil Affairs Command will be the presiding officer.
The ceremony is private.
“We’re incredibly proud of Col. Alvin’s accomplishment,” said Lt. Col. David A. Dosier, chair of the NIU Department of Military Science.
“One aspect of ROTC that I stress to people at NIU is that our graduates represent NIU’s contribution to our country’s military leadership. It’s an important contribution, sometimes on a global scale,” he added. “In this case, it’s NIU’s Brian Alvin who will be making significant contributions to our nation’s defense efforts.”
Col. Alvin is the first NIU ROTC graduate to attain the rank of brigadier general. Typically, less than 1 percent of all Army officers will achieve this rank. “NIU has commissioned 555 graduates since the establishment of the ROTC program here in 1968,” Dosier said. “This is our first general.”