McCrory names military advisor

Posted by Rob Christensen on October 11, 2013 

Cornell A. Wilson Jr., a retired Marine Corps Major General, has been named by Gov. Pat McCrory as his military affairs advisor.

"General Wilson's experience aligns with the growing global responsibilities of the commands based in our state,'' McCrory said in a statement. "He will be a vital link in ensuring the armed forces get the support they need to carry out their mission.''

Wilson, who lives with his family in Charlotte, had been one of the nation's highest ranking African-American military officers.

He served as Commanding General, U.S. Marine Forces, Southern Command, as serving as deputy commander Marine Forces Command. He oversaw a $1.5 billion budget sin support of 81,000 Marines and civilians.

Wilson also served as the commanding general for a multinational, joint yaks force in Kuwait/Iraq during combat tour in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom among his many postings.

He will represent McCrory in matters to business and economic development in the military and defense. The state has 100,000 nearly 110,000 active duty personnel, giving the state the third-largest military population in the country. The military supports 540,000 jobs in the state. Wilson will also advise the governor on operations and plans associated with the state's six major Department of Defense and Homeland Security commands and installations.

Wilson, who will be paid $100,000 per year, will start work Oct. 21.

Cornell A. Wilson Jr., a retired Marine Corps Major General, has been named by Gov. Pat McCrory as his military affairs advisor.

"General Wilson's experience aligns with the growing global responsibilities of the commands based in our state,'' McCrory said in a statement. "He will be a vital link in ensuring the armed forces get the support they need to carry out their mission.''

Wilson, who lives with his family in Charlotte, had been one of the nation's highest ranking African-American military officers.

He served as Commanding General, U.S. Marine Forces, Southern Command, as serving as deputy commander Marine Forces Command. He oversaw a $1.5 billion budget sin support of 81,000 Marines and civilians.

Wilson also served as the commanding general for a multinational, joint yaks force in Kuwait/Iraq during combat tour in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom among his many postings.

He will represent McCrory in matters to business and economic development in the military and defense. The state has 100,000 nearly 110,000 active duty personnel, giving the state the third-largest military population in the country. The military supports 540,000 jobs in the state. Wilson will also advise the governor on operations and plans associated with the state's six major Department of Defense and Homeland Security commands and installations.

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