Monday 18 Nov 2019

Eikenberry Presented NC’s Highest Civilian Honor

United States Military icon and Goldsboro native Karl Eikenberry, who served both as the U.S. Ambassador in Afghanistan and twice commanded military forces there is the latest recipient of North Carolina’s highest civilian honor.

Eikenberry received the “Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award” Friday night just before his presentation on Afghanistan at Wayne Community College. North Carolina House Representative John Bell presented Eikenberry with the award.

Bell said, “I was honored to present the award to Eikenberry who has served his country, the world, I don’t think there is anyone more deserving.”

Eikenberry spoke Friday at WCC during a presentation hosted by the Wayne Community College Foundation. He gave his thoughts on the U.S. mission in Afghanistan and the serious challenges that are faced.

Eikenberry was born in 1951 and graduated from Goldsboro High School in 1968. He then attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant upon graduation in 1973 and then developed his military career from there rising to the rank of ‘General”.

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