Major General Keynote Speaker at Memorial Day Ceremony
Army Major Gen. Thomas R. Bouchard will be the keynote speaker at the Memorial Day ceremony Monday, May 29, at 11 a.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars monument in front of the Center Building. With this ceremony the town pays tribute to those servicemen and women who died in the line of duty. In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved into the Center Building gym.
Major Gen. Bouchard is deputy commander for Mobilization and Reserve Affairs, United States Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. He began his military career in 1984, enlisting in the Army Reserve and shortly after, joined the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). He holds a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College and a master’s in business administration from Boston College.
Over the course of his active duty, he has served both in Iraq and Afghanistan, and prior to that in Kosovo, Kuwait and Haiti. He is a multiple Bronze Star medal recipient and was decorated with the Legion of Merit.
In his civilian life, he is a director and portfolio manager at DWS Investments in New York City where he is responsible for the performance of investment portfolios consisting primarily of non-investment grade bonds and bank loans. His clients include insurance companies, pension funds, and corporations.
He has family connections in Woodbridge, where his wife, the former Jill Luciani, grew up.
The program, led by Dr. Barry Josephs, will also include patriotic music, a memorial wreath presentation, the Woodbridge Police Department Honor Guard, and remarks by state and local elected officials.