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The Rotary Club of Lexington will hold its weekly meeting Thursday, May 17, at 12:00 p.m., at Fasig-Tipton, 2400 Newtown Pike. The program will recognize Armed Forces Week, and the guest speaker will be Major General Joseph L. Culver, Commander 38th Infantry Division 1. Tom Baker will introduce the special guest speaker.

Major General Joseph L. Culver assumed duties as Commander, 38th Infantry Division on 1 October 2011.

General Culver was commissioned June 10, 1979. He is a career National Guardsman who has served at both the enlisted and officer levels. General Culver's accomplishments range from being the distinguished graduate at Officer Candidate School to Commanding at Battery, Battalion, Brigade and Task Force levels for more than nine years.

He was mobilized for Operations Desert Shield / Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom, Hurricane Katrina Relief operations, and was Commander, Joint Task Force-Kentucky for the 2009 Ice Storm. He most recently served as the Commander, 38th Infantry Division, Task Force Cyclone, Afghanistan from June 2009 to August 2010.

His staff assignments include Battalion S-1, S-3 and Executive Officer, as well as Brigade Operations Officer, Executive Officer and State J-1. General Culver has served on national panels including the National Guard Association United States Personnel Task Force and the Field Artillery Advisory Council.

Additional information regarding his education, career, awards and decorations is as follows:

1986 University of Kentucky, Associate Degree, Business Administration, Lexington, KY
1988 McKendree College, Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration, Fort Knox, KY
2000 American Military University, Master of Arts, Military History, Richmond, VA
2002 US Army War College, Master of Science, Strategic Studies, Carlisle Barracks, PA

Legion of Merit
Bronze Star
Meritorious Service Medal (with 3 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
Army Commendation Medal (with 1 Silver and 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
Army Achievement Medal (with 1 Silver Oak Leaf Cluster)
Army Good Conduct Medal
Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (with 1 Silver and Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
National Defense Service Medal (with 2 Bronze Service Stars)
Southwest Asia Service Medal (with 2 Bronze Service Stars)
Afghanistan Campaign Medal (with 2 Bronze Service Stars)
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Korean Defense Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with Gold Hourglass, M Device and Numeral 3)
Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (with Numeral 2)
Army Service Ribbon
Overseas Service Ribbon (with Numeral 2)
Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Government of Kuwait)
France National Defense Medal - Gold
Kentucky Merit Ribbon (with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
Kentucky Commendation Ribbon (with 3 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
Kentucky Service Ribbon (with 1 Silver and 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
Kentucky Active Duty Service Ribbon (with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)Mississippi Magnolia Medal

Second Lieutenant USAR 10 June 1979
First Lieutenant USAR 9 June 1982
Captain USAR 19 October 1984
Major USAR19 August 1991
Lieutenant Colonel USAR 27 July 1998
Colonel USAR 20 December 2001
Brigadier General (LINE) USAR 6 March 2005
Major General (LINE) ARNG 1 October 2011

For additional information, or to attend this meeting,
please contact Peggy Trafton at trafton@rotarylexky.org.

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