2011 Keynote Speaker
Joe E. Ramirez, Jr.
Brigadier General, USA (Ret)
Texas A&M Corps of Cadets
Brigadier General Joe Ramirez is a native of Houston and a product of its JROTC program at Stephen F. Austin High School. He received his commission from Texas A&M University as a Distinguished Military Graduate in 1979 where he commanded the B Company “Street Fighters” in the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band.
During his 31 years of military service General Ramirez commanded soldiers around the world from the platoon and battery level up to battalion, brigade and division level. He commanded the 1st Battalion, 41st Field Artillery “Glory’s Guns” at Ft Stewart, Georgia, the 1st Cavalry Division Artillery “Red Team” at Fort Hood, Texas, and was the Deputy Division Commander for the 2nd Infantry Division in the Republic of Korea.
General Ramirez holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Physical Education from Texas A&M (1979); Masters Degree in Management from Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri (1993); and a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania (2000).
His numerous military awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, and the Parachutists Badge.