An Officer and a Gentleman

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The Office of University Communications
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Dec. 18, 2012

An Officer and a Gentleman

Army veteran receives highest service award for Trinity University alumni

SAN ANTONIO - Retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Kevin Bergner '79, who served three decades in the military and is enjoying a second career as president of the USAA Property and Casualty Insurance Group, has been selected as the 2013 Distinguished Alumnus by the Trinity University Alumni Association.

He will be honored Friday, Jan. 25 at a 6:30 p.m. dinner in the Chapman Great Hall on the Trinity campus. For more information or to make reservations, contact Trinity's Office of Alumni Relations at 210-999-8404 or by email at Dating back to 1961, the Distinguished Alumnus Award honors achievement and service that is recognized at the highest level, nationally and internationally.

Bergner's service included multiple deployments and numerous demanding, high level assignments. He served at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and on the National Security Council staff at the White House. He also was Deputy Commander of the Multi-National Force in Mosul and served in Baghdad with the Multi-National Force.  

During his three decades of service, Bergner earned 12 decorations and badges, including the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf Cluster) and Bronze Star Medal (with two Oak Leaf Clusters) for action and service in combat.

While in the military, Bergner earned a master's in public administration from the City University of New York. Prior to his retirement in 2010, Bergner was the U.S. Army's Chief of Public Affairs, responsible for the formulation of communications and public affairs strategies, a job of enormous reach. After retirement, Bergner began a career at USAA, a San Antonio-based insurance, banking, and investment company as president of the property and casualty group.

 "As a Trinity graduate, I left with a comprehensive liberal arts education and a strong sense that our country needs people who understand the importance of service to community, government, volunteerism, or the military." Bergner said. He also credits Trinity with developing his ability to write.