MAJOR GENERAL CLYDE A. (LOU) HENNIES
Major General Clyde A. (Lou) Hennies was appointed President of Lyman Ward Military Academy in January 1999 by the Board of Trustees of the Academy. He brings to the Academy many years of distinguished leadership experience and diverse talents to help guide the Academy into the twenty-first century.
General Hennies spent eight years in the Air Force before joining the Army in July 1962. He completed the Infantry School OCS, Airborne and Ranger Courses and was assigned as a Tactical Officer with the Infantry School OCS at Fort Benning, GA. He served as a Platoon Leader and later as a Company Commander with the 25th Infantry Division in Alaska, Hawaii and Vietnam. After qualifying as an Army aviator, he returned to Vietnam for back to back tours with the 7/17th Cavalry as commander of air and ground units. He then served as Troop Commander, Squadron Training Officer and Cavalry Squadron Command with the 9th Infantry Division at Fort Lewis, Washington, and the 82d Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N. C.
He next served as Aviation Support Staff Officer with OASD (Public Affairs), and after attending Army War College, as Chief of Public Affairs with U.S. Army Europe and 7th Army. He later served as Commander of the Army's elite Special Operations unit, Task Force 160 "Nightstalkers". After a tour from 1986 to 1989 as the Army's Deputy Chief of Public Affairs, he was assigned as Commanding General of the U.S. Army Safety Center and Director of Army Safety at Fort Rucker. He retired from Active duty in November 1991.
Major General Hennies was appointed Adjutant General of the Alabama National Guard in June 1995 by Governor Fob James and served admirably in that capacity until his resignation in 1999 to accept the appointment as President of Lyman Ward Military Academy.
His military education includes the Armor Advance Course, Command and General Staff College and Army War College. He has a Bachelors degree in Political Science and Masters degrees in both Public Administration and Journalism.
His military decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Legion of Merit w/OLC, Distinguished Flying Cross, Soldiers Medal, Bronze Star w/ Valor device, Bronze Star w/5 OLC, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal w/OLC, Air Medal w/ Valor device (2 awards), Air Medals (27 awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal w/OLC, Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Medal of Honor, Vietnam Gallantry Cross, Vietnam Staff Service Medal, Korean Order of Military Merit, Combat Infantry Badge, Master Army Aviator Badge, Master Parachutist Badge and Ranger Tab.
He is married to the former Connie Baker of Omaha, Nebraska. They have two sons, David, an Army UH-60 helicopter pilot, and Geoffrey, a businessman in Minneapolis, Minnesota.