Major Myles Caggins (SCS '08), a public affairs officer for the Army's 4th Brigade, 1st Armored Division, will receive the first School of Continuing Studies Spirit of Georgetown Award at the annual Tropaia Awards Ceremony May 19, 2010. This new award honors an alumnus or alumnae that has exemplified Georgetown values and traditions --- service to others, academic excellence, commitment to justice and common good, intellectual openness, and leadership.

Maj. Myles Caggins and Richard
Engel, NBC's Chief Foreign
Correspondent, stand atop the
Ziggurat of Ur. Engel embedded with
the 4th Brigade, 1st Armored Division
during the run-up to Iraq's
Parliamentary Elections in March

Maj. Myles Caggins fields questions
from Iraqi-based Asia TV network
during the Southern Iraq Journalists'
Conference. The first-of-its-kind
conference brought over 60
journalists from the southern
provinces of Dhi Qar, Maysan, and
Muthanna to a 4-day workshop with
visiting media professionals from
Colorado. Caggins co-hosted the
conference with U.S.
State Department public diplomacy
officers. (Pauline Khoshaba, served
as Caggins' interpreter)

"Myles was one of the first students to start the public relations program here at Georgetown and I could not think of a better person to receive this honor," said Denise Keyes, associate dean of the Master of Professional Studies in Public Relations/Corporate Communications degree program. "He inspired other students and professors through his work as a cause consultant for Metro TeenAIDS and as a member of our armed forces."

He completed his degree in December 2008 but was deployed to Southern Iraq in May 2009, just a few days prior to the 2009 Commencement Ceremony. Nevertheless, Caggins will walk at the School of Continuing Studies Commencement Ceremony Saturday, May 22, surrounded by friends and family.

Caggins and an NBC film crew on the
stairs of the Ziggurat of Ur. The
ancient temple to moon gods was
built in 2,100 B.C. by Sumerian
King Ur Nammu and sits just outside
of the base Caggins was deployed to
near Nasiriyah, Iraq.
Maj. Myles Caggins addresses Iraqi
reporters prior to a press conference
with U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen,
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs on
December 18, 2009 near Nasiriyah,
Iraq. The conference was conducted
during the chairman's visit to 4th
Brigade, 1st Armored Division.

The Tropaia Ceremony is an opportunity to come together as a School to share our accomplishments and to appreciate all the talent and energy that contributes to the School's dynamic community. Honorees include students, faculty, staff, and alumni. The event is open to graduating students from the School of Continuing Studies, and their family and friends, as well as the School's faculty and staff.