Keynote address by Retired Army Lt. Gen. Marc Cisneros.

Cisneros is a native of Brownsville and grew up in Premont. Growing up in South Texas, Cisneros was involved in ranching and Future Farmers of America. He earned a bachelor of business administration degree from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, followed by a Master of Arts degree in public administration from Shippensberg State College in Pennsylvania and a post-master’s equivalent from the United States Army War College, also in Pennsylvania. In 1993, Cisneros was named a distinguished alumnus of St. Mary’s University.

Cisneros’ 35-year military career began as an ROTC distinguished military graduate commissioned in the Army field artillery in 1961. He served two combat tours in Vietnam and one in Panama where he was recognized for limiting battle damage and casualties and for helping to capture Gen. Manuel Noriega. His military service primarily involved combat arms operational and command positions and he was part of the leadership team that transformed the Army into its modern state in terms of advanced technology.

Cisneros retired from the Army in 1996 and joined Fluor Daniel Inc. as general manager of its government services operating company. He is a well-respected leader of the San Antonio community.

In 1997, Cisneros was named one of the “100 Most Influential Hispanics” by Hispanic Business magazine. He was appointed by then Gov. George W. Bush to the state jail standards commission and by President Bill Clinton to the U.S. Military Academy Board of Visitors. He also serves as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

He was twice awarded the Distinguished Service Medalæthe Army’s highest achievement award during peacetime.