ORISKANY, NY – The village of Oriskany is honoring one of their hometown heroes this Veterans Day weekend.
Major General Peggy Combs, a 1981 graduate of Oriskany High School, will be retiring from active duty effective December 1st after 33 years of military service.
Among her many duties, she served as the commander of Fort Knox Kentucky and the U.S. Army Cadet Command.
Working with the young cadets, she says, inspired her greatly.
“To see these young kids so dedicated to the values of this great country, inspired me every day. It motivated me every day. Leaving now, taking off my uniform, I still think each and every day, our future is in great hands.”
Major General Combs is the first General with ties to the Oriskany area since General Nicholas Herkimer led his troops to victory at the Battle of Oriskany during the Revolutionary War.
She has received many medals and commendations, including the Bronze Star, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Parachutist Badge, and the Defense and Army Meritorious Service Medals.