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Brig. Gen. Malham Wakin is Emeritus Professor of the Academy's Department of Philosophy and has taught here since 1959, marking 50 years of service to the institution. Through those years he has held a number of important positions including permanent professor and head of the Department of Philosophy, head of the Department of Political Science and Philosophy, chairman of the Humanities Division, assistant dean, associate dean, first chair of the graduate scholarship committee, and chair of numerous other Academy committees.
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Academy Salutes General For 50 years Of Service

By Department of Philosophy

Brig. Gen. Malham Wakin is Emeritus Professor of the Academy's Department of Philosophy and has taught here since 1959, marking 50 years of service to the institution.

Through those years he has held a number of important positions including permanent professor and head of the Department of Philosophy, head of the Department of Political Science and Philosophy, chairman of the Humanities Division, assistant dean, associate dean, first chair of the graduate scholarship committee, and chair of numerous other Academy committees.

Prior to coming to the Academy, he began his 42-year active duty career in 1953 as an air rescue navigator. He also took a year away from teaching to serve a combat tour in Vietnam in 1968. General Wakin has earned a wide variety of military decorations including the Distinguished Service Medal and the Legion of Merit, with two oak leaf clusters.

Educated at some of the finest educational institutions in the country, he earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Southern California, a Master of Arts in secondary education and school administration from the State University of New York at Albany, and a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics from the University of Notre Dame. He also received honorary degrees from St. Mary's University in San Antonio and Illinois Benedictine University.

He has authored or edited five books, including the widely-used anthology, War, Morality and the Military Profession, and his most recently published collection, Integrity First: Reflections of a Military Philosophy. He has written many scholarly articles and book chapters, most dealing with the ethics of leadership and other applied ethics issues.

After retiring in 1995, General Wakin worked fulltime at the Air Force Academy for another two years, occupying the prestigious Lyon Chair in Professional Ethics. He continues to engage cadets in learning and development by volunteering over 30 times a year at the Academy Character Enrichment Seminars and to new instructors twice a year at faculty orientation - General Wakin remains the Master Educator of Educators. Retired Col. Tom Berry, Academy Class of 1971 and Deputy Director of the Academy's Center for Character Development, marvels at General Wakin's teaching skill and says he "still relates to cadets as well as he did when I was a cadet!"

In addition to his vital work with cadets and faculty, General Wakin is also in great demand outside the Academy community.

Colonel Jim Cook, present permanent professor and head of the Department of Philosophy, calls him "a national treasure."

General Wakin averages approximately 50 keynote presentations each year to a variety of audiences in Colorado Springs, around the United States and throughout the world. He has done a course on military ethics for The Learning Channel. He was, from 1979 to 1992, national chairman of the globally prominent Joint Services Conference on Professional Ethics and a long-standing member of the Ethics Oversight Committee for the U.S. Olympic Committee. He has served on the Tri-Service Medical Ethics Board and Ethics Oversight Committee for the U.S. Naval Academy. He has also been a regular lecturer for the Justice Department's U.S. Border Patrol and the U.S. State Department Senior Seminar.

Throughout his career, he's been frequently recognized as an important figure in ethics education. He was featured as one of America's 12 "great professors" in the Oct. 13, 1975, issue of People Magazine and was the subject of a feature article in the Nov. 19, 1984, issue of Newsweek. He has received the Terence Cardinal Cooke Medal, a Colorado "Notre Dame Man of the Year" award and Notre Dame's coveted Corby Award. In 2007, Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. John Regni presented General Wakin the Academy's annual Distinguished Service Award in front of a crowd of thousands at Falcon Stadium where he was cited for his "exemplary support throughout the years."

Over and above the accolades he has garnered in his professional life, General Wakin and his wife Lynn are extremely proud of their eight children and nine grandchildren. The Academy faculty and staff look forward to many more years of General Wakin's friendship and mentorship as he continues to shape the future of the Air Force.

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