Colonel (Retired) Deb Geiger promoted Captain (Promotable) Leon Geiger to the rank of Major on June 14th, 2024, which was Flag Day and the 249th Birthday of the United States Army. The event took place at Alvernia University in the Veteran’s Center.  The promotion consisted of a mission moment, publication of MAJ Leon Geiger’s biography, the oath of office, the publication of orders and placement of rank, and MAJ Geiger’s remarks.  MAJ Leon Geiger’s spouse Caitlyn and their three sons, ages 5, 3, and 1 participated in the placement of their father’s new rank.

MAJ Geiger was promoted because of his past performance and future potential of service to our country.  MAJ Geiger is currently assigned to West Virginia University as the Professor of Military Science, a Lieutenant Colonel position.  In this capacity, the leadership and staff are responsible for the recruiting and training of future officers into the U.S. Army.  MAJ Leon Geiger is a member of Holy Rosary parish, and the Archdiocese of the Military, while serving on active duty for the last 11 years.  He is a Military Police Officer and has served abroad in Kuwait, Jordan, and Afghanistan.  He also conducted security support operations to our nation’s border, operated in a complex pandemic environment, and responded to natural disasters.  In addition, he supported felony investigations and routine law enforcement functions in the Continental United States (CONUS).  MAJ Leon Geiger received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Alvernia University.  

Mr. Steve Miller represented the Monsignor Bornemann Council, Knights of Columbus at the ceremony. The mission moment for the promotion ceremony was based on the Book of John, Chapter 15: Verse 13; and G.K. Chesterton as a reflection.  “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”  We are told to give up the things we want to do and to give ourselves to others. Military service is an honored tradition, and there is nothing nobler than risking your life for your country.  “The true Soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.”