The Central Texas College (CTC) Foundation held a reception recently recognizing two graduates as alumni of distinction. Honored were Command Sergeant Major Arthur Radcliffe (Cliff) Burgoyne, Jr. and Robert W. (Bobby) Hoxworth, president and chief executive officer of First National Bank Texas.

A native of Slidell, Louisiana, Burgoyne entered the United States Army in September 1986 with the Louisiana National Guard and entered active duty at Fort Hood in December 1992. While serving in the military, Burgoyne earned an Associate of Science degree from CTC in 2002.

His duty assignments included serving as an infantry team leader and squad leader with B Company, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment at Fort Richardson, Alaska; long-range surveillance halo team leader for F Company, 51st Infantry at Fort Bragg, North Carolina; and Ranger instructor and platoon sergeant with the 5th Ranger Training Battalion at Camp Merrill, Dahlonega, Georgia.

Burgoyne also served as platoon sergeant with three companies for the 1st Battalion 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment at Fort Bragg; first sergeant of Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion 13th Infantry Regiment, Echo Company, 2nd Battalion 60th Infantry Regiment; HHC 193rd Infantry Brigade and Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment; operations sergeants major for 2nd Battalion 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment; command sergeant major, 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AASLT), Train Advise Assist Command-South, Kandahar, Afghanistan, Operations Group, Joint Readiness Training Center and most recently served as the division command sergeant major for the 82nd ABN DIV. Burgoyne deployed six times – three times to Iraq and three times to Afghanistan.

During his career, Burgoyne earned the Legion of Merit (2 OLC), Bronze Star Medal (3 OLC), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (3 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (6 OLC), Good Conduct Medal (8th Award), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, two Iraq Campaign Medals, two Afghanistan Campaign Medals, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Thailand, British, Italian, Chilean and German Parachutist Badges and the Ranger Tab.

Hoxworth, the second alumni of distinction honoree, joined First National Bank in 1981 and has held numerous positions during his 40-year career. A former two-term council member for the City of Harker Heights, Hoxworth served as mayor pro-tem and the city’s appointee to the Central Texas Council of Government’s board of directors. His community service also included service as chairman of the board for the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce, president of the Killeen-Heights Rotary Club, president of the Killeen ISD Education Foundation, chairman of the Texas A&M University Central Texas Foundation, chairman of the Better Business Bureau of the Heart of Texas, president of the Central Texas Fort Hood Chapter of the Association of the United States Army, treasurer of the Killeen Business League and past chairman of the Texas Bankers Association.

Currently, Hoxworth serves as a member of the President’s Regional Advisory Council of Texas A&M University Central Texas, a life member of the Central Texas Fort Hood Chapter of the Association of the United States Army, member of the Killeen-Heights Rotary Club and director on the Heart of Texas Defense Alliance Board.

Hoxworth earned an Associate in Applied Science degree from Central Texas College, a Bachelor of Applied Science degree from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and a Master of Business Administration degree from Baylor University in 2001. In 2013, he received distinguished alumni honors from the Killeen Independent School District.