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TWU professor Belfiglio retiring from military service


DENTON — Dr. Valentine Belfiglio holds many titles — professor of government at Texas Woman’s University in Denton; Knight of the Order to the Merit of the Italian Republic; and colonel, civil affairs liaisons officer and command historian in the Texas National Guard, among others.

Belfiglio will add the word “retired” to the latter title during a ceremony Saturday, May 21 at the Texas Military Forces Museum at Camp Mabry in Austin. Belfiglio’s retirement will come after 12 years of recording the history of the Texas State Guard.

Belfiglio’s Guard service followed 10 years of active duty — first as a pharmacy specialist in the United States Army and the Army Reserve, then as a biomedical lab officer in the U.S. Air Force. He joined the Texas State Guard at the urging of a friend who was serving as command historian.

“He wanted to retire, but (the Guard) wanted him to stay long enough to bring someone in,” Belfiglio said. His friend asked him to take over the job, so Belfiglio became his deputy and eventually took on the role of command historian.

The professor’s affinity for history served him well in the position.

“History helps us to better understand how we got where we are,” Belfiglio said. History serves not only as a learning experience, but also as a record for future generations, he said.

The history Belfiglio helped compile is viewed not only by families seeking information on loved ones who have served, but by the government as well. The Pentagon reviews the records in its evaluation of the Guard, he said.
Belfiglio received two waivers that kept him in his post beyond his allotted time of service. As did his predecessor, Belfiglio recruited his deputy and groomed him for the position.

The professor says he has no mixed emotions about leaving military service.

“It’s time,” he said. “When it’s time to leave, you don’t have as many regrets as if you leave before you’re ready.”
Belfiglio will continue to teach at TWU, where he has been a professor for 35 years. He also plans to devote more time to writing and research.


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