Award winning veteran General Harold A. Cross has been recognized by the United States Air Force, the American Red Cross, and his alma mater, Mississippi State University. General Harold A. Cross received the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal for his direction of the Crisis Action Team in Washington following the terror attack on our nation on 9/11. He was also awarded a second United States Air Force Distinguished Service Medal at the conclusion of his 40 years of service to his country. Harold A. Cross is also the recipient of two Legion of Merit awards. From 2004 to 2008, General Harold A. Cross commanded the troops of the Mississippi National Guard as the state Adjutant General. Taking responsibility for training, equipping, and organizing more than 13,000 soldiers, airmen, and civilians, General Harold A. Cross led deployment to Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as response to Hurricane Katrina. With years of experience in combat and piloting, General Harold A. Cross guided the Mississippi troops through Iraq and Afghanistan war zones six times during his four years as Adjutant General. Upon completing his service in 2008, General Harold A. Cross earned the G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Leadership Award and a Save the Day award from the American Red Cross. Today, General Harold A. Cross divides his time between his work with insurance group AmFed Companies in Mississippi and numerous motivational and historic speaking engagements around the country. General Harold A. Cross is a published author on the American Civil War. In addition to his experience in the United States Air Force, General Harold A. Cross holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Mississippi State University and a Master’s degree from Mississippi College. Additionally, General Harold A. Cross was an outstanding graduate of National Defense University, the country's top professional military education institution.