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Local man awarded military honor

:Retired Army Lt. William Ike Robertson at a recent reception in his honor. Pictured are Congressman Austin Scott, Robertson's wife Bettye and other family members. - Special Photo

:Retired Army Lt. William Ike Robertson at a recent reception in his honor. Pictured are Congressman Austin Scott, Robertson's wife Bettye and other family members. - Special Photo

COVINGTON -- Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. William Ike Robertson of Covington has received his fourth Meritorious Service Medal, awarded by U.S. Rep. Austin Scott in a recent ceremony in Warner Robins.

The MSM was awarded to Robertson for his distinguished service during his last assignment, from December 1983 to January 1988, prior to his retirement, where he performed duties as an operations and force development staff officer, HQ Forces Command, Fort McPherson.

His other military awards include the Bronze Star Medal, two Army commendation medals, the Army Achievement Medal and the Air Force Achievement Medal.

Robertson was commissioned a second lieutenant upon graduation from North Georgia College in 1962, with a bachelor's degree in physics. He later received a master's degree in business administration from Alabama A&M University and a bachelor's degree in German from the University of Maryland.

During his Army service, his primary military academic achievements included graduation from the Air Defense Officer Basic and Career courses, the Chemical, Biological and Radiological course, the Guided Missile Systems Officer course, the Command and General Staff College and the Industrial College of Armed Forces, National Security Management Course.

Robertson served in a variety of assignments and locations while on active duty. These included two with South Korea, one with the 38th Air Defense Artillery Brigade and later with the HQ Eighth U.S. Army as an operations officer. He served in Vietnam with the XXIV Corps Artillery as an intelligence officer, in Germany with the 10th ADA Group as a Hawk Missile Operations Officer, and with HQ V Corps as Air Defense Coordinator.

During two of his tour assignments at Fort Bliss, Texas, his daughters Monica and Michelle were born while he served as company commander of Basic Combat Training and with the U.S. Army Air Defense Board as a test and evaluation officer.

Also at Fort Bliss, he served as a combat development staff officer with the U.S. Army Air Defense School. There were also two tours of duty in Huntsville, Ala., one with the Safeguard System Command as a guided missiles systems officer in the Site Defense of Minuteman Project Office and as R&D Coordinator for International Operations with the Patriot Missile Project Office.

Robertson is married to the former Bettye Jeanne Johnson of Porterdale. They graduated together from Newton County High School in 1958. His parents are the late William Pitts Robertson and Rebecca Wright Robertson of Covington. Bettye is the daughter of Clarence Tom Johnson and Louise Mask Johnson of Porterdale.

After retirement from active duty, the Robertsons remained at their home of 27 years in Lithonia. While there, Robertson was employed with Dynamex of Atlanta.

The couple moved to Newton County in 2006.