by Charles Dunlap
Columbia Daily Tribune

When C. Byron Wilson learned of his promotion to the rank of captain in the U.S. Air Force, he knew where he wanted to have the ceremony.

Wilson chose to go back to his roots at Columbia College, his alma mater.

“Columbia College was a huge turning point in my life,” he said. “It was foundational as far as academics and just me shaping myself as a man.

“Before I came I did not have many places to stay or consistent meals. Staying in Miller Hall was the first time I had consistency in that regard. I could not think of a better venue for the ceremony.

“I wanted to bring it back home.”

The family of C. Byron Wilson at his promotion ceremony at Columbia College
The family of C. Byron Wilson, in uniform, join him on stage on Friday at Launer Auditorium on the Columbia College campus following a promotion ceremony for Wilson. The Columbia College alumnus is now a captain in the U.S. Air Force.