September 2007

Mark London 
Amy Collins London
Both from Class of 1983

    Lieutenant Colonel Mark London received his associate’s degree from Truett-McConnell College in 1983. A day student who had grown up in Cleveland, Mark participated in the ROTC program then on the Truett-McConnell campus and knew early on that he had found his career. He went on from TMC to receive his bachelor’s degree from North Georgia College and, eventually, his master’s degree from Tourno University.    Mark received an early commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army in 1983 and has gone on to achieve his current rank of Lieutenant Colonel (P). He has completed the US Army Ranger, Airborne, Pathfinder, Jungle Operations, and Amphibious Warfare courses, and he is a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College.

LTC London has received 21 medals and ribbons including the Bronze Star and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge. He is a recipient of the Order of Saint Maurice, a high honor for distinguished infantrymen. Currently he serves as the Battalion Commander of 1/121 Infantry, a battalion in the 48th Infantry Brigade. He served in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005-2006. His deployment to Iraq was for 12 months, but he was away from home for 20 months.

Mark London met Amy Collins in a psychology class at TMC, and eventually they were married more than four years later. Today they are the parents of two daughters: Lexie, aged 14, and Linzi, aged 11.

Says Amy London: “I accepted fully the responsibility of being a soldier’s wife before Mark and I married. I knew that he would be away from home frequently and that he would sometimes be required to be in places of great danger. I have always trusted God to protect Mark and bring him home safely. It is evident in many instances that God has His hand on Mark.”

Both Mark and Amy London feel that attending Truett-McConnell College was one of the best things they ever did. Amy’s mother had died just a few months before she enrolled in TMC, and she comments that living on campus and making many close friends gave her the sense of family that she had recently lost. TMC is very dear to their hearts because it is the place Amy and Mark met, became best friends, and later husband and wife.


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