By Dana Branham, Cincinnati.com
Dozens gathered on the steps of Elder High School as David Glaser held up his right hand and repeated an oath swearing to protect the U.S. Constitution.
He is now Maj. Gen. David P. Glaser, provost marshal of the U.S. Army, adding a second star in a promotion from brigadier general.
Promotion ceremonies are generally held at the Pentagon.
But Glaser's ceremony was held in Cincinnati, so his father-in-law who is unable to travel could attend. The location – Elder High School – was deliberate.
Next to the steps where Glaser took his oath was a stone with the Latin word "Altiora" carved into it. That's the culture of Elder, Glaser said.
"When you see the word up here that says 'Altiora,' that's strive for higher things. That's why Elder was so important to me and why I chose to be here today," Glaser said.
His brother, Mike Glaser, a retired captain in the U.S. Navy, was the host of the ceremony. He joked that to outsiders, Elder might seem like a cult, but it set in motion his brother's path for success during his more than three decades in the Army.
"You spend four years here, you have the opportunity to learn things that are going to help you so much later on in life, and help develop that character that will make you successful," Mike Glaser said.
Elder is David Glaser's foundation, his wife, Susan, said. During the ceremony, she and David Glaser's father and father-in-law assisted with adding the second star to his uniform.
"He loves being around soldiers and he's just honored and humbled to be offered this opportunity, the opportunity to continue to serve," she said.
After Glaser thanked his family and those in the audience for their support, he led the crowd in singing the Army song, followed by the Elder High School alma mater.
Dozens of Elder alumni then gathered on the steps for a photo, and the event was followed by a reception.
Glaser was promoted in May to the position of provost marshal general of the U.S. Army and head of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command.
Glaser effectively serves as a chief of police for the Army. The provost marshal general's job is to handle incarcerations and investigations of those in the U.S. Army. It is the highest-ranking provost marshal position in the U.S. Army, reporting to the chief of staff of the Army.
In his over 30 years of service, Glaser has served as chief of staff of U.S. Army Central and deputy provost marshal general. During the 9/11 attacks, Glaser served as the chief of the Army's antiterrorism branch. He served tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Glaser graduated from Xavier University in 1985, where he was part of the Army ROTC program and was commissioned as a second lieutenant. He later received a master's degree in business administration from Syracuse University.