In addition to his service in WWII, Melikian served as honorary commander of the 56th Fighter Wing and 944th Fighter Wing of the Air Force Reserve at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona, from which he is now retired.

In 2012, for his unique role as “The Man Who Ended WWII” in Europe, Melikian was inducted and bestowed as chevalier, or knight, into the French Legion of Honor.

Today, Melikian is quite proud of the center that bears his name. He boasts of the fact that hundreds of ROTC students study languages alongside civilians in the Center's Critical Language Institute, allowing them to speak to the local populations in areas of their deployment, including Pashto in the north of Afghanistan and Uzbek in the south. He deeply believes that the ability to speak a foreign language is highly beneficial for military personnel. Not only does it allow soldiers to socialize with local communities where they are deployed in peacekeeping operations, but it’s also been proven that the support of the local population is vital to ensure the success of a military campaign.

Because of the importance of World War II, the war that changed the world, ASU and the National World War II museum will launch of a new online master’s degree program, World War II studies, beginning in January 2019. The fully accredited online Master of Arts degree will provide 30 hours of coursework taught by the world's top WWII scholars from both ASU and the National World War II Museum. The deadline for applications is Dec. 1, 2018.

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