CLASS NOTES & ALUMNI NEWS – FALL 2012
LTC John Allen Albree, USA (Ret) makes a trip to Strawberry Hill, USA, (a major grower of strawberries and peaches in South Carolina), every Tuesday during the growing season to purchase produce for the residents and employees of Tryon Estates, in Columbus, N.C., where he and his wife, Phyllis, live.
A HUMBLE HERO
During the awards ceremony for the the 2012 Andrew J. Goodpaster Award, Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan ’59 leaned over to his good friend, ABC News Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz, with disbelief.
“Look at that,” he said. “Can you believe my name is up there with Goodpaster and Marshall? There’s something wrong with that.”
This humility, from a man whose distinguished career concluded as the 32nd Chief of Staff for the Army was, according to those present, totally in character. “Tireless,” “fearless,” “selfless,” and “humble” were a few of the words used to describe the NU chairman of the Board of Trustees and president of the AUSA during an award ceremony held at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., on June 18, 2012.
The award honors the life and service of Gen. Andrew Goodpaster, an American hero who spent four decades as a soldier and a statesmen. Sullivan is the fifth recipient of the award, presented to Americans in a variety of fields, who, like Goodpaster, exhibit great courage, selfless service, patriotism, and leadership in their lives and their careers.
Tributes at the event included a video presentation sent by NU President Rich Schneider, and remarks by 31st Chief of Staff Gen. Carl Vuono, (Ret), who called “Sully” one of the best soldiers and statesmen of the 21st century for his “ability to take a raw concept and turn it into an operation” and for his leadership during the Army’s post–Cold War transition. “He’s the picture of calm, balance, and deliberation,” said Vuono, “but beware, for appearances can be very deceiving. Beneath his … polished Bostonian demeanor, there boils a man of daring, imagination, initiative, and great vigor, seasoned with a sly sense of humor.”
The accolades so touched the general that when it was his turn to speak, he remarked with great emotion that he had written a script and, “unlike myself, I am going to stick with it. I am slightly overwhelmed by this entire event.”
He thanked those who supported him, including his wife, Gay, of 50 years, and the troops. “I want to acknowledge my debt to those whom I have served over the years, the American soldiers—and sailors, airmen, marines, and members of the Coast Guard when I was one of the chiefs. They are the ones who actually in many cases made me look better than I really am and than I was. And I owe a lot to them and many of you in this room.”
NU classmates Ed O’Brien and Tom Decker and Trustee Joel Kobert ’65 were also on hand for the ceremony honoring their longtime Norwich friend. “Another of Sully’s great attributes is that he never forgets who his friends are, from four-star generals, senators to classmates, all are treated and respected the same,” said Decker. “What a great example for Norwich.”
Jerry Runyon competed in the State Senior Games in Charleston, W.V., this past June, earning a gold in the 500-yd. freestyle swim and qualifying for the 2013 National Senior Games. In the five years since he began competing, the 74-year-old has won in excess of ten gold and silver medals in the 70 to 74 age group. Next year he moves up to the 75 to 79 year-old age group.
The Sixth Annual Brevard NU Alumni Golf Outing and Dinner took place at the Indian River Colony Club (IRCC) in Melbourne, Fla., on March 31, 2012. In attendance were Charley Kent, Jim Gilles ’69, Rudy Treml, George Bonney ’58, George Valhouli, and Walt Bleiler.
Ed Shyloski, a former executive with the Shaw Group Nuclear Division, presented a 90-minute lecture on “Overcoming the Challenges to New Nuclear Construction,” at North Carolina State University (NCSU) on April 9, 2012. The invitation came from the NCSU Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering on behalf of their prestigious Henry M. Shaw Lecture Series. Ed’s talk was based on a paper he wrote for a PowerGen conference in Orlando, Fla., in December 2008, with added perspectives on the impact of nuclear accidents such as the Fukushima Daiichi plant incident, and the future of nuclear power in the U.S. and around the world.
TUESDAYS WITH “STRETCH”
At nearly 6 feet, 4 inches tall, the vibrant, witty student earned his nickname “Stretch” as a cadet and eventually went on to garner his pilot’s wings from the Army. A year later he was flying observation helicopters over the jungles of Vietnam with the 2nd Brigade of the 1st Cavalry Division. The birds were slow and hard to maneuver with very little power. Edwards was shot down twice.
“He was a sitting duck,” says classmate Bill Quinn, also a pilot in Vietnam.
But Edwards continued to fly. On his last mission, at the controls of a UH-1 Huey, he was making a low-level pass when the engine died. The helicopter crashed end over end and rolled into a ball. Edwards ended up in recuperation in Japan.
Years went by and little was heard about Stretch’s life. He had married and had two daughters, but most of his classmates had no idea that he had started having bouts of PTSD and depression. He fought it for most of his life. Then seven years ago he moved into the VA Hospital in Bedford, Mass.
It took a while, but slowly news of Stretch’s whereabouts filtered out to his classmates. Then, three years ago, ’65 classmates Dave Anderson and Mario Cocco decided to go for a visit. On the next trip they were joined by David Lacilla, and Bill Quinn came not long after. Within a short time the classmates decided that the visits should become a regular event.
By 2011, the gatherings were formally scheduled to take place the first Tuesday of every month. Meanwhile, the guest list blossomed from four to as many as twenty-one. Other regulars include Ed Shea, Ken “Hound Dog” Howard and his wife, Nancy, Bruce Cutcliffe, Tom Keane, George Mooza, Bill “Buddha” Coleman and his wife, Bonnie, Ed Verock, Whitey Anderson, Larry “Beetle” Bailey, and Paul McMackin.
“I’m no doctor,” says Anderson, “but on a human level, I think our contact has a therapeutic effect.” In June the classmates celebrated Stretch’s 70th birthday (as he polished off eight Häagan-Dazs chocolate-covered ice creams).
Walter Banaszak writes, “My daughter Katie and I enjoyed a ski holiday in Sun Valley, Idaho, last spring. Over the years skiing has taken me to nine different states and four foreign countries. Katie is attending American University School of Law in Washington, D.C. My son, Matthew, hiked the Appalachian Trail from Springer Mountain, Ga. To the White Mountains of New Hampshire last spring. My daughter Kristen completed her junior year abroad at the University of Edinburgh, and has returned to Quinnipiac University for her senior year.”
Dan Cox received the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award from the Specialty Coffee Association of America, which gathered in Portland, Ore., on April 19, 2012, for its annual convention. Dan lives in Shelburne with his wife, artist Casey Blanchard. Their daughter, Julia, graduated from Skidmore College this past spring.
John M. Harrity was recently appointed to the Worcester Civic Center Commission, which oversees the operations of the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass. John writes, “My wife, Kathleen, and I are lifelong residents of Worcester. Currently I am President of Harrity Appliance Service & Parts Co., Inc. of Worcester. As a commercial real estate broker, I am also a Vice President of Kelleher & Sadowsky Associates of Worcester. We have three sons and a granddaughter.”
Ted Mija ’76 (right) sent in a photo of the official retirement of LtGen Craig Koziol, USAF, on June 1, 2012, which marked the end of an era for the Air Force, as the service retired the last uniformed airman who was once a part of the US Air Force Security Service (USAFSS), the original iteration of today’s Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Agency. Koziol is stepping down after 36 years in uniform as an intelligence officer. Since February 2009 he’s been deputy under secretary of defense for intelligence for joint and coalition warfighter support.
Jeff Papows, Ph.D., spent 25 years running large public software companies before he began an equestrian career in Show Jumping. After more than a decade of involvement in the sport, he decided to write a book about it. In 2011, Unbridled Passion: Show Jumping’s Greatest Horses and Riders was released. In May 2012 the book was awarded a bronze medal in the Sports/Fitness/Recreation category of the Independent Book Publishers Awards.
While visiting Hawaii from their home in Tokyo, Jim Noyes and his family spent time with their former neighbor from Waterloo, Belgium, John Greene (an NU Ambassador since 1986) at the home of Ian Greene ’88 in Kaneohe, Hawaii. Jim’s son Tyler is a member of the Class of 2016 and a rook in the Corp of Cadets.
Rick Sinnott and Parker Glasier ’90 recently got together at the Newport Naval Station Officers Club. Parker is a Navy Seal now assigned to the Naval War College. Rick is an Army Reserve JAG who was in Newport to train international officers in the law of armed conflict.
Author/videographer Ken Pottie has written and published Code Name Sonny, a spy novel/thriller based on his father’s experiences behind enemy lines during World War II. Ken spent 12 years in the military, leaving at the rank of major. His service included tours of duty as a company commander during Desert Shield and Desert Storm, earning the Bronze Star, Kuwait Liberation Medal, and Combat Air Medal. Ken writes, “My experiences as a United States Army combat company commander and a military history buff gave me insight to the workings of WWII operations and how they were conceived and accomplished.” You can read more about Code Name Sonny on Facebook and Twitter.
Mark Geist and Darla Koehn of Santa Barbara, Calif., were married on August 12, 2011, at the Crane Estate in Mark’s hometown of Ipswich, Mass. Also in attendance were Mark’s NU classmates Frank Joyce and John Perry.
Cindy Joubert (VC) wrote to let us know that her husband, Paul Joubert, completed a rehab stay following brain surgery on May 25, 2012, for excision of his second cancerous brain tumor. Cindy writes, “This July marks 11 years since his first brain tumor. He is now home recuperating and would love to hear from his classmates. ‘Joubs’ continues to inspire us all with his spirit!”
BG Burt K. Thompson, USA, was promoted to his present rank by Under Secretary of the Army Dr. Joseph W. Westphal, during a ceremony on April 13, 2012, at the Fort Myer Officers Club. On hand for the event were President Richard W. Schneider, Lance English, David Whaley ’76, and Clem Hourican. Burt’s last duty assignment was as Deputy Director for Operations with the National Military Command Center, J-3, Joint Staff in Washington. With his promotion he has been selected to serve as Deputy Commander of the 25th Infantry Division in Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.
While attending a Society of American Military Engineers Golden Eagle Dinner in Bethesda, Md., on March 28, 2012, COL Steve Miles, P.E., PMP, USA (Ret), David Abdelnour ’75, and Brian G. Balukonis, C.P.G. ’87 had their photo taken with The Honorable David Petraeus, Ph.D., Director of the CIA. The former Commander, NATO International Security Assistance Force and Commander, U.S. Forces, Afghanistan, was being honored by the Society and awarded the Golden Eagle Award for his outstanding contributions and support to the engineering profession and national security.
Shannon Caudill has been selected for promotion to colonel and will begin Air War College in July 2012. His book, Defending Air Bases in an Age of Insurgency, is scheduled for publication by Air University Press in late fall 2012.
John Harding sent in a photo taken at a checkpoint while he was patrolling the streets of Afghanistan with BG (P) Mike Shields ’84 and LTC Rob Urquart ’90. John writes, “We are all in Kabul working for the ISAF Joint Command bringing freedom to one of the darkest places on the planet. What a sad place.” Dave Brigham is also at ISAF.
In April, Tiki Archambeau became the City of Burlington’s (Vt.), new Progressive Party chairman. A Burlington resident since 2000, Tiki told the Burlington Free Press he “aims to preserve the party’s strength in Burlington, and to help it counterbalance interests of the Democratic and Republican parties.”
LT Lugo Steidel, USN, sent in a photo of himself and classmate Scott Whaley on board the USS NIMITZ. Lugo writes, “I am the ship’s psychologist and CDR Whaley is the exiting intelligence officer. It is not often you find two NU alums from the same year serving on the same aircraft carrier.” Since this photo was taken, Scott’s tour on board the ship has ended and he is currently working at the Pentagon.
Three Norwich alumni—Loren Lonczewski ’76, Dave Lanciano ’90, and Jason S. Hartling ’97—were on hand for a donor recognition program at East Catholic High School (ECHS) in Manchester, Conn., one of four Archdiocesan High Schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford. Loren is the parent of an ECHS grad; Dave is a 1985 ECHS alumnus and current parent; and Jason is the ECHS principal and chief administrator.
Daisy Sosa, Sarah (Beal) Lavoie ’04, Matt Lavoie, Nick Szlosek ’03, and Deanna Beattie ’04 participated in the New England Warrior Dash in June 2012.
ALL THE WAY HOME
Roger Knight’s first interview for a job with the Red Sox Foundation and Mass General Hospital Home Base Program in Boston, Mass., was via satellite phone from a remote region of Afghanistan. After he hung up, Knight ’01, a Special Forces Green Beret, was pretty sure that the job of Veterans Outreach Coordinator would be going to someone else. To his surprise he got a second call. Straight from the dust of war, he found himself in the huge, plush office of one of the owners of Red Sox Nation. And they offered him the job.
The program, which launched in 2009, is a collaboration between the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital. Aimed at New England-area service members, veterans, and families, the program provides free clinical care and support services to those affected by combat or deployment-related stress or traumatic brain injury. Through their efforts they hope to reduce the stigma of PTSD and help veterans find help so that “no one has to suffer in silence.” Today the program is being modeled by other teams in Major League Baseball, and Knight has been promoted to the Director of Veterans Outreach. Knight personally understands the issues involved in returning from war. He enlisted after September 11 because he didn’t want to “sit back here and watch my family, watch my buddies go to war,” and ended up deploying four times. Though he was honorably discharged in 2011, he sees his work with veterans as a continuation of service to the country, and credits Norwich for instilling the value of service before self. “In this job I feel like I am still serving,” he says.
LT Tory Allard graduated from the French Desert Survival course.
Matthew Corson and Stacey Pichardo Corson ’08 were married March 10, 2012, at the beautiful Waldorf Astoria in Key West, Fla. The two met in 2004 when Stacey was a freshman in the Corps and Matthew was her cadre. Matthew’s youngest brother Andrew, currently a Norwich senior, served as best man, and Tahina Montoya ’08 served as a bridesmaid.
CLASSES OF 2007, 2011, 2012
Patrick “Gene” Enriquez sent in a photo of three Norwich alumni and three current students taken last May at Camp Strela, Krivolak Training Area, Macedonia. Gene writes, “The Vermont National Guard sent 40 soldiers and airmen to Macedonia to participate in NATO Exercise Cooperative Lancer 2012, a training event for Peacekeeping Operations. It was highly successful.” The alums were 1LT Cory Ryder ’11, Platoon Leader; SGT Brett Johnson ’12, Fire Team leader; and CPT Patrick “Gene” Enriquez, OIC. Current students included Jordan McCarthy, rifleman; PV2 Daniel Broderick, rifleman; and PFC Erick Fulton, rifleman.
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Ross L. Bailey, along with fellow sailors aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99), recently departed for a scheduled deployment in support of maritime security operations and build on maritime partnerships. They are deploying to the 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility as part of an ongoing rotation of U.S. forces supporting maritime security operations in international waters around the globe.
1LT Nick Cimler and Bethany Arsenault were married in Fayetteville, N.C., in October 2011. An executive officer with the 82nd Airborne out of Fort Bragg, N.C., Nick is currently deployed to Afghanistan at FOB Pasab in the Zhari district of Kandahar Province.
This past May, Gregory Sammons was honored with a Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service at Alfred State University in Alfred, N.Y. As Chief of the University Police, Gregory has led his department to accreditation with the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, developed curriculum for campus emergency preparedness and trained personnel, produced a training video that was shared with other SUNY units, and facilitated grants that allowed Alfred State to acquire new emergency sirens.
Mark Christian wrote to let us know that his son, 1LT Nicolas Christian, received a Purple Heart and Bronze Star after his last tour in Afghanistan. In addition, on March 12 Nicolas was promoted to his present rank. Mark writes, “We are very proud of his legacy with Norwich and I believe he honors you all well.”
Brenna Ward and Joshua Preve were married June 22. Joshua works for the town of Northwood, N.H., and Brenna works for Mascoma Corp. in Lebanon, N.H.
Shaina Curran is competing in the USMC Marathon (AKA “The People’s Marathon”) in Washington, D.C., on October 28, 2012, in honor of her late friend and classmate, 1stLt Kyle J. Mason, USMC, who died in a motorcycle accident on 9 December 2011, just weeks prior to deploying to serve at Joint Security Academy Southwest (JSAS), Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan. Shaina hopes to reach her goal of $1,000, all of which will be donated to The Wounded Warrior Foundation in loving memory of Kyle, a recent graduate of Field Artillery Officer Basic Course (Fort Sill, Okla.) assigned to the 11th Marine Regiment (Camp Pendleton, Calif.) in June 2011. If you would like to contribute to Shaina’s cause or learn more about the USMC Marathon, contact her directly at email@example.com, write her at 11 Gorham St. Apt. 5, Allston, MA 02134, or call her at 508-246-8094.
Logan DeJohn has an internship at the Department of Public Works in Greenwich, Conn., and is currently creating a design competition for the town to host for Low Impact Development of specific sites in Greenwich. He requests that any communications be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
CGCS Program Notes
Dano Kraig Fernandez M’07, a compliance investigator for the State of Nevada, has recently retired from state law enforcement service and accepted a position with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Enforcement Removal Operations (ERO), Criminal Alien Division (CAD), Law Enforcement Support Center (LESC) at Williston, Vt. Dano is staying busy with doctoral studies in public policy and administration with specialization in homeland security policy and coordination at Walden University. He expects to graduate from doctoral studies in June 2014. Dano writes, “My his new job with DHS is a dream come true going back to where I started as a Cadet student and now an alumnus.”
Jonathan Allen ’94 worked with Eric Poulin M’09 for two weeks in India and China. Eric is currently living in the Albany area and would like to get in touch with other alums there. You can connect with Eric on LinkedIn.
CPT Krisjand Rothweiler M’09 and his wife, Patricia, welcomed the birth of Alexis Rose on April 15, 2012, in Weiden, Germany, while Krisjand was stationed at Grafenwoehr Training Area. Recently selected for promotion to major, Krisjand has been PCS’d to Washington, D.C., to attend the National Intelligence University in the Master’s of Strategic Intelligence Program.
Robin Gomez M’08 has been appointed Hospital Administrator for Alvarado Hospital Medical Group.
Richard S. Hilton, Jr., M’10 graduated in December 2010 from the MSOL program. Richard writes, “I would like to take this time to thank you for the education I received at Norwich University. I have just been promoted from Assistant Director of Residential Life to Associate Director of Residential Life at Brown University, and I believe the many skills I received from your program helped me achieve this accomplishment.”
Dr. Michael Sharpe M’97 has dedicated most of his professional career working on programs in urban centers that positively impact children in the areas of education and mental health. He is currently the CEO of Jumoke Academy in Hartford, Conn. In his spare time he enjoys racquetball, chess, kibitzing about politics, gardening, and cruising to warm climates. Michael was recently named a 2012 “Man of the Year” by Connecticut’s African American Affairs Commission.