Class Notes – Winter 2017
Fred Pacione reports that the class held its 38th annual golf event on June 17, 2016, at the Wachusett Golf Club in West Boylston, Mass. Dick D’Elia, Lynn Olmsted, Nate Palmer, Bob Goldstein, Glen Osberg, Brendan Cleary, Peter Bryant, Don Fawcett, and fellow alumni from the Classes of 1962 and 1965 were in attendance. Special thanks to Dick and Lynn for arranging the event.
Jane Ackley VC’66, Phil Ackley, and Joe Milano met up for lunch and to get caught up on old times before attending their 50th reunion. (See photo.)
Tony Sussmann writes, “The years 1967, 1968, and 1969 were peak years for U.S. troop deployment to Vietnam. As a result, many NU66 graduates (along with late ’60s Norwich classes) served in Southeast Asia. Last June, in order to instill patriotism in my grandsons, I took a road trip from Louisiana to Washington, D.C., to visit the graves of relatives buried at Arlington National Cemetery , and to take them to the various war memorials, including the Vietnam Wall. Five NU66 alumni died as a result of the war, the highest number of casualties for any NU class. Three of them are on the Wall: John Lyon, John Godfrey, and Stephen Carr. John Jablonski and Freddy Sherwin also died, but their names do not appear. It was sad seeing those names that you knew personally 50 years ago. I didn’t know they would allow mementos temporarily on the wall or I would have stuck their class picture by their name!” (See photos.)
John Mulhern writes, “Here is a mini-reunion picture of a few of us 1969 graduates who gather annually at Ed Hackman’s summer home in Wolfeboro, N.H. This one was taken last August.” (See photo.)
Steve Egan sent in a photo of his grandsons, Thomas (6) and William (2), possible cadets in the classes of 2032 and 2036. Steve writes, “Note the soccer ball (I played in my time at Norwich) and the Norwich note pad on Thomas’s desk. For transparency, the bottom of the soccer ball has a beer – bottle opener so it fits into long-standing Norwich traditions.” (See photo.)
Frank Gunning writes, “Does anyone know the exact day we arrived on campus in 1967 to begin our Norwich ‘education?’ It has been 49 years, and I can still hear the whistles blowing (or is it my tinnitus?). If anyone can remember that far back, please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gary Stebbins writes, “We hosted a student sendoff in July at Harrison Park in Lawrence, Ind. Pictured are incoming freshmen (l-r): Max Eden, Eric Sandlin, Brandon Summers, and Jacob Scott. Jacob is from Ohio and came to our sendoff since no club currently exists in Ohio. (See photo.)
Jack Keefe writes, “In March 2016, a group from the class conducted an amphibious landing on the shores of the Bahamas (at Fowl Cay). The weeklong event commemorated 46 years of friendship from their rook days in September 1970. The group meets annually at different destinations; this year’s trip was highlighted by a swim in the famous ‘Thunderball’ Grotto featured in the James Bond movie of the same name. Attending were Rico Petrocelli, Stevie Mahoney, Bookie Boland, Butchie Lamarre, Mac O’Dowd, Steve Palli, Jimbo Scott, Billy Cantwell, and myself. Not present, but truly not forgotten, was Michael ‘Tuna’ Lynch, whom we lost prior to this trip. He will always be a part of us.” (See photo.)
On August 6, the New York Yankees honored Harold Amodeo P’79, GP’12 & GP’16 for his service in World War II. Harold was a second lieutenant stationed in South Africa, Sicily, Italy, and France. He is the father of 1979 NU grad Joe Amodeo and grandfather of NU grads Allissa Amodeo ’12 and Arianna Amodeo ’16. Joe writes, “Dad lives with me and will turn 100 on November 5.” (See photo.)
In October, Maj. Gen. Tom Bussiere assumed command of the 8th Air Force. A command pilot with more than 3,300 hours in the T-38, F-15C, and B-2, Tom led F-15C combat missions during operations Southern Watch and Vigilant Warrior, and B-2 combat missions during operations Allied Force and Iraqi Freedom. (See photo.)
Cedric George was recently promoted to major general in the USAF in the company of his family and several Norwich buddies. (See photo.)
In June, Patrick McKeen, his son Colin, and four other members of Boy Scouts of America Troop 262 from Flower Mound, Texas, completed a six-day backcountry trek through Rocky Mountain National Park just north of Denver. Patrick writes, “The picture was taken atop the Continental Divide, elevation 12,300 feet.” (See photo.)
Michelle Raimondo-Danielson sent in a photo of herself and some of her classmates celebrating their milestone birthdays in Lorton, Va. Joining Michelle were Teresa M. Perez, Barbara Eberle, Carol Cluff and Jennifer Ledbetter. (See photo.)
Col. Jim Fallon sent in a photo of himself and Col. William McCullough ’91 with their wives attending a Derby Day party at Camp Pendleton, California. (See photo.)
Lt. Col. Peter Mushovic graduated from the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pa., on July 22, 2016, with a master’s in strategic studies. A past commander of the Vermont Army National Guard, Peter has served for 26 years and been deployed twice to Afghanistan. He resides in South Hadley, Mass. (See photo.)
Commander Kirk A. Lagerquist ’95 presented a U.S. flag to his brother Lt. Col. Erik J. Lagerquist on the occasion of Erik’s retirement from 24 years of active duty with the U.S. Air Force. The flag was flown in Erik’s honor over the UP at Norwich on July 1, 2016. He and his family have moved to Ft. Worth, Texas. (See photo.)
Thomas Zignich writes, “My wife and I would like to introduce Martin Alexander Zignich, NU Class of 2037!” (See photo.)
Mark Denton took over command of the 309th Military Intelligence Battalion, 111th MI Brigade, in a ceremony on Chaffee Parade Field at Ft. Huachuca, Arizona, on June 10, 2016. (See photo.)
In August, Hilary (McElroy) Coons graduated “with distinction” from Capella University with a Doctor of Public Administration. Her dissertation, “Participatory Action for Accessing Civic Engagement Implications: Outcome-based Evaluative Case Study,” was based on her research of the relationship between social capital and community-based civic groups. She and her husband, Maj. Jacob Coons ’01 & M’12, live in Connecticut with their three children. Hilary currently serves as vice president of the NUAA and also leads the NU Club of Connecticut. (See photo.)
U.S. Army Maj. Nicholas Milkovich and his wife, Debra, announce the birth of their third daughter, Julia Claire, on July 6, 2016. Two weeks later, Nicholas deployed from Ft. Bragg for his fifth tour of Southwest Asia, where he will be stationed until mid-April.
Jason Oliveira has been promoted to the rank of captain at American Airlines. He is flying the E-190 based out of Philadelphia International Airport.
Julie (Sledz) Luft and her husband, Dave, are proud to announce the birth of their son, Nathan Alexander, born July 26, 2016. (See photo.)
Kenny Alexander made history last May when he became the first African American in Norfolk history to be elected mayor of the city. A student in Antioch University’s PhD in Leadership and Change program, Kenny took office on July 1, 2016. He has spent the past 20 years in public service, most recently as a state senator in Virginia. In addition to his public service, Kenny serves as president of Metropolitan Funeral Service in Norfolk.
On Oct 9, 2016, Stephanie Thompson of Sandwich, Mass., ran the Chicago Marathon, reaching her goal of finishing a marathon in all 50 states. She has also run marathons in Asia (Great Wall), Africa (Kilimanjaro), South America (Machu Picchu), and Antarctica (King George Island). She plans to complete marathons in Europe and Australia, qualifying her for the elite “Seven Continents Club.” Stephanie served four years active duty in the Navy and currently serves in the Inactive Ready Reserve. A certified running coach, she is head coach of the Sandwich STEM Academy girls cross-country team.
Michael Ohrenberger recently passed the bar in North Carolina after graduating from Elon University School of Law.
Lt. Junior Grade Benjamin Desotelle is serving as the main propulsion division officer aboard the Navy destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52), operating out of Yokosuka, Japan, the U.S. Navy’s farthest forward-deployed naval base, located 35 miles south of Tokyo. Commissioned in 1992, the USS Barry is an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer and the fourth USN ship named after the “Father of the American Navy,” Commodore John Barry (1745–1803).
On August 6, 2016, Tanner Jones married Kayla Flowers in Chapel Hill, N.C., in the presence of many rook buddies and former cadre. (See photo.)
At the beginning of August, U.S. Marine Cpl. Kevin Thibault, Capt. Joe McCarthy ’08, and U.S. Navy Chaplain Lt. Matt Westcott ’97 worked together at Camp Grayling, Michigan, to help complete operation Northern Strike 2016, the largest joint – forces operation in the country. Kevin and Joe transported troops, cargo, and over 10,000 rounds of ammunition. Kevin writes, “The commandant of the Marine Corps was present and gave his thumbs up to the success and combat readiness of the 25th Marine Regiment.” (See photo.)
On September 23, 2016, Carter Allen Manning/ graduated from Basic Sensor Operators School in San Antonio. A civilian student and cybersecurity major while at Norwich, Carter joined the Tennessee Air National Guard in 2015, graduated from Basic Military Training in 2016, and is now an MQ-9 Reaper Sensor Operator for the U.S. Air Force with the Tennessee Unit.
On July 27, 2016, a “rubble pile” in Essex, Vt., brought together Lt. Col. Christopher A. Emmons (New Mexico Military Institute ’88, ’90, and NUCGCS ’13) and 1st Lt. Anne Turner (NMMI ’13, NU’16). The two met for the first time during Operation Vigilant Guard, a Joint Regional Exercise Program. Hosted by the Vermont National Guard, this U.S. Northern Command and National Guard training initiative offered a learning environment whereby players responded to various simulated disasters, such as an epidemic outbreak, earthquake damage, radiological contamination, and a cyber incident. Christopher is assigned as the Plans & Training Officer (S-3) with the 198th Regional Support Group, Arizona Army National Guard, and Anne is assigned as the Executive Officer of Bravo Company, 572nd Engineer Battalion (Combat Engineers), Vermont Army National Guard. (See photo.)