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CPT Kevin W. Mott ’07 2014 Nininger Award Recipient

Like thousands of graduates before him, CPT Kevin W. Mott ’07 accepted an offer to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point because he “wanted to make a difference.” What a difference he has made, especially while fighting in Afghanistan as a platoon leader with the 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment (“No Slack”), 101st Airborne Division during Operation Strong Eagle III. Anticipated to last just a few days, this mission to clear an insurgent stronghold in the Kunar Province turned into a nine-day battle against a well-fortified enemy. “Their command and control ability was amazing,” said Mott. “Before we moved down the mountain to clear the Kalats, they mobilized unseen into the hills and spread out across 10-15 kilometers worth of terrain.”

On the first day of the mission, March 27, 2011, his unit was ambushed as soon as it lost its air support after a storm moved into the valley. Eleven soldiers in his platoon’s lead section were cut off and under heavy fire from all directions. Three were shot. Mott radioed in the casualties. He then put himself in the line of enemy fire so that his pinned fire team could move to a better position. Finally, getting to a position where he could see the enemy (less than 50 meters away), he called in indirect fire, effectively suppressing the enemy. “This went on for nine days,” said Mott, “with something bad happening in the mission every day.” Full Story


Sheairs ’79 Named Executive Director

Joseph M. Sheairs Sr. ’79, a veteran executive with more than 35 years of experience in aviation, engineering, technology and business, today was named the new executive director of the Stockton Aviation Research and Technology Park by the board of trustees of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

Sheairs is a graduate of West Point and the New Jersey Institute of Technology and holds degrees in engineering and computer sciences. In 2009-2010, he served as interim executive director and then deputy executive director of the Next Generation Aviation and Technology Park, a precursor to the Stockton ARTP.

According to a news release, Sheairs was instrumental in securing the Virginia Tech Federal Aviation Administration Unmanned Aircraft Systems test site designation, which includes work in southern New Jersey. Stockton College and Stockton ARTP are members of the Virginia Tech team known as the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership, which is helping to test unmanned aircraft systems. Read More

O'Neil ’85 Releases Sci-Fi Military Book

glory main vincent henry oneilHarper Voyager Impulse is issuing a call to arms: we aim to launch and support a brilliant new science fiction author, and his riveting new work of speculative fiction:  GLORY MAIN (eBook ISBN 9780062359186, $2.99; print ISBN 9780062359193, $5.99) by talented writer Henry V. O’Neil.

His novel, GLORY MAIN, was selected by editor Kelly O’Connor from among thousands of manuscripts submitted during Harper Voyager’s unprecedented open call for new talent.

The author’s own experience in the military arena adds a patina to the work: O’Neil served as a US Army Infantry officer, and he holds a Bachelor’s degree from West Point. O’Connor asserts, “We’ve seen that military SF readers can appreciate when the author speaks from personal knowledge.”
About the book: We are closer to the Sims than we think
For decades, mankind has been locked in a war with an alien enemy that resembles the human race so closely they are known as the Sims. Both sides battle for control of habitable planets across the galaxies—often at any cost.

Lieutenant Jander Mortas is fresh out of officer training and new to the war zone but eager to prove himself. There's just one problem: disaster strikes while he's traveling to his first assignment. He wakes to find himself marooned on a planet that appears deserted, with the only other survivors: a psychoanalyst, a conscientious objector, and a bitter veteran of a brutal slave-scout detachment. As the group struggles to reach safety on a nearby base, Glory Main, they discover a Sim colony—which could mean their salvation, or their demise.  Thrown together, they must fight the harsh elements, an ever-present enemy, and possibly each other.

HENRY V. O’NEIL is the name under which award-winning mystery novelist Vincent H. O’Neil publishes his science fiction work. A graduate of West Point, he served in the US Army Infantry with the Tenth Mountain Division at Fort Drum, N.Y. and the 1st Battalion (Airborne) of the 508th Infantry in Panama.

MG Darryl A. Williams ’83 Leading the War on Ebola

The man tapped by President Obama to lead the war on Ebola is a long-time Army leader who has experience on the battlefield, in Africa, and the medical arena. Major General Darryl A. Williams just took over command of U.S. Army Africa, in June, and on Tuesday it was announced that he would set up a command center in Monrovia, Liberia, and oversee as many as 3,000 military personnel who will help with training new health workers and setting up new facilities.

"He just arrived today and is now on the ground in Liberia," Obama said of Williams and "Operation Unified Assistance" on Tuesday. "And our forces are going to bring their expertise in command and control, in logistics, in engineering."

After graduating from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., in 1983, Williams became a field artillery officer and platoon leader based in Scheinfurt, Germany, according to his Army bio. He then had assignments in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, before being deployed to the Persian Gulf for Desert Shield and Desert Storm in the early 1990.

He later earned a master’s degree in leadership development at West Point, and served as a tactical officer for the U.S. Corps of Cadets. And from 1998 to 2000, under Bill Clinton, he served as Army Aide to the President of the United States.

After more leadership positions both stateside and in Germany, he served as the deputy director for "Comprehensive Soldier Fitness," and served as the Assistant Surgeon General for Warrior Care and Transition — a role in which he oversaw programs geared towards the well-being of soldiers returning from battle.

Vote for Joshua Sik '05 Project Green Light Video
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Vote for West Point Grad Joshua Sik, ’05, Excuse Me video. After his military service Joshua began making films as a director. The short film, titled Excuse Me, was chosen out of thousands to be in the top 20 of Project Green Light. The winner of the competition gets to direct a Hollywood feature film produced by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. To vote you will need a facebook account. Share on Facebook and help spread the word


Class of ’92 at The Stanford Tailgate

Class of 92 at the Stanford Tailgate

COL John Boulé ’86 Hired as Senior VP at Dewberry

John BouleDewberry, a privately held professional services firm, has hired John Boulé, PE, as senior vice president and manager of the firm’s New York City office. In addition to his operational responsibilities, Boulé will be focused on growing Dewberry’s already robust transportation, water resources, and facility engineering practice in the region. He will also seek to enhance Dewberry’s support of local, state, and federal agencies’ post-Superstorm Sandy rebuilding efforts and resilience initiatives in the northeast.

Boulé has more than 28 years of experience in the engineering industry, specializing in resilience, risk mitigation, water resources, environmental restoration, and infrastructure and facility services. His portfolio includes projects throughout the United States and abroad, such as Saudi Arabia, Germany, Iraq, and Korea. Prior to joining Dewberry, Boulé served as the vice president and resiliency director for Parsons Brinkerhoff, where he coordinated with local, state, and federal clients on the planning and engineering of large-scale resilience projects. He served in the U.S. Army from 1986 to 2012, attaining the rank of colonel before retiring. From 2009 to 2012, Boulé was commander of the New York District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In this role, he was responsible for the Corps’ water resource development, and regulatory activities in much of New York State and New Jersey, as well as parts of Vermont, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. The New York district is also responsible for the programming, design, and construction of Army and Air Force facilities in New Jersey, New York, and Greenland. As commander, he was responsible for the award and management of hundreds of contracts with an average annual value of over $1 billion.

“I am elated to join Dewberry as their New York City leader. With deep and diverse service lines, talented people and an enterprise-wide collaborative spirit, this firm is poised to expand the superb service we already provide to our valued clients across this market space,” says Boulé.

Boulé serves as a director of the Society of American Military Engineers, New York Post; is the vice chairman of the board of trustees at the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance; is a member of the board of directors of The Nature Conservancy’s Eastern New York Chapter; and serves on the NYSDOT liaison committee of the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York and is a member of the Association of the United States Army. He has presented and published articles at many conferences throughout the country and has received numerous awards and honors. Boulé has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He also has two master’s degrees from Stanford University in environmental fluid mechanics and hydrology, and structural engineering.

Class of 1960 Annual Appalachian Trail Hike

(L-R) “Viking” – an Air Force veteran on the Warrior Hike, John Sherden, ‘60 AKA “Crocodile Dundee”, Chan Duryea, ‘60 AKA “Duzzer”, and “Machine” – a Navy veteran on the Warrior HikeTwo members of the class of 1960 participated in the annual Appalachian Trail hike – John Sherden (AKA trail name “Crocodile Dundee”) and Chan Duryea (AKA trail name “Duzzer”).  Their hike was from Shelburne, NH to Andover, ME, and included the famously challenging Mahoosuc Notch, reportedly the most difficult and longest mile on the Appalachian Trail. Car-sized boulders, leap of faith drops, and narrow tunnels make even fast hikers slow down to a snail’s pace.  After completing the “Notch” and a few more miles, John and Chan were rewarded with visiting at one of the trail shelters with two recent veterans participating in the Warrior Hike – a therapeutic hike for returning veterans trying to put their combat experiences behind them.

Pictured in the photograph, left to right:  “Viking” – an Air Force veteran on the Warrior Hike, John Sherden, ‘60 AKA “Crocodile Dundee”, Chan Duryea, ‘60 AKA “Duzzer”, and “Machine” – a Navy veteran on the Warrior Hike.

Graham ’87 Receives Combat Awards

COL John GrahamCOL John Graham, a former Fort Bragg paratrooper and currently a USMA professor deployed to Afghanistan as an Afghan advisor and Deputy Commander for Regional Command Capitol, receives a Joint Service Commendation Medal and a Combat Action Badge from LTG Joe Anderson, Commander of ISAF Joint Command. Graham led an Afghan assault force in March to extract two American adults and an American child, then coordinated the evacuation of 28 Americans after an International Day Care was attacked in Kabul. (article shared on XVIII Airborne Corps Facebook page)

John Thresher Joins United Allergy Services as National Director of Sales

John ThresherUnited Allergy Services (UAS) a leading healthcare services company that enables family physicians pediatricians and health systems to deliver safe and effective allergy testing and customized immunotherapy services today announced that John Thresher ’98 has accepted the position of national director of sales. Thresher will be rejoining UAS after a brief stint as vice president of regional development at Airrosti Rehab Centers where he was responsible for all operational and marketing functions for a large group of healthcare providers in Texas. John previously served as regional sales manager for UAS from October 2012 to November 2013. As national director of sales Thresher will oversee the training strategy and direction of the UAS sales team.

"I have experienced firsthand United Allergy Services' commitment to providing exceptional support for its partner physicians as they seek to improve the health of their patients" said Thresher. "I look forward to helping execute the company's strategic initiatives to increase the scope of services performed within the primary care setting and expand access to safe and effective allergy care for millions of Americans."

"United Allergy Services is thrilled to welcome back John Thresher as national director of sales" said Nicolas Hollis UAS president and CEO. "His years of sales experience combined with a deep knowledge of the company and primary care settings as well as his leadership in the military will be instrumental in driving the company forward." Read More

Mike Urette has Been Named Board Chair

Michael UretteWest Point Alumni Mike Urette ’61 has been named board chair of the The John and Mabel Ringling Museum of Art Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors.

He will assume the role of chair at the board’s next meeting in October.Urette is the founder and chief executive of Great American Corporation in Tampa. The 32-year-old family-administered organization is a diversified real estate construction, development, and management company.

Urette has been active in the Tampa community for more than 30 years. He has held a variety of civic positions focused on the arts and support for the military. 

As Chairman of the Building Committee at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, he was responsible for over-seeing the construction of the Patel Conservatory.  Urette received the 2010 Impact Award from Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture & the Arts. Urette and his wife, Karen, are also donors to the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, the Tampa Bay History Center and the Tampa Theatre. 

He served as president of the local Military Affairs Committee, the West Point Society and Leadership Tampa Alumni. Urette is currently an active member of the American Committee on Foreign Relations, the Society of International Business Fellows, and the Tampa Yacht and Country Club. 

He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, and he holds Master Degrees in Operations Research and Economics from Indiana University. Urette has served on the Board at The Ringling since 2009 as a Chair of the Development Committee and the Budget, Finance and Investment Committee.

151 Years Later Cushing to be Awarded Medal of Honor

151 years later Cushing to be awarded Medal of Honor The White House announced on Tuesday it would award the Medal of Honor to an Army officer who distinguished himself during the Civil War Battle of Gettysburg more than 151 years ago.

Army artillery officer 1st Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing continued to issue orders despite being wounded numerous times in the bloody battle, and will receive the posthumous award on Sep. 15. According to the Washington Post, relatives of Cushing and others have spent decades lobbying on the soldier's behalf.

“First Lieutenant Alonzo H. Cushing will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously for his actions while serving as commanding officer of Battery A, 4th United States Artillery, Artillery Brigade, 2nd Corps, Army of the Potomac. Cushing distinguished himself during combat operations against an armed enemy in the vicinity of Cemetery Ridge, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on July 3, 1863.”

A graduate of West Point, Cushing was just 22-years-old when he was killed in the battle. On the battle's third day, Cushing's unit faced the Confederate "Pickett's Charge" and his artillery battery took heavy losses. Read More

Grad who Joined Ukrainian Army Unit Died in ‘Street Battle’

West Point Grad Mark Paslawsky died Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 while fighting with Ukraine’s volunteer force in Donbas A West Point graduate died Wednesday while fighting in an Ukrainian army unit near Donetsk. Mark Paslawsky, 55, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1981, but recently joined the Donbas volunteer battalion and has fought in the region since April.

Mr. Paslawsky, who went by "Franko" in a recent Vice News interview, told the news outlet "I'm of Ukrainian decent, and because of my parent's background, I'm entitled to immediate Ukrainian citizenship. So before I joined the battalion, I took on Ukrainian citizenship so I'd fight as a Ukrainian." Read More

West Point Exoskeleton Capstone Team Wins Innovation Award

West Point Exoskeleton Capstone TeamWest Point Exoskeleton Capstone Team is Awarded the 2014 Scott R. Clark Innovation Award: Team T-REX (Tendon-assistive Rigid EXoskeleton), made up of cadets and faculty Reported by Dean’s Institute of Innovation and Development from Civil & Mechanical Engineering was awarded the 2014 Scott R. Clark Innovation Award, which acknowledges a project that demonstrates an innovative approach to solving a problem of direct application to the Army. The team was made up of CDTs (now 2LTs) Ryan Polston, Meagan Latimar, Brandon Zwank, Adam Hamner, and Zachary Reichert, as well as faculty advisors Dr. Becky Zifchock and MAJ Amber Walker. Charged with designing a device that would assist the soldier in carrying that load, the 2014 West Point Exoskeleton Team looked to smart materials to take a novel approach. Rather than a traditional exoskeleton which transfers load to the ground, the team designed a small, lightweight device that spans the ankle joint to provide energetic assistance during the propulsive plantarflexion phase of gait. The energetic assistance is provided by Flexinol®, a thermal-reactive nickel-titanium alloy that is only microns thick. With improved metabolic efficiency the soldier can travel further, faster, and with decreased fatigue and injury susceptibility. In addition to their recognition by the Clark Innovation Award, the team’s work was also featured in the July – August 2014 issue of Popular Mechanics: Found here and on their website: here. POCs are Dr. Becky Zifchock: rebecca.zifchock@usma.edu, and MAJ Amber Walker: amber.walker@usma.edu

COL Coffin Takes Command of VA 116th Infantry Brigade

FORT A. P. HILL, Va. — COL. William J. Coffin ’88 took command of the Virginia National Guard's Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team from COL. John M. Epperly ’89, the 116th's commander since June 2012, at a change of command ceremony Aug. 2, 2014, at Fort A. P. Hill, Va. BG. Blake C. Ortner, the Virginia National Guard Land Component Commander, was the senior officer in the ceremony and passed the 116th's unit colors from Epperly to Coffin to signify the change of command of the unit...

Ortner described Coffin as the “right officer at the right time to continue to make a difference” and said “I can't think of a better officer to assume command from COL. Epperly. I am confident he will lead the Stonewall Brigade on to even greater things.”...

Over the past two years of Epperly's command, the brigade has been recognized as being in the top five BCTs across the Army National Guard nationally. In addition to honing combat readiness, the brigade has responded to several emergency missions for the Commonwealth of Virginia ranging from hurricanes like Super Storm Sandy to local floods and winter storms.

The 116th Infantry Regiment has been called into service during World War I, World War II, the Balkans and in Afghanistan and Iraq in support of Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn. The 116th was first organized Nov. 3, 1741, as the Augusta County Regiment of the Virginia Militia. The brigade traces its lineage directly from the Augusta County Regiment served under George Washington in the French and Indian War as part of the Virginia Regiment. Elements of the brigade also served during the Revolutionary War and fought in the War of 1812. The regiment also served in the Army of the Shenandoah under BG. Thomas J. Jackson, Jackson and his men earned the title “Stonewall” at the battle of First Manassas.

“As I look at our brigade colors today and see the battle streamers our generation put there, I see all of you In those colorful silk battle streamers, there's a little piece of immortality for all of us who were there in those faraway lands together,” Epperly said. “We are forever linked to all who came before us from 1741 to now and into the future.” Read More

Kate Kohler ’96 Announced Principal of Korn Ferry

Ms. Kohler's experience spans the financial services, defense and nonprofit sectors. Prior to entering the talent management profession, Kate worked as an executive in the financial services industry, most recently at the PenFed Foundation, a nationally recognized nonprofit organization working to meet the unmet financial needs of active duty, veterans and their families. As Chief Operations Officer and Corporate Senior Vice President, she led the foundation's executive management in partnership with PenFed Credit Union, a $16 billion financial services organization.

Previously, Kate served in business development roles in Institutional Business Development and Fund Marketing at Morgan Creek Capital Management, LLC and in Private Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley.
Kate is a U.S. Army veteran, with command experience at the platoon and company level in Kuwait, Bosnia and South Korea, culminating in the leadership of more than 200 United States and South Korean soldiers as a company commander.

She holds a master's degree in business administration from Harvard Business School and a master's degree in public administration from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. She earned a bachelor of science degree from The United States Military Academy at West Point. Originally from Towanda, Pennsylvania, Kate resides in Arlington, Virginia with her family.

Frank Janoski ’74 Named in 2015 Best Lawyers in America

Frank JanoskiLewis Rice is proud to announce Frank B. Janoski has been named to the 2015 Best Lawyers in America® annual list. Best Lawyers in America® compiles lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. Mr. Janoski has appeared in Best Lawyers every year since 2008. He is recognized for his work in intellectual property litigation and patent, trademark and copyright law.

Mr. Janoski focuses his Lewis Rice practice on intellectual property and commercial litigation. He has served as the lead trial attorney in many complex intellectual property litigation cases as well as in trademark, copyright and related issues before U.S. District Courts and U.S. Courts of Appeals. He is also licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Mr. Janoski regularly writes and speaks on topics regarding intellectual property, and has been a guest lecturer at Saint Louis University and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point on such topics. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the West Point Association of Graduates as well as its Audit Committee and as Chairman of its Board’s Governance Committee.

GEN McCaffrey Appointed to Excelitas Technologies Board

GEN Ret Barry McCaffreyExcelitas Technologies Corp., a global photonics industry leader today announced the appointment of General Barry McCaffrey, retired Four-Star General, to the company’s board of directors. In this role, General McCaffrey will provide Excelitas with strategic counsel as the company enters its next phase of growth.

“I am pleased to join Excelitas’ board of directors and look forward to working with the executive team,” stated General McCaffrey. “Having served in the United States Army in multiple tours of duty, I have a deep appreciation for Excelitas’ 50 plus years of support and leadership in mission-critical programs through their technology expertise.”

General McCaffrey attended Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts, and graduated from West Point with a Bachelor of Science degree. He earned a master's degree in American Government from American University and attended the Harvard University National Security Program as well as the Business School Executive Education Program.

In 2007, he was inducted into the US Army Ranger Hall of Fame at the US Army Infantry Center, Ft. Benning, GA. In May 2010, he was honored as a Distinguished Graduate by the West Point Association of Graduates at the United States Military Academy. Read More

Leaders Conference Wrap-Up

Class of 1967 West Point Alumni Leaders Conference

2014 Leaders ConferenceApproximately 350 West Point leaders of all stripes returned to the Academy from August 13 to August 16 for the Class of 1967 West Point Alumni Leaders Conference, and there was something for everyone on the agenda. The conference formally opened with remarks from LTG (R) Larry Jordan ’68, Chairman of the West Point Association of Graduates Board of Directors. Jordan discussed the state of the Association and outlined some of his goals as chairman, which included strengthening the relevance of WPAOG, supporting the Academy’s diversity initiatives and drafting WPAOG’s next strategic plan. “We need to think about organizational and succession planning, or building our bench of future leaders and advisors,” Jordon said. He then gave four orders to the assembled leaders: “learn, meet, share and enjoy.” Read More.

Alumni Named Among Best Lawyers in US

Robert D. Boyd ’73ATLANTA, Aug. 18, 2014 – Boyd Collar Nolen & Tuggle, LLC is pleased to announce the inclusion of all four of the firm’s named partners among Best Lawyers in America for 2015. Robert D. Boyd ’73, John L. Collar, Jr., Richard M. Nolen and Jonathan J. Tuggle are recognized by the guide as leading lawyers in the area of family law. One of the oldest and most distinguished legal directories, Best Lawyers conducts peer-review surveys to compile its annual list of top attorneys across several practice areas.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers in America has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because its research is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 36,000 leading attorneys cast almost 4.4 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in the guide is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers in America “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

Bryan Simon '97 Recipient of Warren D. Bowman, MD Award

Bryan Simon '97 climbing medicine columnist for Wilderness Medicine magazineBryan Simon, USMA Class of 1997, is the recipient of the 2014 Warren D. Bowman, MD award presented at the Wilderness Medical Society's annual meeting in Jackson Hole, WY. This prestigious international honor was awarded for his contributions in services to wilderness medicine and to the Wilderness Medical Society.

After leaving the service, Bryan co-founded Vertical Medicine Resources, a medical guiding and consulting team dedicated to providing training and support for climbing and mountaineering expeditions around the world. In addition to his work with Vertical Medicine Resources, Bryan is also the climbing medicine columnist for Wilderness Medicine magazine and was recently named to the editorial board of the journal Nursing.

Grads Help Cadets to do AIADs in Vietnam

CDTs Kiselica '16 & Boye '15 with Mr. Desmond Acheson“Grads in the West Point Society of Singapore have been setting up AIAD opportunities for cadets in SE Asia for the past three years.  This summer, two cadets did AIADs in Vietnam with Banyan Tree Group.  The cadets worked with Banyan Tree’s corporate social responsibility operations and were based out of Cu Du Village, Loc Vinh Commune, Phu Loc District in Thua Thien Hue Province.  This was the second year that Banyan Tree hosted cadets for AIADs.  Tremendous support for the AIAD was provided by Banyan Tree’s Area General Manager, Mr. Desmond Acheson, and the Group HR Director, Mr. Timothy Cheong.  Banyan Tree’s Chairman, Mr. Ho Kwon Ping, served as a senior mentor last year at the McDonald Cadet Leadership Conference.

William H. Roof ’76, Ph.D. to Chief Operating Officer

Dr. William H. RoofIn his new role as Chief Operating Officer, Dr. William H. Roof ’76 will be responsible for the sales, customer service, information technology and enterprise wireless departments of the Company and will report directly to President and Chief Executive Officer Nelson Ludlow, Ph.D.

Dr. Roof has more than 30 years of engineering experience in the civilian and military sectors. Since leaving the Company in 2011, he served as Chief Technology Officer at TechFlow, Inc., where he managed a new division of the company providing a broad range of engineering services to Fort Huachuca in Arizona and a variety of other government agencies. Prior to his earlier tenure at the Company, from 2004 to 2009 he was Vice President of Research and Development at IntelliDOT Corporation, a healthcare information technology/patient safety product development company. He also served as a Captain in the United States Navy (Naval Intelligence), specializing in force protection and counterterrorism as a credentialed federal agent of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). Dr. Roof is a veteran of Operations Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

His earlier civilian employment positions include Vice President, Research and Development at Cardinal Health, Program Manager at Lear Siegler and Senior Systems Engineer at Litton Industries. He holds a B.S. degree in engineering from the United States Military Academy, an M.B.A. from Loyola Marymount University and a Ph.D. in software engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School. Read More

John G. Powers ’88 Upstate NY Super Lawyer

John G. PowersJohn G. Powers ’88 has been selected as an Upstate New York Super Lawyer for 2014. Mr. Powers is a partner in the Litigation Practice of the Syracuse, NY-based law firm of Hancock Estabrook, LLP, which is currently celebrating its 125th Anniversary. He litigates complex commercial lawsuits in federal and state court, as well as before administrative tribunals and arbitration panels. Mr. Powers represents a wide range of clients including manufacturers, general contractors, municipalities, publicly and privately-held corporations of all types, lenders, and small businesses. He is experienced in product liability litigation, construction litigation, intellectual property and trade secret litigation, and complex contractual and intra-corporate disputes. Mr. Powers is admitted to practice in New York. Prior to becoming an attorney, he served for five years on active duty in the United States Army as an Infantry Platoon Leader, Executive Officer, and Operations Officer.

Senate Confirms McDonald as VA Secretary

West Point Graduate, Robert A. McDonald, named new CEO at P&G (photo, Business Courrier)The Senate confirmed Robert McDonald ’75 to head the Department of Veterans Affairs on Tuesday, one day after congressional leaders cobbled together a $17 billion funding bill to help reform the agency and expand care.

Mr. McDonald takes over as VA secretary after little debate or opposition and a 97-0 confirmation vote on the Senate floor. Last week, he faced a friendly hearing before the Committee on Veterans' Affairs where he fielded few questions and was lauded by many on the panel.

Mr. McDonald, 61 years old, is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy. He left the Army as a captain before beginning a 33-year career at Procter & Gamble Co., culminating in the role of CEO, which he held from 2009 to 2013.

“As a veteran himself and a proud member of a military family, Bob is deeply committed to serving our veterans and their families," said President Barack Obama in a statement. "And as an executive with decades of private-sector experience, he is uniquely equipped to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, and to help change the way the VA does business.”

Grad Appointed Dir of Development for Monastic Congregation

Sister Nancy Rose Gucwa, OSB, a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in Clyde, Missouri, was recently appointed director of the congregation's development officePhoto: Sister Nancy Rose Gucwa ’80, OSB, a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in Clyde, Missouri, was recently appointed director of the congregation's development office.

(CLYDE, Mo.) Sister Nancy Rose Gucwa, OSB has been named director of development for the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in Clyde, Missouri. Sister Nancy Rose grew up in Richmondtown on Staten Island and graduated from Susan Wagner High School. She was a member of the first class that admitted women to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and graduated with a degree in general engineering in 1980.

Sister Nancy Rose later earned a master’s of business administration degree from Golden Gate University. After she completed her commitment to active duty, she spent several years in the banking and finance industry, including working in St. Louis from 1992 until her entrance into the monastery in 2006. She retired from the U.S. Army Reserves in 2008.

She made her first monastic profession with the Benedictine Sisters in 2009 and her final monastic profession in 2013. She has worked in the correspondence department for many years, helping with annual mailings and answering prayer requests, and assisting with donor relations in the development office.

She will continue her work in correspondence while managing the development office. As director, she will coordinate donor relations, consult with investment professionals and oversee charitable giving for all of the congregation’s monastic communities across the country.

“I am deeply honored to have been entrusted with the responsibility of inviting all people to share in our ministry of prayer for the world,” Sister Nancy Rose said. “We welcome everyone to bring us their prayer intentions or experience our Benedictine hospitality at our monasteries in Clyde or Tucson, Arizona.”