UNH ROTC Hall of Fame Inductees have participated in the Air Force or Army ROTC programs at the University. They are selected for outstanding service to Country, the State of New Hampshire, and/or the University of New Hampshire. Each inductee is honored with a glass etching, certificate, and plaque. The plaques are permanently displayed in the UNH ROTC Hall of Fame at Zais Hall.
Brigadier General Stephen M. Seay graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1968. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Army. In addition to participating in the Army ROTC program, he played on the UNH men’s basketball team. Steve also holds a Master of Science Degree from North Carolina State University.
Brigadier General Seay held a wide variety of command and staff positions during his 33-year Army career, culminating as Commanding General, Joint Contracting Command-Iraq/Head of Contracting Authority, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq, and Program Executive Officer for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI), Orlando, Florida. He served as Program Manager for a Joint system, headed the Joint Target Oversight Council and was Commanding General, Simulation, Training and Instrumentation Command (STRICOM) of the Army Materiel Command.
Earlier in his career, he served as a Field Artillery Officer. Brigadier General Seay commanded at all levels, culminating as V Corps Artillery Commander, United States Army, Europe. He served as Chief of Staff, United States Army, Europe (Forward) and National Security Element, Taszar Hungary, during Operation Joint Endeavor. He held operational, resource management, operations research and acquisition positions, as well as serving as Military Assistant to the Secretary of the Army during three tours on the Department of the Army staff.
Since leaving active military service in 2005, he incorporated Seay Business Solutions, LLC. With that company, Steve Seay provided expertise in high technology modeling, simulation, training and education, mission command, and cyber operations. In addition, he joined the Board of Directors of eMagin Corporation, New York. He served as an Executive Officer of Army Division at The Spectrum Group and is also an Associate at The Spectrum Group in Alexandria, Virginia. Brigadier General Seay was selected to join the Proxy Board of Quantum 3D, Governmental Systems, Milpitas, California. He is also the Secretary of the National Modeling and Simulation Coalition.
In 2016, Steve Seay became Director, Leadership and Career Development Strategies at the University of Central Florida Department of Athletics. In that role; he mentors, coaches, and advises students and student-athletes about career development opportunities in academia, government, and industry. With a passion for basketball and his alma mater, he recently endowed a student-athlete scholarship for men’s or women’s basketball at the University of New Hampshire.
Steve Seay serves on the Board of Directors of the Kid’s House of Seminole County, Florida (child advocacy) and Orlando Science Center. He is also the President of the Central Florida Veterans Memorial Park Foundation, Inc.
For outstanding leadership to the United States Army and meritorious service to community and the University of New Hampshire, Brigadier General Stephen M. Seay is inducted into the ROTC Hall of Fame.
Lieutenant Colonel William C. Hazen grew up in Henniker, New Hampshire. In high school, he was a star basketball player and during his senior year, he led his team to the NH State Championship at the field house in Durham. He attended the University of New Hampshire and graduated in 1958. Bill earned a degree in Business Administration and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Army.
During his military career, Lieutenant Colonel Hazen graduated from Airborne School, Jump Master School, and was awarded the Senior Parachutist Badge. He was also a graduate of Ranger School and Pathfinder School. Lieutenant Colonel Hazen was selected to join the relatively new and elite Special Forces (Green Beret) and served with two separate Special Forces units during his tours in Vietnam. He was awarded the Combat Infantryman's Badge and Bronze Star for his service in Vietnam. After his second tour of duty in Southeast Asia, he was handpicked to staff, equip, and field the 1st Airmobile Division (now 1st Cavalry) at Fort Benning, Georgia. This unit revolutionized modern combat, utilizing helicopters to swiftly move troops and equipment around the battlefield. His awards and decorations also include the Air Medal.
In the latter part of his career, Lieutenant Colonel Hazen completed a two-year tour at Yongsan in Seoul, Korea. He had a strong desire to return to New Hampshire and serve the University and the State he loved. Subsequently in 1976, he was selected as the Professor of Military Science and Commander of Army ROTC at the University of New Hampshire. Lieutenant Colonel Hazen served as the PMS for four years and made significant improvements to the ROTC program, as he led the training and education of aspiring young officer candidates. His educational credentials include a Master’s Degree in Vocational Counseling from Shippensburg State University, a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from UNH, and completion of the Command and General Staff College.
Lieutenant Colonel Hazen taught his sons the importance of serving our Country. All three of his sons served in the United States Army. Ted was a career Aviation Warrant Officer with combat service in Iraq, Larry as a commissioned Engineer Officer with combat service in Iraq, and Mike as a commissioned Aviation Officer.
Lieutenant Colonel Hazen retired from the Army in 1981. His late wife Judy had a private practice as an occupational therapist and saw patients across southern New Hampshire, in hospitals and private homes. Bill managed the administrative parts of her practice after his retirement. They also operated a small retirement home out of their residence in Durham. For a time, Bill Hazen also worked as a volunteer at a veteran support organization helping survivors of active duty servicemen obtain benefits. Bill was active in the Congregational Church in Rye, NH, and is still an active member of the church in Kittery Point, ME, where he has served in many leadership positions.
For meritorious service to the United States Army and leadership of the Army ROTC Program at the University of New Hampshire, Lieutenant Colonel William C. Hazen is inducted into the ROTC Hall of Fame.
Lieutenant Colonel Armand C. Francoeur graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1965. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Hotel Administration and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the US Army Signal Corps. His educational credentials include a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Plymouth State College and completion of the Command and General Staff College.
After receiving his commission through UNH ROTC, Lt Col Francoeur entered active duty as a Corps Signal Officer, VI Corps, Battle Creek, MI. Less than a year later, he was assigned as a Platoon Leader, B Company, 54th Signal Battalion, Republic of Vietnam (RVN). As a field operations platoon leader, he provided personnel training and first level maintenance for tactical command and control circuits, communications center services, photographic services, cable systems, and air messenger services. He was next assigned as Detachment 11 Commander in Pleiku, RVN, leading the efforts of 50 soldiers in a combat environment. Later, Lt Col Francoeur was selected as Commanding Officer, 167th Radio Relay Company. Reassigned stateside to the Army Signal School and Center, Ft. Monmouth, NJ; he performed duties related to Advanced Individual Training for Signal Corps soldiers. His active duty service ended in September of 1968.
Lt Col Francoeur was assigned to the 1034th US Army Reserve School (USAR), Manchester, NH, from 1972-1987. He performed duties as an Instructor, MOS subjects and as Instructor, Officer Advanced Course. As he progressed in rank and became part of the command staff; he served as S-3, responsible for unit planning, training, and operations. Subsequently, Lt Col Francoeur was assigned to the National Communications Systems, Defense Systems Agency, from 1988-1993. In that role, he performed duties in support of National Defense Policy regarding continuity of government. He retired from the US Army Reserve in December of 1993. His awards and decorations include the DOD Meritorious Service Medal, Army Meritorious Service Medal, Commendation Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Achievement Medal, and Vietnam Cross of Gallantry.
Lt Col Francoeur also made contributions to the State of New Hampshire. He served in Operations and Executive Management for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NH from 1972-1987. He was also CEO of NH Auto Dealers Health Insurance Trust, from 1989-1992. His leadership efforts continued in health care from 1993-2005, serving as Vice President of Operations/General Manager of Administration for Delta Dental of RI. Lt Col Francoeur also served as President of the Bow PTO and Spaulding Memorial Credit Union, as well as in positions supporting the Episcopal Church in NH. He also contributes as a member of the NH Employer Support of Guard and Reserve Committee.
Lt Col Francoeur has impressively served the University of New Hampshire. He has served as the Class of 1965 Treasurer, from 1985 to the present. He chaired the 20th, 25th, 35th, and 40th Class Reunions and co-chaired the 50th Reunion Committee. Lt Col Francoeur is a Brother, Sigma Beta Fraternity. He has also served on the UNH ROTC Advisory Board for over a decade, supporting the Air Force and Army ROTC Programs.
For meritorious service to the United States Army, the US Army Reserves, and the University of New Hampshire, Lieutenant Colonel Armand C. Francoeur is inducted into the ROTC Hall of Fame.
Colonel Richard A. Spaulding was born in Exeter and raised in the New Hampshire seacoast area. He attended Portsmouth High School and served as class president. He enrolled at the University of New Hampshire and participated in Army ROTC, where he served as Company Commander in the Corps, while simultaneously serving as a Master Sergeant in the Army National Guard. In addition, Col Spaulding was a two sport athlete participating in Wildcat football and track. Following graduation from the University of New Hampshire in 1957, he received his US Army Commission in the Infantry and attended the Infantry Officer’s Basic Course at Fort Benning, GA.
Col Spaulding’s initial duty was in Korea followed by reassignment to Fort Dix, NJ, where he commanded his first Infantry Company. Subsequently, he received a Regular Army Commission in the Military Police (MP) Corps and was reassigned to the 716th MP Battalion as an Operations Officer. From 1963-1966, Col Spaulding was assigned to US Army Alaska, where he commanded the 56th MP Company. During the Alaskan earthquake of 1964, Col Spaulding was assigned to Continental Army Command (CONAC), where he developed three separate training guides for company level commanders for Army-wide distribution.
In 1968, Col Spaulding deployed to the Republic of Vietnam where he was assigned as the Provost Marshal for the 199th Light Infantry Brigade. While serving in combat, Col Spaulding was awarded the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm, the Vietnam Civilian Action with Palm, the Vietnamese Honor Medal, and the Bronze Star Medal. From 1975-1977, he commanded a Military Police Battalion at Fort Riley, KS. Following Battalion Command, Col Spaulding was reassigned to the United States Army Criminal Investigations Command as the Director of Operations, exercising worldwide supervision and coordination. He retired in May 1981 after 30 years of dedicated service in the United States Army.
Col Spaulding’s awards and decorations also include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, and the Parachutist Badge. His military education includes the Infantry Officer’s Basic Course, Military Police Advanced Course, the Command and General Staff College, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. In addition to his Bachelor’s Degree from UNH, he holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from The American University, Washington, DC.
Throughout retirement, Col Spaulding continued to support the University of New Hampshire and the local community. From 1982-1983, he was an assistant football coach at UNH, before moving to Saint Thomas Aquinas High School in Dover, NH. While at Saint Thomas, he became the head football coach and served as athletic director. In those roles, he continued to develop future leaders, many of whom went on to serve in the Armed Forces. Col Spaulding has enjoyed his retirement, attending Wildcat sporting events and spending time with family, whose UNH academic ties transcend four generations.
For outstanding leadership and dedication to the United States Army and service to the State of New Hampshire, Colonel Richard A. Spaulding is inducted into the ROTC Hall of Fame.
Colonel J.C. Allard was commissioned in January 1974 through the ROTC program at the University of New Hampshire, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History. His outstanding leadership and abilities were displayed during many military assignments that included Tank Platoon Leader, Reconnaissance Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, Logistics Officer, and Company Commander with 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; Troop Commander, 5th Cavalry Squadron, and Chief of Instruction, 1st Armor Training Brigade, Fort Knox, Kentucky; Public Affairs Officer, 2nd Support Command (Corps), Nellingen, Germany; Adjutant, 3rd Brigade, 9th Infantry Division, Executive Officer, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry, S3, 3rd Brigade, 9th Infantry Division, and S3, 199th Infantry Brigade (Motorized), Fort Lewis, Washington; and Public Affairs Officer for the United States Army Armor Center and School, Fort Knox, Kentucky. During these assignments, he also earned a Master of Science Degree in Mass Communication from Boston University. In June 1992, Colonel Allard assumed command of 2nd Squadron, 12th Cavalry Regiment at Fort Knox. Subsequently, he was selected to command the New England Recruiting Battalion located at Brunswick Naval Air Station, Brunswick, Maine from July 1994 to July 1996. After graduating from the Army War College, Colonel Allard was posted as the Theater Public Information Officer for the NATO Stabilization Force in Bosnia-Herzegovina from August 1997 to February 1998. Upon his return to the United States, he assumed duties as the G3/Director of Operations, Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security for the United States Army Armor Center at Fort Knox.
Colonel Allard commanded First Region (ROTC) from 14 January 2002 until its inactivation in 2004. He was responsible for the Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps program in 16 eastern seaboard states as well as the District of Columbia, Panama, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Germany and Italy. Colonel Allard was in charge of the largest number of colleges, high school programs, and the largest number of cadets of any region. Simultaneously he was also Commander of First Brigade, First Region (ROTC), USA Cadet Command from June 2000 to October 2004, and was responsible for all Army Reserve Officer Training Corps programs in the seven northeastern states of USA, from Maine to Upstate New York. His brigade included 21 senior ROTC battalions with more than 2200 cadets in programs at over 90 universities and colleges; as well as 36 JROTC programs with more than 5000 high school cadets. He retired from active duty in October 2004 after more than 30 years of service.
Following retirement Colonel Allard worked for the defense contractor MPRI designing course material for the Foreign Military University at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. In July of 2006 he accepted a position as Chief of Advertising and Public Affairs for the U.S. Army’s New England Recruiting Battalion. He served in this capacity until 2013. At that time, he was elected to the Carpenter Library Board of Trustees in Pittsfield, NH, and is now Chair of that Board. In April 2016, he appointed as a Pittsfield Selectman to help manage the affairs of the town in which he resides. He represents the Board on the Wellness Coalition, the Economic Development Committee, Emergency Management Committee, and serves as a negotiator with the labor unions representing town employees. For over a decade, Colonel Allard served on the UNH ROTC Chapter Advisory Board and was key member in the planning and execution of the UNH Veterans Day/Hall of Fame Ceremony.
His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Army Achievement Medal, and Recruiter Badge.
For outstanding leadership and service to the United States Army, the State of New Hampshire, and the University of New Hampshire, Colonel J.C. Allard is inducted into the ROTC Hall of Fame.
Colonel Edward A. Facey graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1962 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. Following his commissioning as a second lieutenant, he attended Undergraduate Pilot Training at Craig AFB, Selma, Alabama. Subsequently, he qualified as a pilot in the B-52 Stratofortress and was assigned to the 509th Bomber Squadron, Eglin AFB, Florida. He was selected Regular Officer in 1965 when he was promoted to captain. He flew the B-52 bomber from 1965 to 1969, upgrading to aircraft commander. During this period, Colonel Facey served two 6 month tours in Southeast Asia and flew 150 combat mission during the Vietnam War. He was awarded the Air Medal and 5 devices for meritorious achievement during aerial flight. After separating from active duty, he continued to serve the military in the New Hampshire Air National Guard from 1969 to 1992. At Pease AFB, he flew the C-124, C-130, and the KC-135 as each aircraft was stationed at the airfield. In addition to stellar aviation skills, he displayed outstanding leadership and management as a Director of Operations, Squadron Commander, and Chief of Staff. He was awarded the New Hampshire National Guard Distinguished Service Medal. During his service to the Air National Guard, he completed Air War College studies in National Security Management. He retired from the military in 1992 after 30 years of service.
In his civilian career, Colonel Facey worked for American Airlines and flew commercial aircraft from 1969 to 1999.As a commercial pilot, he operated Boeing 727, 757, 767 and Airbus A300 aircraft.He retired as an American Airlines captain in 1999 after 30 years with the company.His total civilian and military flying time is more than 20,000 hours.
Colonel Facey also serves as a member of the NH Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). He was an ESGR military liaison from 1990 to 1992. After that, he continued in that organization as Ombudsmen Director and as a member of the Executive Board. His contributions helped promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers and resolve conflict arising from an employee’s military commitment. After 9/11, his ESGR work greatly increased with concerns on rights and responsibilities, pre-mobilization and deployments, and the family support program. He served the ESGR program for over two decades.
In the local community, Colonel Facey coached football, baseball, and hockey.He was the Winnicunnet High School lacrosse coach from 2009 to 2011.His contributions and interest in sports carried over to Durham where he was an avid UNH Wildcat sports fan.He also supported UNH and his class by serving on the Reunion Execution Board for the Class of 1962.In addition, four of his five sons graduated from the University of New Hampshire.
For meritorious service to the United States Air Force, New Hampshire Air National Guard, and the University of New Hampshire, Colonel Edward A. Facey is inducted into the ROTC Hall of Fame.
Colonel Colleen M. Ryan graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Technology. Following her commissioning from the AFROTC program, Colonel Ryan attended Undergraduate Navigator Training, Mather AFB, California. After earning her navigator wings, she was assigned to the 55th Weather Reconnaissance Squadron at McClellan AFB, California. Colonel Ryan was subsequently selected to be a Special Air Mission (SAM) Navigator in the 89th Airlift Wing at Andrews AFB, Maryland. Her aviation skills resulted in highly successful missions supporting the Department of State and DOD agencies, as well as instructor and evaluator qualifications.
As she progressed in rank and responsibility, she served in staff positions at Air Force and major command level. As a staff officer on the Air Staff, she was in charge of worldwide Air Force Advance Agent support to the President of the United States. She served a joint tour at Cheyenne Mountain Air Station, including mission director, where she was responsible for worldwide attack warning, space defense, surveillance and control. Colonel Ryan served as Chief, Commander’s Action Group, Headquarters United States Air Forces in Europe and as Commander, 89th Operations Support Squadron, Andrews AFB. In addition, she served as Commander, 100th Mission Support Group, RAF Mildenhall, England. During these staff and leadership assignments, she earned a Master of Science Degree in Aerospace Science Technology from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University as well as a Master of Strategic Studies from the Air War College. In 2004, Colonel Ryan took command of the 88th Air Base Wing where she commanded the largest wing in the Air Force with more than 5000 officers, enlisted, Air Force civilians and contractor employees. She was the first female to be Commander, 88th Air Base Wing and Installation Commander at Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio. In those roles, she led support and services at the largest, most diverse, and most organizationally complex base in the Air Force. Her scope of responsibility included a major acquisition center, research and development laboratories, a major command headquarters, an airlift wing, and the world’s largest military air museum. She retired from active duty in 2008 after 26 years of service.
In her civilian career, Colonel Ryan became the President of Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio in May of 2011. She also served as Vice President of Defense Programs at The Dayton Development Coalition and has been a director since 2012. She serves as a Member of the Governing Board at the Dayton Foundation and served as a Trustee at Dayton Children’s Hospital.
Colonel Ryan’s awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Commendation Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal with bronze star. She has a master navigator rating with over 3,400 flying hours in the T-43, WC-135, C-135, and VC-137 aircraft.
Colonel Ryan commanded with distinction. For outstanding leadership and service to the United States Air Force, Colonel Colleen M. Ryan is inducted into the ROTC Hall of Fame.
Brigadier General Peter L. Corey received his commission in May 1983 through the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of New Hampshire. After receiving his commission he served on active duty for six years. While on active duty he was assigned to Fort Sill, Oklahoma; Bamberg, Germany; and Fort Bragg, North Carolina. From 1995 through 2011, he served as an Active Guard Reserve Officer with the New Hampshire Army National Guard in a multitude of assignments. He commanded units at all levels and served in staff positions at battalion, brigade, and above. As Commander, Joint Task Force Granite, he was responsible for New Hampshire’s response to Hurricane Katrina Relief Operations in Louisiana. In 2006 General Corey mobilized as the Senior US Military Officer in support of the United Nations Peace-keeping mission in Monrovia, Liberia. After a brief return to NH, General Corey deployed to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia again as the Senior US Military Officer in support of a UN Peacekeeping mission. He assumed command of the 197th Fires Brigade in January of 2008. On September 11, 2010, he deployed to Kuwait as Commander of the 197th Fires Brigade with the largest contingent of New Hampshire Soldiers deployed since WWII. In September 2011 General Corey became the Director, Joint Staff of the New Hampshire National Guard. He was responsible for the supervision and management of the Joint Staff with special emphasis on Homeland Defense/Homeland Security, the State Partnership Program, and Service Member and Family Services. General Corey served as The Adjutant General’s primary staff officer for all matters related to Domestic Support Operations and coordinated with State and Federal agencies accordingly. Brigadier General Corey also served in a dual-hat assignment starting in October 2012. He served as Deputy Commanding General for US Army Africa. In this role General Corey annually planned and directed two multi-national exercises in Africa. He also executed Senior Leader Engagements and participated in other activities with US State Department and African leadership on the continent of Africa. In September 2014 General Corey deployed with US Army Africa to Monrovia, Liberia in Support of Operation United Assistance, the US military response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. He retired effective 1 October 2015, after more than 30 years of distinguished military service.
General Corey earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from UNH. Later, he received a Master’s Degree in Community Economic Development at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester. In addition, he also attended the Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, and he earned a Master of Science, Strategic Studies.
General Corey’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters), the Joint Service Commendation Medal (with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster), the Army Commendation Medal (3 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Achievement Medal (with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal (with 1 Bronze Service Star), the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, The Armed Forces Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the United Nations Medal (with 1 Bronze Star), and the Parachutist and Air Assault Badges. His foreign awards include the National Order of Valor from Cameroon and the Distinguished Service Medal from El Salvador.
For outstanding leadership and service to the United States Army and the New Hampshire National Guard, Brigadier General Peter L. Corey is inducted into the ROTC Hall of Fame.
Lieutenant Colonel Lee W. Sheedy graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics. He was a 4-year Air Force scholarship cadet and served as Corps Commander in the ROTC program. Following his commissioning as a Distinguished Graduate, Colonel Sheedy attended Undergraduate Navigator Training, Mather AFB, California. After earning his navigator wings, he was selected for the E-3A Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) program and flew many worldwide reconnaissance missions while assigned to Tinker AFB and Kadena AB, Japan. Colonel Sheedy was next selected for Undergraduate Pilot Training, Williams AFB, Arizona, where he earned his pilot wings and the Officership Award. Subsequently, Colonel Sheedy was assigned to McGuire AFB, New Jersey, as a C-141 pilot. He flew missions throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Africa providing troops and supplies to forces around the world. His aviation skills resulted in highly successful missions supporting the Department of State and DOD agencies, as well as an instructor qualification at a pilot. As he progressed in rank and responsibility, he was selected for duty at Headquarters, Air Mobility Command (AMC), Scott AFB, Illinois. As the primary planner for AMC Senior Commander Conferences, he set the highest standards of excellence for distinguished visitors. In addition, he provided briefings to over 4,000 military and civilian personnel about the airlift mission. While at Scott AFB, he also earned a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Development from Webster University. As a result of proven leadership skills, he returned to McGuire AFB to serve as a C-141 operations officer for the 13th Airlift Squadron. In that capacity, he managed 200 aircrew members and their global support to contingency and humanitarian operations. Colonel Sheedy was then selected as Professor of Aerospace Studies and Commander, AFROTC Detachment 475, at the University of New Hampshire. In that role, he taught leadership and management and supervised the training and education of aspiring young officer candidates. He retired from active duty in January 2000 after 20 years of service.
In his civilian career, Colonel Sheedy became a teacher at Spaulding High School in Rochester, New Hampshire. He earned his certification in Secondary Mathematics, and he has taught Algebra and Geometry for over a decade to over a thousand students. In addition, he played a major role in a NH Department of Education program called Performance Assessment of Competency Education (PACE). He has become a teacher-leader in this first-in-the-nation accountability strategy that offers a reduced level of standardized testing together with locally developed common performance assessments. In addition, he has also mentored a UNH intern and is a collaborative teacher in the UNH Education 500 program, which provides valuable insight into the educational environment for future teachers.
After retirement, Colonel Sheedy continued to serve on the UNH ROTC Chapter Advisory Board. In that role, he was key member in the development of the UNH Veterans Day/Hall of Fame Ceremony. He organized Advisory Board meetings, coordinated with the ROTC cadre and cadets, and served each year as the point of contact for all inductees and their families. His planning and coordination for over 15 years has ensured Veterans are remembered and accomplishments of UNH ROTC graduates are spotlighted.
Colonel Sheedy’s awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Air Medal (with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters), the National Defense Service Medal, the Air Force Organizational Excellence Award, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, and the Combat Readiness Medal. He is a command pilot with over 5,000 flying hours.
For meritorious to the United States Air Force, the State of New Hampshire, and the University of New Hampshire, Lieutenant Colonel Lee W. Sheedy is inducted into the ROTC Hall of Fame.
Major Edward F. Mullen graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1962, earning a BA in Political Science. He was a Distinguished Graduate in the UNH Army ROTC program and commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Army, Infantry Branch. He was initially stationed at Ft Lewis in Tacoma, Washington and assigned to the 4th Infantry Division. After completing officer training school and parachute training school at Ft Benning Georgia, Major Mullen returned to Ft Lewis and spent the next two years as an infantry officer, serving as a platoon leader and assistant company commander training in guerilla warfare. In 1964, he entered aviation school in Dothan, Alabama and completed fixed wing pilot training. His next assignment was in Furth, Germany in an aviation unit. While in Germany, the Vietnam War continued to escalate. Major Mullen transitioned into helicopters and then shortly after was assigned to Vietnam. He arrived in South Vietnam on January 1st, 1967 assigned to the 162nd Aviation Helicopter Company in Phouc Vinh. He supported the 2nd Brigade in the area around Saigon flying a UH-1D, better known as the UHEY. He flew over a 1000 hours during the first eight months and was a platoon leader the majority of the time. He was assigned in August 1967 as the Assistant S-3 for the battalion for his remaining time in country. During his tour in Vietnam, Major Mullen received the Distinguished Flying Cross (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Bronze Star, and Air Medal (with 21 Oak Leaf Clusters). He returned to the United States at the end of 1967 and was assigned to Ft Wolters, Texas as an instructor in the ground school at the primary helicopter training school and eventually as a flight commander in charge of flight instruction of new pilots. In January 1968, he resigned his commission after 7 ½ years on active duty.
Major Mullen returned to NH after his military service, where he started a career as a financial advisor with the MassMutual Financial Group. Over the years, he has continued to be involved with the University of New Hampshire and served on the board for many years of the UNH 100 Club which financially supported the men’s athletic scholarship fund. He became President of the organization and in that role helped develop an endowment fund to provide athletic scholarships to student athletes. In addition, Major Mullen was involved in the initial development of the Hall of Fame for recognition of outstanding men and women athletes at the University. Over the years this eventually became the Wildcat Athletic Council and combined both men and women athletics for financial support for the student athlete. Having played both football and hockey while at UNH, he enjoyed continued involvement with UNH athletics. He was also involved in the fund raising effort for the Whittemore Center.
Major Mullen has also worked as a financial advisor to individuals and business owners since returning to NH. He has been actively involved in the financial services industry in NH and served as President of the NH Chapter of Financial Services Professionals along with being President of the General Agent and Managers Association. In 1984, he was appointed as General Agent for the MassMutual Financial Group in Northern New England. In 1992, MassMutual launched a program to support family business centers through local colleges and universities. With this effort, he approached the University Foundation at UNH with the idea of developing a Center for Family Business as an outreach program to assist family businesses going through transition from one generation of ownership and leadership to another. It has been a very successful outreach program for the University and the State of NH. The program is now a part of the UNH Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics. In addition, he continues to provide financial advice to family businesses throughout NH.
For outstanding service and dedication to the United States Army, the State of New Hampshire, and the University of New Hampshire, Major Edward F. Mullen is inducted into the ROTC Hall of Fame.
Major General Paul L. Ayers serves as Air National Guard Assistant to the Commander, Air Education Training Command. He is responsible for advising and assisting the Commander and staff on formulating, developing and coordinating policies and programs impacting more than 106,000 Air National Guard members. General Ayers ensures mission requirements of the 88 Flying Wings and 88 Support Units are considered in the planning and execution phases of the Air Education Training Command.
During his tenure at the University of New Hampshire, General Ayers was a member of the UNH AFROTC program and received a 2-year scholarship. He served as the AFROTC Corps Commander and graduated Magna Cum Laude as an ROTC Distinguished Graduate in 1981, earning a BA in Mathematics. Following his commissioning, General Ayers attended Undergraduate Pilot Training at Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma. After receiving his wings, he was assigned to the 25th Flying Training Squadron as a T-38 Instructor/Evaluator Pilot. He was then assigned to the 94th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia where he served as an F-15 Aircraft Commander/Instructor, Flight Commander, and 1st Tactical Fighter Wing Safety Officer. General Ayers was subsequently assigned to the United States Air Force/Canadian Forces Exchange Program where he served as an F-18 Aircraft Commander/Instructor with the 425th Squadron, Bagotville Air Base, Quebec. He transferred to the Rhode Island Air National Guard in 1993. General Ayers served at the 143rd Airlift Wing as a C-130 Aircraft Commander, Command Post Controller, 143rd Airlift Squadron Commander; 143rd Operations Group Commander; and Assistant Adjutant General for Air, Rhode Island Air National Guard. He also served in a dual hat capacity as the Air National Guard Assistant to the Commander, 24th Air Force. He is command pilot with over 4,500 flight hours.
General Ayers has deployed in support of the Global War on Terrorism. He commanded the 746th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait. He also served two tours as a C-130J Aircraft Commander at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar.
General Ayers earned a Master of Business Administration, Strategic Leadership and was a member of the Air National Guard Strategic Planning System from 2008-2011. He was part of a body of general officers responsible for developing a future plan for the Air National Guard and advising the Director of the ANG and Chief of the National Guard Bureau. General Ayers was appointed the Northeast Regional Chairman. In 2011, he coordinated and chaired an annual conference including all of the New England states, New York, and New Jersey. The conference significantly improved relations and coordination between New England and Northeast region states, enhancing their ability to respond to emergencies and natural disasters.
General Ayers’ awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal (with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster), the Air Medal, the Aerial Achievement Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal (with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster), the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (with Valor and 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters), the National Defense Service Medal (with 1 Bronze Service Star), the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal (with 1 Bronze Service Star), the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
For outstanding leadership and service to the Air National Guard and the United States Air Force, Major General Paul L. Ayers is inducted into the ROTC Hall of Fame.
Lieutenant General Peter M. Vangjel was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Field Artillery following graduation as a Distinguished Military Graduate from the University of New Hampshire ROTC in 1977. As a lieutenant he served in various assignments in Cakmakli, Turkey, and Fort Bragg. As a captain he commanded field artillery batteries at Fort Bragg and in Germany as well as a recruiting company in Ohio. During Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, LTG Vangjel served with 1st Battalion, 27th Field Artillery as the Battalion Executive Officer. After attending Command and General Staff College, he served as the Executive Assistant to the Director, Strategy, Plans, and Policy, J-5, the Joint Staff. He then took command of 5th Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery (MLRS) at Fort Sill from July 1994 to July 1996. After command, LTG Vangjel served as the Field Artillery Colonels Assignment Officer at Human Resources Command.
He attended the National War College in 1998, followed by a second tour at Fort Bragg where he served as the Senior Plans Officer in the 1st Battlefield Coordination Detachment, XVIII Airborne Corps, and later took command of the 18th Field Artillery Brigade (Airborne) in June 1999. After brigade command, LTG Vangjel served as the Chief of Staff, 1st Infantry Division in Germany through July 2003. He then returned to the United States where he was assigned as the Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Recruiting Command, Fort Knox. He took command of the XVIII Airborne Corps Artillery in 2004 and later deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom as the Effects Coordinator for Multi-National Corps-Iraq through February 2006. Following his tour in Iraq, LTG Vangjel served as the Director, Strategy, Plans, and Policy, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7 in Washington, DC.
In September of 2007, LTG Vangjel assumed command of the Fires Center of Excellence and Fort Sill and served as the Commanding General until August of 2009. LTG Vangjel then became the Deputy Commanding General of Third Army/ United States Army Central, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait in September 2009. LTG Vangjel served as Deputy Commanding General from 2009 until September of 2011. During that two year deployment he served in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kuwait. After returning to the United States, LTG Vangjel was nominated and confirmed to serve as The Army’s Inspector General. On 14 November 2011, LTG Vangjel became the 64th – The Inspector General of the United States Army. LTG Vangjel returned to UNH last spring, where he supported Army ROTC as the keynote speaker for the 2013 Commissioning Ceremony.
LTG Vangjel’s military awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters, Legion of Merit with 3 oak leaf clusters, the Bronze Star Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters, the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge, the Army Staff Badge, the Recruiting Badge, and the Master Parachutist Badge.
For outstanding leadership and service to the United States Army and the University of New Hampshire ROTC, Lieutenant General Peter M. Vangjel is inducted into the ROTC Hall of Fame.
Brigadier General John G. Pappas graduated from the University of New Hampshire and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1966. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army Corps of Engineers. His civilian education includes Master’s Degrees in Public Administration and Justice from Golden Gate University, while his military education includes the Command and General Staff College and the Army War College.
BG Pappas had a distinguished career in the United States Army Reserves and contributed to the Armed Forces in many command and staff positions. He served as a Platoon Leader, 100th Combat Engineer Company, Vietnam. He subsequently was the Executive Officer, 2nd Battalion Center Brigade, Fort Belvoir, Virginia. BG Pappas also served as the Operations Officer, 368th Engineer Battalion, 94th ARCOM. As part of the 1034th USAR School, he contributed as an Officer Advanced Course Instructor and the Director of Enlisted Courses. As a member of the 76th Division, he advanced through the ranks as Battalion Commander, Executive Officer, Brigade Commander, Commandant of the 1035th USAR School and 76th Training Command, Assistant Division Commander and ultimately Commanding General of the 76th Division. In many key positions, BG Pappas provided the leadership needed for the 76th Division to conduct infantry one station unit training, basic rifle marksmanship training, as well as conduct basic and support training and command of Combat Support units in New England, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. His 30 years of service culminated in selection for Major General, and his retirement in 1996 followed the deactivation of the 76th Division.
His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, US Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with four oak leaf clusters, National Defense Medal with Silver Star, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device.
BG Pappas also made many contributions to the State of New Hampshire. As a probation and parole officer, he provided a systematic approach to classification needs, risks, and pre-sentence investigations as directed by the NH Court System. He also handled public relations and training responsibilities. He retired from this civilian job in 2001. BG Pappas also served as a member of the NH Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Committee (ESGR) for over 27 years, with volunteer positions on the Boss Lift Committee, Training Officer, and Region One Chair starting in 1995. His contributions were instrumental in support to the ESGR goal to support employers who share their employees with the nation to ensure national security. After 9/11, his ESGR work greatly increased with concerns on reserve rights and responsibilities, pre-mobilization and deployments, and the family support program. BG Pappas also served as President of the NH Chapter ROA and NH Chapter AUSA, as well as being the ROTC Chairman.
For outstanding leadership and service to the United States Army Reserves and the State of New Hampshire, Brigadier General John G. Pappas is inducted into the ROTC Hall of Fame.
First Lieutenant William Y. Doran was born and raised in Holyoke, Massachusetts. He participated in the Army ROTC program and was commissioned a second lieutenant upon graduation from the University of New Hampshire in 1962. While at UNH, he played freshman lacrosse, served in the Student Senate, and was elected president of his class as a sophomore and remains in that position today.
After completing the Army’s Infantry Officers Basic Course at Ft. Benning, Georgia, in March of 1963, Lieutenant Doran qualified as a parachutist and subsequently as a rotary wing aviator at then, Camp Wolters, Texas. He was selected to attend the “Tiger Program” as one of two hundred and forty pilots trained in low level, nap of the earth navigation and gunnery at Camp Wolters and at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. Assigned as a helicopter pilot to the 2nd Armored Division at Ft. Hood, Texas, he participated in a number of large scale Army exercises including “Air Assault Two,” the testing of the airmobile concept in 1964, which evolved into the 1st Air Calvary Division. Lieutenant Doran was then transferred to the 1st Infantry Division in early 1965. He deployed with the division’s aviation battalion to the Republic of Vietnam shortly thereafter. In Vietnam he was assigned to the 52nd Combat Aviation Battalion and served at Ban Me Thout and Pleiku, where he flew combat assault, re-supply, and medical evacuation missions. His decorations include the Air Medal and Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.
Upon discharge from the Army, William Doran entered on duty as a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau in March of 1966. He conducted primarily criminal investigations in Tennessee, Florida, and Wisconsin. In 1972, subsequent to the death of J. Edgar Hoover, he was selected to serve in the new and controversial unit known as The Office of Planning and Evaluation at FBI Headquarters. The mission of his office was to conduct an in-depth, overall review of the policies and procedures of the Bureau and to recommend and implement appropriate changes. As he rose in rank, William Doran served in many roles to include Personnel Officer of the FBI and Inspector, Deputy Assistant Director, of the Laboratory Division. For the last eight years of his career, he was the Special Agent in Charge of the Criminal Investigations Division of the FBI’s New York Office. In the latter position, he was instrumental in the successful resolution of a number of high-profile investigations including the February 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center and John Gotti/ Gambino Crime Family case.
In retirement, William Doran has operated his own security and investigative consulting business. He remains a supporter of the UNH ROTC Program and has devoted time and attention to the several reunions of the UNH Class of 1962, as well as raising money for various university projects.
For meritorious service to the United States Army, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the University of New Hampshire, First Lieutenant William Y. Doran is inducted into the ROTC Hall of Fame.
Lieutenant General Mary A. Legere is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and was commissioned through ROTC as a Second Lieutenant in May 1982. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from UNH. Her military education includes Intelligence Officer Basic and Advanced Courses. LTG Legere has two Masters Degrees from the United States Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and the United States Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania.
LTG Legere’s military career began as a platoon leader in Germany for three years followed by attendance at the Military Intelligence Officer’s Advanced Course. She commanded a Military Intelligence Company in Korea which would become the first of seven assignments to the Republic of Korea. She has also served in various assignments in the United States with the Fourth Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colorado, and First Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas. During her tour as a Battalion Commander with the First Cavalry Division, LTG Legere deployed her Battalion to Bosnia- Herzegovina during the 1990s. She served in Army Level Staff assignments during the years prior to 9/11. Post 9/11 assignments for LTG Legere included serving in Korea from June 2002 to January 2008 as a Brigade Commander for two years followed by senior level positions within the United Nations Command in Korea. Immediately following her five and a half years in Korea, she served in Iraq for eighteen months as the Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Multi-National Force-Iraq. LTG Legere served as the Commanding General of the US Army Intelligence and Security Command from September 2009 to March 2012. In April 2012, LTG Legere became the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, G-2, Headquarters Department of the Army, Washington, DC.
LTG Legere’s awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Parachutist Badge and the Army Staff Identification Badge.
LTG Legere returned to the University of New Hampshire last spring. She supported the Army ROTC program as the keynote speaker for the 2012 Commissioning Ceremony.
For outstanding leadership and service to the United States Army and the University of New Hampshire ROTC, Lieutenant General Mary A. Legere is inducted into the ROTC Hall of Fame.
Brigadier General Ronald M. Bouchard's military career began when he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Regular Army. His source of commissioning was ROTC at the University of New Hampshire. He attended UNH on a four-year ROTC scholarship and graduated in 1977. BG Bouchard's military education includes Airborne School, the Signal Officers Basic Course, the Communications-Electronics Signal Officer Course, the Signal Officers Advance Course, the Combined Arms Service Staff School, the Command and General Staff College, the Joint Professional Military Education Course, and the United States Army War College. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UNH and a Masters of Business Administration from Syracuse University.
BG Bouchard’s military assignments included serving as a Battalion Signal Officer in the 2nd Battalion, 37th Armor Regiment in the 1st Armored Division. Subsequent assignments included service as a Squadron and Brigade Signal Officer in the 2d of the 10th Air Calvary Squadron, and the 2d Infantry Brigade of the 7th Infantry Division. He commanded a Company in the 127th Signal Battalion of the 7th Infantry Division. Following his assignment in the 7th Infantry Division, he served as both the Operations and Executive Officer of the 304th Signal Battalion, 1st Signal Brigade. He commanded the 307th Signal Battalion and served as the Deputy Commander of the 516th Signal Brigade. As a Colonel, he served as the Director, Resource Management, US Army Air Defense Artillery Center and Fort Bliss; Chief of Staff, US Army Cadet Command; Commander, 1st Signal Brigade/G6 Eighth US Army/Korea Region Chief Information Officer; and Executive Officer to the Commander, UNC/CFC/USFK; and Deputy Commanding General, US Army Signal Center, Fort Gordon, Georgia. BG Bouchard served as the Director for Communications System (CS), J6, United States Pacific Command, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii. While in this position, he was responsible for communications systems across the largest regional combatant command. In his final assignment, he was the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-6, United States Army Forces Command, Fort McPherson, Georgia.
BG Bouchard's awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Legion of Merit with 3 OLC, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with 6 OLC, the Army Commendation Medal with OLC, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal with OLC, and the Parachutist Badge.
BG Bouchard retired from Active Duty on 1 January 2011. Two days later, he began work for NCI Information Systems, a leading provider of IT and professional services and solutions to US Federal Government agencies. He is the Senior Vice President, Deputy General Manager for the Army and Intelligence Sector.
For outstanding leadership and service to the United States Army and our National Security; Brigadier General Ronald M. Bouchard is inducted into the ROTC Hall of Fame.
First Lieutenant Scott Francis Milley was born in Boston, MA, on 26 March 1987. He grew up in the Cambridge and Sudbury areas. Scott earned his diploma from Sudbury High School in 2005, where he was a hockey star at the school. He subsequently pursued his college education at the University of New Hampshire. While attending the University, he played rugby and participated in Army ROTC. In the ROTC program, Scott was recognized by the Department of the Army as a superior cadet and also attended the basic airborne course at Fort Benning, GA, receiving his Basic Parachutist Badge. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a 3.3 grade point average. Upon graduation in 2009, Scott Francis Milley was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Army and designated a Distinguished Military Graduate.
Following his graduation from UNH, Scott Francis Milley entered active duty in the infantry branch and completed Ranger School. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, where he served as a platoon leader. Scott was promoted to the rank of first lieutenant, and he was deployed to Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.
While conducting combat operations in the Baraki Barak district of Afghanistan, 1Lt Scott Francis Milley was killed leading his soldiers when insurgents attacked his unit. He died on 30 November 2010, at the young age of 23. The Milley family knows Scott has gone “to a place where there is only glory.” 1Lt Scott Francis Milley was a recipient of the Bronze Star, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, and the Purple Heart.
1Lt Scott Francis Milley was a special young man who symbolizes the bravery of those young men and women who enter an ROTC program knowing they will likely serve in harm’s way after graduation. He took the commissioning oath with the war on terrorism being fought on a daily basis.
The UNH ROTC Alumni Chapter recognize 1Lt Scott Francis Milley as an outstanding Army officer who chose to serve his country and gave his life fighting terrorism. He will be remembered for his courage, leadership, faith in God, and willingness to serve his country. 1Lt Scott Francis Milley is inducted posthumously into the ROTC Hall of Fame.
Lieutenant Colonel Richard H. Dewing graduated from Tewksbury High School in 1947 and the University of New Hampshire in 1953. At UNH, he earned a bachelor’s degree and played on the football team. Dick was the fullback on the undefeated football team of 1950, and he held three yardage records at the University for 27 years. For his accomplishments, Dick Dewing has since been recognized in the Tewksbury and UNH Athletic Halls of Fame.
After completing training through the UNH ROTC program, he was commissioned a 2Lt in the United States Air Force. Dick married Mary Lundberg and entered active duty in 1953. Lt Col Dewing served for 20 years as a pilot and a fully qualified aircraft maintenance officer. He earned his Command Pilot wings, accumulating 8,000 hours of flying in primarily cargo/transport aircraft. During his aviation career, Lt Col Dewing earned the Air Medal with six Oak Leaf Clusters. While on duty in Vietnam, he flew 1195 sorties, around 200 of which were combat sorties. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross as well as a Marine Presidential Unit Citation for combat missions, flying Marines in and out of zones under heavy enemy fire. For the last few years of his active duty career, he flew KC-135s, performing in-flight refueling missions. Retiring in 1973, he settled with his family in Durham, NH.
Dick Dewing’s service to the University of New Hampshire has been passionate and diverse. He served for several years as a local alumni representative for the Memorial Union Advisory Board. He was an advisor and trustee for Acacia Fraternity at UNH. For many years, Dick has been a member and Secretary of the UNH 100 Club (dedicated to providing athletic scholarships at UNH) and the subsequent Wildcat Athletic Council. He is a member of the Cat Club. Lt Col Dewing is also a member of the UNH ROTC Alumni Chapter Advisory Board and has planned the UNH Veterans Day ceremony for ten consecutive years. He also worked as a volunteer for over 15 years at all UNH home football games on the crew manning the yardage chains. He currently fires the cannon in full colonial costume at the UNH home games, in celebration of points scored by the UNH football team.
Dick Dewing has also made many contributions to seacoast communities in the State of New Hampshire. He has volunteered in many different roles to help the town of Durham. He was a member and Chair of the Parks and Recreation Committee. Dick was instrumental for a number of years in organizing the Memorial Day Parade in Durham. He was a member of the Building Committee for the Jackson’s Landing hockey rink and worked on its construction. Dick was also a member of the Lamprey River Advisory Committee for a number of years. He was rewarded for his various civic efforts in 1996, when the New Hampshire Municipal Association recognized him as Volunteer of the Year, one of only 11 people so honored statewide that year. In 2003, Lt Col Dewing was also honored by being made a Paul Harris Fellow. In addition, he was President and is currently on the Board of Directors of the Durham Historic Association. He is a member of the 1st New Market Colonial Militia, a re-enactment group, where he has served as Lt in charge of artillery. His involvement has included providing cannon salutes welcoming tall ships that come into Portsmouth, parades in the area, and grammar school programs that afford the students colorful and realistic demonstrations of a number of aspects of life in colonial America. He is a 32nd degree Mason (Scottish Rite), a Shriner and Past President of Portsmouth Chapter 386 of the National Sojourners. He is a Past Master of the Rising Star Lodge #47, Newmarket, NH, and the Maj Gen Whipple Military Lodge in Portsmouth, NH.
For outstanding service to the United States Air Force, the University of New Hampshire, and the State of New Hampshire, Lieutenant Colonel Richard H. Dewing is inducted into the ROTC Hall of Fame.
Captain Scott Quilty was born in Winchester, Massachusetts on January 30, 1980. He grew up and attended school in Francestown, New Hampshire. Scott graduated from Contoocook Valley Regional High School in 1998 and enlisted in the United States Army as a private.
He served for three years as a radio technician at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and left the service as a noncommissioned officer after winning a Green to Gold Army ROTC scholarship in August 2001. Two weeks into classes at the University of New Hampshire, Scott watched with his classmates as planes hit the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. While at the University of New Hampshire Scott participated in Army ROTC. He served as the Cadet Battalion Commander his senior year, served as the Commander of the 10th New Hampshire Volunteers and was a distinguished military graduate. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree (cum laude) in June 2004 and accepted a commission as a second lieutenant in the US Army.
Following graduation, Scott underwent Infantry officer and Ranger training at Fort Benning, Georgia. His first assignment was as Executive Officer of Charlie Company, 1/329th Infantry Regiment (Infantry Training Brigade). Later he served as a Platoon Leader in Alpha Company, 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment (Polar Bears), 2nd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division. It was in this assignment that he volunteered for a deployment to Iraq. While leading a joint Iraqi-US Army patrol in the pre-dawn hours of October 2, 2006 in the southern Baghdad village of Rushdi Mullah, then Lieutenant Quilty triggered a roadside bomb. In the explosion he lost his right arm and leg. It took 18 months of intensive rehabilitation along with the support of God, his wife, and family to get back on his feet.
Captain Quilty was awarded the Purple Heart by President George W. Bush and later retired a decorated Infantry Captain. He was a graduate of US Army Ranger School, Airborne School, Pathfinder School, and Mountain Warfare School (Rams Head). He was also awarded the Expert Infantrymen Badge and Combat Infantry Badge. After leaving the service, he advocated on Capitol Hill for veterans and families affected by the wars on Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition, Captain Quilty continued to serve his community in the nonprofit and private sectors.
Scott is an Army officer who volunteered to fight terrorism leading Joint Forces in the Iraq War. His bravery and dedication to country make him a mentor for future military graduates at UNH. Captain Scott Quilty is inducted into the ROTC Hall of Fame.
Colonel Ralph R. Young graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1965. He participated in the Army ROTC program and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics. He was commissioned a second lieutenant and earned the honor of distinguished graduate. After completing a Masters in Economics from George Washington University in 1969, Ralph began a purposeful ascent through significant assignments in both his civilian and military careers.
Colonel Young had a distinguished career in the US Army Reserves and contributed to the Armed Forces in many command and staff positions. He served as Commander, 354th Civil Affairs Brigade, and Deputy Commander of the 352nd Civil Affairs Command. Colonel Young earned his Doctor of Business Administration in 1975 and his Post-Masters in International Affairs at the Army War College in 1981. While serving on the Central Command staff, he was activated for the First Gulf War. He served as a senior advisor to the Kuwaiti Government in exile, and also later in the theater of war. He developed plans in Washington and then entered Kuwait on the invasion day of liberation, taking immediate responsibility for Human Services. He was decorated for his contributions to the war and retired after 30 years of outstanding service. He served his country in the rank of colonel from 1983 to 1995.
His awards and decorations include the Armed Forces Service Medal, Commendation Medal with clusters, and the Meritorious Service Medal with clusters. He was also awarded the Bronze Star for Exemplary Service in Combat Operations, the Freedom Award from The Government of Kuwait, and the Humanitarian Service Award.
Ralph Young has also been an active alumnus. While at UNH, he was elected Class President and still holds that position. Since his graduation in 1965, he has provided consistent and strong leadership to other class officers throughout the years and participated actively in all reunions.
Currently Principal Software Systems Engineer with The MITRE Corporation, Ralph Young has held numerous positions in the field of systems and processing engineering. Dr. Young has been a leader in his field, and he has written several books related to his profession. While advancing rapidly in his civilian career, he has worked for Northrop Grumman, Litton PRC, TRW, and Martin Marietta. His expertise and untiring efforts have resulted in significant contributions to the Department of Defense.
His military and civilian contributions improved our National Security. For outstanding service to the University of New Hampshire and the United States Army Reserves, Colonel Ralph R. Young is inducted into the ROTC Hall of Fame.
The Honorable Stephen E. Merrill, the former governor and attorney general of the State of New Hampshire, is president of Bingham Consulting Group and of the counsel at Bingham McCutchen.
Stephen Merrill was born in Norwich, CT. He attended the University of New Hampshire, earning a Bachelor of Arts and graduating manga cum laude in 1969. While participating in the Air Force ROTC program, he was selected as cadet colonel and earned the coveted Presidential Saber award. Stephen Merrill was honored at UNH with membership in Phi Beta Kappa and recognition as a Ford Foundation Scholar. He received his Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center in 1972.
Stephen Merrill was commissioned and served in the United States Air Force as a lawyer from 1972-1976. For two years he served as a legal counsel to the Secretary of the Air Force and one year as a special assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force. He served the USAF with distinction for those years and left military service with the rank of captain.
Stephen Merrill practiced law in Manchester from 1976-1984. He served as legal counsel to former Governor John Sununu, and eventually became his chief and staff. Following these assignments, he worked with several agencies, and then entered the 1992 Republican gubernatorial primary. He won election for governor on his first try at state office and was subsequently reelected. The Honorable Stephen Merrill got full credit in national and state media for fiscal responsibility. He was twice selected as the “most fiscally responsible governor in America” by the Wall Street Journal/CATO Institute, the only governor to receive the award more than once. As governor, he received more votes than any candidate for any office in the state’s history, yet he voluntarily retired from politics with a 70 percent popularity rating to build a state government consulting firm.
Stephen Merrill is currently president of Bingham Consulting Group and of counsel at Bingham McCutchen. He has 25 years of experience in the practice of law, in private practice and as attorney general where he administered the state’s largest law firm. He has spoken widely about the growing influence of governors, attorneys general and state legislatures in defining the prevailing regulatory and legal issues confronting the business community. He is a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association and President of the Former Governor’s Association.
The Honorable Stephen Merrill is the recipient of honorary academic degrees, including doctorates for civic and educational achievements. He received the “Distinguished Citizen of the Year” award form New Hampshire’s Daniel Webster Council.
Brigadier General Lori J. Robinson is the Deputy Director for Force Application and Support, Directorate of Force Structure, Resources and Assessment, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. She is responsible to the director for conducting studies and assessments of programmed, projected and potential U.S war fighting capabilities required to carry out the national military strategy.
General Robinson entered the Air Force in 1982 through the ROTC program at the University of New Hampshire after earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English. She served in a variety of positions as an air battle manager, inducting instructor and Commander of the Command and Control Operations Division at the USAF Fighter Weapons School, as well as Chief of Tactics in the 965th Airborne Warning and Control Squadron. She has held staff assignments as command briefer at Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Deputy Chief of Staff and executive assistant to the Director at the Defense Information Systems Agency, and executive officer to the Commander of Air Combat Command.
General Robinson has commanded an operations group and a training wing. She has also deployed as Vice Commander of the 405th Air Expeditionary Wing, leading more than 2,000 Airmen flying B-1, KC-135 and E-3 aircraft in Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM. General Robinson was an Air Force Fellow at The Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., and has served at the Pentagon as Director of the Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff of the Air Force Executive Action Group. She has also been Chief of the Air Force House Liaison Office and Legislative Liaison at the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force. Prior to her current assignment, she was Commander, 552nd Air Control Wing, Tinker Air Force Base, OK.
Despite the demands of her active duty schedule, General Robinson supported the UNH ROTC program by speaking at the 2009 Air Force ROTC Military Ball.
General Robinson received her Masters Degree in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College and an additional Masters Degree in education leadership and management from Troy State University.
General Robinson has a rating of senior air battle manager with over 900 hours in the E-3B/C and E-8C aircraft. Her decorations include the Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, and the Aerial Achievement Medal. She was promoted to the rank of brigadier general in July of 2008.
For outstanding leadership and dedication while serving in the United States Air Force, Brigadier General Lori J. Robinson is inducted into the University of New Hampshire ROTC Hall of Fame.
Brigadier General Mark F. Sears is currently the Commander of the New Hampshire Air National Guard. He oversees approximately 1000 personnel primarily assigned to the 157th Air Refueling Wing located on the Pease International Tradeport.
General Sears was born in Dover, NH, and attended high school there. He began his military service in 1970, when he enlisted in the USAF and became a photo lab specialist. General Sears was soon elected to be a navigator candidate in the UNH ROTC program and was awarded a full scholarship. During his tenure at the University of New Hampshire, he served as the ROTC Commander and graduated cum laude as an ROTC Distinguished Graduate, earning a BA in Business Administration.
Following his commissioning in 1976, General Sears attended Undergraduate Navigator Training (UNT) and Navigator Bombardier Training (NBT) at the Mather AFB, CA. He was awarded the Air Training Command Commander’s Trophy graduating number one in his class and received the Lenzi Trophy for best overall simulator performance during Navigator Bombardier Training. Assigned to Seymour-Johnson AFB, NC, in the B-52G, General Sears quickly upgraded to Instructor/Evaluator status and was subsequently selected to attend Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT) at Reese AFB, TX. He also earned his Master’s Degree in Business Management. After graduating from UPT, he completed Pilot Instructor Training qualifying as a T-37 Instructor Pilot (IP). At his first assignment at Reese AFB, he was selected Outstanding T-37 Instructor Pilot by three consecutive student classes.
General Sears was next assigned to the FB-111A at Pease AFB, NH. There he served as a Flight Commander, Instructor Pilot, Stan-Eval Flight Examiner and Stimulator Branch Chief. During the 509th Bomb Wing Operational Readiness Inspection (ORI) in 1985, General Sears and his crew, the most junior crew assigned to fly, met the challenge by achieving the best bomb and short range attack missile scores recorded. Later, he and his crew were recognized as the Strategic Air Command’s Flying Crew of the Month. General Sears also demonstrated the same level of excellence in the local community; active in local church, scouting, and youth hockey organizations.
General Sears opted to leave the active component in 1988, becoming a full-time airline pilot with Delta Air Lines and a Traditional Guardsman with the New Hampshire Air National Guard (NHANG). His leadership positions within the unit include KC-135R Instructor Pilot, Flight Commander, Operations Support Flight Commander, and State Headquarters Director of Operations. He has over 14,000 flying hours. He was assigned as the Commander, NHANG in September 2003, and oversees Northeast Tanker Task Force and Air Bridge Operations supporting Operations IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM and NOBLE EAGLE. Under his leadership, the 157th Air Refueling Wing has been awarded the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award for four of the last six years.
Lieutenant Colonel Michael J. Burlage was born in 1949 and attended schools in Maryland and Washington, DC. He moved to Pennsylvania and attended Bishop Guilfoyle High School, graduating in 1967. He attended the University of New Hampshire and earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. At UNH, he played varsity football and participated in the Army ROTC program. He graduated from UNH in 1973, was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army Reserve, and entered active duty.
Mike Burlage completed the Infantry Officer Basic Course and returned to the Granite State. He pursued a dual career as a Reserve Officer and a Civil Engineer for the NH Department of Transportation. He served the state in this civilian capacity for 32 years, working on the widening of I-95 in the 1970s and also working in Highway Maintenance. Mike successfully passed the Professional Engineer Examination in 1980 and became a Registered Professional Civil Engineer in the State of New Hampshire. He was District Engineer in Southeast NH for 15 years and retired as the Assistant Director of Operations for the NHDOT in 2006.
As an Army Reserve Officer, Michael Burlage served as Scout Platoon Leader in the 3rd Battalion/16th INF for one year starting in 1976. From 1978-2001, he served in various Individual Ready Reserve or Mobilization Augmentee assignments. These included assignment as an Assistant Instructor at ROTC Advanced Camp at Ft Bragg, an assignment to South Korea in support of exercise Ulchi-Focus Lens, and short tour assignments with active Army units at Forts Benning, Gordon, Lewis, Polk, and Stewart. In addition, he contributed as an Individual Mobilization Augmentee at Fort Meade, assisting the Director of Plans, Training, and Mobilization and Security. Michael Burlage retired from the United States Army Reserves in February 2001 with the rank of lieutenant colonel.
After the terrorist attacks on the United States on 11 September 2001, he volunteered for recall to active duty and served as a Military Advisor to various Iraqi Army Units. Lieutenant Colonel Burlage was recalled and reported to Fort Carson, CO, then to Fort Hood, TX, for initial train-up and preparation for his fist experience in military conflict. His group of 150 officers in training included only six other volunteer retirees. Their mission was to advise the Iraqi Army, so the Americans received training on how to carry out their role, on their own survival and soldier skills, and on the Arab culture since they would be living with Iraqis. Mike’s nine month tour in the theater began in late February 2006 when he traveled to Kuwait for several days of acclimation to the desert and time zones, then on to Iraq for one last week of training. The next stop was at an Iraqi base at An Numaniyah, a Shiite area 90 miles south of Baghdad, where Mike remained for five months. There were over 3,000 Iraqis at the base; and the Americans were comprised of 100 advisors. They provided training to more transport regiments in basic training and marksmanship skills; and in specialties such as truck driving, mechanic work, security, and how to react to ambushes. In this capacity as a Military Advisor to Iraqi Units, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. Upon completion of his tour of duty in Iraq, he retired from military service for the second time in December 2006.
For outstanding service to the State of New Hampshire, the Army Reserves, and as a Military Advisor to Iraq, Lieutenant Colonel Michael J. Burlage is inducted into the ROTC Hall of Fame.
Captain David L. Eastman was born in 1943 in Washington, DC. He entered the University of New Hampshire in 1961 and participated for four years in the Army ROTC program. At UNH, he was social chairman of Phi Kappa Theta, a member of the UNH track team, and head sports manager. Dave graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1965 with a BS in Forest Management. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Army.
David Eastman attended the Infantry Officer Basic Course and the Airborne School at Fort Benning, GA. Subsequently, he received training for 32 weeks at the Rotary Wing Aviator Course at Fort Wolters, TX, and Fort Rucker, AL. He was awarded Army Aviator Wings in September 1966, as well as his Parachutist Badge. Dave Eastman was assigned to the 175th Aviation Company (AML), Vinh Long, Vietnam, and served a tour of duty in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam from 1966-1967. He served there as an Airmobile Commander of UH-1D Iroquois (Huey) transport helicopters. His duties included troop lifts, medical evacuation, command and control, aerial resupply, flare drops, flying gunships and VIP flights. He served as a section leader and operations officer in his platoon. He flew 1300 combat hours as a UH-1D helicopter pilot. He flew both transport choppers that carried mostly Vietnam soldiers into battle and gunships during a year of heavy fighting in a particularly deadly part of Vietnam. For his outstanding efforts in the Vietnam War, he was awarded the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, 34 Air Medals (including “V” Device), and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with a Gold Star. Following his tour in Vietnam, he served as a US Army Flight Instructor in the primary phase at Fort Wolters, TX. Dave was promoted to the rank of captain in February of 1968, and he was transferred to the Army Reserve when leaving active duty.
Captain David L. Eastman wrote a book call Outlaws in Vietnam. In it, he provided a first-hand account of a tour with the Outlaws of the 175th Aviation Company in the Mekong Delta. As an author, Dave Eastman described the life of a helicopter pilot in combat, not only the flying and fighting, but also the sociology of chopper pilots and crew. His book revealed an exciting story of camaraderie, competence, and fellowship.
Returning to civilian life, Dave worked several jobs in the State of Washington from 1972-1981. He also studied at the University of Washington and earned a Masters Degree in Forest Science. Dave Eastman returned to the East Coast to teach at UNH as adjunct faculty. He was the professor for INER 635, Contemporary Conservation Issues.
After two years of development and research work for Post & Beam Magazine, David became the Owner of Country Ecology in 1985. In that capacity, He wrote magazine articles on bluebirds and cavity dwellers, wildlife forage shrubs, and advertised, in Birder’s World, Wild Bird, Bluebird, and Bird Watcher’s Digest. He gave lectures and presented workshops at AMC, Loon Preservation Committee, Audubon Society of NH, Stonedam Island, Conservation Districts, and various schools and non-profits. His radio show “Country Ecology” is broadcast four times weekly on WMWV-fm and sponsored by M&M Assurance. Dave’s weekly column of the same name is featured in The Conway Daily Sun newspaper. He manufactured Country Ecology Natural Log-Front Birdhouses; 11,000 nest boxes were sold nationally.
Dave Eastman served as Secretary of the NH Lakes Association for 8 years and was its representative on Governor’s Lakes Management Advisory Committee. He was also the Natural Areas Caretaker for UNH of Rattlesnake Mountain and Five Finger Point on Squam Lake for over 20 years. He served on the North American Bluebird Society Board of Directors, 1997-2000. He also served as Vice President of Lakes Region Chapter, ASNH.
Sergeant Frederick R. Kuehn was born in 1925 in Lawrence, MA. He was educated in public schools and graduated from Lawrence High School in 1942. He entered the College of Technology at the University of New Hampshire in the fall of the same year. At UNH, he participated in the basic ROTC program. His intention was to volunteer for the Army Air Force cadet program, but due to color blindness, he was called to serve and pursued combat engineering training instead.
Fred was inducted into the Army in June of 1943. Because of his engineering studies at UNH, he was sent to Fort Belvoir, VA, for basic training at the Corps of Engineer Headquarters. He qualified for the Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP), so instead of being transferred overseas as a replacement, he was sent to Brooklyn College, NY, to study engineering. When the Engineering Program was discontinued, all ASTP students were reassigned to the infantry. Fred was sent to Camp Polk, LA, to join the 75th Infantry Division as a rifleman. He took part in maneuvers and then he was once again transferred. During April of 1944, he return to the Corps of Engineers and joined the 289th Engineer Combat Battalion at Camp Robinson, AR. During that period, Fred Kuehn was promoted to non-commissioned officer. His battalion was shipped overseas in October of 1944. After a short stay in England, his unit embarked for the continent in December at the time of the last two major German offenses: The widely know Battle of the Bulge, and the lesser known battle to save Alsace by repulsing the German offensive named Operation Nordwind. The 289th Engineer Combat Battalion was part of the XXI Corps attached to the Seventh Army. Sergeant Kuehn participated in the Alsace, Rhineland and Central European campaigns from Eastern France through Germany to Austria, and later served with occupational forces. After the war ended in 1945, he was transferred back to Fort Belvoir. There, he served as a drill instructor at the Engineer Replacement Training Center until discharged from the Army in 1946.
Sergeant Kuehn was awarded the Good Conduct, American Campaign, European-African-Middle East Campaign with two bronze stars, World War II Victory, and World War II Occupation medals. He received the Rifle Marksman and Sharp Shooter Badges, and Honorable Discharge Pin. Sergeant Kuehn’s abbreviated oral history was recorded for broadcast on the local Community Cable Television program “Call to Serve.” A copy of the video is housed at the Library of Congress as part of the US Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project.
After the war, Fred Kuehn returned to the University of New Hampshire to continue his college education. He changed his course of study to Business Administration and graduated with the class of 1949 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. Subsequently, he continued his education at Northeastern University and Framingham State College. Most of Fred’s work after graduation was in the career field of information processing. He was employed by Dun and Bradstreet, the General Tire and Rubber Company, Avco Corporation, and Raytheon Company. Fred Kuehn worked as an operator, supervisor, programmer, systems analyst, and finally as manager of a group at Raytheon which developed an integrated financial control system to be processed on large scale computers. This system was installed and maintained in Raytheon’s Government Group locations throughout the United States and Canada, and some foreign subsidiaries. He retired from Raytheon in 1989 after nearly 30 years employment with the company.
For meritorious service to the United States Army during World War II and sharing our nation’s history, Sergeant Frederick R. Kuehn is inducted into the ROTC Hall of Fame.
Lieutenant Colonel James E. Twombly graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1963. During his first two years at UNH, he participated in the Army ROTC program. He also played varsity baseball and football at UNH and was a member of the Yankee Conference Championship Football team.
Earning his commission through the Air Force Officer Training School, he was selected for Undergraduate Navigator Training and earned his navigator wings in 1964. Subsequently, he was assigned to the C-130A “Hercules” at Lockbourne AFB, OH, as part of the 40th Troop Carrier Squadron. He gained additional qualifications in airdrop and accolades in airdrop competitions. His next assignment was overseas flying C-130E aircraft with the 345th Troop Carrier Squadron out of Taiwan. Lt Col Twombly’s primary mission was support of Southeast Asia operations from Japan to Vietnam. Within Vietnam, most flying missions were resupply of Army and Marine forces plus movement of troops and material. Returning stateside, Lt Col Twombly was assigned to Dover AFB, DE, flying the C-133A “Cargomaster” with the 39th Military Airlift Squadron. His mission for this four year tour was the long range heavy airlift in support of American Forces throughout the world. Subsequently, he was selected to be an instructor navigator and assigned to Mather AFB, CA. As a member of the 451st Flying Training Squadron, he served as a platform instructor and airborne instructor, first in the T-29 Convair “Flying Classroom” and later in the T-43A. Lt Col Twombly then shifted his focus to Aerospace Physiology, teaching effects of flight on the human body to include altitude chamber training and life support equipment. He became commander of the Mather AFB Aerospace Physiology Unit and was later assigned to Little Rock AFB, Arkansas. There, he performed as Commander of the Aerospace Unit and also instructed new navigator students in the C-130H. In addition, he completed his master’s degree from Webster. He was next assigned to Wiesbaden AB, Germany, as Chief of Aerospace Physiology for United States Forces in Europe. His last assignment was at Pease AFB, where he served in the same capacity until his retirement in 1985. His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (2OLC), Air Medal (3OLC), Combat Readiness Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with seven Bronze Service Stars, and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross. He accumulated over 6400 hours of flying time.
After 26 years of military service, Lt Col Twombly reconnected with UNH in 1987 and served as the Secretary/Treasurer of the UNH 100 Club for nine years. In this role, he helped raise scholarship money for the Men’s Athletic Scholarship Program. Lt Col Twombly was elected to the Rochester City Council and represented Ward 2 for eight years. From 1991-1999, he served as chairman of the Space Utilization Committee and the Public Safety Committee resulting in expansions of the police station facility and city library as well as the creation of a new Gonic fire station. In 2000 he was elected to the NH General Court and served Rochester in the NH Legislature for six years. As Vice-Chairman of the State and Federal Relations Committee, he dealt heavily with many Veterans issues.
For meritorious service to the United States Air Force, the State of New Hampshire, and UNH, Lieutenant Colonel James E. Twombly is inducted into the ROTC Hall of Fame.
Lieutenant Colonel Louis J. Kochanek graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1952. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work and an ROTC commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Army. Lt Col Kochanek also holds a Master of Arts Degree in International Affairs that he received from George Washington University in 1967. In addition, he attended different institutions for language studies and is fluent in German, Polish, and Russian.
For the first twelve years of his military career, Lt Col Kochanek served varied command and staff assignments with the 508th Airborne Regimental Combat Team, 40th Infantry Division, 7th Infantry Division, 25th Infantry Division, V Corps, and the Counterinsurgency Department. From 1967-1968, he served as Senior Advisor to the Government of South Vietnam Military Security Service, 525th Military Intelligence Group, Vietnam. Following that assignment, he was selected as the Army Attaché at the US Embassy in Austria. Lt Col Kochanek successfully represented our country there for three years. Upon returning to the states, he served as a member of the Graduate Research Facility at the US Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, KS. He retired from active duty in 1975.
Following his retirement from active duty, Louis Kochanek worked for two years as an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Administration at Park College, then joined the Foreign Service. He served from 1977-1984 in various roles as an officer at American Embassies in Warsaw, Sofia, and Nassau. Following those assignments, Louis Kochanek was selected to be the Deputy Chief, Civilian Observer Unit, Multinational Force and Observers in Sinai, Egypt. Two years later he became the Administrative Officer and Security Officer at the Headquarters of the Multinational Force and Observers in Rome. From 1987-1990, he served as Post Management Officer, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs in Washington, DC. After attending Russian Language School, Louis Kochanek was assigned for two years at the American Embassy in Moscow. Later, he became the Chief of the Diplomatic Security Branch at the Bureau of Personnel in Washington. He also served in 1995 as the Chief Administrative Officer for the International Conference on the Former Yugoslavia. After years of outstanding service in many different countries, Louis Kochanek retired from the Foreign Service in 1996.
Although even after his second retirement, he was recalled to serve our country from 2004 through 2006 in various roles at the US Embassies in Lithuania, the Ukraine, and Ankara. In retirement, Louis Kochanek has also worked as a Senior Technical Subject Matter Specialist to monitor State Department-funded programs that admit and settle refugees in the United States. In addition, he worked on a project regarding a joint venture with Russia’s MINATOM to store the world’s spent nuclear fuel. He has also written studies for a Washington company on investment risks in Qatar and Brunei, and conducted much research on wind turbine technology for a Michigan based company.
For outstanding service to the United States Army and Foreign Service, Lieutenant Colonel Louis J. Kochanek is inducted into the ROTC Hall of Fame.
Major Steven C. King was born in 1921 and grew up in Plainfield, NH. He graduated from West Lebanon High School and entered the University of New Hampshire in 1940. At UNH, he participated in the ROTC program. Steven King entered the United States Army Air Corps in 1943 and began flying a PT-17 Stearman. His pilot training culminated upon earning his “wings” at Columbus Army Airfield in August 1944. As a new pilot, his next challenge was B-24 transition training. During World War II, he was deployed to India to fly C-109s or C-54s “over the Hump” to China. This meant he flew aircraft loaded with gas over the Himalayan Mountains to China, where Allied B-29s waited to be refueled for bombing raids on Japan. Steven King’s tour ended with 65 round trips over the Hump earning him an Air Medal and the rank of first lieutenant.
After the war, Steven King returned to the University of New Hampshire to finish his college education. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire with Honors in 1947. Subsequently, he continued his education at Cornell to the level of PhD. After achieving that degree, he remained at Cornell University as an Associate Professor.
From there, he was enticed by the Agriculture and Research Service (ARS) into the field of research and management. He served as an administrative executive for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. During his last ten years with the ARS, Steven King was in charge of a $100 million yearly budget and honored with the Award for Distinguished Service by Secretary Earl Butz in 1979. Retiring from the ARS in 1982, he organized Solar King for energy conservation until the tax credits ended in 1985. His next career was selling real estate for 14 years and retiring again in 2000. Major King was a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Executives, Association of Realtors, and CBI Veteran’s Organization.
When Steven King was released from active duty, he remained an officer in the Air Force Reserves and continued to serve his country. He retired from the Air Force Reserves with the rank of major.
Writing books became a passion in his later years. Dr. Steven King authored several books, among them his autobiography, “Flying the Hump to China.” This publication recounted his WWII experiences.
Dr. King knew he had been selected for induction into the UNH ROTC Hall of Fame and had planned on attending the ceremony. He died on 26 October 2007.
For meritorious service as a pilot in the United States Army Air Corps and an officer in the Air Force Reserves, Major Steven C. King is inducted posthumously into the ROTC Hall of Fame.
Captain Benjamin D. Keating was born in Sanford, Maine, on 31 May 1979. He attended Shapleigh schools and received his diploma from Massabesic High School in 1997. Ben pursued his college education just across the NH border and graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2004. He earned a bachelor’s degree, graduating Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. While at the University of New Hampshire, he served as the chair of the Young Republicans. He participated in the Army ROTC program, was a distinguished military graduate, and recipient of the Marshall Award. Upon graduation, Ben Keating was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Army. The Army ROTC cadre at UNH called Ben “one the smartest and nicest young men to ever step through the doors of Zais Hall.”
Following his graduation from college, Ben Keating entered active duty and was trained in armor at Fort Knox, Kentucky. He was next assigned to Fort Drum, New York, where he served as platoon leader for the 3-71 Calvary, B Troop. Captain Keating became the executive officer of A Troop in November of 2005, and he was promoted to first lieutenant in January 2006. Shortly after in February, he was deployed to Afghanistan.
Benjamin Keating was killed in action while serving our country in the war against terror in Afghanistan. He died on 26 November 2006, at the young age of 27. Ben’s final rank was that of captain. He was a recipient of the Bronze Star, Combat Action Badge and the Army Commendation Medal with “V” Device.
Ben Keating was a member of the Springvale First Baptist Church, where he was a youth leader and taught Sunday School. He also served his local community as a member of the local planning board from 2000-2002.
Captain Keating was a special young man who symbolizes the bravery of those who enter an ROTC program knowing they will likely serve in harm’s way after graduation. He took the commissioning oath with the war on terrorism being fought on a daily basis.
The UNH ROTC Alumni Chapter will remember Captain Keating an outstanding Army officer who gave his life fighting terrorism. He will forever be a symbol of courage for those who choose to serve God and country. Captain Benjamin D. Keating is inducted posthumously into the ROTC Hall of Fame.
First Lieutenant Nicholas G. Copadis was born in Manchester, NH. He attended local schools and graduated from the New Hampton School in 1944, whereupon he immediately enlisted in the United States Army. Under the Army College Program, he spent time at both the University of Maine and the University of Delaware. After basic training, he served in the European Theater with the 274th Armored Field Artillery Battalion. Upon his discharge, he enrolled at the University of New Hampshire and graduated in 1950 with honors.
That same year, Lieutenant Copadis was recalled to active duty. He served as a rifle platoon leader with K Company, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, until 2 June 1951. On that day, he was severely wounded attempting to take a hill in North Korea. He spent seven months in Army hospitals and retired on disability in March 1952 as a first lieutenant. Among his decorations are the Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star with “V” device for valor, and the Presidential Unit Citation.
Following his military service, Lieutenant Copadis attended Boston University Law School and graduated in 1955. He became an attorney for the Manchester Federal Savings and Loan Association until his appointment to the Probate Court bench in 1969. Nicholas Copadis was nominated by Governor Walter Peterson for the position of Probate Court Judge for Hillsborough County, State of New Hampshire. He was confirmed in August 1969 and served in this capacity until his death in 1980. Judge Copadis was also a guest lecturer on probate law at Merrimack Valley and Rivier Colleges. In addition, he served as a regular master on marital cases for Hillsborough and Rockingham Counties from 1974-1980. In all capacities, he served with distinction. Judge Copadis was also a member of the Manchester and NH Bar Associations, the American Judicature Society, and the National College of Probate Judges.
For many years, Nicholas Copadis was active in the Greek Community. He served as President of the Board of Directors at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral. He had been serving a record 9th term at the time of his passing. He was also a member of the Greek-American Progressive Association.
During his years of community service, he was a member of the Board of Directors of Manchester Federal Savings and Loan Association, Elliot Hospital, Manchester Historic Association, and Greater Manchester Mental Health Center. He had been a board member of the NH Association for Mental Health and past member of Rotary and Exchange Clubs. He was also a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Retired Officers Association, and the Disabled Officers Association.
His colleagues wrote, “Nick Copadis was a warm, sensitive, civil person whose love for his profession was exceeded only by his love for his family. He possessed and practiced those virtues of duty, honor, and tradition that are the hallmark of a true gentleman. He was proud of his heritage, and he was proud of his country.”
For valor as an officer in the United States Army and outstanding service to the State of New Hampshire, Lieutenant Nicholas G. Copadis is inducted into the ROTC Hall of Fame
Sergeant Perley I. Fitts was born in 1898 and grew up on a New Hampshire farm. He traveled to Lebanon daily through his high school years by horse and graduated from Lebanon High School in 1916. He entered New Hampshire College (which later became UNH). A member of Theta Chi Fraternity and the Alpha Zeta Honor Society, he was also the Assistant Business Manager for the Granite Yearbook. He was active in the US Army Training Detachment at New Hampshire College.
Perley Fitts enlisted in the United States Army and served in World War I. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant during his service, and ended his active duty tour at the Officers’ Training School at Camp Lee, Virginia. Although his military career was brief, the lessons learned in military service remained with him throughout his lifetime.
After WWI ended, Sergeant Fitts returned to college and graduated in 1920 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture. He taught as an Instructor in Poultry Husbandry at the University of New Hampshire from 1920-1923. During that period, he bought a 40-acre field in Durham, NH, and built a specially designed poultry plant, which housed a breeding flock between 3000-4000 birds. Perley Fitts was a “Poultry Pioneer” active in pullorum testing programs for accrediting disease-free flocks and also breeding the “New Hampshire Red” hen. He was present at the Durham RR station when the first rail shipment was made to the “Del/Mar” peninsula and the hatching and broiler industry began in New Hampshire. Mass production and care methods meant shipments over the years of thousands of hatching eggs and baby chicks to broiler growers on the Del/Mar peninsula and in Eastern PA. Perley Fitts was a real part of that pioneering change with his excellent small flock of disease-free hens, hatching and market eggs, baby chicks, and dressed poultry.
Perley Fitts ran the Fitts Poultry Farm from 1923 until 1949. During that period, he was also active in the community. He served as a member and Chairman of the Durham School Board (1930-1935) and in the same capacities later on the Durham Board of Selectmen (1935-1947). He continued to support the military as a civilian serving on the Strafford County War Board during WWII. In November of 1947, he was appointed by Governor Charles Dale to be the New Hampshire State Commissioner of Agriculture. He served in that position for 15 years under several governors until November 1962. In addition, he also served as the President of the National Association of Commissioners, Secretaries and Directors of Agriculture. He hosted their National Convention in New Castle at the Wentworth by the Sea in 1957. He was also a member of the American Legion.
Supporting the University of New Hampshire, Perley Fitts served as a Trustee from 1947-1962 and received an Honorary LLD from UNH in June 1963. Perley Fitts received the UNH Alumni Meritorious Service Award in 1954 for his many contributions to the University.
From 1962-1972, Perley Fitts was the founder, director, and president of the Durham Trust Company, Durham, NH. He died in March 1990 and is buried in Town Cemetery in Durham.
For meritorious service to the United States Army, the State of New Hampshire, and UNH; Sergeant Perley I. Fitts is inducted into the ROTC Hall of Fame.
Colonel Louis L. Frank graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1939. He participated in the ROTC program, earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering, and received his Regular commission in the United States Marine Corps. Later, he received a Master’s Degree in Engineering Administration from George Washington University.
Colonel Frank’s early assignments were at Parris Island, Basic School in Philadelphia; and then Naval Air Stations in Pensacola, Miami, and San Diego. These assignments trained and prepared him to be a Marine officer and pilot. After a year of intense flight training, he was awarded his pilot wings. He received this aeronautical rating before Pearl Harbor and was initially assigned to a flying unit in the Pacific.
Colonel Frank flew his first combat mission with less than 400 hours flight time. After four months back in the United States, he was sent to Okinawa with his favorite airplane, the F-4U Corsair. He was awarded the Air Medal and citation for meritorious achievement while taking part in general missions in the Solomon Islands area from January to August 1943. After World War II, he took his Air Group to China for 14 months. Later, he flew with a jet group in Korea for 14 months. In all, he served as a pilot in three combat tours, two in World War II and one in Korea.
Following the war efforts, Colonel Frank served as Assistant Chief of Staff, G-2, at Cherry Point MCAS in North Carolina. He also served as an instructor pilot at the Marine Naval Air Station at Newport, RI, where he flew many sorties to Washington, DC., and Cuba. From 1955-1959, he headed the Guided Missile and Atomic Branch in the Strategic Plans Division, Office of Chief of Naval Operations. He earned many combat decorations during his twenty years as a fighter pilot. He logged 8,000 flying hours before his retirement from the Marine Corps.
After he retired from the military, Louis Frank worked with Sherman Adams and a small board of investors to design and develop the Loon Mountain ski area in 1966. The mountain opened in 1967, and he served as Vice President until Sherman Adams died. When Sam Adams took over for his father, Louis Frank became the Chairman of the Board of Directors until Loon Mountain was sold in the late 1990's.
For 17 years in the 1970’s and 1980’s, Louis Frank owned and operated Sprague and Carleton Furniture Company in Keene, NH. His company made quality maple furniture and employed 165 people, providing jobs to many New Hampshire residents.
In the 1980’s, Louis Frank was one of the founders of an international petroleum company which is now listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and has holdings in Canada and South America. He continues to be on the board of directors and is actively involved with the company. He is not interested in retirement and continues to be active in business.
For devotion to duty as a pilot in the United States Marine Corps and officer supporting Naval Operations, Colonel Louis L. Frank is inducted into the ROTC Hall of Fame.
Colonel Donald F. Perkins entered the University of New Hampshire in 1939. He spent his freshmen and sophomore years there, before his college education was interrupted by a tour of duty in the service. The ROTC program at UNH paid off for him as he entered the United States Air Force and was commissioned a second lieutenant in December of 1942. After successfully completing the aviation cadet program, he was assigned to a B-17 bomber crew stationed overseas in England. He flew twenty-five combat missions in the European Theater of Operations of World War II as a senior aircraft observer. After victory was achieved in WWII, he was discharged from active duty in 1945.
Colonel Perkins returned to UNH along with many other war veterans and continued his college career where he had left off in 1942. His hockey skills were better than ever and he was elected captain of the team in his senior year. He was also the leading scorer once again, was chosen All-New England forward, and was nominated for the 1948 Olympic team. On campus, he received the Hood Achievement Award, was president of the Student Council, and was chosen to Who’s Who in American Universities. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1947 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology.
After graduation, President Truman selected Don Perkins along with a number of other WWII veterans to be commissioned as Regular officers in the post-war United States Air Force. He attended the Armed Forces Air Intelligence Training Center at Lowry AFB, after which he was assigned as an intelligence officer with a Strategic Air Command (SAC) unit in London.
Subsequent assignments with SAC led to his assignment as Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence at command headquarters, Offutt AFB, Nebraska. Colonel Perkins left SAC headquarters in 1965 for a two-year assignment as a staff intelligence officer in Hawaii. He was assigned to USAF Headquarters in 1967. He was selected and served in several special duty assignments. These special assignments included military aide to Lord Louis Mountbatten of Burma on an extensive tour of U.S. installations, and special project officer with then U.S. Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge at the United Nations in New York. At the end of his 30 years of active duty, he served as the Director of the Armed Forces Air Intelligence Training Center.
During his military career, he was stationed in different parts of the world from England to Hawaii, and traveled seven different countries. He also made seven different trips to Vietnam between 1965 and 1967.
His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross, four awards of the Air Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Air Force Commendation Medal, European Theater and American Theater Medals, and Unit Citations.
Colonel Perkins retired from the Air Force in 1972 and settled in Dallas, Texas. There, he worked in public relations with the Texas Rangers Baseball Team. He eventually moved back to New England and began a career lobstering in Kennebunkport, Maine. Donald Perkins was honored at UNH in 1995, when he was inducted in the Athletic Hall of Fame.
For outstanding service and leadership to the United States Air Force and National Security, Colonel Donald F. Perkins is inducted into the ROTC Hall of Fame.