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.