Alumni Extra: Military

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Barry Gasdek ’64 was named to the inaugural class of the US Army Cadet Command’s Army ROTC National Hall of Fame. (7/20/2016 4:46:20 PM)
Michele Dougherty Papakie ’93 received the Octavius V. Catto Award for outstanding public service. (4/18/2016 12:58:34 PM)
William Boardley ’72 has become one of just 56 members of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard Hall of Fame. (4/15/2015 11:37:54 AM)
Several IUP alumni attended a service in November for the late Frank Yusi ’65, a Navy captain and decorated Vietnam veteran. (4/15/2015 11:09:41 AM)
Tom Rarick ’96 joined Idina Menzel on stage for the national anthem at Super Bowl XLIX. (4/15/2015 10:45:20 AM)
Recently promoted to brigadier general, Kelly Wakefield ’85 has become IUP’s 11th general officer. (12/2/2014 3:33:05 PM)
The Pittsburgh chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators named IUP Journalism chair Michele Papakie ’93 the 2014 Business Communicator of the Year. (12/1/2014 3:02:41 PM)
Chief Warrant Officer Matthew Ruffner ’11 was buried with full military honors on April 20, 2013. (6/27/2013 4:11:41 PM)
CJ Jaynes ’79, M’82, assistant commander for NAVAIR logistics and industrial operations, made naval history with her promotion to flag officer during a ceremony on August 1, 2012. (9/20/2012 11:30:10 AM)
Major Aaron Felter ’01, M’11, Captain Mark Collins ’06, and Lieutenant Megan McFarling ’11 are all currently serving together as part of a partnered task force. (8/13/2012 3:44:03 PM)
In February 2012, Leslie Miller Purser ’80 was promoted in the United States Army Reserve to Major General. (6/13/2012 2:10:43 PM)
The U.S. Navy has posthumously honored Commander Michael Carl ’77 due to his outstanding achievements. (11/15/2011 1:58:27 PM)
The loss of her son in combat inspired Cherriney Wilson Kondor ’76, M’77 to develop the Veterans Memorial Gold Star Healing and Peace Garden. (7/7/2011 1:17:42 PM)
Bryan Owens ’83 was recently promoted to Brigadier General in the U.S. Army. (8/26/2010 9:36:26 AM)
In June 2009, Staff Sergeant Charles Hubbard M’08 assisted in the rescue of five injured soldiers in Baghdad. (7/9/2009 1:17:13 PM)
Stephen Mihalacki ’01 and Kevin Fromknecht ’02 are on active duty in Iraq. (4/1/2009 8:00:00 AM)
Captain Walter Wint, Jr. '77 and 240 U.S. Marines were killed when a terrorist drove a truck bomb into their barracks in Lebanon.  (10/1/2008 8:00:00 AM)
Steve Chimchirian ’81 was promoted to the rank of Colonel in a ceremony at the Pentagon attended by family and friends. (7/1/2008 8:00:00 AM)
Bob Smalanskas ’82 wrote the following article dedicated to Vietnam veteran Bernard Teel of Elkins Park, Pa. (1/1/2008 8:00:00 AM)
 Marine Corps captains Scott Shick ’00 and Sean Wright ’92 display the IUP flag Shick has carried to Iraq three times. (12/1/2007 8:00:00 AM)
Douglas Pugliese ’98 was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for meritorious service (6/1/2007 8:00:00 AM)
Randall Marchi ’78 was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General in the Pennsylvania National Guard on June 2, 2007, during a ceremony at Fort Indiantown Gap. (6/1/2007 8:00:00 AM)
Brigadier General William Boardley ’72 retired as commander of the 171st Air Refueling Wing of the Pennsylvania National Guard. (11/1/2006 8:00:00 AM)
U.S. Army Major John Toth ’90 deployed to Iraq in October, 2005. (11/1/2006 8:00:00 AM)
Gary Zimak, Jr. ’96 is a Department of Defense contract firefighter working in the Middle East. (4/1/2006 8:00:00 AM)
U.S. Army First Lieutenant Joel Machak ’03 recently returned to the States and is moving to Ft. Lee, Va. (2/1/2006 8:00:00 AM)
In mid-September, 2003, Christopher Reese ’96 returned to the United States after more than two hundred days on active duty in the Middle East. (10/1/2005 8:00:00 AM)
Kerin Baxter Hoffmann ’96 and her husband, Jason, are currently stationed in Bamberg, Germany with the U.S. Army 1st Infantry Division Band. (5/1/2005 8:00:00 AM)
Beth Grossi D’92, a criminal justice professor at the University of Louisville, was recently promoted to lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserves. (3/1/2005 8:00:00 AM)
U.S. Army Major Mark Pike ’89 has been shuttling back and forth between the states, Iraq, and Afghanistan. (1/1/2005 8:00:00 AM)