Alumni Extra: Military

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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)
Retired U.S. Army Colonel Stephen Abel ’73 was appointed by New Jersey’s governor on November 15, 2004, to be the Deputy Commissioner for Veterans Affairs. (12/1/2004 8:00:00 AM)
Bob Smalanskas ’82 submitted this story of a U.S. Marine’s experiences during the initial Iraq invasion.  (10/1/2004 8:00:00 AM)
U.S. Air Force Major Randy Green ’84, discusses his work at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Col. (9/1/2004 8:00:00 AM)
Major Jim Popa ’87, Major Kevin Bunton ’87, and Captain Robert Krebs ’91 are all serving together with the U.S. Army in Iraq as members of the 300 Area Support Group (ASG). (9/1/2004 8:00:00 AM)
Army 1st Lieutenant Stephen Mihalacki ’01 recently wrote from Iraq. (9/1/2004 8:00:00 AM)