Marine Corps captains Scott Shick ’00, below left, and Sean Wright ’92 with the IUP flag Shick has carried to Iraq three times.
In what they called a “couple of Indians sending smoke signals from the warpath,” Wright and Shick supplied the following:
Captain Sean Wright ’92
“After graduating IUP with a B.S. in Accounting, I lived and worked in the Washington, D.C. area for ten years. In 2002, I became a commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps. Upon completion of MOS training at Ft. Sill, Okla., I was assigned as an artillery officer to 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. I am currently stationed at Camp Lejeune, N.C., with 2nd ANGLICO [Air Naval Gunfire Liason Company]. I have served two tours in Iraq and training exercises in Japan and Australia. I was married in 2000. My wife, Alysia, and three sons, Ryan, Ethan, and Kellen, reside with me in Jacksonville, N.C.”
Captain Scott “Prancer” Shick ’00
“I received my commission as an officer in the United States Marine Corps the day I graduated from IUP. After the completion of flight school, I received my wings as a Naval Aviator in April, 2003. I went on to train in the CH-46E “Sea Knight” helicopter and was later assigned to HMM-261 at Marine Corps Air Station in Jacksonville, N.C. While with HMM-261, I completed two combat tours flying in Iraq. I’m currently serving my third tour in Iraq, but this time I’m flying a desk instead of a helicopter. After the completion of this tour, I have orders to return to Pensacola, Fla., to become an instructor pilot.
“I know that IUP is the Crimson Hawks now, but we were Indians when we there. IUP will always be the Indians to us.”