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The fall 2005 Weeks of Welcome showcased Army ROTC hospitality in welcoming new Cadets onto campus.

The University of Iowa official mascot scales the Army ROTC rock wall.

The fall 2005 Weeks of Welcome showcased Army ROTC hospitality in welcoming new Cadets onto campus.

Colonel Stefan J. Banach

Commander, 2nd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Light)

Colonel (COL) Stefan J. Banach commissioned into the Infantry in 1983 and served his initial tour with 2nd Battalion, 505th (Airborne) Infantry, and 82nd Airborne Division. During this tour, he qualified to be a member of the 1984 All Army Wrestling Team. COL Banach has led troops in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Ranger Battalions, commanded troops to the Brigade level, deployed in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Operation Uphold democracy in Haiti, Operation Joint Forge in Bosnia, and most recently, multiple deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. COL Banach earned his Master’s Degree from the Command & General Staff College and is a graduate from and former commander for the School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS) at Fort Leavenworth. He has numerous awards and decorations for distinguished military service, including the Army’s Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with Valor Device, and Bronze Star Medal for Service.

COL Banach is a 1983 graduate of the University of Iowa and Alumnus of the Mighty Hawkeye Battalion. At the University of Iowa, he was awarded the "Richard McPike Memorial Academic Excellence Award" and in 1982 he earned the "Sport of Lincoln Award" as a member of the 1982 Iowa National Wrestling Championship Team. In 2002, COL Banach was recognized by the International Wrestling Institute and Museum for outstanding service to the nation.

COL Banach is married to the former Margaret R. Gines, has three children, and currently resides in Iowa.

Major General (MG) Stewart W. Wallace

Major General (MG) Stewart W. Wallace served as the President of MPRI Ship Analytics at L-3 Communications Holdings Inc. and L-3 Communications Corp. Major General Wallace assumed the position of Senior Vice President and General Manager of L-3 MPRI Ship Analytics, Inc. in April 2004, after having served the organization in other executive-level positions.

MG Wallace was commissioned into Armor in 1968 following graduation from the University of Iowa. He served in numerous command and staff positions throughout his military career, including two separate company commands in Vietnam and Europe; battalion command of the 4th Battalion, 69th Armor in Europe; brigade command of the 1st Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division in Korea; and strategic level command of the US Army’s Cadet Command at Fort Monroe, Virginia. MG Wallace also led troops as the Assistant Division Commander for Support and Maneuver with the 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized) at Fort Carson, Colorado; Director of Training at ODCSOPS, Department of the Army; and Deputy Commanding General of I Corps at Fort Lewis, Washington.

MG Wallace’s awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Bronze Star Medal with “V” Device (with Oak Leaf Cluster), and the Purple Heart.

Major General (MG) Robert L. Sentman

Major General (MG) Robert L. Sentman began his military career on January 8, 1958 when he enlisted in the United States Army. After attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant, he commissioned through the Officer Candidate School as a Second Lieutenant on July 7, 1962. During his career he has commanded three Engineer Companies, an Engineer Battalion, an Artillery Battalion, a Support Group and an Infantry Brigade. In March of 1986 he was promoted to Brigadier General and served as Director of Mobilization and Planning for the Iowa National Guard.

MG Sentman has earned numerous state and federal military awards and distinctions to include the Legion of Merit w/oak leaf cluster.

MG Sentman retired August 5, 1992 after 34 ½ years of service. He and his wife currently own and operate a 1,200 acre cattle and crop farm near Iowa City, IA. General Sentman serves as Director of the Board for Iowa State Bank and Trust Company in Iowa City. He also serves as the State Public Affairs Officer for the Iowa Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

Major General Kenneth Leuer

Major General Kenneth Leuer - a former University of Iowa wrestling national champion, and a native of Wayzata, Minn., finished a perfect senior season in 1956 by winning the 191-pound NCAA championship. He won a Big Ten title that same year and finished his Hawkeye career with a record of 86-5-2 and a pair of All-America honors.

Leuer graduated from the University of Iowa in 1956 with a degree in business administration and a Commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He served 32 years in the United States Army Infantry, rising to the rank of Major General.

In 1974, Leuer was hand-picked by the Army Chief of Staff, General Creighton Abrams, and given the Abrams Charter for the formation of the modern Ranger Battalions. He co-authored the "Ranger Creed" and established the Ranger standards that are still practiced today and were demonstrated in combat in Operation Urgent Fury in Grenada, Just Cause in Panama, and Desert Storm in the Kuwaiti Theater of Operations.

In 2002, Leuer was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Hall of Outstanding Americans for his accomplishments on the wrestling mat and for his stellar 32-year military career.

His awards and decorations include: Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, and Bronze Star Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters)