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What’s more fun than the push up? The cadets shown here are posing from the front leaning rest. They are all smiling because they have completed a weekend of training and are looking forward to a hot shower and clean clothes.

Cadets in the front leaning rest.

What’s more fun than the push up? The cadets shown here are posing from the front leaning rest. They are all smiling because they have completed a weekend of training and are looking forward to a hot shower and clean clothes.

BG Joseph Caravalho Jr.

Commanding General Brooke Army Medical Center Great Plains Regional Medical Command

Brig. Gen. Joseph Caravalho's job can be described in just a few words. He's in charge of all health care in Iraq. Little else in Caravalho's work is this simple. At a strategic level, this military physician works with Iraq's minister of health to improve the country's health-care system, which in pre-war years was considered a jewel of the Middle East. As senior medical officer for the Coalition Forces, Caravalho ('79 GU ROTC graduate) also oversees care for more than 150,000 soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and civilians - even veterinary care for military working dogs. "Most importantly, I get to work alongside dedicated, professional and compassionate warriors and civilian partners to help the good people of Iraq on behalf of our great nation," Caravalho said. "Because my wife and family at home are supportive, I couldn't be happier doing my job."

CPT Justin Horgan

Captain, Signal Corps

While Justin’s immediate professional aspiration is to complete his current assignment in Denver, he is also taking time to decide if the active duty Army will become his career. “If I do leave active duty, I plan on staying in the Denver area and joining the Colorado National Guard.”

He also plans to attend graduate school in the next several years, and he and Kristen look forward to starting a family of their own.

During his time at Gonzaga, Justin was part of the Knights and ROTC organizations and participated in numerous projects, including managing the annual blood drive on campus and running the Halloween Food Drive.

“It’s an honor to accept this award on behalf of all of the people who have gone through the Gonzaga ROTC program,” he said. “The Bulldog Battalion has not only affected the lives of those cadets who have walked the halls of Gonzaga, but has truly affected those around the world.”

1LT Peter Gilroy

First Lieutenant, Infantry

Peter Gilroy isn't one to seek the spotlight. But he was in it May 17, standing in the East Room with the President of the United States, watching his parents beam as Defense Secretary Robert Gates pinned on the gold stripes signifying his commission as a U.S. Army officer. "It was surreal," the new second lieutenant - Cottage Grove High's 2003 valedictorian - recalled back home in Oregon last week. "Even walking in, you don't really realize how momentous it is. It's kind of crazy to be standing next to the leader of the free world."

Gilroy earned the honor by distinguishing himself among this year's 5,000 Army Reserve Officer Training Corps graduates.

"He is an exceptional young man," said Lt. Col. Alan Westfield, his commanding officer in Gonzaga University's ROTC program.

Gilroy was among just 55 ROTC standouts selected from all service branches nationwide to participate in the first-ever joint commissioning ceremony at the White House. Chosen to represent Oregon at the ceremony, he was one of only 22 Army ROTC members there.

"He's not a guy who likes a lot of attention, but this is a big deal," Westfield said, ticking off a list of reasons why Gilroy rose to the top.

"He's a scholar who graduated magna cum laude in business," the commander said. "He's an exceptional athlete who led our nine-person Ranger Challenge team to a regional championship. He's an effective leader who was our command sergeant major" and in his spare time "served as a mentor for young kids in the Spokane community."

"He's got enormous character," Westfield said. "He's going to be a very fine Army officer."

MG Jason Kamiya

Commanding General, Southern European Task Force (SETF, Airborne)

General Kamiya was commissioned as an infantry Second Lieutenant on May 15, 1976 and was assigned to Korea as a rifle platoon leader. He has since been assigned to various domestic and overseas posts, including Japan, Panama, Saudi Arabia and now Italy. General Kamiya’s domestic assignments included: Battalion Commander, and later Chief of Staff of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and Commanding General of the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk, Louisiana. General Kamiya obtained his bachelor’s degree from Gonzaga University and his Master’s from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California. General Kamiya’s military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with four Oak Leaf Clusters, the Bronze Star, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, and Parachutist Badge.

MG Dennis Hardy

Commanding General, 24th Infantry Division (Mechanized) and Fort Riley

Originally from Spokane, Washington, Major General Hardy graduating from Gonzaga University and was commissioned an Armor Officer in 1972 through the Officer Candidate School. He later earned a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Washington State University (1978). His military education includes the Armor Officer Basic and Advanced Courses; the Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS (1983); and the US Army War College in Carlisle, PA (1993). His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit (5th Award), the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal (5th Award). He also wears the Parachutist Badge, the Army Staff Identification Badge, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge.