Indiana University of Pennsylvania Army ROTC
These cadets visited Washington D.C. during their senior year at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. They have all graduated since this picture and have entered the ranks of the IUP ROTC alumni.

MS IV Washington D.C. Trip

These cadets visited Washington D.C. during their senior year at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. They have all graduated since this picture and have entered the ranks of the IUP ROTC alumni.

Major General Csrnko

Class of 1974

Major General Csrnko assumed command of Special Operations Command Europe (Airborne) on 25 August 2003.  Major General Csrnko was commissioned from Indiana University of Pennsylvania as an Infantry Officer in 1974 with a Bachelor's of Science Degree.

Major General Csrnko's first assignment was Rifle and then Mortar Platoon Leader, A Company; Heavy Mortar Platoon Leader, and then Executive Officer, Combat Support Company, Assistant S3 for Operations, 2nd Battalion, 34th Infantry; and Assistant S3 for Operations, 1st Brigade, 24th Infantry Division, Fort Stewart , Georgia .

He graduated from the Infantry Officer Advanced Course, Special Forces Officer Qualification Course and then was assigned to 3d Battalion, 5 th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg , North Carolina .  He served as Commander, Special Forces Operation Detachment Alpha 586, Battalion Adjutant, and Commander, A Company, from 1979-1982.

In 1982, Major General Csrnko was assigned to Germany as 3d Armored Division, Assistant G1 (Plans and Policy) and then Commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3d Armored Division, United States Europe and Seventh Army.

Following this tour with 3d Armored Division, he was assigned as the Inspector General, United States Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, Fort Bragg, North Carolina from 1985-1988.  He then served as Executive Officer, 3d Battalion, 5 th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg . North Carolina from 1988-1990.  Major General Csrnko graduated from the Armed Forces Staff College and assigned as a Joint Staff Officer, Special Operations Division, J3, Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington D.C. from 1990-1993.

Following the Pentagon, Major General Csrnko was assigned to Fort Campbell , Kentucky to assume command of 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) from 1993-1995.

Following battalion command, he served as Chief, Special Operations Coordination Element (SOCOORD), III Corps, Fort Hood , Texas from 1995 to 1996 and then attended the United States Army War College from 1996 to 1997.  From June 1997 to June 1998, he served as Director, Department of Joint and Multinational Operations, United States Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth , Kansas .  Major General Csrnko then assumed command of 1 st Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Lewis , Washington on 1 July 1998.  In August 2000, he was reassigned as Deputy Commander/Assistant Commandant, United States Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, Fort Bragg , North Carolina .

In August 2001, Major General Csrnko was assigned as Chief, Office of Military Cooperation Kuwait, American Embassy, until August 2003.

He is a graduate of the United States Army War College, Command and General Staff College, Armed Forces Staff College and Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses.

Major General Csrnko's awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, (7 OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (1 OLC), Expert Infantry Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Special Forces Tab and the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge.

Major General Gottardi (U.S. Army – Retired)

Class of 1971

Major General Ruddock (U.S. Army – Retired)

Class of 1965

Mr. Rodney D. Ruddock was elected to a four-year term as Indiana County Commissioner in January 2004.

Mr. Ruddock is a lifelong resident of Indiana , Pennsylvania . He recently completed 35 years in public education and 37 years in military service. He served as a school administrator for the Indiana Area School District for 25 years. Mr. Ruddock graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Safety Education. He holds a Masters Degree in Counseling Education from Indiana University and a Secondary Administrative Certificate from Duquesne University , Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania . He is a recipient of the IUP Distinguished Alumni Award. He was appointed to the Advisory Committee of the John P. Murtha Homeland Security Institute at IUP.

Major General Ruddock retired from military service on November 2002. General Ruddock began his military career in 1965 when he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Quartermaster Branch from the ROTC program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He served on active duty tour with the Army Security Agency during the Vietnam War. General Ruddock's last assignment with the United States Army was as Commanding General of the 99 th Regional Support Command in Oakdale , Pennsylvania . The 99 th Regional Support Command had an estimated strength of over 22,000 soldiers spanning five states of Pennsylvania , Maryland , Delaware , Virginia , West Virginia and the District of Columbia .

General Ruddock is also a graduate of the prestigious Army War College . Prior to that, General Ruddock completed the Command and General Staff College, Engineer Officer Advance Course, and Quartermaster Officer Basic Course.

During his military career General Ruddock has been awarded the following: the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with Four Oak Leaf Clusters, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, Humanitarian Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Gold Hourglass Device, Army Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and Vietnam Service Medal with four Service Stars.

His professional military associations include: the Senior Army Reserve Commanders Association, the Association of the United States Army, Society of Military Engineers, Military Order of World Wars, and life membership in the Army War College Alumni Association, Reserve Officer Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars, AMVETS and American Legion.

His professional associations include: County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania, Southwest Pennsylvania Commission, Southwest Pennsylvania Growth Alliance, Tri-County Workforce Investment Board, Indiana University of Pennsylvania Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, and Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi AND sigma Phi Epsilon. Mr. Ruddock is also an advisory board member to the Salvation Army.

Mr. Ruddock has also been actively involved in athletics throughout his career. He was a three-sport athlete in high school and a four-year letter winner in baseball at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In April 2002, Mr. Ruddock, was elected into the Indiana County Sports Hall of Fame. Mr. Ruddock has coached baseball at the high school level and has officiated football, basketball and baseball at both the interscholastic and collegiate levels. In the past 15 years, Mr. Ruddock has served on the Indiana University of Pennsylvania's Presidential Advisory Committee on Athletic Policy. He served as committee chair for 10 years. Mr. Ruddock also serves as a member of the Baseball Committee for the W.P.I.A.L.

Mr. Ruddock resides in Indiana , Pennsylvania with his wife Ellen. They have two sons, Dana and Darin, and two granddaughters, Andrea and Reagan.

Lieutenant General Joseph S. LaPosata (U.S. Army – Retired)

Class of 1960

Lieutenant General Laposata was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania on 3 October 1938. Upon completion of the Reserve Officer Training Corps curriculum and the educational course of study at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant and awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He holds a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University. His military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Quartermaster Officer Advanced Course, United States Army Command and General Staff College, the Defense Systems Management College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

His last active duty assignment was as Chief of Staff, Allied Forces Southern Europe in Naples, Italy. Other key assignments include Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, United States Army Europe and Seventh Army; Commanding General, United States Army Material Command, Europe; Director of Plans and Operations, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, HQ, Department of the Army; Executive to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, United States Army, Washington, DC; Chief of Staff and Deputy Commander of the Southern European Task Force in Vicenza, Italy and Commander of the 8th Support Group, also in the Southern European Task Force at Livorno, Italy.

General Laposata served in a variety of important career building assignments preparatory to the assignments noted above. He served with the 5 th Infantry Division in the United States for two years; the 8 th Infantry Division in Germany for four years, three of which were spent in the Airborne Brigade and the 25 th Infantry Division as a Battalion Executive Officer for a year in Vietnam. He then directed the Quartermaster Officer Basic Course and was the Phase Leader for the Advanced Course, both assignments at Fort Lee, Virginia. He next served as Programs Officer, J4 (Logistics), United States Security Assistance Group, Thailand. Returning to the United States, he became the Chief of Analysis and Administration, Special Systems Management Office, United States Army Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. He then commanded the 5 th Infantry Division's 105 th Supply and Transport Battalion, followed by duty as Assistant Chief of Staff, G-4 both at Fort Polk, Louisiana. Later he filled a series of key logistics assignments in Washington including Logistics Staff Officer in the Resource and Management Directorate; Chief, Prepositioning of Material Configured to Unit Sets Team and Chief of the War Reserve Division, Logistics Readiness Directorate.

After retiring from active duty, the President of the United States appointed General Laposata as Secretary of the American Battle Monuments Commission. He served with the ABMC from January 1994 to March 1995. He then held a position on the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council. Appointed Honorary Colonel of the Quartermaster Regiment in April 1995, he was designated Honorary Colonel Emeritus of the Quartermaster regiment in 1998. In May 1996, he was appointed to a NATO diplomatic post as Deputy General Manager and Director of Logistics Programmes and Operations of NATO's Maintenance and Supply Agency in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. He retired from that post in June of 1999.

General Laposata was decorated with the award of Knight Commander by the President of the Republic of Italy, inducted into the Quartermaster Hall of Fame, designated a Distinguished Alumnus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. The Inter-Service Club Council of Greater Johnstown, Pennsylvania, presented him the 1990 Achievement Award and citation as Man of the Year. A highly decorated military officer, he also holds the American Battle Monuments Medal for Meritorious Service and the NAMSA Medal for Distinguished Service. He has been listed in Who's Who in America for the past 14 years.


Major General Hoch (U.S. Army - Retired)

Class of 1959