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Cadets in the Army ROTC program participate in a weekly hands-on lab that provides cadets opportunities to learn and refine their leadership skills.

Cadets Learn Tactics during Hands-on Labs

Cadets in the Army ROTC program participate in a weekly hands-on lab that provides cadets opportunities to learn and refine their leadership skills.

Graduates of the 2000s

LT Mike Cramer(’08) attended the Army Recon Course and is stationed at Ft. Hood, TX with Tiger Squadron 3d ACR He spent three months as assistant S3 and was assigned as a Scout Platoon Leader in September 2009. LT Cramer is scheduled to deploy with his platoon in the fall.
LT Paul Seivert(’08) is a contracting officer with the ILARNG. He further serves as the Fire Direction Officer for A/2-122 FA in Sycamore, IL. Last heard, LT Seivert is scheduled to deploy with Bilateral Embedded Support Team Afghanistan 7 in January 2011. This is a bilateral effort with the Polish Army in Afghanistan.
LTC Pete Yedinak(Cadre ’03 - ’06) completed a tour at the National Military Academy of Afghanistan (NMAA) in July 2009. During his tenure, they graduated their first class, and admitted the first ten female cadets in NMAA history. LTC Yedinak is currently the ACofS G6 at the newly formed 364th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) in Seattle, WA.
MAJ Dale Burbank(APMS ‘02-’06) is finishing another tour at Camp Taji, Iraq with the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade plans shop. He will be head for Intermediate Leaning Experience (ILE) (used to be CGSC) at Fort Leavenworth in July 10
CPT Pete Syverson(’05) is currently at MCCC at Fort Knox until June where is will then attend the Cavalry Leaders’ Course until July. Following his time at Knox, CPT Syverson will report to the 4th Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg sometime in early August.
CPT Bonnie (Merritt) Owens(’04) is serving as the Battalion Assistant S3 for the 209th Army Liaison Team (ALT) which works to train allied nation militaries in the European Theater. Her husband, MAJ Matt Owens, is currently assigned to 1st AD out of Wiesbaden, Germany and is deployed to Iraq. The Owens have two children Maeve(2) and Zachary (1).
CPT Rob Heatherly(’02) returned from assignment in Korea and us now attending Hawaii Pacific University through the Advanced Civil Schooling (ACS) Program. CPT Heatherly is pursuing a Masters Degree in Diplomacy and Military Science, and is generally enjoying life on the North Shore of Hawaii.
CPT Joe Himpelmann(’02) is in command (or may have recently given up command of) B/2-82 FA at Fort Hood, TX.

Graduates of the 1990s

Roberto Rivera(’96) is a teacher and a wrestling coach at Kennesaw Mountain HS in Kennesaw, Georgia.
MAJ Jim Bor(’93) finished his doctoral studies with the University of Maryland in December 2009 earning a Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy (DScPT).
MAJ Bill Holstine(’92) recently transferred from an ROTC assignment at Wheaton College to the 863rd EN Battalion in his role as an Active Guard/Reserve Officer.
MAJ Young Kim(’91) deployed to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait in September 2009 with the 1174th Deployment and Distribution Support Battalion. He serves as the Data Support Team OIC in the CENTCOM G4 Theater Container Management Element. MAJ Kim and his wife Ruth welcomed their second son Daniel in January 2010; they have another son, Billy, who is three.

Graduates of the 1980s

LTC (RET) Oakland McCulloch(‘87) and Kelly (Smyth) McCulloch (‘86) are currently living in Mobile, AL.  Oak retired from the Army in August 2009 and is now the Associate Director for the Bay Area Food Bank; he will take over as the Director in January 2011. Kelly is working as a nurse at the largest hospital in Mobile. Their two children are now out of the house; Oakland V. (21) is a junior at the United States Military Academy and Caileigh (19) is a sophomore at the University of South Alabama.
COL Rick Tillotson(’87) recently completed the Air War College at Maxwell AFB, Alabama and has likely already assumed Command of USAG BENELUX in Mons, Belgium.
MAJ Amahdy Bradley(’86) will soon assume duties as the rear detachment Commander for 863rd EN Battalion when they deploy to OEF. In civilian life, he is VP, Director of Compliance and Security for RE:SOURCES in Chicago, IL.
LTC Bruce Johnson(’85) recently completed a successful tour as Commander of the 863rd EN Battalion headquartered in Darien, IL.
Adam Piec(’85) retired from the USAR after 21 years and currently lives in Palos Hills, IL. He is married and has two sons. Mr Piec works as a licensed and certified Industrial / commercial JW "A" Electrician and belongs to the IBEW. In his spare time he enjoys hunting, tinkering in the garage, shooting guns, and growing his collection of expensive toys.
COL Brian Alvin(’84) has commanded the 645th Regional Support Group, USAR, Southfield, MI since July 2008.  He completed the USAWC Distance Program in July 2009, and has deployed twice to Iraq since 2001 (also previously deployed to Operation Desert Storm in 1991).  COL Alvin is currently preparing his unit for deployment to Afghanistan in spring 2011.
COL (R) J Chesney(’83) retired in November 2009 after close to 26 years of active duty military service.  His last assignment was Brigade Commander for the 177th Armor Brigade, First Army Division West. COL Chesney now works as a program manager for TechWise in the Colorado Springs.
COL Mike Chesney(’83) recently left an assignment in the Chicago area to teach at the Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, PA.
LTC Mark Arvidson(’83) is still living in Italy with his wife who is active duty Air Force. He will give up command of the 772nd Civil Support Team (USAR) in May, and then the Arvidsons will PCS to Elmendorf AFB, Alaska.
Steve Ford(’82) currently resides in Northern Virginia
LTC (R) Ralph Petersen(’82) had been on extended active duty since 9/11 until he retired from the Army in early 2010. LTC Petersen completed tours in Afghanistan, 2002-2003, Iraq 2006-2007, and at the Pentagon. His most recent assignment was with USASOC G3 Special Operations Division. In civilian life Ralph is a retired police lieutenant who served as patrol division commander for the DeKalb County Sheriff.
CH (COL) Samorajski(’81) currently serves as the Command Chaplain for the 416th Theater Engineer Command out of Darien, IL.
COL Bill Soderberg(’81) currently lives in Alexandria, VA where he works for the Federal Government. In his Army Reserve role, COL Soderberg is the Assistant Division Commander of the 95th Training Division headquartered in Oklahoma City, OK.
COL (R) Beth Liechti Johnson(’81) made good on her plan to retire from the Army in 2009, and has a accepted a position as Managing Editor at the Institute for Defense Analyses, a non‑profit research organization in Alexandria, VA
Robert Hayhurst(’81) is a senior program analyst with the Department of Homeland Security in Washington, DC. He works in the Office of Operations Coordination and Planning. Mr Hayhurst recently deployed in support of OPERATION SAFE RESCUE with USSOUTHCOM and also participated in the Haitian relief efforts.
LTC(R) Ken Scott(PMS ’80-’83) got in touch to share stories about many of you as Cadets so you may want to consider sending him a large check before they become fodder for the next alumni update

Graduates of the 1970s

Dan Schlacks(’79) lives in Naperville and is a Contracting Officer for the Federal Government. He works at the General Services Administration (GSA) in downtown Chicago.
COL (R) Larry Wexler(’78) retired from the Army in OCT 09 after 31 years of active / reserve service and one last tour in Iraq. He now works a Senior Military Analyst (MPRI contractor) in the Joint Force Training Directorate on the TRADOC G3/5/7 Staff.
LTC (R) Mike Howland(’74) retired in 1999 after 25 years total commissioned service. LTC Howland served just under six years of active duty including a six month call up during Desert Storm. After 10 years with cannon artillery, LTC Howland spent his last 15 years in the USAR in branch immaterial positions assigned to the Support Group, History Detachment, and USAR school/training battalion. He taught CAS3 for last five years of active reserve service. LTC (R) Howland currently resides in Omaha, NE.
Donald R. Smith, Jr(’73) retired from the Army Reserve in 2000. His final USAR job was with Army CID at Fort Hood, TX. Mr Smith resides in the Dallas, TX metro area where he has been for the last 24 years.
Paul Gorishek(’72) served on active duty till 1985 as an Ordnance officer before he moved on to industry where he worked for General Dynamics Land Systems for 22 years. While at GDLS, Paul was involved with the manufacture of the M1 series MBT until his retirement in 2006. He now lives in Troy, MI.
Monty Morgan(’71) currently resides in Lake Mary, FL.
Craig Gilbertson(’71) works at the College of Law Library at Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, IL.