University of Central Missouri

Robert L. Buhrkuhl

Class of 1971

Robert L. Buhrkuhl, Ph.D. lost his fight to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis on September 10, 2012. Dr. Buhrkuhl was a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) and served 21 years in the U.S. Army Reserve and attained the rank of colonel. He was the Chief Financial Officer and Director, U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, Florida, where he retired in October, 2008. He served as the principal financial adviser to the USSOCOM Commander; was responsible for the budgeting, allocation, and execution of over $21 billion in active funding across USSOCOM's four appropriations lines; and the leadership and management of 167 Financial Management Center employees.

From 2004 to 2007, Dr. Buhrkuhl served as the first director of the Joint Rapid Acquisition Cell (JRAC), Pentagon, Washington, D.C., where he was responsible for leading 26 General Officers/Flag Officers/ SES personnel in addressing the Immediate Warfighter Needs (IWNs) of the ten Combatant Commands. During his tenure, the JRAC successfully addressed 29 IWNs valued in excess of $381 million and exercised the JRAC's authority to expedite the reprogramming of over $400 million for 16 classified programs identified as IWNs. The JRAC streamlined the normal lengthy acquisition process to ensure that U.S. commanders who engaged in combat were rapidly equipped with state-of-the-art technology as quickly as possible. Dr. Buhrkuhl and his staff made frequent visits to the Walter Reed Medical Hospital to speak with our wounded soldiers to glean relevant information regarding how to counter the IEDs.

Dr. Buhrkuhl graduated from the University of Central Missouri in 1969 with a bachelor's degree in Law Enforcement and Political Science, having served as ROTC Cadet Corps Commander and being recognized as a Distinguished Alumni Award winner in 2009. He obtained a master's degree in Business Administration from the University in 1971 and went on to earn a doctorate at St. Louis University in 1980 in Public Policy Analysis and Administration.

Arnold N. Gordon-Bray

Class of 1978

Brigadier General Arnold N. Gordon-Bray graduated from University of Central Missouri (UCM) in 1978 as a Distinguished Military Student in the University's ROTC Program. He commissioned into the Infantry after graduation from UCM and went on to earn two Master's degrees in International Strategic Studies from the Air War College and the Naval War College.

He has served in a variety of command and staff positions including Deputy Director, Operations, United States Africa Command, Germany; Director, G-3/5/7, Installation Management Command, Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Deputy Commanding General, United States Army Cadet Command, Fort Monroe, Virginia; Advisor to the Iraqi Army Commander, Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq, OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, Iraq; Joint and Army Experimentation Division, Army Capabilities Integration Center, Fort Monroe, Virginia; Commander, 2d Brigade, 82d Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina and OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, Iraq; Professor of Joint Military Operations, United States Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island; Commander, 1st Battalion, 508th Infantry, (Airborne), United States Army Southern European Task Force, Vicenza, Italy; Special Assistant to the Commanding General, later Deputy Chief, Commander's Planning Group, United States Army Training and Doctrine Command; Executive Officer, 2d Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Chief, Training Division, J-3, Joint Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; S-1 (Personnel), 1st Brigade, 82d Airborne Division; S-3 (Operations), 2d Battalion, 504th Infantry, 82d Airborne Division; Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General, XVIII Airborne Corps; S-3 (Operations), 2d Battalion, 502d Infantry, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Commander, Headquarters Company, 2d Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault); Commander, A Company, 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault); Rifle Platoon Leader, A Company, later Heavy Mortar Platoon Leader, Combat Support Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry, 2d Infantry Division, Korea; Rifle Marksmanship Instructor, later Chief, Primary Rifle Marksmanship, Victory Brigade (Initial Entry Training), Fort Jackson, South Carolina.

John P. Cavanaugh

Class of 1970

Major General John P. Cavanaugh was born into a military family at Fort Knox, Kentucky. He was commissioned in 1970 through the Reserve Officers Training Corps at the University of Central Missouri, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science. Major General Cavanaugh also earned a Masters of Arts Degree in Communications from the University of Northern Colorado in 1980. Major General Cavanaugh retired from active duty in 2002.

In 1971, Major General Cavanaugh was assigned to the Federal Republic of Germany as the Communications Officer with 3rd Infantry Division and a subsequent assignment as Platoon Leader in 123d Signal Battalion. Upon his return to the United States, Major General Cavanaugh commanded both the 519th and 333d Signal Companies for 327th Signal Battalion, XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. In 1977, he served in the Republic of Korea as S-3 for 51st Signal Battalion, I Corps. He returned to Germany in 1981 as the Signal Officer for 1st Brigade, 3d Armored Division. He returned to the United States in 1985 for a Reserve Officers Training Corps assignment at Eastern Kentucky University. Returning to Germany in 1988, he served as the Commander, 143d Signal Battalion, 3d Armored Division. Major General Cavanaugh then served as Commander of 1st Signal Brigade, U.S. Forces Korea. He then became the Commander of 5th Signal Command, Deputy Chief of Staff for Information Management U.S. Army Europe, and Senior Tactical Commander, Mannheim Military Community. On 11 Jul 00, he became Commander of U.S. Army Signal Center and Fort Gordon, commandant of the Signal School and Chief of Signal.

His military education includes the Signal Officers Basic and Advanced Courses, Command and General Staff College and the Advanced Operational Studies Fellowship.

Major General Cavanaugh's awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Award with Oak leaf Cluster, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with Two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Air Assault Badge.

Troy D. Kok

Class of 1984

Brigadier General Troy D. Kok began his military career when he enlisted in the Army Reserves in 1982. He received his commission as a Second Lieutenant through the Reserve Officers Training Corps's at Central Missouri State University as a Quartermaster officer in 1984. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Maintenance Technology and received his Masters of Science in Aviation Safety.

While serving with the 219th Transportation Company at Scott AFB, LTC Kok transferred to his current branch, Aviation. After attending the Aviation Basic Course, he entered Active Guard Reserve Duty with the 228th Aviation Regiment, Willow Grove PA in 1989. In 1992, BG Kok completed the Aviation Advanced Course and was assigned to 6th Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment at Fort Benning, GA where he served as the S4 and Executive Officer.

BG Kok was reassigned to the 5th Battalion, Fort Eustis, VA in 1996 and served as the Battalion S4 and Executive Officer. After attending the Logistics Executive Development Course at Fort Lee, VA he was assigned to the 244th Aviation Brigade, Fort Sheridan, IL where he was the Brigade S1 and S4. The Chief of the Army Reserve then selected LTC Kok for Command of M Company, 158th AVIM in 1999. Upon completion of his command, BG Kok reported to the 377th Theater Support Command in New Orleans during which time he completed the Command General Staff College.

BG Kok was deployed in January 2003 with the 377th TSC in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Upon his return, he was selected to command the 377th Special Troop Battalion. BG Kok returned to Kuwait in January 2004 and served as Planning Officer for the Deployment / Redeployment Operations Center OIF I and II rotations.

After completing his second tour BG Kok was selected to command the Bison Battalion, ROTC unit at Bucknell University, PA where he served as the Professor of Military Science. For two years, he served as commander of the 8th Bn, 229th Avn Regt (ATTACK), Flying Tigers. Upon completion of command he assumed the duties as Officer Recruiting Officer for all of Army Reserve Aviation for the 11th Aviation Command, Ft. Knox, KY.

BG Kok then proceeded to USTRANSCOM, Scott AFB, IL and served as the Deputy Director Reserve Affairs, J9 and Deputy Commander Joint Transportation Reserve Unit for two years. Upon completion of his tour he reported to USACAPOC(A) at Fort Bragg, NC, where he served as the ACofS, G4 and Special Assistant to the CG.

Richard P. Mustion

Class of 1981

Major General Rick Mustion is a native of Waynesville, Missouri. He was commissioned in the Adjutant General's Corps through the Reserve Officer Training Program at University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO in May 1981.

Major General Mustion has served in command and staff positions in the continental United States, Germany, Korea and Iraq with the 1st Infantry Division (Mechanized), 2nd Armored Division (Forward), 2nd Armored Division, 4th Infantry Division, III U.S. Corps, 2nd U.S. Army, Eighth United States Army, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, U.S. Army Human Resources Command, Department of the Army, Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Multi-National Force - Iraq.

His key assignments include: command of Company D, 498th Support Battalion, the 1st Personnel Services Company, the 502nd Personnel Services Battalion and the 8th Personnel Command; Deputy G1/AG, 2nd Armored Division (Forward) and 1st Infantry Division; ACofS, G1/AG, 4th Infantry Division; Reserve Component Advisor, 2nd Army; Combat Service Support and Force Integration Officer, Force XXI Experimental Force Coordination Cell; Recorder, DA Secretariat for Officer Selection Boards; Personnel Policy Staff Officer, and Director, Army G-1 Strategic Initiatives Group; Adjutant General for U.S. Forces Korea and Eighth U.S. Army; Military Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness; C1, Director of Personnel, Multi-National Force - Iraq; Commandant of the Adjutant General School, Chief of the Adjutant General Corps and Chief, Army Bands; Commanding General, US Army Soldier Support Institute; 64th Adjutant General of the U.S. Army; and, he last served as the Director of Military Personnel Management, Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1. Major General Mustion assumed command of the U.S. Army Human Resources Command on August 10, 2012.

Major General Mustion is a graduate of the Adjutant General's Corps Officer Basic and Advanced courses, Combined Arms Staff Services School, Command and General Staff College and the Army War College. He holds a Master of Arts in Public Administration and a Master of National Strategic Studies.

C. David Turner

Class of 1982

BG Turner was born in St. Louis, MO, and graduated from the University of Central Missouri with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematical Sciences. He also holds a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from Wichita State University and a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. He is a Harvard Senior Executive Fellow. BG Turner's military education includes the Engineer Officer Basic Course, Armor Officer Advance Course, U.S. Army Combined Arms and Services Staff School, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army War College.

BG C. David Turner is Commander of the South Pacific Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). BG Turner's most recent assignment was the Chief of Staff, Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from February 2013 to June 2013. Prior to his assignment to USACE, he was deployed to Afghanistan and served as the Chief of Staff for Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435, a three-star operational command. BG Turner commanded the Far East District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seoul, Korea where he oversaw a $10B design and construction program; and served three tours on the Army Staff as the G1 Engineer; Assistant Executive Officer to the G3; and Chief, Base Realignment and Closure Division (BRAC 2005). He also served on the Joint Staff as the Assistant Deputy Director of Operations, Emergency Action Officer, Global Nuclear Strike Advisor and Senior Operations Officer.

BG Turner has served in a variety of other command and staff assignments in the continental United States, Germany, Bosnia and the Middle East. During the Gulf War he commanded Bravo Company, 1st Engineer Battalion (Mechanized).

BG Turner has been awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, two Legions of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device, two Bronze Star Medals, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, seven Meritorious Service Medals, the Joint Commendation Medal, two Army Commendation Medals, and two Army Achievement Medals. BG has two Valorous Unit Awards. He is a recipient of the Silver and Bronze Orders of the de Fleury Medal, and is the 2009 Black Engineer of the Year for Professional Achievement in Government.