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Our Cadet Orientation Program before school begins in August is a weekend of fun adventure activities, camaraderie and getting cadets oriented to the University of Illinois. Most cadets find this weekend fun and very rewarding.

Freshmen cadets participate in tug of war at the Cadet Orientation Program in August.

Our Cadet Orientation Program before school begins in August is a weekend of fun adventure activities, camaraderie and getting cadets oriented to the University of Illinois. Most cadets find this weekend fun and very rewarding.

LTC(R) John Davies

Division of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, Kentucky Office of Energy Policy

LTC John H. Davies, retired from the U.S. Army in 1996 after serving 20years as a Quartermaster Officer.  Commissioned as a Lieutenant upon hisgraduation from the University of Illinois, College of Agriculture in 1974,LTC(R) Davies has served in various command and staff positions both in theUnited States and overseas.   He served in Germany, Okinawa, Italyand had two tours with the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Pentagon,Washington D.C.  His awards include Legion of Merit; Defense MeritoriousService Medal; Army Meritorious Service Medal and three oak leafs; ArmyCommendation Medal with four oak leafs; Army Achievement Medal and the ArmyStaff Badge.  He has a master’s degree from Florida Institute ofTechnology and is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College,Leavenworth, KS.  Upon retirement, Colonel Davies worked for FerrellgasInc. as a marketing coordinator and an area manger.  Currently, he servesas Director, Division of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, KentuckyOffice of Energy Policy, Frankfort, KY.

1LT Rebecca (Harar) Deforest

UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter Pilot, U.S. Army

First Lieutenant Rebecca DeForest graduated and received her commission fromthe University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2002.  Currently,First Lieutenant DeForest has just returned from a deployment with the NorthCarolina Army National Guard as a Platoon Leader in Iraq with 1stBattalion, 126th Aviation Regiment.  She commanded 15 soldiers(pilots and crew) and flew 450 hours performing regular combat support missionsand direct action missions.  Her life as a UH-60 Blackhawk pilot has beenchallenging, but very rewarding.  She told this story from Iraq: 

"One of my favorite things about flying here is seeing the localpeople in the very rural areas wave to us.  It makes me thinkthere really are many people who are happy that we are here to tryand help them.  We have started to throw "candy bombs" to thechildren as we fly by too.  We tell the crew chiefs in the back where wesee the kids and they throw a marked bag of candy out the window.  Thekids go running for it, since they all know what that means when they seesomething like that fly out of a helicopter.  It is a lot better thanhaving to shoot out the window, no?"

MAJ Susan (Stoltz) Mitchell

Assistant Professor of Military Science, Wheaton College

MAJ Susan (Stoltz) Mitchell graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree inEnglish and received her commission as an Ordnance Officer from the Universityof Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 1994.  MAJ Mitchell has served invarious positions around the world including;  Engineer Platoon Leader inDelta Company, 701st MSB, in Fort Riley, KS (1994-1995); Ground Support andEquipment (GSW) Platoon Leader, 514th Maintenance Company, Fort Drum, NY; ShopOfficer, 514th Maintenance Company; Battalion Maintenance Officer, 548th CorpsSupport Battalion, Fort Drum 1997- DEC 1998; Adjutant, 16th Corps SupportGroup, Hanau, Germany 1999-2001; and Company Commander, 77th MaintenanceCompany, Babenhausen, Germany, Feb 01-Aug 02.   Since 2002, she hasbeen serving as an Assistant Professor of Military Science at Wheaton Collegein Wheaton, IL.   MAJ Mitchell completed both Airborne and AirAssault Schools, Ordnance Corps OBC, CLC3 and CAS3.   She receivedher Masters Degree in Leadership and Organizational Studies from LewisUniversity in May 2005.  She is married to MAJ Robb Mitchell, also analumnus of the University of Illinois.  The Mitchells have one son,Brody.