Valley Forge Military College

Major General Walter T. Lord

Military Executive

Major General Walter T. Lord is the Military Executive, Reserve Forces Policy Board, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington, DC. The Reserve Forces Policy Board serves as an independent adviser to the Secretary of Defense, providing advice and recommendations to the Secretary on strategies, policies, and practices designed to improve and enhance the capabilities, efficiency and effectiveness of the Reserve components. He was recommended by the chair and designated by the Secretary of Defense, serving as both the military adviser to the chair and as military executive officer for the Reserve Forces Policy Board. He also supervises the operations and staff of the Board.

He was most recently a Special Assistant to the Vice Chief, National Guard Bureau. His primary responsibility was to orchestrate the National Guard Bureau effort in contributing to the Secretary of Defense's 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review. In leading the National Guard Bureau QDR team, he represented the NGB Chief and Vice Chief and conveyed the National Guard's position at meetings and working sessions with key leaders in the Department of Defense, Joint Staff, Military Services, and the Army and Air National Guard.

General Lord was commissioned in 1984 through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Valley Forge Military Academy and Junior College. Prior to receiving his commission, General Lord enlisted in 2nd Battalion, 111th Infantry in 1982 at the age of 17. He served his initial company grade assignments with 1st Squadron, 104th Cavalry Regiment in Philadelphia.

General Lord has led at the platoon, company, squadron, and coalition headquarters levels. He has held critical army and joint staff positions at every level from unit to coalition in the Continental United States, Germany, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Afghanistan. General Lord has participated in two dual-status Joint Task Forces with United States Northern Command, serving as Chief of Staff, Joint Task Force-G20 in support of the G20 World Economic Summit in Pittsburgh, and Title 32 Deputy Commander, Joint Task Force-National Scout Jamboree in support of the 100th Anniversary National Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia.

Colonel Kevin A. Shwedo

Colonel Kevin A. Shwedo is currently the G-3 (Director of Operations, Plans and Training) for United States Army Accessions Command at Fort Monroe. He assumed responsibilities as the G-3 following duty as the Chief of the TRADOC (Training and Doctrine Command) Commanding General's Planning Group.

He was designated a Distinguished Military Graduate from Valley Forge Military Junior College in 1976. He later graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science in Business and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Infantry in the United States Army. He holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Shippensburg University.

His military schooling includes the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Armor Officer Advance Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Command and General Staff College, Joint Military Professional Education and the United States Army War College.

Colonel Shwedo served as a project officer at the U.S. Army Infantry School and later as a platoon leader in the 197th Infantry Brigade. From 1981 through 1985 he served as a Mechanized Rifle Platoon Leader, Support Platoon Leader, Battalion S-4 and commanded both HHC and C Companies of the 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment in Illesheim, Germany. He then served as an Instructor at the U.S. Army Engineer School for two years. Colonel Shwedo served as the Senior Combat Arms Analyst to the Director of Officer Personnel Management at the Total Army Personnel Command in Alexandria, Virginia. He then moved to Fort Carson, Colorado and served as a Battalion S-3 for 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment. Following graduation from the Command and General Staff College in 1991 he was assigned to Fort Polk, Louisiana and served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for the 5th Infantry Division (Mechanized), Battalion S-3 and Executive Officer for the 4th Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment and the S-3 for the 2nd Brigade, 2nd Armored Division.

Colonel Shwedo then served as the Director of Personnel and Deputy Chief of Staff for Joint Task Force Six in El Paso, Texas. In July 1995, he took command of the 2nd Battalion, 13th Infantry Regiment at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He then served as the Assistant Chief of Staff, G-3 for the 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized) during the Division Advanced Warfighting Experiment. After graduating from the Army War College in 1999 he was assigned to the U.S. Army Forces Command in Atlanta where he served as the Special Assistant and Speechwriter to the Commanding General of United States Army Forces Command in Atlanta, Georgia. Col Shwedo then successfully commanded the largest Basic Combat Training Brigade on the Army at Fort Jackson , South Carolina.

His awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with seven Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (with three Oak Leaf Clusters), Joint Service Achievement Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster) and Army Achievement Medal (with four Oak Leaf Clusters).

Colonel Shwedo is married to the former Beth Cameron of Greensboro, North Carolina. They have two children, a daughter, Cameron and a son, Ryan.

 

Wes Moore (1998)

Wes Moore

Wes Moore is a youth advocate, Army combat veteran, social entrepreneur, and host of Beyond Belief on the Oprah Winfrey Network. His first book The Other Wes Moore became an instant New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller.

Born in 1978, Wes and his sisters were raised by their widowed mother. Despite early academic and behavioral struggles, he graduated Phi Theta Kappa in 1998 as a commissioned officer from Valley Forge Military College, and Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University in 2001, where he also played football and earned a bachelor's degree in International Relations. He then became a Rhodes Scholar, studying International Relations at Oxford University.

After his studies, Wes, a paratrooper and Captain in the United States Army, served a combat tour of duty in Afghanistan with the 1st Brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division. Wes then served as a White House fellow to Secretary of State Condeleezza Rice. He serves on the board of the Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), The Johns Hopkins University, and founded an organization called STAND! that works with Baltimore youth involved in the criminal justice system.