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(I-1) and Steve Tobin (F-2).
Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Thanks to Rich Polo (and all that contributed) for compiling a list of our class
that deployed, or have deployed, to
Southwest Asia for Operation Iraqi Freedom:
LTC(P) John Agoglia, J5
Plans, CENTCOM, Qatar
COL(P) Chuck Anderson, Chief of Staff, 32nd Army Air &
Missile Defense Cmd (AAMDC), Kuwait
BG Vince Brooks, Deputy for Operations & Coalition
spokesman, HQ, CENTCOM, Qatar
COL Dave Brown, G3 section (runs the Corps TOC), V Corps,
Robin Carrington, US Dept of State, American Embassy,
LTC(P) Curt Cheeseman, J5 Plans, CENTCOM, Qatar
COL Perry Clawson, Cdr, 1186th Transportation Terminal Bde,
Mil Traffic Mgmt Cmd (MTMC), CENTCOM AOR
John Davis, CENTCOM AOR
Pat Donahue, CENTCOM AOR
COL Alex Dornstauder, Chief of Staff, USACE Gulf Region
Division, Baghdad, Iraq
LTC Bruce Dow, HQ, CENTCOM (stateside)
LTC Bill Duffy, Cdr, TF 513 Military Intelligence (MI),
Coalition Forces Land Component Cmd (CFLCC), Kuwait
LTC Dale Egger, Cdr, 3/289th Training Spt Bn (stateside)
Jim Embrey, CFLCC, Kuwait
COL Mark Eshelman, 3rd Army, CENTCOM AOR
LTC TJ Farrell, Force Protection Ofcr, 143rd TRANSCOM, Shaiba
COL Tim Glaeser, Cdr, 11th ADA Bde (Patriot), Kuwait
MAJ Curt Grayer, Deputy Cdr, 310th Personnel Spt Group
(stateside, but in receipt of deployment orders to CENTCOM AOR)
LTC Vern Greene, Cdr, 1181st Transportation Terminal Bn
COL Ben Hodges, Cdr, Bastogne Bde (1st Bde), 101st Airborne
LTC Frank Hudson, assignment undisclosed, 5th Special Forces
Group (SFG), location undisclosed
LTC Doug Lobdell, Cdr, 3/361 Training Spt Bn (stateside)
COL Tom Koning, Commander, Gulf Region Southern Engineer
District, Basrah, Iraq
LTC Jan Kozlowski, C7 (Engineer), Kuwait
LTC Mark Kucera, Forward Engineer Spt Team (FEST-A), 18th
Engr Bde, location undisclosed
COL Mike Linnington, Cdr, Rakassan Bde (2nd Bde), 101st
Airborne Div, Iraq
COL Dave MacLean, J5-E (Pol-Mil), CDHQ, CENTCOM, Qatar
COL Steve Mains, Chief, JFCOM J9 (Experiment) Lessons Learned
Team, CENTCOM AOR
Dr. (MAJ) Kathy Mathews, (Johnie Ham's wife), Bde
Surgeon, 108th ADA Bde, Kuwait
LTC Tom Miller, Civil Affairs Ofcr, enroute to CENTCOM AOR
LTC Bob Morris, Task Force Restore Iraqi Oil (RIO), Kirkuk
and Baghdad, Iraq
LTC Paul Oettinger, Cdr, 195th Contract Support Detachment,
COL John Peabody, Cdr, Engr Bde, 3rd Inf Div, Iraq
COL Dave Perkins, CDR, 2nd Bde, 3rd Inf Div, Baghdad, Iraq
COL Tony Puckett, J5, CFLCC, Kuwait
LTC Willie Ramos, Cdr, 345th Rear Area Operations Center (RAOC),
CW3 Kathy Silvia, enroute to CENTCOM AOR
COL(P) Joe Votel, Cdr, 75th Ranger Rgmt, location undisclosed
Kurt Westerman, CENTCOM AOR
We've come a long way from those cadet days at West Point! Who
would have thought that our classmates would have been the backbone
of the leadership for Operation Iraqi Freedom. I have some
pictures in the Scrap Book
section . . . please feel free to contribute more! Click
here for a report of Ben Hodges' unit during OIF by embedded
reporter Jim Lacey . . .
Forgotten? LTG Bob Flowers, Chief of Engineers, shared the
following PowerPoint slide show accompanied by Daryl Worley's song,
"Have You Forgotten", with those of us in the Fort Worth
Engineer District during an April town hall meeting. It's well
done (at least on the same level as the www.centerstall.com
cadet productions . . . ) and certainly keeps some of the visual
perspectives in place as we move further from September 11, 2001.
Hall. Deb Lewis continues to work hard to raise funds for
a new equestrian facility to be called Calvary Hall on the grounds
of Morgan Farms at West Point. To this end, she and the West
Point Society of Philadelphia (WPSP) commissioned Don Stivers to
paint Captain Charles Parsons (USMA Class of June 1861) and his
student, CDT Robert Carter, at Redoubt 4. The print, titled No
Shortcuts to Greatness is available through the WPSP for a short
time longer for $150 + $20 S/H. Click
here for more information including a photo of the print.
I'm kind of partial to the scene at Redoubt 4 after trudging up
there in 20 inches of snow on 1 January 2000 to take pictures of the
snowy Hudson Valley for Debbie and Stivers.
Soldier. A poem circulated around concerning the
contributions of soldiers. I reprint it here for those not on
I want you to close your eyes and picture in your mind the soldier
at Valley Forge, as he holds his musket in his bloody hands. He
stands barefoot in the snow, starved from lack of food, wounded from
months of battle and emotionally scarred from the eternity away from
his family surrounded by nothing but death and carnage of war.
He stands though, with fire in his eyes and victory on his breath.
He looks at us now in anger and disgust and tells us this...
"I gave you a birthright of freedom born in the Constitution
and now your children graduate too illiterate to read
I fought in the snow barefoot to give you the freedom to vote and
you stay at home because it rains.....
I left my family destitute to give you the freedom of speech and you
remain silent on critical issues, because it might be bad for
I orphaned my children to give you a government to serve you and it
has stolen democracy from the people......"
It is the soldier not the reporter who gives you the freedom of the
It is the soldier not the poet who gives you the freedom of speech.
It is the soldier not the campus organizer who allows you to
It is the soldier who salutes the flag, serves the flag, whose
coffin is draped with the flag that allows the protester to burn the
"Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as
they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts
they perform for us in our time of need. I ask this in the name of
Jesus, our Lord and Savior. Amen."
War Certificate. Bill Rychener (I-4) passed on this
sample letter requesting a Cold War Certificate:
Cold War Recognition
4035 Ridge Top Road
Fairfax, VA 22030-7445
Please send me a Cold War
Recognition Certificate for my service to the United States
government during the authorized period of September 2, 1945 to
December 26, 1991.
Enclosed is a copy of my DD Form 214 with my Social Security Number,
which verifies my Army service during the Cold War Era. I understand
that the enclosed copy will not be returned.
Please mail my Cold War Recognition Certificate to the following
Engineer Certification. Classmates offer this advice for getting additional PE licenses:
I would very STRONGLY recommend that you get yourself a Council
Record after you get the VA license. This will allow you to
fast-track a license in any other state within weeks of application,
which is of course important if you are expecting to land consultng
work in different states. You may find a few obstacles to
overcome since USMA was not an ABET school when we were cadets. But,
VA is "military friendly" for PE licensure, and based on
what I think I know of your career, you should be able to get a
license anywhere to pratice. States have now become very
friendly to "engineering professors", to include applied
Ditto on The NCEES record. With a NCEES record my NC & SC PE
granted in less than 6 weeks and I did not have to sent out 3
transcripts, 5 engineers references, and 8 work references for both
NC & SC.
It is a real time saver after the first PE license.