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Jayhawk Salute H Fall 2013

Editor: Bill Steele, 785-864-7478 wsteele@ku.edu Assoc. Editor: Randy Masten, 785-864-7455 RandyMasten@ku.edu

H Four-star general receives CLAS distinguished alumni award Gen. (ret) Charles Boyd, a highly decorated Air Force combat pilot and the only Vietnam War prisoner of war to achieve the four-star rank, was awarded the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award Oct. 18 at the Dole Institute of Politics. A self-professed farm boy from Iowa, Gen. Boyd, c’75, g’76, was a 28-year-old captain flying the F-105 fighter-bomber when he was shot down over North Vietnam in 1966. He survived 2,488 days of solitary confinement in various North Vietnamese prisons before being released in 1973. While in confinement, a fellow POW taught Boyd Spanish vocabulary using tap code. He learned 2,700 words by the end, and would recite them alphabetically every day. After he returned to the U.S., Boyd decided to continue learning Spanish and enrolled at the University. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Latin American Studies in less than three years. “At the time I was released, I had spent one-fifth of my life as a prisoner of war,” Boyd said. “I came back to a society that I didn’t recognize, and I had to figure out

what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I knew two things: I was not going to spend the rest of my life being a POW for nothing, and I knew that I loved this country and I wanted to serve it in some way.” After graduating in 1976, Gen. Boyd went on to enjoy a distinguished military career and retired from the Air Force in 1995 after 36 years of active service. He continues to serve his country as an advocate for economic and national security issues, and serves as a board member on numerous defense-related firms. “I’ve flunked retirement four times,” Boyd said. After an hour-long conversation with Landon Rowland, the former chairman of Business Executives for National Security in Kansas City, Gen. Boyd took time to reminisce with old college friends and reflect on his years at KU. “This institution had a formative element in my life,” Boyd said. “It took a guy who was at a very confused point in his life and it gave him an opportunity to kind of find himself within a learning environment, and it stuck.”

Senior Advisory Board Sen. Robert J. Dole, Army, Honorary Board Chairman, c’45 Kenneth L. Audus, Air Force, PhD’84 BG Roosevelt Barfield, Army (Ret.), c’85 GEN John G. Coburn, Army (Ret.), g’75 Brig Gen (Sel) Scott Dold, KS Air National Guard, c’83, l’91 BG Michael C. Flowers, Army (Ret.), c’77 RADM Mark Heinrich, Navy, g’89, g’89 Forrest Hoglund, Army, e’56 LTG Richard F. Keller, Army (Ret.) LTG Keith Kellogg Jr., Army (Ret.), g’77 MG Gary Patton, Army, g’90 RADM Ed Phillips, Navy (Ret.) COL Ed Reilly, Army (Ret.), c’61 BG John C. Reppert, Army (Ret.), g’72 MajGen David A. Richwine, USMC (Ret.) c’65 MG Jeff Schloesser, Army (Ret.), c’76 COL Willard Snyder, Army (Ret.), c’62, l’65 Brig Gen Cassie Strom, MOANG, c’79 MG Butch Tate, Army, c’79, l’82 COL Robert Ulin, Army (Ret.), g’79

Executive Committee Col Jeff Bowden, USMC (Ret.), c’83 MSgt Chris Campbell, USMC (Ret.) CAPT James Cooper, Navy (Ret.), c’74 Warren Corman, Navy, e’50 Col Mike Denning, USMC (Ret.), Chapter President, c’83 COL Todd Ebel, Army (Ret.) Col Greg Freix, Air Force (Ret.), Chapter Vice President, g’99 COL Bernie Kish, Army (Ret.), PhD’98 AMB David Lambertson, Department of State (Ret.) CAPT Max Lucas, Navy (Ret.), e’56, g’62 LTC Randy Masten, Army (Ret.), Chapter Secretary and Treasurer, g’03 COL James Pottorff, Army (Ret.), l’84

Ex Officio

U.S. Air Force Gen. (ret) Charles Boyd speaks after receiving the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ Distinguished Alumni Award Oct. 18.

Liane Larson, Army, Collegiate Veterans Association. e’01, m’04 CPT Timothy Hornik, Army (Ret.), Chapter’s Director of Veterans Affairs, s’11 LTC Susan Mitchell, Army, KUAA D.C. Chapter Liaison Officer, c’88, l’94 LTC Storm Reynolds, Army, Professor of Military Science Lt Col Brian Salmans, Air Force, Professor of Aerospace Studies CAPT David D. Schweizer, Navy, Professor of Naval Science CPO William Steele, Navy Reserve, Newsletter Editor


H New Initiatives

H KU Grad students research irregular warfare for the Army

KU awarded DOD Language Training Center designation

The University of Kansas recently appointed three graduate fellows to conduct innovative research and write scholarly papers that focus on issues important to the Army’s Irregular Warfare Center (AIWC) at Fort Leavenworth.

Earlier this fall the University of Kansas was awarded a $775,000 Institute of International Education grant that establishes a Department of Defense Language Training Center. The 2010 National Defense Authorization Act authorized DOD to establish LTCs at accredited universities to increase the training capacity in strategic languages and regional studies. KU’s LTC will provide language and culture programs designed to meet the stated operational needs of the Special Operations Forces element within the Command and General Staff Officer’s College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and the Marine Corps Detachment at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. The KU departments/centers participating in the program include African & African-American Studies (Arabic), East Asian Languages & Cultures (Chinese, Japanese and Korean), French and Italian (French), Slavic Languages and Literature (Russian), Spanish and Portuguese (Spanish), Germanic Languages and Literature (German), and the Ermal Garinger Academic Resources Center. “Language training will provide Army SOF students and faculty with the linguistic and cultural training needed for deployments to Africa, Europe, Eurasia and South Asia,” says LTC Paul Schmidt, the SOF Element Officer in Charge at Fort Leavenworth. Schmidt added, “This program has the potential to transform language and cultural understanding within CGSOC and Special Operations Forces Leadership Development and Education.” LTC grants are single year awards, but renewable based on performance, program needs and availability of funding.

Under the program, fellows from the United States, South Korea and Nigeria will receive a stipend and produce unclassified scholarly works on a related topic within their area of expertise. The articles are intended to be published in scholarly journals with a military or international relations focus. The unique fellowship program benefits the DoD, KU, Fort Leavenworth, the Combined Arms Center, the Mission Command Center of Excellence and the Army’s Irregular Warfare Center. In a Fort Leavenworth Lamp newspaper article published in September about the

Randy Masten, center, Assistant Director of Graduate Military Programs, discusses research topics concerning irregular warfare with KU doctoral students Onye Obi-Okaye, law; Jong Jun Jeon, law; and Steven Mutz, political science.

fellowship program, Mike Denning, director of Graduate Military Programs at KU, said that the institution also welcomes the collaboration with the AIWC. His department has had previous educational partnerships with Fort Leavenworth since 2004, but not with the AIWC, he said.

H KU’s ‘MilJo’ program brings journalists to Fort Leonard Wood More than a dozen journalists paid a three-day visit to Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., in September as part of the KU School of Journalism’s “Military and the Media” workshop. The program, commonly referred to as MilJo, is funded by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation and is aimed at improving the level of understanding between the military and the media and enhancing coverage of national security. The workshop is led by KU journalism professor Tom Volek.

Language instruction is planned to start at Fort Leonard Wood in November and Fort Leavenworth in January. Journalists participating in KU’s “Media and the Military” program get a tour of the Army’s 43rd AG Replacement Battalion while soldiers are in processing.

On the tour, the participating journalists observed the arrival of new soldiers to Army basic training, joined recruits in early morning physical training and ran an obstacle course. The journalists also received weapons training at Fort Leonard Wood’s simulated shooting range, maneuvered robots at the Range 30 Robotics testing facility, and toured Fort Leonard Wood’s chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear first responder training facility. The journalists conducted numerous interviews with recruits, soldiers and base personnel during their stay. Before they arrived, most of the journalists had little knowledge of the U.S. Army and the military in general. By the time they left, however, they walked away with a much greater understanding of the military, and how as media they can work to build lasting relationships with the military.


H KU partnering with Army to educate Special Forces officers By Prof. John Kennedy, Director, KU Center for Global and International Studies

Studies with a Concentration in Global Interagency Studies.

Since 2009, the University of Kansas has been educating military professionals about the complex nature of military and civilian interaction through its Interagency Studies M.A. program (ISP). Created in partnership with the U.S. Army’s Special Warfare Center and School, , the curriculum is designed to immerse Army Special Operations Forces (SOF)officers in a broad, interagency-focused education. Top students are nominated by the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and reviewed through KU’s CGIS graduate admissions committee. After successful completion of the graduate program, the University awards each ISP graduate a Master of Arts in Global and International

The ISP reflects the important relations between KU and Fort Leavenworth. Indeed, KU is consistently recognized as a military-friendly university, and it is now among a select few universities nationwide to provide Army Officers specialized graduate level education.

LTCOL Paul Schmidt engages in a discussion with professors John Kennedy and Shannon O’Lear of the Center for Global and International Studies.

SOF officers already possess highly developed tactical skills. The ISP provides an additional skill set and critical analysis from several non-military perspectives such as the social sciences and the humanities. The goal of the ISP is to offer SOF officers a Master’s degree anchored in a solid academic program. The ISP experience will prepare officers for advising senior leaders and establishing effective relationships in the region where they are serving. Given the depth of international expertise and resources, KU is uniquely suited to provide this opportunity for military officers. The ISP curriculum consists of a set of core KU graduate courses that are taught at two locations: night courses during Fall and Spring semesters at the Command

and General Staff College (CGSC) and day courses during the Summer semester at KU’s main campus in Lawrence. While the MA is condensed into a one year program, the time spent in the classroom and the quality of instruction remains the same. Courses are taught from August to July, and the program is fully integrated into the CGSC academic year to minimize the impact on officers’ time. The course content covers a wide range of material including Innovation and Organizational Change, Globalization, Environmental Geopolitics and Islamic Law. These are regular KU graduate course classes that are accommodating the one year time frame for the ISP. The ISP also provides a mutual benefit and understanding for KU and military officers. KU professors who teach the ISP courses routinely state that they are impressed with the ISP students and in-class discussions are educational for both the students and professors. Moreover, these courses also include regular KU graduate students. The ISP student evaluations consistently reflect a strong appreciation for the program especially the academic interaction with KU professors and students.

H KU ROTC cadets go global with intensive language program Last year KU was selected as one of only 25 universities—and the only Midwestern university—to participate in the Project GO (Global Officers) consortium, a DOD initiative aimed at improving the language and culture skills of future military officers. The program funds scholarships through a grant from Defense Language National Security Education and is administered by the Institute for International Education. Over the summer, Project GO at KU gave out scholarships to 22 students in ROTC, AFROTC and NROTC from KU and elsewhere. Thirteen students studied Arabic, Chinese, Korean and Russian on the KU campus. Ten students went abroad to Ifrane, Morocco, and studied Arabic at Al-Akhawayn University. The scholarship

covered tuition, books, fees and gave a stipend for living expenses. In the case of students studying abroad, the scholarship also paid for their international flights. Project GO also offered opportunities for participants to interact with native speakers for tutoring and conversation practice in addition to their normal course of instruction. In a total of eight weeks, students covered what would normally be taught over two semesters. The aim of Project GO is to increase the number of ROTC students graduating with skills in critical languages by providing them with significant multicultural experiences, thereby building a future officer corps that will be better prepared to deal with international and global situ-

ations. Students can be funded up for to two summers of intensive language study. The timing of the summer study also makes the likelihood of fitting in language study much better for students in the STEM majors.

Midshipman Nick Castans (on the far left), NROTC, while abroad in Morocco in July with other ROTC candidates.


H ROTC Corner Navy Midshipmen plunge into new school year By CAPT Dave Schweizer, USN The summer has come and gone too quickly here at KU NROTC. It has been a busy one as our Midshipmen have completed crucial summer cruise training in the fleet as well as enriching themselves through continued academic studies on campus and in foreign lands. As we move forward into another semester it is important to note the tremendous opportunities our MIDN seized in their time off. One example is the Project GO language studies program. This scholarship allows select MIDN to attend language classes at various college campuses throughout the country. In addition, a select few are allowed to attend language and cultural immersion in exotic locales. One of them, MIDN 3/C Nick Castans said of his experience: “During our Project GO funded study abroad trip to Morocco, we covered two semesters of Arabic in just

Air Force ROTC flying high with new commander By Lt Col Brian Salmans, AFROTC Det 280 The AFROTC Det 280 is beginning the new academic year with a new commander, Lt Col Brian R. Salmans. Brian is a Cyber Operations Officer and has been in the Air Force 23 years. His most recent assignment was in Distance Learning Operations at the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell AFB, Ala. Over the last few years he has had a variety of assignments, including selection to earn a PhD in Information Systems from the University of North Texas, a 12-month deployment as a Combat Advisor to the Afghan National Army in Kabul, Afghanistan, and computer network defense assignments at USTRANSCOM and the Defense Information Systems Agency.

CAPT Dave Schweizer congratulates MIDN Kieran Bateman and formally welcomes him into the Jayhawk Battalion after the last physical training session of this year’s Orientation and Indoctrination.

two months. We took several sightseeing trips and were totally immersed in the native culture. Looking back on this adventure I am extremely grateful for this opportunity and the positive impact that it will have on my future military career.” On another note, we welcomed aboard our newest group of young, aspiring 4/C

Lt Col Montague Samuel transferred to Barksdale AFB, La., where he is assigned to the Air Force Global Strike Command. Lt Col Brian Schroeder transferred back to Kessler AFB in Biloxi, Miss., to rejoin his old unit, the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron Hurricane Hunters. The AFROTC cadets, along with cadets and midshipmen from the other services’ detachments, participated in the University of Kansas’ Salute to Service football game on Sept. 7. The cadets and midshipmen accomplished pushups in the end zone for every KU point scored (fortunately this year they did get a good workout in) and Capt Ben Smith’s time deployed to Afghanistan was recognized as the fans listened and cheered his end of deployment decoration narrative. The outstanding contributions of Det 280 Cadre and Cadets to the USAF ROTC program have been recognized

MIDN for our Orientation and Indoctrination held the week of 19 August. This year’s training included basic military drill, challenging physical activities, campus familiarization, and an introduction to life in the Jayhawk Battalion and as college freshmen. O&I helped develop camaraderie and allowed them an extra week to settle in to their new settings prior to arrival of the KU student body. Based on their outstanding success during this year’s O&I, our newest MIDN have once again set the bar higher than the class before them.

MIDN Trevor Dark hurls himself up and over the double parallel bars at KU NROTC’s new obstacle course.

in the form of two awards: Capt Ben Smith was recognized as the Outstanding Recruiting Flight Commander of the Year for the Northwest Region and Det 280 was the runner-up for the best small detachment in the Northwest Region. This recognition shows the outstanding leadership and teamwork within Det 280.

AFROTC Det 280 Staff. L to R: Capt Ben Smith, Lt Col Brian Salmans, TSgt Nichole Pearsall, SSgt George White, Mr. James Young.


Jayhawk Battalion orients 45 new freshmen to its ranks By LTC Storm Reynolds, Battalion Commander The new semester has started, and the Jayhawk Battalion is ready to swing back into action for another year. Forty-five new freshman cadets were welcomed into the Battalion through New Cadet Orientation, which consisted of the completion of an obstacle course, team building exercises, a paintball course, and, best of all, a barbecue at the end of a long day of training. Since New Cadet Orientation, all cadets have been integrated into their new squads and platoons. They have completed their first Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) and formed the habit of physical training with the Battalion in the morning.

Cadet Matt Millen climbs over one of many obstacles on the obstacle course used for New Cadet Orientation.

place every Thursday during the school year. So far, cadets have learned about individual movement techniques and squad training exercises, and completed a land navigation course.

The Jayhawk Battalion values physical fitness, which is a crucial part of the weekly routine every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday morning. This value paid off this past summer when juniorlevel cadets traveled to Fort Lewis, Wash., and represented the Jayhawk Battalion nationally at the Leadership Development and Assessment Course. The average score of the junior class out of a maximum of 300 was 292, a score that can spread Jayhawk pride.

Most recently, the Jayhawk Battalion participated in the Salute to Service football game between KU and South Dakota on Sept. 7. This game is held at the beginning of every school year to honor current troops fighting for freedom around the world, and also American veterans from the past. KU Army ROTC participates in this event every year by completing as many pushups in the end zone for as many points as the Jayhawk football team can score. This year it was 52 overall pushups.

The Battalion has also completed two Leadership Labs. These Labs will take

JAYHAWKS LEAD THE WAY!

Cadet Devante Green checks his azimuth during the land navigation course at Leadership Lab.

H KU honors vets at “Salute to Service” football game KU played South Dakota Sept. 7 in the first game of the football season. Since Sept. 11, 2001, the University and Kansas Athletics have honored current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces and those who have served or are serving in police, fire and other public-service agencies in the annual “Salute to Service” day. KU defeated the Coyotes 31-14, in an impressive first outing for the Jayhawks.

U.S. Army CAPT Joe Carrier raises his daughter Kaylin at KU’s Salute to Service football game between KU and South Dakota at Memorial Stadium Sept. 7.

Air Force ROTC cadets perform pushups on Memorial Stadium’s field at the University of Kansas’ Salute to Service football game between KU and South Dakota, Sept. 7. The cadets, along with cadets and midshipmen from the other services’ detachments, did the pushups in the end zone for every KU point scored.


H Interview with Anthony Schmiedeler, Wounded Warrior Scholarship award recipient Anthony Schmiedeler, 26, is a senior in graphic design and a Marine Corps veteran diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. This past spring he was awarded one of two $10,000 Wounded Warrior Scholarships for the current school year. (The Scholarship is awarded to help injured veterans or their primary caregivers.) A native of Kansas City, Kan., Anthony was 17 when he joined the Marines in 2005 and served two tours in Fallujah, Iraq, as an amphibious assault vehicle crewman. During his deployments he encountered multiple Improvised Explosive Devices and enemy assaults. He began rehabilitation upon return from his second deployment, in 2008, and left the military a year later to pursue his goal of becoming a professional graphic designer. Last spring he won a Kansas City American Advertising Federation gold ADDY award for a series of advocacy posters he created for the Disabled American Veterans charity organization. Anthony took a break between classes recently to talk about the challenges he has faced as a veteran college student. Why did you join the Marines? I always had a fascination with the military since I was a kid. And I didn’t know what I wanted to do when I graduated high school, but I knew I didn’t want to just stick around and be a bum. One of my buddies had joined the Marine Corps a year before I did and he had just gotten back [from deployment] and he told me how cool it was, and all the fun stuff you get to do, so I thought it sounded like a good idea. And I got my twin brother [Ehren] to sign up at the same time, so I knew if he was going to be there it wouldn’t be so bad. What was your experience like in Iraq? When I first got there, in 2006, the people we were replacing hadn’t really seen much. We did security patrols on the main highway [running through Fallujah] and they said it was pretty quiet, so I anticipated it staying the same. But it didn’t.

At what point did you start getting worried? Well, when guys started getting hurt I got worried. We were all the youngest guys in the company and all the youngest guys knew each other, even though we were spread across different platoons. We lost a couple Marines. One guy I knew pretty well, he’d come in after me, so he was really close friends with a couple of guys that I was close friends with. And that was tough. But it didn’t scare us, it just made us want to work harder and be more vigilant. What were you doing over there? I drove an Amtrak, amphibious assault vehicle. As a driver it was my job to basically spot the IEDs. That was my only job—drive and spot IEDs. I can’t even count how many IEDs we saw before we hit them and called EOD [Explosive Ordnance Disposal] and have them come and detonate them. It happened a lot. What was the worst time for you? We were on standby, the QRF, the Quick Reaction Force. Another squad was out on patrol, and we heard that they hit an IED and a couple of guys got hurt. They

couldn’t move the vehicle so we went out there to set up security while they got those guys out and get the vehicle out as well. And I was the second vehicle in a three-vehicle convoy. One of my buddies was driving the first one. And he drives over this culvert and all of a sudden there’s a giant explosion. I think the smoke went 200 feet in the air. I couldn’t see the vehicle anymore. It was a 26 ton vehicle completely engulfed in smoke. And my heart felt like it was on the top of my head. Once the smoke cleared his vehicle was on its side and I got pretty worried. We moved the other vehicles around and tried to get him on the radio, and couldn’t get him on the radio. Eventually we sent one of our vehicles up in there and everyone in the vehicle was okay but they got hurt pretty bad. That was probably one of the scariest moments because he was my best friend and he got hurt and I didn’t know what was going to happen to him. He survived. But I still think back to that moment where I didn’t know what was going on. Yeah, I was really proud of all those guys. We didn’t lose anybody that day because everybody was on top of their game. We were quick and we were safe. You got out of the Marines in 2009 as a sergeant and immediately enrolled at Johnson County Community College. But you were also dealing with PTSD. How did you cope with that? My first year at JCCC was miserable. I really considered going back to the Marine Corps. I was drinking a lot. That’s how I would cope. I got in trouble for drinking. And I knew that the alcohol wasn’t the main problem. I was abusing the alcohol for this other problem. So that was kind of my rock bottom. I knew that if I didn’t get help something was going to happen. So that’s when I sought help. I started seeing a therapist at the Kansas City VA. That helped a lot. I got some medication, which kind of helped me calm down a bit. I’ve got off that since then, but they’ve kind of just given me the tools I need to cope with it, making me understand that I have this problem, that’s why I’m thinking this way.


Was there a turning point for you when you realized that you had the problem under control?

university experience, so I transferred to KU, which has an excellent graphic design program.

Yeah, I guess it was just coming to terms with the fact that I had this problem, and being aware of that. It really helped when I started to make friends. Realize that nobody was out to get me. Realize that people were here to help. That was my turning point I think.

Could you talk a bit about your transition to KU and your perception of veteran support on campus?

So developing relationships was the key factor? I think that’s really what I was lacking, relationships. Because the Marine Corps is a brotherhood, you have all those friends that are automatically built in, and they’re there for you no matter what. But coming here I didn’t have that anymore, I kind of had to start from scratch. And in college, no one is forced to be your friend. You have to go out and do it yourself. So that was the key for me. How did you end up going to KU? Being from Kansas City, Kansas, I’ve kind of always been a KU fan. I did a year at Johnson County, but I knew I wanted a

Transitioning to KU was fairly easy. I found the veteran services office pretty quickly and they told me everything I needed to know as well as introducing me to the many programs available to student vets. I was actually a bit overwhelmed by the amount of opportunities for student veterans to connect with each other as well as participate in the KU culture. I feel like KU has had a very supportive atmosphere since my first day and I feel that the entire KU community really appreciates student vets and goes out of its way to recognize their needs. How did you learn about the Wounded Warrior Scholarship? My brother told me about it. He’s actually going to school here as well. He and I were both using our GI Bill benefits at the same time and we were both looking for

scholarships last semester. So he found that one and forwarded it to me. It’s the first scholarship I’ve ever gotten. So it’s been great. It’s taken the pressure off me. I had been Anthony Schmiedeler working a little bit going to school but I knew if I didn’t have any scholarship money I’d have to work probably full time and that would have been pretty difficult. So the scholarship has made your life easier. Yes. A lot easier. To donate to the KU Wounded Warrior scholarship please call KU Endowment Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT, at 785-832-7316, or toll free at 800444-4201 ext 316. Or email givetoku@ kuendowment.org.

H On Campus CVA Sound-Off The Collegiate Veterans Association (CVA) has had a busy Fall semester. In October, members of the group traveled to Denver to attend the Student Veteran Association’s Local Leadership Summit, a one-day event designed to bring together student veterans from other SVA chapters in a collaborative effort to share ideas and success stories. In November, the group is gearing up for its annual slew of activities surrounding the Veterans Day observance. Most prominent of these is the Veterans Day Run, a 5K event the group established in 2009. The race will start Sunday, November 10 at 9:00 a.m. on the east side of the Memorial Stadium parking lot. Proceeds

will benefit KU’s Wounded Warrior Scholarship Fund and the CVA. For more information about the event, go to www. kualumni.org/kuvetsrun.

more information about the group, or to donate, go to kuveterans.org or contact Liane Larson at liane941@ku.edu

In addition to these activities, the CVA is working on a proposal to help students who can’t attend class for military related reasons to get an excused absence. The CVA’s president, Liane Larson, says that currently Reserves or National Guard students have a difficult time getting an excused absence if they have to leave school for temporary military duty. The group hopes to make that easier by changing University policy, Larson said. The CVA is a non-partisan group of military veterans at the University of Kansas that is actively seeking new members. For

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H Army ROTC cadet receives Distinguished Military Graduate Award Tyler Beck, an Army Reserve Officer Training Corps graduate, received the inaugural Chancellor John Fraser Distinguished Military Graduate Award in recognition of outstanding achievement as an ROTC cadet May 20. The award, given by the KU Veterans Alumni Chapter, was presented at a joint ROTC commissioning ceremony in the Kansas Union Ballroom. The award recipient exemplifies academic excellence, leadership, physical fitness and dedication to community service.

U.S. Army Lt. Tyler Beck, center, holds the Chancellor John Fraser Distinguished Military Graduate Award in recognition of his outstanding achievement as an ROTC cadet. In the foreground is Gen. Fraser’s Civil War saber. From the left: Col. Greg Freix, USAF (Ret); CAPT John Newsom, USN (Ret); CAPT Jim Cooper, USN (Ret); Prof. Adrian Lewis; Col. Mike Denning, USMC (Ret); and LTC Randy Masten, USA (Ret)

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