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At Norwich, you developed leadership traits — discipline, integrity, confidence, loyalty, and honor — for you to excel in any profession.

Read below, and follow the external news source links, for stories of Norwich alumni demonstrating leadership and WickGrit in their work or service lives.

Alumni Spotlight

Col. Adrian T. Bogart III M'09Col. Adrian T. Bogart III M'09

Col. Adrian T. Bogart III, just retired from the U. S. Army Special Forces, has been appointed commandant of the Virginia Military Institute Corps of Cadets. Bogart assumed command from Col. William “Bill” Wanovich, who retired June 30 after seven years as commandant.

Bogart spent 38 years on active duty, including 78 months in combat. He deployed as chief of operations, deputy C-9 (forward), with the Combined Forces Land Component Command (CFLCC) in Kuwait, and later took part in the initial planning effort for Operation Iraqi Freedom, deploying to Baghdad, Iraq, as part of CFLCC’s early entry command post. He served a total of three tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

In addition to his service in Kuwait and Iraq, he served three tours of duty in Afghanistan, first deploying as chief of staff for the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force—Afghanistan, and later as an Afghan-Pakistani Hand after having learned Dari, the most widely spoken language in Afghanistan, through the Defense Language Institute. 

See more on the VMI site.  |  See more from Roanoke Valley News / wfxrtv.com.


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James ‘Robert’ Brown M'13
July 16, 2021

FBI Director Christopher Wray has named James “Robert” Brown as the assistant director of the Operational Technology Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington. Mr. Brown has served as the special agent in charge of the Louisville Field Office in Kentucky since 2018.
See article on Homeland Security Today.us.


Sean O’Brien '90
July 1, 2021

Sean O’Brien P.E., a civil engineer with more than 20 years in senior executive roles in the engineering consulting industry, is cited in this article on Forbes.com, Embracing The Change: Solving The D&I Challenge.


Joseph ReaganJoseph Reagan '04
June 23, 2021

June 27 was National Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Injury Awareness Day. In an opinion essay, Joseph hopes we will strive to know the signs, symptoms and stigma of PTSD, and do better.
See the full article here (links to news site).


W. Karl Pauli M'11Mark Lester '92
June 15, 2021

Phantom Space Corporation, the space transportation technology development and manufacturing company, today announced the hiring of Mark Lester. He will be fulfilling the role of Vice President of Launch Operations.
See the full article here (links to news site).


W. Karl Pauli M'11
June 14, 2021

CDR W. Karl Pauli, III assumes command of the Cryptologic Warfare Maritime Activity SIXTY ONE. Commander Pauli most recently served as the Deputy Commander (DCO) at JSOC Intelligence Brigade as of June 2019. The JSOC Intelligence brigade is comprised of over 850 personnel that provide intelligence analysis, exploitation, and collection in support of Joint Special Operations Task Forces executing sensitive special operations worldwide.
See the full article here (links to news site).


Kevin Corbett '10William F. McCollough '91
June 5, 2021

Col. William McCollough, a Brainerd (MN) native, was recently recognized in the U.S. House of Representatives for his 30 years of service to the nation as a Marine Corps officer. McCollough was commissioned in 1991 after graduating summa cum laude from Norwich and was nominated for a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship.
See the full article here (links to news site).


Kevin Corbett '10Stanley T. Kareta '11
May 18, 2021

U.S. Army Capt. Stanley Kareta is on a coveted assignment, taking time at Worcester Polytechnic Institute to earn a master’s degree in manufacturing engineering while serving as an active duty officer. The Palmer, Mass., native plans to use the skills and knowledge base he acquires with his future assignments with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a manager or project engineer.
See the full article here (links to WPI site).


Mark A. Denton '97Mark A. Denton '97
May 12, 2021

Themes of teamwork, leadership, mission-focus and family rang through the 207th Military Intelligence Brigade – Theater’s (MIB-T) change of command ceremony on May 11. Col. Mark A. Denton '97 assumed command of the 207th MIB-T from Col. Bryan M. Love.
See the full article here (links to army.mil site).


Kevin Corbett '10Kevin Corbett '10
May 10, 2021
Fauquier County-based precast concrete manufacturer Smith-Midland Corp. has named Kevin Corbett as its vice president of operations at the company’s Virginia plant, announced May 7.
See the full article here (links to news site).


Tony Mariano, M'75

Tony Mariano M'75
May 10, 2021
Long-time Norwich Director of Athletics Tony Mariano announced that he will retire in Spring 2022. Mariano will depart next spring after 44 years at Norwich, including his final three decades as the leader of the athletic department.
See Norwich Athletics press release.


Kevin LeBlanc '97
April 20, 2021
New Hampshire State Police TFC Kevin LeBlanc received two awards from the FBI. Both awards recognize LeBlanc’s contributions on national case investigations. See Facebook post.


Michael Harrington '85Michael Harrington '85
April 13, 2021
Michael was named Risk Manager of the Year by the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS) for his work at Lockheed Martin.
See article in Risk Management magazine (opens PDF), or see announcement on the RIMS—the risk management society site.


Julie Scribner ‘15, M‘19 Capt. Julie Scribner '15, M'19
March 30, 2021
Vermont Public Radio spoke with Capt. Julie Scribner, co-director of fair and impartial policing and community affairs for the Vermont State Police, about the State Police's pledge to hire, and retain, more women.
See the full article, and link to the audio interview. Also see a New England Cable News report and video.


Andy Biechlin '97
March 24, 2021
With spouse Marcy Eisenberg, Andy is looking to bring drone testing to Northern Virginia this fall. Their new venture, Xelevate Solutions Training Center, will provide facilities for testing and collaboration within the drone industry.
See the full article here (links to news site).


Lt Col Jake Sotiriadis '03Lt Col Jake Sotiriadis '03
March 18, 2021
Jake was honored as HAF A5/7's Field Grade Officer of the Year for 2020. He also presented recently about "US Foreign Policy and the Future of Intractable Conflicts" at the March 18th Horasis Extraordinary Meeting on the United States of America. 
More about Jake available here. 


Wale Akinde ‘03Wale Akinde '03
March 9, 2021
Wale Akinde is campaigning for governor of Ekiti State, of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. See an article making a case for Akinde's candidacy by Deji Adeniyi.


Maj. Gen. Doug Stitt ‘90Maj. Gen. Doug Stitt '90
March 9, 2021
Congratulations to newly promoted Maj. Gen. Doug Stitt, Director of Military Personnel Management in the Army G-1! Very well deserved!
See Facebook post.


Braeden Ostepchuk '18Braeden Ostepchuk '18
March 3, 2021
Braeden Ostepchuk, as scores of Norwich University students had before and since, learned the Guiding Values and used them as a behavioral lodestar through academics, athletics and campus life. He succeeded at seemingly every turn, becoming class valedictorian and an ice hockey Academic All-American. When Ostepchuk’s postcollege life reached a crossroads, the values came through again, becoming a model for drafting his own.
See the full article (links to Norwich.edu news story).


Dawn Delfino '99 Dawn Delfino '99
February 4, 2021
Dawn Delfino has long solved problems and blazed trails. At Norwich, she joined the women’s hockey club that preceded the women’s varsity ice hockey program. In almost 20 years of policing, she drew on conflict resolution skills to earn Officer of the Year recognition certificates from California’s state Senate and Assembly and the U.S. Congress. On Nov. 1, Delfino earned important stripes, becoming the first woman sergeant in the Gilroy, California, police department’s 62-year history.
See the full article (links to Norwich.edu news story).


Lt. Col. Joe Colantoni ’03Lt. Col. Joe Colantoni '03
January 22, 2021
Twelve National Guard soldiers were removed from the inaugural security detail in Washington over security concerns. While none of them were members of the Vermont contingent, Vermont National Guard Lt. Col. Joe Colantoni says the Guard uses a series of recurring background checks to ensure soldiers aren’t violating the rules or drifting away from the values and vision of the military.

“When our soldiers join, they do change. Sometimes ideologies change and sometimes behavior changes, sometimes it gets better, sometimes it gets worse,” said Colantoni.
See the full article (links to article and video on wcax.com).


Kaycie Anderson ’15, Sarah Schwenzfeier ’18 and Amanda Conway ’20Kaycie Anderson '15, Sarah Schwenzfeier '18 and Amanda Conway '20
January 20, 2021
Three former Norwich University women’s ice hockey standouts headed to Lake Placid, N.Y., for two weeks to compete for the Connecticut Whale in the 2021 National Women’s Hockey League season. Kaycie Anderson, a 2015 NU graduate, 2018 grad Sarah Schwenzfeier and 2020 grad Amanda Conway joined the Whale as they opened a five-game round-robin schedule Saturday, Jan. 23.
See the full article (links to news site).
Also see Three Alumni Set to Play for Connecticut Whale in NWHL.


Eric Locke '12, M'17
January 20, 2021
Worcester County Jail and House of Correction staff member Eric Locke of Paxton (MA) was recently promoted to the rank of captain by Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis.
See the full article (links to news site).


Emily Jordan '192nd Lt. Emily Jordan '19
January 19, 2021
Second Lt. Emily Jordan is one of about 500 Massachusetts National Guard personnel who deployed to Washington ahead of the inauguration. Jordan, 23, grew up in Dalton (MA) and graduated from Wahconah Regional High School in 2015. She is said to be the first female infantry officer in the history of the Massachusetts National Guard.
See the full article (links to news site). Also see Live from Northfield, Vermont ... Welcome, Mr. President!


Karen Daffner ‘77 (L)Karen Daffner '77
January 19, 2021
Longtime Schenectady (NY) City School District coach and physical education teacher Karen Daffner (at left) was ecstatic when her girls’ bowling team won the Section II Class A championship last season — the first Section II title for any girls’ program at that high school in 16 years. But that milestone win — and none of the victories or losses in any of the four sports she coached at various levels for 31 seasons — didn’t define her legacy. Instead, what everyone who had their lives touched by Daffner will remember are her toughness contrasted with her many acts of kindness and generosity.
See the full article (links to news site) (A previous article, just one week before, available here.)


Cyran Willis '20Cyran Willis '20
January 15, 2021
Three months after Cyran Willis '20 lost his Norwich class ring at Hampton Beach (NH), a complete stranger reached out to return it. Brian Knowlton of Westfield, MA says every time he finds a lost ring at the beach with his metal detector, he always makes his best effort to find the owner and reunite them with their lost valuable. He cleaned off the ring and found Willis' name engraved inside, and began a journey on social media to connect the class ring to its rightful owner.
See the full article (links to article and video on wcax.com). 


U.S. Army 1st Lt. Andrew Torressen '17 1st Lt. Andrew Torressen '17
January 14, 2021

Andrew Torressen, a 2017 Norwich University graduate from Moultonborough, New Hampshire, began the new year exemplifying his alma mater’s service-before-self mission. He joined New Hampshire National Guard units coordinating COVID-19 vaccinations for people at high risk of infection — health care workers, first responders and people working or living in long-term care.
See the full article (links to Norwich.edu news story).