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Joe Milano '66

Sgt. Maj. Thomas “Patrick” Payne '17The Union Oyster House in Boston, MA weathered a pandemic in 1918. Owner Joe Milano '66 says it will survive this one, too.

In Boston, there are truisms: Sports fanaticism, traffic, bad weather — and the reassuring endurance of the Union Oyster House, which opened in 1826. Owner Joe Milano, 76, born in the North End, has been there since 1970, before many of Boston’s top chefs were even born. At the time, he says, his neighborhood only had a handful of restaurants. Now, the pandemic is echoing the past.

In a Boston Globe interview, Joe reflects on what it takes to endure, and a surprise concert from Luciano Pavarotti. Also see news of the Union Oyster House receiving the World Culinary Awards honor of Best Landmark Restaurant for 2020.

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Lt Col Jake Sotiriadis '03
February 4, 2021

Lt Col Jake Sotiriadis '03Jake was honored as HAF A5/7's Field Grade Officer of the Year for 2020. He reports: "We started with an idea in 2019 to create a #strategicforesight and #futures Team. It's been quite a journey since then — and there's much more to do. I'm grateful for my amazing teammates, friends, and our senior leadership who listened, advocated, and gave us the space to #innovate and #create! Most importantly, it's encouraging to see a renewed interest in applying #futuresthinking and #foresight to our most challenging #nationalsecurity problems! We're just getting started and I'm so excited about the #future!More about Jake available here. 

Dawn Delfino '99
February 04, 2021
Dawn Delfino '99 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. Full article available here.

Lt. Col. Joe Colantoni '03
January 22, 2021
Lt. Col. Joe Colantoni ’03

Twelve National Guard soldiers were removed from the inaugural security detail in Washington this week 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. Full article available here. 

Kaycie Anderson '15, Sarah Schwenzfeier '18 and Amanda Conway '20
January 20, 2021
Kaycie Anderson ’15, Sarah Schwenzfeier ’18 and Amanda Conway ’20Three 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. Full article available here. 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. Full article available here.

2nd Lt. Emily Jordan, '19
January 19, 2021
Emily Jordan '19

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. Full article available here. Also see Live from Northfield, Vermont ... Welcome, Mr. President!.

Karen Daffner, '77
January 19, 2021
Karen Daffner ‘77 (L)

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. Full article available here. (A previous article, just one week before, available here.)

Cyran Willis, '20
January 15, 2021
Cyran Willis '20

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. Full article available here. 


1st Lt. Andrew Torressen, '17
January 14, 2021
U.S. Army 1st Lt. Andrew Torressen '17 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. Full article available here.

Joe Bertrand, '18
January 8, 2021
Joe Bertrand ‘18 (far Right)

Saugus (MA) High School (SHS) boys’ basketball will have a Bertrand leading the way. The school’s athletic department announced on Dec. 30 that former Saugus great and 1,000-plus-point scorer Joe Bertrand will co-coach the boys’ varsity team with Bill Cahill in an interim role. Full article available here. Also see Bertrand Brothers Band Together in Coaching.

Photo caption: From 2016, Norwich University basketball player Dan Bertrand '20, father Mark, SHS boys basketball coach Paul Moran and Joe Bertrand '18, one of the senior members of the Cadets squad that year, from left, are shown together after a game at Plymouth State University. Four years later, Joe will be a co-coach of the Saugus boys' basketball varsity team.

Don Brown '77
January 7, 2021
Don Brown '77University of Arizona football coach Jedd Fisch on Thursday morning announced the hiring of legendary defensive mind Don Brown '77 as the Wildcats’ defensive coordinator. Brown, long known for his aggressive and blitz-heavy attacks, has earned the nickname “Dr. Blitz”. Widely considered one of the top defensive coaches in college football, Brown joins Arizona after five successful seasons leading the Michigan Wolverines defense. Don is a 2007 inductee in the Norwich University Athletic Hall of Fame. Full article available here. Also see Former Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown to take the same role at Arizona.

Sean Kalletta '17
January 3, 2021
Kalletta, a Suffolk County (NY) police officer, led a man and woman to safety after running into their burning home in Selden on Saturday night, Jan. 2. According to Suffolk police, Officer Kalletta “entered the burning home and found two residents attempting to rescue their two dogs." Kalletta then escorted the husband and wife out of their home and attempted to rescue the dogs. Full article available here.

Joseph Eanett M'09
December 25, 2020
Joe Eanett recently released the article, "The Last Gasp of Peace: The Christmas Truce of 1914" on the site War on the Rocks: National security. For insiders. By insiders. Eanett has spent the last 12 years on active duty as a U.S. Air Force officer in the security forces and intelligence career fields. He is currently an instructor of naval history at the U.S. Naval Academy, a 2007 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and a Master’s in Military History from Norwich University. Read the article here.

Tiffany Haynes-Hicks, M’12Tiffany Haynes-Hicks M'12
December 28, 2020

Tiffany Haynes-Hicks, MSN, has been named president of North Country Home Health & Hospice Agency (NH). Haynes-Hicks, who most recently served as the organization’s vice president of operations, also served three years as director of hospice. Full article available here.


Kerin Durfee M’10Kerin Durfee M'10
December 22, 2020

Speaker of the Vermont House Mitzi Johnson has appointed Kerin Durfee of Burlington to serve on the Vermont Commission on Women (VCW), the state’s non-partisan commission working to advance rights and opportunities for women and girls. Kerin Durfee is Director of Earned Revenues and Guest Services at ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, a science and nature museum located on Burlington VT’s waterfront. Full article available here.

Rebecca Chhim M'07
December 17, 2020
Twenty years working in cybersecurity has led Rebecca Chhim to her next position at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division, Newport, RI. As of Dec. 20, she will be promoted to director of cybersecurity for Undersea Warfare (USW) Combat System Integration for Submarines and USW Systems. Full article available here.

Robert Tintle M’12Robert Tintle M'12
December 16, 2020 

Benton County (OR) has hired Robert Tintle to be its new chief financial officer. Tintle also will take over the Financial Services Department when he joins the county work force Jan. 11. Tintle comes to the post from Lane County, where he has worked in financial positions for both the county and the city of Eugene since 2005. Full article available here.

Bob Armstrong ’06Robert Armstrong ’06
December 8, 2020 

Catalyst Funds confirms that Bob Armstrong recently joined the Huntington, New York-based mutual fund firm as managing director of institutional sales. Armstrong will also support Catalyst's Rational Funds and Strategy Shares siblings.

Daniel J. O'Shea '83Ashley Hernandez '19
November 30, 2020 

Ashley Hernandez joined ECS Composites as Director, Special Projects after completing 20 years of honorable service in the United States Marine Corps as an Intelligence Specialist and Special Operations Capability Specialist. Ashley’s addition to the team will help ECS Composites seek new federal government contracting opportunities in emerging fields. Full article available here.

Daniel J. O'Shea '83Caprice Hover '90
November 27, 2020 

Caprice Hover, executive director of United Way of Rutland County, VT (UWRC), said in early September that she plans to remain in her current role until a suitable replacement for her can be found. Hover’s contributions to the community are immense, said Brian Kerns, president of the United Way of Rutland County board of directors. Full article available here.

Jake Isham '12, M'18
November 26, 2020

One of Vermont's Washington County success stories is Ceres Greens. Co-founded by Jake Isham, the company is a grower and wholesale distributor of leafy greens. What makes the business different is the way produce is grown: vertically, indoors, 365 days a year, relying on solar power and using 85 percent less water. Full article available here.