Preserve our traditions. Shape our future.

The Valley Forge Alumni Association is the way you can give back to the institutions which taught you that discipline and hard work as a way of life are the keys to success.


Be Part of Our Proud Valley Forge Community

The Valley Forge community does not consist of current cadets alone. Without the active participation of past alumni who preserve the cherished traditions of the institution, and who will help to move us forward, Valley Forge Military Academy & College cannot thrive. The Valley Forge Alumni Association is the way those who have been given the special opportunity to attend VFMAC can give back to future generations. We are grateful to the Alumni & Friends of the organization.

The Alumni Association is an organization representing ALL of Valley Forge Military Academy and College’s alumni. Our mission is to sustain life-long esprit de corps within the alumni body and to provide assistance to the school and its cadets. In addition we are very interested in supporting the customs and traditions that we learned as cadets, recognizing that for each generation they may have evolved. Nonetheless, there is a common bond between the brothers (and now sisters) of The Forge that is unique and has contributed greatly to our successes in life.

Chairman’s and President’s Message

Dear Alumni of the Long Line of Gray,

The Alumni Association is an organization representing ALL of Valley Forge Military Academy and College’s alumni. Our mission is to sustain life-long esprit de corps within the alumni body and to provide assistance to the school and its cadets. In addition we are very interested in supporting the customs and traditions that we learned as cadets, recognizing that for each generation they may have evolved. Nonetheless, there is a common bond between the brothers (and now sisters) of The Forge that is unique and has contributed greatly to our successes in life.

Our Founder, LTG Milton G. Baker established VFMAC to nurture, train and produce the highest quality of leaders this country and world have known. Time and again the training and discipline that he instilled with the Five Cornerstones has paid off handsomely. Our fellow graduates have demonstrated their leadership prowess with success in business, the military, and in the professional world. We can boast an extraordinarily high percentage of entrepreneurs and business owners.

Today’s alumni are the ‘tip of the spear’ in helping the next generation of cadets to grow, prosper, and exceed as LTG Baker would have expected. Our course in not to hold firm, but to continue building upon the school’s success to ensure the next generation of leaders are trained in the same Five Cornerstones.

For your continuing efforts and support we want to thank you! There is more to do so get involved, come to a function(s), meet the cadets and remember that your involvement makes a world of difference.

  • The Forge Fund.” The Forge Fund provides crucial support to the school to meet the education, scholarship, and operational needs for today’s cadets. It supports facilities and building maintenance, science and technology upgrades and innovations, extracurricular programs, and athletics. When you designate your generous contribution to The Forge Fund you are affecting all aspects of The Forge.Members of the Society of the Golden Sword ($1,000 or more annually) are invited to an annual reception and other exclusive events throughout the year.
  • Alumni businesses support scholarships: A unique program in the Pennsylvania Tax Code encourages companies to support scholarships for financially deserving K-12 students through generous tax credits. Through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) programs, companies are providing life-changing scholarships to today’s Cadets. These scholarships are 100% need-based, and have enabled dozens of young men to benefit from the structure, discipline, and values that are instilled through Valley Forge’s exceptional educational programs.
  • Targeted Contributions: We have many gifts that are designated for specific purposes. You may direct your gift to such places as The Band, E Battery, D Troop, the May H. Baker Memorial Library, the Athletic Department or any other part of the school that you desire. You may even designate your giving directly to the Alumni Association to help support those activities.

Additionally, your Alumni Association supports a series of events including, but not limited to: Annual Stars Dinner, Officers Dining-In, TAC Dinner, and other cadet appreciation events. Your financial contribution and participation is always welcome and much appreciated.

In closing, your passion, commitment, and leadership are very much appreciated. We encourage you to come and participate in our quest for success. Your input is greatly sought after and we need you to help by being a member of our Forge Way, Homecoming, and Museum Committees. Your participation and interactions with our cadets is wonderful for them as well as for you.

To get involved and make a difference please contact Tom Goldblum ’69, ’71C, Director of Alumni Relations, at 610-989-1329 or email at

Best Regards,
Joseph Bartasius, COL USA (Ret.) ’81, ’83C
Chairman of the VFMAC Alumni Board of Directors

Roque Schipilliti, Jr. ’06
President, VFMAC Alumni Association

Officers & Directors

All Officers and Board Members shall be chosen from the members of the Association. The Officers of the Association shall consist of the following: Chairman of the Board of Directors, President of the Association, Executive Vice President of the Association, Secretary of the Association and Treasurer of the Association. They shall be elected by the Board of Directors at the annual meeting, and shall hold such office immediately following the Homecoming Weekend until their successors have been elected. The Chairman must have previously served as President of the Association. The President must have previously been a member of the Executive Committee for two (2) years unless he previously served as Executive Vice President.

Officers – Effective May 1, 2018
Seat Name Term Ends
COL Joseph Bartasius ’81, ’83C USA (Ret.) May 1, 2020
Roque Schipilliti ’06 May 1, 2020
Executive Vice President
LTC Frank Spano ’01C, USAF, VFMAC May 1, 2020
Jeff Kreuer ’80 May 1, 2020
Ivan Brown ’97 May 1, 2020
Honorary Life Exec. Vice President LTC Bob Shapiro ’60 USAF (Ret.) Honorary Life Tenure
Board of Directors
Fred Betman ’74 2019
Joseph C. Jacobs ’01C 2020
Ruth Chamorro-Cruz ’14C 2019
Sean Condron ’97 2020
Paul Lea IV, Ph.D. ’87, ’89C 2020
COL Oliver Norrell III ’71 2019
Hans Klotzbach ’02C 2020
Joseph J. Klumpp, Jr. ’59 2019
David R. Briddell ’59 2019
Franz J. Hahn ’82, ’84C 2020
Robin Lahiri ’85 2019
Col. Dave Martin ’59, USAFR (Ret.) 2019
LTC John McBreaty ’80C, USA (Ret.) 2020
Mark Larson Pretz ’10, ’13C 2020
1LT Paul McKenna Jr. ’79C USA (Ret.) 2020
Greg J. Offner, Jr. ’00 2020
GSgt. Juan Santana ’81C, USMC (Ret.) 2020
Armando Tamargo ’10 2019
Arthur Lambert ’60 2020
Gerald J. Supplee ’69 2020
Richard Phillip Toland ’00 2020
Tristan J. Payne ’18C 2019


Glenn Horsky ’74 Museum Curator
“Pete” McLallen ’62, ’64C  Regiments Co-Chairman
Dr. William Beute, Ph.D. ’63 Alumni Chaplain
Arianna Lozano ’16C Female Alumnus Committee
Al Heyer ’69 Past Chairman and Senior Advisor
Jeffrey Bevenour ’04 Forge Way Committee
Glenn L. Wanamaker ’88 Development – Marketing
Tom Goldblum ’69, ’71C Director of Alumni Relations
Development Contacts
Greg BrinnV.P. of
Tom Goldblum '69, '71CDirector of Alumni
Pam JohnsonDirector of Annual & Leadership
Charisse McGillDirector of Parent Engagement & Special

Alumni Newsletters

Once a month, the Director of Alumni Relations will publish a newsletter with updates that include upcoming alumni events on and off post, alumni updates and other pertinent information. Be sure to check back periodically for new information and newsletters.

Alumni Newsletter_September 2018

Alumni Newsletter_August 2018

Alumni Newsletter_Summer 2018

Alumni Newsletter_Homecoming Graduation Edition 2018

Alumni Regiments

Regiment Chapters

Alumni Regiments enable you to establish and maintain ties to other Forge alumni in your local community. Regiments are geographically diverse and serve to bring alumni together to make connections, share experiences, and support the Valley Forge mission. Presently we have Regiments in cities that hold the greatest concentrations of Forge alumni, but we are always looking to expand into other areas.

For more information, or to start a Local Regiment in your area, please contact the Alumni Relations Office at 610-989-1329.

VFMAC Bay Area Regiment (Northern California and Reno NV Area)
VFMAC Gotham Regiment (Greater New York City)
VFMAC Ohio Regiment (North Eastern Ohio)
VFMAC Tokyo Japan Regiment (Tokyo Japan)
VFMAC Washington Crossing Regiment (Philadelphia Suburbs & Southern NJ)
VFMAC New Jersey Regiment

VFMAC Southern California Regiment
VFMAC Miami Regiment (South Florida)
VFMAC Beijing Regiment
VFMAC Honduras Regiment
VFMAC Panama Regiment
VFMAC Dominican Republic Regiment
VFMAC Central Florida Regiment
VFMAC Texarkana Regiment (Based in NOLA)
VFMAC Atlanta Regiment

VFMAC Central Texas Regiment Central TX & Fort Hood)
VFMAC Michigan Regiment (Northern Michigan)
VFMAC National Capital Region George Washington Regiment (Greater Washington DC)
VFMAC Puerto Rico Regiment
VFMAC Costa Rica Regiment
VFMAC The Alumni Monthly Voice – TAMV Cyber Regiment
VFMAC New England Regiment (Boston)

2019 Alumni Homecoming Weekend

The 2019 Alumni Homecoming Weekend will be Friday, May 3 through Sunday, May 5! Hope to see you all there!

Alumni Awards

Order of Anthony Wayne for Distinguished Service

The Order of Anthony Wayne for Distinguished Public Service is Valley Forge Military Academy & College’s highest award presented to those who demonstrate exceptional public service nationally or internationally.

The Order of Anthony Wayne award was established on January 18, 1929, when the original campus of Valley Forge Military Academy in Devon was completely destroyed by fire. The heroism of the cadets during this disaster, along with their excellent motivation and discipline, inspired General Baker to create this highly coveted award, and it remains the Forge’s most distinguished award to this day.

The award is made not only to distinguished cadets and members of the faculty, but also to community leaders who have achieved standards of excellence, shown high ideals and untiring efforts above and beyond the call of duty, contributed to the esprit de corps and progress of Valley Forge Military Academy & College, and who exemplified the best traditions of public service.


  • Adm. Thomas H. Moorer


  • Alexander M. Haig
  • Dr. Joseph M.A.H. Luns
  • Adm. John S. McCain
  • J. WIlliam Middendorf
  • GEN Maxwell D. Taylor


  • GEN Hamilton H. Howze
  • Ronald Reagan


  • Willaim E. Colby
  • William E. Simon
  • GEN WIlliam C. Westmoreland


  • LtGen Thomas P. Stafford


  • James R. Schlesinger


  • Dr. John R. Silber


  • Rear Adm. William Linton Nelson


  • Sir Oliver Wright


  • John O. Marsh


  • Mary G. Roebling
  • GEN Carl E. Vuono


  • Warren B. Rudman


  • Thomas L. Clancy
  • Adm. William J. Crowe
  • GEN Gordon R. Sullivan


  • Dr. Robert D. Ballard
  • Gen. Paul X. Kelly


  • Edward G. Rendell
  • Curt Weldon
  • LtGen John Y. Yeosock


  • John H. Sununu


  • Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua
  • William F. Buckley
  • Ronald Klink


  • GEN H. Norman Schwarzkopf


  • Tom LaSorda


  • Donald E. Meads
  • Jane L. Meads
  • Beverly Thomes


  • Cmdr. Paul Galanti
  • Fred F. Patten
  • Capt. Luther H. Smith


  • John J. Brennan


  • Robert J. Frey
  • Honorable Jan E. DuBois


  • The Honorable Donald Rumsfeld


  • Mme. Barbara de Portago


  • Niles Dally ’63
Distinguished Alumnus Award

(first award presented in 1950)

Prior to 1980, the Distinguished Alumnus Award was given to alumni for a variety of reasons, including outstanding activity within the Alumni Association, as well as successes in the chosen field of endeavor. In 1980, an additional award was created – the Outstanding Alumnus Award – to be given for outstanding service to the school. Since that time, the Distinguished Alumnus Award has been limited to alumni who have become distinguished in their chosen field of endeavor.

Date Name Date Name
1950 Earl A. Sneeringer ’30 1952 Nathaniel E. Duval ’34
Harold G. Simms ’29 Jerome D. Salinger ’36
George C. Seybolt ’32 Allen Sutter ’33
1953 Julio C. Morales ’31 1954 Henry E. Bowes ’32
I. Bernard Cohen ’33 Robert C. Richardson, III ’35
Frederick F. Patten ’30 C. Charles Vache ’43
Lester A. Wilson ’3
1955 Bissett J. Roberts, ’30 1956 William P. Dix, Jr. ’37
Alexander Day Surles, Jr. ’32 William Z. Scott ’35
William R. Kavanaugh ’29 William E. Zabel, Jr. ’36
1957 William R. Coon ’40C 1958 John G. Zierdt ’32
Fred B. Leavy ’38 Andrew J. Sordoni, Jr. ’35
C. Clifford Mendler ’36 Albert H. Holland ’36
Allen F. Weidman ’38
1959 David C. Birdsell ’36 1960 Guy B. Wheeler, Jr. ’34
Alfred Sasser ’42 Charles R. Calhoun ’33
Robert H. Smith ’34 Walter A. Miller ’35
Harold G. Wilson ’36 Sidney Offit ’46
1961 James J. Pellerite’44 1962 William S. Todman ’34
Richards H. Jarden ’42C Lyndon H. Landon, Jr. ’40
Frederick W. Boye, Jr. ’34 Glenn F. Hake ’33
Harry A. Grammes ’33
1963 Robert W. Strong, Jr. ’35 1964 Robert L. Frantz, Esq. ’43
William Pollock ’33 Frank F. Reinhardt ’41
E. Bruce Haman ’34 John A. Snively ’33
Leonard Erb ’38
1966 Paul A. Powell ’40 1967 George H. Bortz, Jr. ’38
Milton M. Charen ’34 Edward H. Ellis, Jr. ’33
1968 Harry J. Mier, Jr. ’40C 1970 Houston B. Marshall ’35
1969 Jess A. Bell ’43C J. Wilbur Mack ’35
Allen W. Dawson ’44 John J. Ernst, III ’45
Edward D. Sacks ’44 James R. Eagan ’51C
David T. Brown ’33
1971 Howard K. Dreizler ’51C 1972 William R. Rose ’45
John H. Humpton, Jr. ’43 C. Elwood Parker, Jr. ’46
James M. Naye ’37 Sidney Augstein ’42C
Claude J. Schlanger ’43
1973 Rafael Hernandez Colon ’53 1974 Arnold P. Paltrow ’33
Henry P. Fowler ’60C
Paul E. Galanti ’57
1975 Roy J. Sherry ’34 1976 Samuel Evans, III, ‘42
Richard L. Kattel ’56C W. Thomas Sykes ’50
1977 William R. Tiefel ’52 1978 Howard A. Forster ’48
Robert C. Mehlin ’51C Samuel D. Thompson, Jr. ’48
1979 Harry C. McCreary, Jr. ’45 1980 Gaspar Roca ’45
Carl E. Mangum ’64C
1981 Alfred A. Sanelli ’39 1982 The Hon. Warren B. Rudman ’48
1983 Jaime S. Carrion ’48 1984 James L. Underkoffler ’40C
1985 Samuel S. Bretzfield ’43 1986 Mario J. Boiardi ’44
1987 Walter J. (Chappie) Lehman, Jr. ’57 1988 GEN Lucius D. Clay, Jr. ’37
James E. Jewett ’64
Allan P. Jaffe ’53 (posthumous)
1989 GEN H. Norman Schwarzkopf ’52 1990 James W. Sturr, Jr. ’60C
1991 John A. Bergfeld, MD ’56 1992 David Price Trainer ’62
1993 Leland A. Stanford, Jr. ’34 1994 LTG John J. Yeosock ‘55
1995 LTG James A. Brabham ‘57 1996 Alan R. Buckwalter, III ‘66
1997 CAPT Norman F. (Red) Stein ‘47 1998 William R. Floyd, Jr. ‘63
1999 William J. O’Hara, Jr. ’67 2000 Robert J. Woodling ’36
Patrick M. O’Hara ’73
2001 Michael A. Nolen ’6 2002 Robert P. Freeman, ’52
2003 J. Kent McNew, ’61C 2004 Ivan R. Sabel, ’63
2005 Donald A. Mosites, ’52 2006 Richard A. Hocker ’64
2007 Dr. Neil R. Arbegast ’52 2008 Mr. John Werner, II ’50 TAPS (Accepted by Mrs. Werner)
Mr. Lester Botkin ‘69
2009 Mr. Daniel D. Crawford ’67 2010 Robert Bacine, Esq., ’60
2011 Carl R. Eckardt ’50 2012 Philip L. Gildenberg ’52
Henry W. Lush ’50 Daniel J. Reavy ’77 / ’09HC
George H. Schildge ’56 Ronald E. Tschiegg ’52C
2013 N. Gene Banco ’63C 2014 William S. Aichele ’70C
2015 LTG Gustave Perna USA ’81C 2016 Barry Sandrew, Ph.D. ’66

Dr. William Beute ‘63C

2017 LTG Michael S. Linnington ’76 USA (Ret.) 2018
Outstanding Alumnus Award

The Outstanding Alumnus Award is presented to an alumnus who has demonstrated outstanding dedication and support of Valley Forge Military Academy & College over a sustained period of time since graduation.





1978 William E. Zabel, Jr.,’36 1979 Richards H. Jarden ’42C
1980 Not Awarded 1981 John B. Falion ’33
1982 Leland A. Stanford, Jr., ’34 1983 Lewis H. Elliott ’55
1984 William T. Gans, Jr., ’61C
Donald I. Guss ’53C
1985 Marshall Abramson ’60
1986 Joseph D. Formisano ’63C
Rudolf W. Herzog ’35
1987 Robert J. Woodling ’36
David P. Trainer ’62
1988 Adin B. Capron ’54
P. Donald Rieck ’43
1989 Michael E. Lyon ’54
William J. Taylor ’58
1990 William L. Schmidt, Esq., ’64
W. Thomas Sykes ’50
1991 John J. Gallagher, Jr., ’65C
Frank W. Guthridge, Jr., ’71
1992 Richard A. Silhol ’47
Colonel Tomas B. Puyans ’48C
1993 LTC James A. Fraley, Jr., ’70C
Colonel Richard M. Artz ’56
1994 Frank T. Becker ’67C
LTC Douglas B. Davis, USA (Ret.), ’70 / ’72C
1995 Gilbert S. Benjamin ’63C
LTC Romulo R. Diez ’56
COL Thomas W. Medearis ’66
1996 Howard A. Forster ’48
Harry M. Judge ’67
Franklin M. Seeley ’43
1997 Conrad E. Muhly, IV, ’73
John W. Robinson ’47
1998 Niles P. Dally ’63
Dung T. Lam ’85C
CAPT C. Carter Nute ’58 / ’60C
1999 Gerald J. Supplee ’69
John R. Rapp ’74C
2000 Mark A. Schneider ’67
Frank A. Serino ’77
Thomas L. Smith ’71C
2001 Not awarded
2002 Stephen M. Grimble ’62 2003 Robert M. Rosend ’69C
2004 Not awarded 2005 Ira Thomas Goldblum ’69
Samuel M. Laird ’62
Richard W. Orr ’62, (posthumously)
2006 Bryan K. Geiling ’94 / ’96C
Jeffrey G. Little ’78
2007 COL Thomas A. Balish ’78 / ’80C
William J. Wyatt ’57
2008 J. Walter Mosetter ’75 / ’77C 2009 William M. Beute ’63C
Alfred J. Heyer ’69
2010 Gordon Hanscom ’62/’64C
Walter Matlack ’76
2011 Arthur R. Lambert ’60
Robert O. Shapiro ’60
2012 N. Gino Banco ’63C
Peter A. Huchthausen ’57
David W. Martin ’59
2013 Roque Schipilliti ’06
2014 Ford “Woodie” Stevens ’60
James “Pete” McLallen ’62, ’64C
2015 Hugh B. Roberts ’56
2016 David Esqueda ’98, ’00C
Tim Graham ’66
2017  COL Joseph A. Bartasius ’81, ’83C, USA (Ret.)
Robin C. Lahiri ’85
Honorary Alumnus Award

(First award presented in 1941 but award not formalized until 1981)

An Honorary Alumnus Award may be presented only to an individual who is not an alumnus or current employee and who has given outstanding service for the benefit of Valley Forge Military Academy & College in support of its high standards, traditions and goals, in direct support of its programs, or in direct service to its cadets. (1) Those who, as friends of the school, have shown their dedication and commitment to the school and through their actions, merit special recognition by the school as an alumnus; and (2) Those who have previously served on the faculty or staff at Valley Forge and who, by virtue of the longevity, quality and impact of service meet the qualifications above and who, therefore, merit special recognition by the school as an alumnus. (Current employees will not be eligible for bestowal of the award while in current employment status.)


  • MG Milton H. Medenbach ’41H


  • Louis Kapelski ’81H


  • Dr. Millard E. Gladfelter ’82H


  • Achille F. Barone ’83H


  • Robert E. Porter ’84H


  • T. George Downs ’85H


  • Donald E. Meads ’86H


  • Bob Hope ’87H


  • LTG Willard Pearson, USA (Ret.) ’88H


  • Ernest P. Raum ’89H


  • Jane L. Meads ’90H
  • COL D. Keith Feltham ’90H


  • Doris L. Atkins ’81H


  • James P. Schellenger ’92H
  • COL J. Stuart Mulkerns ’92J


  • LTC L. Maitland Blank ’93H
  • BG Anna K. Bullock ’93H
  • Colonel William J. Godfrey ’93H


  • Rev. J. Louise R. Baker ’94H
  • Bruce H. Hooper ’84H
  • Colonel George W. Rickert ’94H


  • COL Walter R. Badham ’95H
  • COL Stanley A. Harris, P.C., ’95H
  • Helen C. Medenbach ’95H
  • LTC Bertram South ’95H


  • Theodore Clattenburg ’96H
  • COL John R. Romine ’96H


  • Doris Hodson ’97H
  • COL Harry Hodson ’97H


  • Robert W. Miller ’98H


  • Dr. Frederick Breitenfeld, Jr., ’99H
  • COL John W. Lord, III, ’99H


  • BG Alfred W. Hess ’00H
  • COL Victor C. Infortuna ’00H
  • RADM Virgil L. Hill, Jr., ’00H
  • Mrs. Kim Hill ’00H


  • Not awarded


  • COL Danny Jaynes ’05H


  • Not awarded


  • LTC James F. Coates, USA (Ret.), ’07H, TAPS


  • Conrad G. Follansbee, ’08H
  • COL Ken Seitz ’08H


  • Mr. Augustine Negro 13H
  • Mr. Ronald Reddy ’13H


  • COL Dominick P. Lorusso, Jr. ’14H


  • Hollis M. Cheshire ’15H
  • John F. Haines ’15H


  • COL Lee Temperton, VFMAC (Ret.) ’16H
  • COL Gerald Cupo, VFMAC (Ret.) ’16H
  • LTC Victoria Flood, VFMAC (Ret.) ’16H


  • Mrs. Lini Stevens ’17H

Get Involved

The Alumni Association and Alumni Relations Office are proud of the numerous opportunities for alumni to actively volunteer and give back to the VFMAC community. Whether you live a short drive from the school or across the globe, you can participate in the future of VFMAC. The expertise that alumni can provide in their career field can help a cadet wanting guidance through our Mentoring Program, or you can recruit attendees for your reunion year at Alumni Weekend. However you choose to participate, you can make a difference and enjoy the benefits of being an active alumni.


Alumni Admissions Program

Alumni volunteer to assist the Admissions and Retention process by representing Valley Forge at Academy and/or College Night Fairs in their area. Contact George Anderson at 610-989-1302 for more information.

Board of Directors

Alumni volunteer to serve as Board members of the Alumni Association promoting the welfare of Valley Forge Military Academy & College. Board members serve a Two (2) Year Term and can be re-elected to another Two (2) Year Term.

Certificate Requests

An alumnus is anyone who attended VFMAC for a minimum of one year and is in good standing with the institution. If you are an alumnus who was not able to complete your diploma or degree at Valley Forge, you are qualified to receive the Alumni Association Certificate for Alumni in good standing. Contact Alumni Relations at 610-989-1329 or 610-989-1330 or with your name, intended graduation year and contact information and we will prepare this for you.


Alumni volunteer to mentor “hometown” cadets currently enrolled in the Corps and continue their Forge experience beyond the boundary of the Main gate.

Regiment Chapters

Alumni Regiments enable you to establish and maintain ties to other Forge alumni in your local community. Regiments are geographically diverse and serve to bring alumni together to make connections, share experiences, and support the Valley Forge mission. Presently we have Regiments in cities that hold the greatest concentrations of Forge alumni, but we are always looking to expand into other areas.

Alumni volunteers to help coordinate Regiment activities are encouraged to call the Alumni Office at 610-989-1329 or 610-989-1330.

The Directory of Regiments can be found above.

Host a Party

Live in an area that doesn’t have a regiment? Want to start an informal gathering to bring together fellow classmates?? Need to know how to do it?

We are happy to assist you in your plans to connect with alumni in your area. Even if there isn’t a large group of alumni near you, you can still host an event. Anything goes, from a formal dinner party to attending a sporting event. Contact Alumni Relations at for information on how to successfully organize something in your area.

Engage Online

The VFMAC staff are here to assist you with your alumni community needs.

If you are interested in starting an alumni regiment in your region, looking to contact friends from your graduating class year, take a tour of post, or simply in need of your transcripts or a replacement class ring, you will find the information you need on this page.

Contact Your Old Friends

Please email the Alumni Office at

Take a Tour of Post

Cadet ambassadors in the Offices of Admission are available during certain hours for tours of post, please contact the office to arrange for a tour at

Start a Regiment

Alumni volunteers to help coordinate Regiment activities are encouraged to call the Alumni Office at 610-989-1329.

Homecoming Class Year Coordinator

Those alumni who are interested in becoming a Homecoming Class Representative should contact Tom Goldblum ’69 at

Transcript Request

Academy: Please contact Academy Guidance for a copy of your Academy transcript

College: Please login to for a copy of your College transcript.

Class Ring Replacement

The VFMAC class ring is an important symbol of your alumni status and should be worn with pride. It’s now easy to replace lost or misplaced rings by contacting Jostens at (215) 663-1400 or The Cadet Bookstore can even help you figure out your ring size if you’re in the area and able to stop by. Don’t miss out on showing off your class ring, order one today!


We welcome our alumni to visit post when they are in the area.

The Offices of Admission will be able to assist you with your visit, by coordinating for a Cadet Ambassador to offer you a tour. We ask that you please contact them at 800-234-VFMC to schedule your visit.

Upon arrival, we ask that you please park in the General Parking Lot on Radnor Street Road, and visit the Office of College Admissions in Medenbach Hall to obtain your visitors pass, good for the day of your visit. The safety and security of our cadets is paramount, so you may be asked to show your visitors pass as you tour post.

Visitors passes are not required during special events, including but not limited to: Alumni Weekend, Holiday & Spring Concerts, Military Tattoo and/or Christmas Vespers.

Notable Alumni

“…for those who gave their lives for the right to be called Americans…”

Book of Remembrance


  • Frederick L. Beerman, Jr., USAAC, WWII
  • P. Mortimer Lewis, III, USAAC, WWII


  • Ernest Halton, USA, WWII
  • Joseph P. Prendergast, Jr., USA, WWII
  • John Rahter, Jr., USA, WWII
  • Howard M. Rothman, USAAC, WWII


  • Thomas J. Foley, Jr., USA, WWII
  • Joseph L. Henry, Jr., USN, WWII
  • Charles C. Huff, II, USA, WWII
  • James E. Mather, USAAC, WWII


  • John O. Boland, USA, WWII
  • Richard S. Patzowsky, USMM, WWII
  • Egil H. Relling, USA, WWII
  • Frank W. Van Loon, USAAC, WWII


  • Clayton R. Blessing, USAAC, WWII
  • George W. Elliott, Jr., USA, WWII
  • Walter R. Romney, USAAC, WWII
  • Carl U. Sautter, USAAC, WWII


  • Martin H. Cortwright, USA, WWII
  • Morton T. French, USAAC, WWII
  • John D. McCloskey, USAAC, WWII
  • Howard F. Porter, USAAC, WWII
  • Lewis P. Wells, Jr., USAAC, WWII


  • Lester M. Block, USA, WWII
  • Ernest M. Elkin, Jr., USAAC, WWII
  • Thomas Q. Slattery, USMC, WWII
  • Eric Fisher Wood, USA, WWII
  • John E. Young, USAAC, WWII


  • Wilmurt A. Bennett, Jr., USN, WWII
  • David Edmonds, USAAC, WWII
  • John F. Kiely, USA, WWII
  • Clarence J. Kuncl, USA, WWII
  • Robert Morris, VII, USAAC, WWII
  • Joseph D. Stone, Jr., USA, WWII
  • Clifton W. Strunk, USAAC, WWII
  • Wayne T. Swanbery, USAAC, WWII


  • Donald W. Campbell, USA, Korea
  • Robert C. Haas, USAAC, WWII
  • Owen M. Maxwell, USA, WWII
  • Paul C. McNiel, USN, Guantanamo Bay
  • Joseph F. Meyers, USAAC, WWII
  • Ross E. Powell, USA, WWII
  • Ralph V. Shaffer, USA, WWII
  • Malcolm A. Schweiker, USA, WWII


  • William C. Lentz, USN, WWII
  • Theodore M. Maloney, USAAC, WWII
  • Jack E. Steele, USA, WWII
  • Robert R. Ziegele, USAAC, WWII


  • Frank E. Bloomenshine, USA, Korea
  • George F. Carey, USAAC, WWII
  • Gordon B. Chapman, USA, WWII
  • Albert M. Ehart, Jr., USA, WWII
  • Vernon D. Pearson, USAAC, WWII
  • Justin A. Pie, USA, WWII
  • Emanuel P. Russo, USA, WWII
  • Graham C. Woodlaw, USA, WWII


  • Martin S. Drobner, USA, WWII
  • John W. Campbell, USA, WWII
  • Robert E. Chittenden, USA, WWII
  • William I. Harvey, USA, WWII
  • Robert I. Rothstein, USA, WWII
  • Howard R. Sanders, USA, WWII
  • George D. Shields, Jr., USAAC, WWII


  • Joel C. Dressel, USN, WWII
  • Conrad E. Fischer, USA, WWII
  • Edmond M. Flaherty, Jr., USA, WWII
  • Perry R. Hoffman, USA, WWII
  • Nicholas M. Manos, USA, WWII
  • Robert Paryzek, USAAC, WWII
  • Allen W. Rucker, Jr., USA, WWII


  • Lewis F. Lane, USA, Korea
  • F. Turner Munsell, Jr., USA, Korea
  • John E. Pagett, USA, WWII
  • William G. Turner, USA, WWII


  • Richard R. McCullough, USA, Korea
  • Harry W. Spraker, Jr., USA, Korea
  • Fred Z. Troescher, Jr., USN, Philippine Sea
  • Joseph A. Yates, Jr., USAAC, WWII


  • Michael C. Esposito, USA, WWII


  • Junius B. Agnelli, USA, Korea
  • William T. Harvey, USN, Mediterranean Sea
  • Je Mickey Helt, USA, Korea
  • Arthur B. Moore, USN, Mediterranean Sea
  • Myron G. Reed, II, USAF, Yellow Sea
  • Clifford David Strout, Jr., USA, Korea


  • George H. Lorimer, USA, Korea
  • Salvatore Meli, USAF, Germany
  • Alberto G. Recio, Bay of Pigs
  • William R. Wolfe, USAF, United States


  • Robert A. Bergman, USN, Korea
  • William E. Bernzinec, USA, Vietnam


  • Donald J. Seaman, USAF, Vietnam


  • Ernest E. Layou, Jr., USA, Vietnam
  • Richard P. Polidori, USA, United States


  • Ronald R. Ferris, USA, Korea


  • Richard Lynch, USA, Vietnam


  • George E. Hussey, USA, Vietnam


  • Stanley K. Smiley, USN, Vietnam
  • A. Robert Toal, USA, Vietnam


  • Raul Menocal, Bay of Pigs
  • John S. Sabine, IV, USA, Vietnam


  • Bruce B. Greene, USAF, Vietnam
  • R. Jefferson Hornaday, USAF, Thailand
  • Alexander K. Ward, USMC, Vietnam


  • Harold J. Kaufman, USA, Vietnam


  • Robert H. Donaway, USA, Vietnam
  • Maxwell Frantz, USMC, Vietnam
  • Peter W. Saravo, USN, United States


  • Thomas E. Firth, USMC, Vietnam
  • Jaime Pujals, USA, Korea


  • R. Michael Arnovitz, USA, Vietnam
  • Otto Paul Meyer, III, USA, Vietnam
  • Joseph C. Park, Jr., USA, Vietnam


  • Raymond G. Krobetzky, USA, Vietnam
  • F. Ronald Tomon, USMC, Vietnam


  • Robert W. Dieffenbach, Jr., USA, Vietnam
  • Victor C. A. Jauer, USA, Vietnam
  • Jon R. Morvay, USN, Vietnam


  • Tony Clough, USA, Vietnam


  • Paul M. DuCharm, USMC, Vietnam


  • Craig E. Lerner, USCG, Puerto Rico


  • George L. Dramis, USMC, Lebanon


  • Durrell V. Pearsall, FDNY, World Trade Center


  • Phillip Esposito, USA, Iraq


  • Captain Jeffrey P. Toczylowski, USA, Iraq


  • Robert Michael Langley, USA, Oxford, MS


  • Capt. Ronald George Luce, USA, Afghanistan


  • Spc. Kevin Mowl, USA, Iraq


  • Joseph James Theinert, USA, Afghanistan

Key to Service Designations

USA – U.S. Army

USN – U.S. Navy

USMC – U.S. Marine Corps

USAAC – U.S. Army Air Corps (WWII)

USAF – U.S. Air Force (post-WWII)

USCG – U.S. Coast Guard

USMM – U.S. Merchant Marine


Established in 1928, Valley Forge Military Academy & College is seen as an international leadership institution, comprised of a middle school, high school, and college. The College is also known and has been designated by the Governor and Legislature as the Military College of Pennsylvania™.

Mr. John English ’91
Chairman of the VFMAC Board of Trustees

John English is the Chief Executive Officer of Heartland Consulting which he founded in 2009. Mr. English manages and oversees all operations regarding government and commercial clients across several different fields. Prior to founding Heartland, Mr. English worked for the Office of the Secretary at the Department of Veteran’s Affairs from 2005-2009. He was involved in the implementation of the new Chapter 33 G.I. Bill and instrumental in the development of senior management review and processes to implement an integrated operating model for all Departmental functions and programs. He assisted the three Secretaries he served, with organizational and transformational management, as well as strategic communications as it pertained to the Department’s major initiatives.

Mr. English has also served in government at the state level. His service to Oklahoma began when he joined the administration of Governor Frank Keating in 1998, where he worked alongside the governor in promoting a pro-growth economic agenda for the state. In 1991, Mr. English joined the U.S. Marine Corps and was honorably discharged in 1996. He graduated from the Valley Forge Military Academy and College and currently serves as the Chairman on their Board of Trustees. He earned an undergraduate degree from The University of Oklahoma and an MBA from The George Washington University. In 2014, Mr. English continued his support and devotion to veterans through the creation of the John L. English scholarship at The George Washington University School of Business. This scholarship was created specifically for former U.S. Marines to attend the GWU school of business in either graduate or undergraduate studies.

Currently, Mr. English serves as the Chairman of the VFMAC Board of Trustees.

General Gustave F. Perna USA ’81C

General Gustave F. Perna, USA ’81C has taken command of the Army Materiel Command at Redstone Arsenal on Thursday September 9, 2016 and promoted to the rank of General. His previous duties were as the U.S. Army’s Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4, where he oversaw policies and procedures used by 270,000 Army logisticians throughout the world. Prior to joining the Army staff, he served for two years as Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/4, U.S. Army Materiel Command, one of the Army’s largest commands with 70,000 employees impacting all 50 states and 155 countries.

General Perna’s other command assignments include: Commander, Joint Munitions Command and Joint Munitions and Lethality Lifecycle Management Command, responsible for the lifecycle management of $40 billion of conventional ammunition; Commander, Defense Supply Center Philadelphia, Defense Logistics Agency, responsible for the procurement of more than $14.5 billion worth of food, clothing, textiles, medicines, medical supplies, construction and equipment items for America’s Warfighters and other customers worldwide; Commander, 4th Sustainment Brigade, where he deployed the brigade to combat operations during OIF 05 – 07; Commander, 64th Forward Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado, where he deployed the battalion to combat operations during OIF 05-07; Deputy Commanding Officer, 64th Corps Support Group, 13th Corps Support Command, Fort Hood, Texas; and Commander, B Company, 143rd Ordnance Battalion, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.

Larry Fitzgerald ’02
Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster USA ’80

Lieutenant General Herbert Raymond McMaster USA, ’80 (born July 24, 1962 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American soldier, and a career officer in the U.S. Army. His current assignment is Director, Army Capabilities Integration Center and Deputy Commanding General, Futures, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command. His previous assignment was commander of the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Ft. Benning, Georgia. McMaster previously served as Director of Combined Joint Interagency Task Force-Shafafiyat (CJIATF-Shafafiyat) (Transparency) at ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) Headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan. He is known for his roles in the Gulf War, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and his reputation for questioning U.S. policy and military leaders regarding the Vietnam War.

J. D. Salinger ’36
William S. Aichele ’70
Chairman of Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania
Edward Albee ’45
Lieutenant General Milton Grafly Baker, Pennsylvania Guard (Ret.)
Founder of Valley Forge Military Academy and College

LTG Milton Grafly Baker, Pennsylvania Reserve National Guard, (Ret.), founded Valley Forge Military Academy & College in 1928 and was active as the Superintendent and Superintendent Emeritus President until his death in 1976. During this time, LTG Baker produced quality young officers for the Armed Services of the United States from VFMAC and graduated some of the most successful people from business, literature, the arts, politics and the military in the world.

LTG Baker served as an aide to General of the Armies John J. “Black Jack” Pershing during World War I and then as a member of the Selective Service Board during World War II under the appointment of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the regional coordinator of Civil Defense activities and later on the Defense Department’s Reserve Policy Board under Secretary of Defense Charles Wilson

LTG Baker established friendships and patronage for Valley Forge from Generals George C. Marshall, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Matthew B. Ridgway, and many more. To this day LTG Baker is considered a legend at the Academy and College and will remain so as long as there are alumni and cadets to remember his accomplishments. Following the Devon fire in 1929 he founded the Order of Anthony Wayne.

Aaron Beasley ’92
Professional Athlete (NFL)
Lieutenant General James A. Brabham Jr., USMC ’57

At the time of his retirement, Lieutenant General James A. Brabham Jr., USMC ’57 was serving as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Installations and Logistics His decorations and medals include: the Distinguished Service Medal; Defense Superior Service Medal; Legion of Merit; Meritorious Service Medal; Navy Commendation Medal with Combat “V” and gold stars in lieu of a second and third award; Navy Achievement Medal; Presidential Unit Citation; Navy Unit Commendation; Meritorious Unit Commendation; Vietnam Service Medal; Southwest Asia Service Medal; Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with gold star; Vietnamese Honor Medal, 1st Class; Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Gallantry Cross Color); Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Civil Actions Color, 1st Class); the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal; and the Kuwait Liberation Medal.

C. Kristian B. Bruun ’97
Alan R. Buckwalter, III ’66
Banking Industry Executive
James C. Cappers ’86
Working on the 94th Floor of the North Tower on 9/11.
Rafael Hernández Colón ’54
Former Governor of Puerto Rico
RADM Peter K. Cullins USN (Ret.) ’47 TAPS

RADM Peter K. Cullins USN (Ret.) ’47 TAPS was an American U.S. Navy admiral who commanded the USS Waddell and the USS Little Rock, [4] a 1000-man guided missile cruiser and the flagship for Commander of the Sixth Fleet.

Cullins was born on November 19, 1928 in Annapolis, Maryland. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1951. On January 1, 1977, he became the first commander of the Naval Data Automation Command and in March 1980, he became Commander South Atlantic Force. He retired as a Rear Admiral the following year.

Major General George P. Curtin USA (Ret.) ’37, TAPS

Major General George P. Curtin USA (Ret.) ’37, TAPS We have received some very meaningful gifts from the estate of Major General George P. Curtin, USA (Ret.) ’37 TAPs in the form of The Cadet Regulations (Guidon) 1937, The War Department Basic Field Manuel, The Methods of the Mounted Service, The Department of the Army Field Manuel entitled Hand-To- Hand Combat, The Pennsylvania Cavalryman by David Gregg, The Soldier’s Handbook of the Rifle Model of 1917, and The History of the 110th Field Artillery by John P. Cooper, Jr. All of these very interesting articles were given to the Valley Forge Military Academy & College Museum.

Chris Doleman ’81
Professional Athlete / NFL Hall of Fame
Judge Jan E. DuBois ’48
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Brigadier General James R. Eagan PAANG ’51C, TAPS
Daniel Fabrega ’93
Ambassador to Great Britain from Panama
William R. Floyd, Jr. ’63
Business Leader and Former Chairman of the VFMAC Board of Trustees

William R. Floyd, Jr. is a former Chairman of the Board of Valley Forge Military Academy & College, and also is a 1963 graduate of the Academy. He served in the Fifth Infantry Division (U.S. Army), before beginning his career. He quickly rose to senior management positions, ultimately becoming the Chief Operating Officer of both Taco Bell and KFC. Mr. Floyd has served as President/CEO of Choice Hotels International, Chairman and CEO of Beverly Enterprises, Inc., and Chairman/CEO of Physiotherapy Associates. In addition to his recent service on the VFMA&C Board of Trustees, he serves on numerous corporate and non-profit boards.

Major General Yves J. Fontaine, USA (Ret.) ’73C

Major General Yves J. Fontaine, USA (Ret.) ’73C served as Commanding General of the U.S. Army Sustainment Command (ASC), a position he has held since September 2, 2009. As Commanding General of ASC, Major General Fontaine leads a global organization responsible for providing front-line logistics support to combat units. The Command manages Army pre-positioned stocks located in strategic sites around the world; maintains weapons and equipment at bases in forward areas; Major General Fontaine has also served as the G4 for the 82nd Airborne Division and the G4 and Chief of Staff for the U.S. Special Operations Command, both at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. After assuming command of the 1st Corps Support Command, Major General Fontaine deployed from Fort Bragg to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Paul E. Galanti ’57
Former Prisoner of War, Motivational Speaker
Lieutenant General Wallace C. Gregson, Jr., USMC (Ret.) ’64

LTG Wallace C. Gregson, Jr., USMC (Ret.) ’64 was Japan’s top Marine and was to become commander of all Marines in the Pacific during the Presidency of George H.W. Bush.

President Bush had nominated Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Wallace C. Gregson Jr. ’64 for assignment as commander, U.S. Marine Forces Pacific; commanding general, Fleet Marine Force Pacific; and commander, Marine Corps Bases Pacific, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii. It is the largest field command in the Marine Corps, covering an area of 105 million square miles, from pole to pole and from the U.S. West Coast to the Arabian Sea. The peacetime combat forces and supporting installations include more than 80,000 Marines and sailors.

LTG Gregson, a 1968 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, currently is serving as commander of the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, Japan. He also wears the hats of commander, Marine Forces Japan and commander, Marine Corps Bases Japan, and is the Okinawa area coordinator, the top-ranked U.S. general on the island.

Karl Hankton ’90
Professional Athlete (NFL)
Richard Hocker
Chief Executive Officer, Penn Capital

Mr. Hocker founded Penn Capital in 1987 and serves as Chief Investment Officer & Chief Executive Officer, guiding overall portfolio strategy. He also leads the firm’s Executive Committee which drives overall strategy and management of the firm. Mr. Hocker’s investing and institutional non-investment grade corporate lending experience spans over forty years. While serving as a Partner for Delaware Investment Advisors (DIA) from 1977 to 1987, Mr. Hocker was responsible for building the investment side of DIA’s fixed income operation. During this period, Mr. Hocker developed and managed one of the nation’s first high yield mutual funds, the Delchester High Yield Bond Fund. Mr. Hocker also served as the first high yield bond manager for a number of institutional clients including General Motors, State of Vermont Teachers Retirement Association, and Colorado Fire and Police. Mr. Hocker began his career at Provident National Bank (now PNC) completing the Commercial Loan/Credit ‎Training program and working with Senior Lenders as a Credit Analyst supporting Middle Market lending. He later transferred to the Investment Division ultimately becoming head of that division. Mr. Hocker also founded and served as CEO of Covenant Bank, a NJ-based regional bank which grew to 16 branches and $500mm in deposits before being acquired by Wachovia Corporation in 1997.

Mr. Hocker and his wife, Marcia Hocker, are the founders of the Ethel Mae Hocker Foundation. The Ethel Mae Hocker Foundation provides educational opportunities to less fortunate, deserving Greater Philadelphia-area elementary and high school students. Mr. Hocker received both his BS in Accounting and MBA in Finance from the Kogod School of Business at American University.

Frank Spano ’01C
Counterterrorism Expert, Executive Director of the Counterterrorism Institute

Frank Spano created The Counterterrorism Institute to educate and empower professionals, scholars, school-aged children, and the general public to better understand, prepare for, and counter the threat of domestic and transnational terrorism. Among other previous positions, Mr. Spano served as an Associate Professor of Homeland Security Studies in American Public University System’s School of Security and Global Studies, and as the Director of National Security Policy for The Investigative Project on Terrorism; a private counterterrorism organization dedicated to investigating, identifying, and exposing sources of ideological and material support for terrorism within the United States.

A graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Mr. Spano served as a Special Agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations’ Antiterrorism Specialty Team; where he became a subject matter expert in counterintelligence, force protection, protective service operations, and trans-national terrorism. A member of the Valley Forge Military College Class of 2001, Mr. Spano served as Director of Alumni Relations, and currently serves on the Alumni Association Board of Directors as its Admissions Committee Chairman.

Brigadier General Ernest F. John USAF (Ret.) ’38 TAPS

Brigadier General Ernest F. John USAF (Ret.) ’38 TAPS was deputy chief of staff, intelligence, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. He was responsible for managing the air intelligence collection and application throughout the Pacific theater and advising the commander in chief, PACAF, on all matters pertaining to intelligence.

General John was born in Douglas, Ariz., in 1921. He attended Valley Forge Military Academy, Wayne, Pa., and graduated from Brown University, Providence, R.I., in May 1942, with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He entered the U.S. Army Air Corps aviation cadet program and, after attending flying schools in Ballinger, San Angelo and Lubbock, Texas, received his commission and pilot wings in May 1943.

His military decorations and awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Republic of Vietnam Air Force Distinguished Service Order, 1st Class, Vietnam Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

Brigadier General John J. Jenkinson, Jr. ’54 TAPS

Brigadier General John J. Jenkinson, Jr. USA, NYANG, ’54 TAPS attended Scotia schools and graduated from Valley Forge Military Academy in Wayne, Pa. Jack participated in the ROTC program during high school and college. He was a graduate of Siena College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and later did work toward his master’s degree at Russell Sage.

In 1958, Jack was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army serving in Ft. Sill, Okla., and later at Ft. Dix, N.J., where he trained recruits. He served in the Reserves for 27 years as a Lieutenant Colonel and retired from the New York State Guard as a Brigadier General.

Brigadier General Manning T. Jannell, USMC ’42C

Brigadier General Manning T. Jannell, USMC ’42C graduated from high school in 1940 and attended Valley Forge Military Academy, Junior College. He joined the Navy Reserve in 1942 and the following year, upon graduation, enlisted in the Marine Corps. He retired as a U.S. Marine Corps Brigadier General.

BG Jannell (MCSN: 0-21790), United States Marine Corps, was awarded the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States.

BG Jannell (MCSN: 0-21790), United States Marine Corps, was awarded a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight in Korea.

Brigadier General Walter Jajko, USAF ’53 TAPS

Brigadier General Walter Jajko, USAF ’53 TAPS served his country in a distinguished 29-year career in the United States Air Force, as well as for over two decades as a civilian official at the highest levels of government. At The Institute of World Politics, he taught a course entitled, “Military Strategy: An Overview of the Theorists of Warfare,” which serves as a critical component of the school’s programs in national security affairs.

During General Jajko’s Air Force career, he served in fighter, reconnaissance, bomber, airlift, special operations, and intelligence units in Southeast Asia, North Africa, and elsewhere. His staff appointments included service as a strategic planner in the Concepts, Strategy, Doctrine Branch of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Plans and Operations, HQ USAF; as a strategy analyst in the Directorate of Soviet Affairs and a Warsaw Pact analyst in the Estimates Directorate, Assistant Chief of Staff, Intelligence, HQ USAF; as a long range planner for the Secretary of the Air Force; and as Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff, Programs and Resources, HQ USAF.

Following his retirement from active duty, General Jajko served as Director of the Special Advisory Staff in the Office of the Secretary of Defense; as Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Oversight (where he was in charge of oversight of all the intelligence services within the Department of Defense); as Acting Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Support (where he served as the most senior intelligence policy official in the DoD); and as Manager of a Presidential program. While occupying these positions, he was in charge of DoD covert action and DoD support of CIA covert action, wrote DoD’s first public diplomacy doctrine, and rewrote DoD’s psychological operations doctrine.  He was one of the very rare officials to have worked at the nexus of military strategy, diplomacy, public diplomacy, strategic communications, counterpropaganda, and psychological Warfare.

Lieutenant General Michael Linnington USA (Ret.) ’76
CEO of the Wounded Warrior Project®

LTG Michael S. Linnington USA (Ret.) ’76 led the U.S. government’s efforts to research, investigate, recover and identify our nation’s missing/unaccounted for personnel from our nation’s past conflicts. Prior to his retirement from U.S. Army as a Lieutenant General, Mr. Linnington served as the Military Deputy to the Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness) and as the Commanding General of the Military District of Washington/Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region. He also held General Officer positions of responsibility as Deputy Commanding General at Fort Benning, Ga.; Commandant of Cadets at the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.; and Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Policy for the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command (IJC) in Kabul, Afghanistan.

LTG Linnington’s combat tours include command of the Third Brigade Combat Team, 101 st Airborne Division in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is an Airborne, Air Assault, Pathfinder and Ranger qualified officer, and earned the Expert Infantryman’s Badge and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge. LTG. Linnington graduated Valley Forge Military Academy in 1976 and then attended the U. S. Military Academy at West Point, N. Y. He earned a master’s degree in Applied Mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a master’s degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College.

The Wounded Warrior Project ® (WWP) Board of Directors today announced the appointment of Michael S. Linnington to the position of Chief Executive Officer, effective July 18, 2016.

Michael Lombardi ’77
Super Bowl winning NFL Executive for the New England Patriots
Bryan Lentz ’84C
Former Pennsylvania State Representative
Major General Walter T. Lord, USA ’84C
Military Executive, Reserve Forces Policy Board, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington, DC.

MG Walter T. Lord, USA ’84C 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.

MG Lord also serves as a member of the Valley Forge Military Academy and College Board of Trustees.

Lieutenant General Milton H. Medenbach, USA, PAANG ’41H

LTG Milton H. Medenbach, USA, PAANG ’41H was Commandant of Cadets, Assistant Superintendent, Superintendent and President Emeritus of Valley Forge Military Academy and College. LTG Medenbach was a fixture at Valley Forge for many years and established many of the Customs and Traditions used at the Forge today. He was also a Member of the Order of Anthony Wayne.

Wes Moore ’96 ’98C
Rhodes Scholar & White House Fellowship
Bob Mensch ’65C
Pennsylvania State Senator
James “Pete” McLallen ’62, ’64C
DaimlerChrysler 1998 – 2006; Senior Manager Corporate Quality Systems and Field Operations
Major General Harry E. Miller, Jr. USA ’78C

MG Harry E. Miller, Jr. USA ’78C currently serves as the Commanding General, 42d Infantry Division, New York Army National Guard. Previously he served as the Senior Commander of Fort Drum New York. His first General Officer assignment was as the Director of Joint Doctrine, Training, and Force Development (J7) for the National Guard Bureau’s Joint staff in Arlington, VA. General Miller has served two combat tours in the Middle East in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. From March of 2006 to March of 2007, he served as the senior adviser to Iraqi Security Forces on the Iraq/Iran border where he commanded 11-teams of embedded advisers. From October 2007 to July 2008, he served with the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) as part of the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Arabian Peninsula (CJSOTF-AP) where he served as the senior special operations adviser to the Corps Commander of Multi-National Corps-Iraq (MNC-I).

Sydney Offit ’46
Julian Peterson ’98C
Professional Athlete (NFL)
Durrell V. Pearsall, Jr. ’86
New York Fire Fighter died saving lives in the 9/11 World Trade Center
Fred F. Patten ’30
Chairman/CEO of Patten Group
Brigadier General Tomas B. Puyans (Ret.) ’48C

Brigadier General Tomas B. Puyans VFMAC (Ret.) ’48C has served in many positions here at Valley Forge Military Academy and College. He has served as the Mess Officer for the Corps and has been a TAC Officer for many companies including the Middle School. BG Puyans has been Assistant Director of Admissions and was instrumental in recruiting in Central America, South America and throughout the Caribbean. He is one of the most beloved figures here at the Forge and since his retirement he has been active with the Alumni Association. He was the moving force behind the establishment of The Forge Way Committee of the Alumni Association Board of Directors. His committee originated the George Washington Award, The Star Dinners and the TAC Officers Appreciation Dinner. A legend at the Forge, BG Puyans is always near and dear to our hearts. He is a Member of the Order of Anthony Wayne.

Mike Ricketts

Mike (Kenneth) Ricketts founded QPSI in 1992 and has grown the company to its current global position, both organically and through strategic acquisitions. As a result, QPSI is currently the largest privately owned contract packaging company in the USA. Mike’s keen eye for innovative businesses has driven his involvement in a variety of projects that span beyond the QPSI enterprise. That includes the successful startup of PEP, a project management company skilled at executing marketing promotions from award to launch. Similarly, he has channeled his passion for leadership beyond his companies, by mentoring young athletes and aspiring business people toward achieving their personal and professional goals. Mike is the majority owner of QPSI and serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer for QPSI’s Board of Directors.

Brigadier General Robert Charlwood Richardson III, USAF (Ret.) ’35 TAPS

Brigadier General Robert Charlwood Richardson III, USAF (Ret.) ’35 TAPS (5 January 1918 – 2 January 2011) was an American military officer, first of the United States Army Air Corps, then of the United States Air Force, eventually attaining the rank of Brigadier General. A leader in the early days of the U.S. Air Force, he was a renowned expert in tactical nuclear warfare, NATO, and military long range planning.

BG Richardson was born in Rockford, Illinois. In 1932, he attended the Gunnery School in Washington, Connecticut, and in 1933, entered Valley Forge Military Academy in Wayne, Pennsylvania, graduating in 1935. He received a congressional appointment from Pennsylvania to the United States Military Academy and graduated in June 1939.

Admiral Gary Roughead USN (Ret.) ’69

Admiral Gary Roughead USN (Ret.) ’69 29 th Chief of Naval Operations, Commander United States Pacific Fleet, Commanding Admiral U.S. He was Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group Two and the USS George Washington (CVN-73) Carrier Battle Group, deploying to the Persian Gulf and Mediterranean Sea. His latest assignment afloat was as Commander, U.S. Second Fleet and Commander, NATO Striking Fleet Atlantic and Commander, Naval Forces North Fleet East in Norfolk, Virginia; he was nominated to head the Fleet Forces Command on March 19, 2007. Admiral Roughead also served as Commandant of Midshipmen at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.

Admiral Roughead was the Regimental Adjutant and Cadet Captain and member of the Honor Council. He received the highest award being inducted into the Order of Anthony Wayne.

Warren B. Rudman ’48
Former U.S. Senator
General H. Norman Schwarzkopf USA (Ret.) ’52

General H. Norman Schwarzkopf USA (Ret.) ’52 TAPS was a United States Army general. While serving as Commander-in-Chief, United States Central Command, he led all coalition forces in the Persian Gulf War.

Assuming command of United States Central Command in 1988, Schwarzkopf was called on to respond to the Invasion of Kuwait in 1990 by the forces of Iraq under Saddam Hussein. Initially tasked with defending Saudi Arabia from Iraqi aggression, Schwarzkopf’s command eventually grew to an international force of over 750,000 troops. After diplomatic relations broke down, he planned and led Operation Desert Storm—an extended air campaign followed by a highly successful 100-hour ground offensive—which defeated the Iraqi Army and liberated Kuwait in early 1991. Schwarzkopf was presented with military honors.

Jimmy Sturr ’60
18x Grammy-Award Winning Musician
George Schildge
Chairman at CRP Industries, Inc.
Brigadier General Alfred Sanelli USA (Ret.) ’39 TAPS

Brigadier General Alfred Sanelli USA, PAANG (Ret.) ’39 TAPS has served as Professor of Military Science, Dean of the Academy, Assistant to the President and Chaplain at Valley Forge Military Academy and College. General Sanelli is one of the most beloved people here at the Forge and will always be remembered as one of the kindest, caring and most wonderful fixtures here. BG Sanelli has been the mentor of many of the senior officers listed in this paper and he is considered legendary here at the school. He is a Member of the Order of Anthony Wayne.

Rear Admiral Steven G. Smith USN (Ret.) ’64

RADM Steven G. Smith’s USN (Ret.) ’64 background includes Navy command experience including ships and operational groups. He has particular expertise in riverine, coastal, and expeditionary warfare, including port and harbor security. Admiral Smith has broad executive experience in defense and homeland security issues, international political / military affairs, operations management, asset protection, and the development of problem solutions for customers particularly in integrating technology into teams of multiple organizations. He also is knowledgeable and experienced in strategic military plans development, requirements determination, decision analysis, enterprise risk management and resource allocation, as well as the development of start-up small businesses.

Admiral Smith is currently the Director of Disaster Planning and Risk Management at the U.S. Small Business Administration. He works with the White House National Security Staff, FEMA, the Department of Commerce, and other domestic agencies in planning the most effective long term recovery from natural and man-made disasters. He has been a contributor to the development of the National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF) and a facilitator and coordinator in helping to bring multiple government agencies and the private sector together in economic recovery efforts.

Additionally, he is the coordinator for the SBA/DoD Advanced Defense Technology Regional Innovation Clusters program helping small businesses succeed in bringing innovative technology into DOD.

Major General John Sobke USA (Ret.) ’57

Major General John Sobke USA (Ret.) graduated from Valley Forge Military Academy in 1957 and from Cornell University in 1962 where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering.  He was a Distinguished Military Graduate of the United States Army Reserve Officer Training Corps and received a Regular Army commission as a second lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers. Initial Army assignments were in France, West Germany, and the USSR followed by two tours of duty in the Republic of Vietnam.  After his second tour in Vietnam, General Sobke was assigned to duty with the Corps of Engineers in Jidda, Saudi Arabia, followed by an assignment as a Tactical Officer and Regimental Adjutant, United States Corps of Cadets at West Point.  He served on the Army Staff in the Pentagon in the Operations Directorate of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans.  Subsequently, he commanded the 34th Engineer Battalion at Fort Riley, Kansas, and the 130th Engineer Brigade in West Germany.

He was promoted to brigadier general while serving as command engineer for Forces Command, Fort McPherson, Georgia.  Service as a general officer included command of Engineer Divisions in San Francisco and Atlanta followed by duty as the Assistant Chief of Engineers in the Pentagon.

His final military assignment was Deputy Chief of Engineers in Washington, D.C.  General Sobke holds master’s degrees from Princeton University in engineering and Auburn University in political science.  He graduated from the Air Command and Staff College and the National War College.  His military awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and the Bronze Star, all with oak leaf clusters as well as the Valorous Unit Award.  He was Ranger and Airborne qualified.  He was a co-founder and the first Chairman of the Education Committee of the Society of American Military Engineers as well as initiating the Society mentoring program.  He served as the chairman of the Board of Visitors of Valley Forge Military Academy and College. John has been elected to Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honorary society as an Eminent Engineer and Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honorary society.

In retirement in Savannah, Georgia, he has served as president of the Skidaway Island Rotary club and as Senior Warden at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.  He and Marilyn reside at The Landings in Savannah, a community of 8500 residents, where John was elected to The Landings Association Board of Directors and served a term as President of the board.  He served on the Board of Savannah Winds concert band, the Savannah Music Festival, The Landings Military Family Relief Fund, and the Command and General Staff College Foundation at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.  He was Chairman of the Armstrong State University Foundation in Savannah. Marilyn Sobke served a term as President of the National Military Family Association.

Gary Stills ’95
Professional Athlete (NFL)
William Slater II ’76
Grand Master of Freemasons of Pennsylvania
His Royal Majesty King Simeon II of Bulgaria ’60C
Former Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria
Barry Sandrew, Ph.D. ’66
Neuroscientist, inventor, serial entrepreneur, and pioneering film maker who invented colorization and 3D conversion of feature films
William R. Tiefel ’52
Marriott / Ritz Carlton Top Executive (Retired)
Jason Wachtel ’97
Business Leader
Eric Fisher Wood, Jr. ’37
World War II Hero
Brigadier General Donald King Woodman, USAFR ’57

Brigadier General Donald K. Woodman, USAFR ’57 United States Air Force, was awarded the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States as Mobility Assistant to Air Combat Command Director of Intelligence from 1992 to 1997.

BG Donald King Woodman, USAFR ’57, was awarded the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as Mobility Assistant to Strategic Air Command, Deputy Chief of staff/Intelligence, from 1989 to 1992.

Lieutenant General John J. Yeosock, USA (Ret.) ’55

LTG John Yeosock, USA (Ret.) ’55 (March 18, 1937 – February 15, 2012) was a United States Army general who commanded the 3rd U.S. Army during Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.

He commanded the 1st Cavalry Division from June 1986 to May 1988. Promoted to Lieutenant General, in 1989 he was given command of the 3rd U.S. Army. When Iraq invaded Kuwait, the 3rd Army was sent to Saudi Arabia in the buildup of coalition forces protecting the Kingdom during Operation Desert Shield. During the ground phase of the Gulf War, the 3rd Army formed the nucleus of the forces performing the “left hook” against the Iraqi Army. LTG Yeosock retired from the army in August 1992.

Brigadier General John G. Zierdt, Jr. USA (Ret.) ’61

Brigadier General John G. Zierdt, Jr. USA (Ret.) ’61 commissioned an Infantry officer, he served in various assignments including duty in Vietnam. He then became an Ordnance Officer, attending the Ordnance Officers Advanced Course from 1969 to 1970 and earning a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from Arizona State University in 1972. He next served as Chief, Systems Analysis Office, Army Laser Project at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama where he helped develop the first tactical model of an air-defense laser and procured additional Department of Defense funds for further Army laser research.

BG Zierdt took command of the 18th Airborne Corps’ 46th Support Group at Fort Bragg in 1988. He deployed his 1,900 Soldiers to St. Croix, Virgin Islands, following Hurricane Hugo to provide disaster relief. He then took command of the 18th Airborne Corps' 1st Corps Support Command (COSCOM) in 1989. BG Zierdt then faced the even greater challenge of Operation Desert Shield/Storm. He deployed the 1st COSCOM to Saudi Arabia and watched it grow from 6,000 to 24,000 Soldiers in support of an 18th Airborne Corps that had grown to 120,000 Soldiers. During the ground campaign, the 1st COSCOM supported the Corps as it swept over 600 miles of desert in four days, flanking Iraqi forces in Kuwait. BG Zierdt retired in 1995 after 29 years of distinguished service to the Army and the Ordnance Corps.