Colonel Kenneth M. DeTreux, USMC, Joins VFMAC as Commandant of Cadets

Valley Forge Military Academy & College (VFMAC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Colonel Kenneth M. DeTreux, USMC, as Commandant of Cadets. He will serve as a key member of VFMAC’s senior management team and report to Colonel Stuart B. Helgeson, USMCR, superintendent/chief operating officer of Valley Forge Military Academy & College.

In his new position, Colonel DeTreux is responsible for all non-academic aspects of cadet life ranging from the processing of cadets on arrival to their departure at the completion of the school year. He sets the leadership culture for the Corps of Cadets, ensuring all leaders support a safe, secure, positive, encouraging, and inspiring learning environment characterized by mutual respect, discipline, and esprit de corps. In addition, he focuses on the individual development of cadets upon VFMAC’s Five Cornerstones: Academic Excellence; Character Development; Personal Motivation; Physical Development; and Leadership.

“This is an integral role at Valley Forge Military Academy & College and the Administration and Board of Trustees are excited to have Colonel DeTreux on board,” said VFMAC President Major General Walter T. Lord, U.S. Army (Ret.) ’84C. “His experience in in higher education academia paired with his connections to local ROTC programs makes him an outstanding addition to our team.”

A career infantry officer, Colonel DeTreux brings more than 30 years of operational and leadership experience and has commanded the 8th Marine Regiment, the 2nd Battalion 8th Marines and at the company and platoon level. His career spans thirteen duty stations, ten deployments, and fifty-two countries across six continents. In addition to his military service, Colonel DeTreux most recently served as the Director of the Naval Science Department and Commanding Officer at Villanova University and University of Pennsylvania.

Colonel DeTreux completed his undergraduate education at Temple University. Upon graduation he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1988 from University of Pennsylvania’s NROTC program. He also earned master’s degrees from the United States Army War College and Villanova University. Colonel DeTreux resides in Wayne, Pa. with his wife, Kathleen, and their four children, Brigid, Logan, Katie and Aidan.


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™.