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Notice of Lee Barnes Passing - October 25th

From Chris LeBlanc: Class of -72, hit your knees....The Lord just took Lee Roy Barnes, Jr. home just a few minutes ago. The doctors were weaning him off the ventilator and it appears his heart just could not take it. He’s gone… Lee has now just met his father for the first time, back on the reservation. For those that might not be aware, Lee Roy Sr. (for the love of me now, I cannot remember his tribal name) was an American Soldier, too, and was lost during the Korean War. He is buried in Kansas.
I will let folks know when I can what decisions are made for burial. Lee's son Chris is not sure yet. Stand by for more news, and stand up for a great American and Soldier.
Lee was in A-1.

Lee Barnes - Biography

Lee Barnes joined the Army as an Armor Cavalry Second Lieutenant upon graduation from West Point in 1972; he retired at the rank of Colonel, in 1997.

His service included duty stations in Korea, Germany and United States. He served as a tank Platoon Leader, Headquarters Company Commander, Armored Cavalry Troop Commander, and Tank Battalion Commander (concurrently serving as the Tank Regiment Commander for the Opposing Forces at the National Training Center). His staff time included battalion personnel (S1and Adjutant), logistics (S4) and operations, planning, and training (Army National Guard Advisor, Battalion XO, Brigade S3 and XO, and Division G3). His final posting was as the Chief of the Advanced Concept Office for Army Forces Command.

Lee joined Mystech Associates, which joined Northrop Grumman Corporation through a series of mergers. Lee served as Subject Matter Expert, Business Area Manager, Department Director, National Account Manager, Business Development Manager, and finally, as the Corporate Lead Executive, Orlando, retiring in 2012.

Lee has served as an independent consultant, but chooses to remain RETIRED, except for his volunteer activities, fishing, golfing and grand parenting.

Lee initially volunteered in 2011, to help with the Camaraderie Foundation annual golf tournament, “Pars and Stripes Forever”. He was elected to the board of directors in January, 2013. He was elected as Programs Director in 2015, elected Vice Chair of the Board in 2017, as Chair in Jan 2018, and in Jan 2019, re-elected as Chair for an additional one-year term.

'72 Classmates in Orlando

Here is the picture of all 72 classmates at the Cape Canaveral National Cemetary-A1 plus Chris Le Blanc, Steve Main and Ben Martin.

Lee Roy was well remembered and honored by many friends and associates.  Skip did a great job sharing some remembrance for A-1 and Chris did the same. Ann was very appreciative of the company turnout!
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Classmates at Lee Barnes Funeral

Going around the table starting on the left are:
Chris LeBlanc; Tod Wilson; Murro Martens; Bill Guarino; Ray Idzior; Paul Oskvarek; Lee’s son Christopher; Skip Ash; Tom Waller; Steve Curtis; Tom Pawlowski; Steve Main

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MG Holland ’90 Appointed to Mississippi River Commission

President Donald J. Trump recently appointed Major General Diana M. Holland as a member and as the 41st President of the Mississippi River Commission (MRC).

MG Holland assumed command of the Mississippi Valley Division (MVD), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), on June 30, 2020. MG Holland serves as the senior military officer in the division, headquartered in Vicksburg, Miss., responsible for water resources engineering solutions in a 370,000-square-mile area, extending from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico and encompassing portions of 12 states. The mission of the division is to serve the Mississippi Valley region by providing vital public engineering services and stewardship of water resource infrastructure, partnering in peace and war, to strengthen our nation’s security, energize the economy and reduce risks from disasters. District offices located in St. Paul, Minn.; Rock Island, Ill; St. Louis, Mo.; Memphis, Tenn.; Vicksburg, Miss.; and New Orleans, La., carry out the division’s work.

The Commission, created by an Act of Congress on June 28, 1879, plans and provides for the general improvement of the Mississippi River. This includes improving navigation, preventing destructive floods and facilitating commerce. The presidential appointees consist of three officers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, a representative from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and three civilians, two of whom must be civil engineers.

The general duties of the commission include recommending policy and work programs, studying and reporting on modifications or changes to the Mississippi River and Tributaries project, commenting on matters authorized by law, making inspection trips, and holding public hearings that facilitate exchanges of viewpoints and ideas between the public and the MRC. Since 1879, the commission has been “listening, inspecting and partnering” with water resource interests in a watershed that is influenced by the drainage of more than 41 percent of the United States and two provinces of Canada. Read more.

BG(R) Ferguson ’60 & COL(R) Kouns ’60 Inducted into Hall of Fame

BG(R) Ferguson ’60 & COL(R) Kouns ’60 Inducted into Hall of FameGovernor Ron DeSantis and the Cabinet voted unanimously to induct the late, Brigadier General (R) Michael Ferguson ’60 and Colonel (R)  Darryle Kouns ’60 along with 18 other veterans into the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame. The names for the Class of 2020 were presented for a formal vote during the September 22 Cabinet Meeting by FDVA Deputy Executive Director James S. “Hammer” Hartsell.

The Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame recognizes and honors those military veterans who, through their works and lives during or after military service, have made a significant contribution to the State of Florida through civic, business, public service or other pursuits. It is not a traditional military hall of fame, as it focuses on post-military contributions to the State of Florida.

“I was honored to forward the names of these great Americans to the Governor and Cabinet,” said Hartsell, a retired Marine Corps Major General. “These former service members represent the best of the best of our veteran community.”

LCDR Jager ’00 Frontline on the Navajo Reservation

LCDR Jager ’00LCDR Sara Jager ’00 is a commander (O-5) in the United States Public Health Service serving as the chief medical officer (CMO) at one of the largest hospitals on the Navajo reservation in Tuba City, Arizona east of the Grand Canyon. Currently bracing themselves for a possible fall surge. The leadership qualities that she has learned at West Point and in the army have allowed her to keep staff members and patients safe from the coronavirus.

After graduation she was commissioned as a military police officer and deployed to Iraq. Returning from deployment Sara entered into a new service agreement and attended uniformed services University medical school with a public health service commitment. She knew that she wanted to serve the native people of America. Sara became a pediatrician and was a resident at the University of Utah and has been at Tuba City since graduating residency in 2013. She was named the female physician of the year for United States Public Health Service, junior officer category, in 2018.

As a leader of the medical staff during this coronavirus outbreak she has coordinated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and training, created a COVID ER, ICU and RCU. Sara is responsible for running the triage and testing tent, testing blitzes, telehealth implementation, convalescent plasma drives, PR to the community, rearrangement of dental services and dental care delivery, decentralizing specialty services like orthopedics to less hard-hit areas to get patients the care that they still need, gown sewing (with shipments held up overseas, they had to sew their own), and atypical PPE (homemade masks, bonnets and gowns). This has been some of the hardest work she has ever done in her entire career. Thank you!

Bulls ’78 Honored by Executive Leadership Council

Bulls ’78 Honored by Executive Leadership CouncilHerman Bulls, JLL Vice Chairman, Americas, has been honored with The Executive Leadership Council’s (ELC) 2020 Achievement Award. The accolade recognizes an African American leader whose career achievements highlight personal and professional excellence with noteworthy business success.

“Herman is one of the most genuine, sincere and well-respected members of the ELC,” said Crystal E. Ashby, Interim President and CEO, The Executive Leadership Council. “I’ve had the pleasure of knowing him in my various capacities in the organization. His prioritization of the ELC, coupled with his vast accomplishments are continually applauded by his fellow members. His longstanding commitment to the ELC should be a model for all.”

“It’s an honor to receive the ELC’s Achievement Award and truly a lifetime personal achievement, made even more meaningful to have been selected by my peers,” said Bulls. “The list of past honorees is an outstanding group of highly respected leaders who have set a precedent and paved the way for the next generation of leaders. I’m incredibly humbled to join such an esteemed group.” Herman Bull's Speech.

As an active ELC member for 26 years, he has supported the organization in several capacities, including as former Chair of The Executive Leadership Foundation. During his tenure, he helped build an inclusive business leadership pipeline that empowered global black leaders to make impactful contributions to the marketplace and global communities where they serve. “It’s an honor to receive the ELC’s Achievement Award and truly a lifetime personal achievement, made even more meaningful to have been selected by my peers,” said Bulls. “The list of past honorees is an outstanding group of highly respected leaders who have set a precedent and paved the way for the next generation of leaders. I’m incredibly humbled to join such an esteemed group.” Read more.

Dr. Esper ’86 to Receive the Goodpaster Award

Dr. Mark Esper ’86The Honorable Mark T. Esper, Secretary of Defense, will receive the Andrew J. Goodpaster Award from the George C. Marshall Foundation at a dinner at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Virginia, on Tuesday, December 1, 2020. Secretary Esper will be recognized for his distinguished career and his many contributions to our nation. He has overseen a rebuilding of our national defense capabilities and been a strong advocate for both military preparedness and our brave men and women in uniform.

In 2008, the Goodpaster Award was established to honor the life and service of General Andrew J. Goodpaster, a longtime trustee and chairman of the Foundation, a champion of the Marshall legacy, an American hero, and an extraordinary public servant. The Goodpaster Award is presented to American heroes in a variety of fields who, like General Goodpaster, have exhibited great courage, selfless service, patriotism and leadership in their lives and careers.

A native of Uniontown, Pennsylvania, upon completion of Ranger and Pathfinder training, he served in the 101st Airborne Division and participated in the 1990–91 Gulf War with the “Screaming Eagles.” He later commanded a Rifle Company in the 3-325 Airborne Battalion Combat Team in Vicenza, Italy. He retired from the U.S. Army in 2007 after spending 10 years on active duty and 11 years in the National Guard and Army Reserve.

Join in Live for the Nininger Award Oct. 22

Join in Live for the Nininger Award Oct. 22Major John Meyer USMA 2005 will receive the Nininger Award this Thursday, October 22. Join in live. Limited Participation  - This event will be lived streamed at 7pm: www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbGB699dyhU&feature=youtu.be

The Nininger Award is named in recognition of the heroic actions of Second Lieutenant Alexander R. Nininger, USMA Class of 1941. After commissioning, Lieutenant Nininger was sent to the Philippines attached to the 57th Infantry Regiment of the Philippine Scouts. During the first month of the Japanese invasion, Nininger voluntarily joined another company because his unit was not yet engaged in combat. He was posthumously awarded the first Medal of Honor in World War II for actions near Abucay, Bataan on January 12, 1942. The Award is given to an exemplar of heroic action in battle. In addition to recognizing the recipient for his or her bravery as an individual, the Association regards the recipient as a given year´s representative of all West Point-commissioned officers who have heroically led Soldiers in combat.

Coaxum ’00 “The Leadership Playbook”

Coaxum ’00 “The Leadership Playbook”Tony Coaxum ’00 has released The Leadership Playbook: Leadership guide from a former Army officer and Super Bowl Champion Coach. Leadership is a commodity that is always rising in value. INVEST HEAVILY IN IT! As an Army football player, West Point graduate, Army officer, and Super Bowl champion, Tony Coaxum has been surrounded by great leadership and culture his entire adult life. He has a passion for leading and team building with tried and true practices that can be used in all organizations from coaching youth to small businesses to Fortune 100 companies. This book ties all of his experiences together in a concise and very practical manner that benefits individuals in leadership roles for the first time and those who are leadership veterans. Great leadership and culture is the driving force behind every successful organization. This playbook is a MUST HAVE for all that strive to improve their organization's leadership and culture! Available on Amazon.

Powers ’88 Selected as 2020 Super Lawyer

Powers ’88 Selected as 2020 Super LawyerJohn G. Powers ’88 has been selected for inclusion in Upstate New York Super Lawyers for 2020. Mr. Powers is a Partner in the Litigation Practice at Hancock Estabrook. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement and is limited to 5% of the lawyers in the State. To learn more about this ranking, visit SuperLawyers.com.

Class Notes Updates This Week

Class Notes Updates This WeekThe following classes have added updates this week to their Class Notes pages. 1949 | 1962 | 1974 | 1985 | 1990 | 1992 | 1996 | 2006 | 2010. Class Notes