While serving in the Air Force at Patrick Air Force Base (AFB), Dan Egert watched the shuttle launches from his window at work. In July 2011, he drove several hours from Mississippi to watch the final shuttle launch in person. Although he never dreamed of becoming an astronaut, space, and particularly rockets, always captured his attention. “It was always there,” he says.
When Brett McKnight arrived at Syracuse University he wasn’t a typical first-year student. A veteran who served as a Reconnaissance Marine in the 2nd Recon Battalion at Camp Lejeune, N.C., he had been deployed twice and attended rigorous military courses like a combatant diver, military free-fall, trauma management and more. In February 2012, after one semester at Paul Smith’s College, McKnight enlisted in the Marine Corps.
Syracuse University will honor more than 160 graduating student veterans at its veteran commencement ceremony in Grant Auditorium on Friday, May 10, at 10 a.m.
Syracuse University’s Peer Advisors for Veteran Education (PAVE) program recently brought student veterans, PAVE advisors, family members and campus staff together to support and celebrate first-year student veterans and the start of their Syracuse career.
Name: Joshua S. Boucher
Branch: Air Force ROTC
Hometown: Oakland, Maine
Major/School: Aerospace Engineering/ College of Engineering and Computer Science
Plan for postgrad: Specialized training for Tactical Air Control Party Officer (TACP-O) selects
Biggest takeaway from ROTC: Humility is the most important quality in leadership. Being able to put your ego aside and listen to a day-1 Airman is essential to building relationships and mission success. Continue Reading
Like many, George Canino’s path to service began with his family. His father, a retired member of the U.S. Air Force, sparked his interest in the military at a young age.
Canino’s father was stationed in Madrid, Spain, while in the Air Force. After he retired, when George was 3 years old, the family remained there. Even after completing an associate’s degree in international business from Schiller International University in Spain, Canino held on to his desire to serve. Canino enlisted in the U.S. Army and moved on his own to the U.S. in an English-speaking environment after living 21 years in Spain
The Syracuse University Student Veterans Organization (SVO) held its Annual Ball and Awards Banquet recently. The event recognizes the contributions of the SVO to the University, celebrates Syracuse’s tradition of service to veterans, and honors notable student veterans for their achievements at the University. U.S. Army veteran Mark Erwin G’12, who is now employed as the special assistant to the secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, delivered the evening’s keynote speech.
Last week, members of the campus community and Chancellor Kent Syverud gathered in the Dome for the 102nd Annual Chancellor’s Review of the Syracuse University Army and Air Force ROTC cadets. Syracuse boasts the longest consecutively running ROTC program in the country—a legacy in keeping with the University tradition of support for veterans and military families as the “best place for veterans.”
During the event, Chancellor Syverud announced an impressive milestone related to the University’s commitment: “I’m proud to say that veteran and military-connected enrollment has passed five percent of our total enrollment here at Syracuse University.”
Over 50 members of the campus community gathered Thursday at the Genesee Grande Hotel in support of the University’s Veterans Affinity Group (SUVA.) Hosted in partnership with the Office of Veteran and Military Affairs (OVMA), Chancellor Kent Syverud attended the SUVA event with Syracuse University veterans, military-connected individuals, dependents and supporters in an effort to bring military-connected and traditional populations together to create a more diverse and inclusive campus experience. Continue Reading