Hometown Hero: Fred Shibel

Frederick “Fred” Shibel Sr was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1927. Upon graduating from Lawrence High School at 17, Fred enlisted into the U.S. Navy in 1944 during World War II; even though his two older brothers – Chuck and Ed – were already in the war, he wouldn’t have been drafted

Syracuse ROTC | Where Are They Now?

The Stalwart Battalion at Syracuse University can trace its roots back to the earliest days of Syracuse University’s historic commitment to veterans. During World War I the Student Army Training Corps, which was the precursor to today’s Reserve Officer Training Corps, began educating students for crucial roles in military service.

Veterans Day Weekend Celebrated at the Best Place for Veterans

According to Ron Novack, executive director of Syracuse University’s Office of Veteran and Military Affairs (OVMA), “Every day is Veterans Day at Syracuse University.” Given the University’s historic commitment to veterans and military families, it’s no surprise that the OVMA staff goes above and beyond to make the Veterans Day observance truly special each year.

Hometown Hero – William and Clarence ‘94

U.S. Army Major (Retired) William G Watts and Sergeant (Retired) Clarence G. Watts were born on August 20, 1971, in Bay Shore, NY. The Watts twins are both graduates of Brentwood High School in Brentwood, Long Island. William and Clarence both graduated from Syracuse University in 1994 and were on the 1992 Big East Championship Track and Field Team.

Hometown Hero – Thomas Dickerson

Born the youngest of three in Montour Falls, New York, U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Thomas Dickerson felt a strong pull to serve in the United States military. Staff Sergeant Dickerson enlisted into the U.S. Air Force in April 2010, committing to a six-year active-duty enlistment.

Hometown Hero – Rebeka Eaton

U.S. Army First Lieutenant Rebeka (Beki) Eaton, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, enlisted into the New Mexico Army National Guard as a cadet in 2017. She received a commission as an Engineer Officer in 2019 through the Army ROTC program at New Mexico Military Institute where she also earned her associate degree.

Student Veterans Reflect on Military Service, Academic Pursuits

The Syracuse University Office of Veteran and Military Affairs (OVMA) invites the campus community to the National Veterans Resource Center (NVRC) at the Daniel and Gayle D’Aniello Building for the observance of the Syracuse University Veterans Day ceremony 2023.