Class Notes

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1950s

 Dick Arnold, at left, and his wife, Dawn Musser
In April, the Rotary Club of Christiansburg-Blacksburg awarded its 2018 Citizen of the Year Award to Dick Arnold ’56. After a career with Union Carbide, he returned to Blacksburg and became president of the Blacksburg Sports Club and was inducted into the Virginia Tech Athletics Hall of Fame. He is a member of the College of Engineering Academy of Engineering Excellence and the German Club and provides mission work for the United Methodist Church overseas. He is pictured with his wife, Dawn Musser.

1980s

Scott Sturgill ’84 represents the Hokies
Scott Sturgill ’84 represents the Hokies at the Aug. 31 College Colors Day at The Villages, Florida.

1990s

Capt. Rich Davis ’90, at right
Capt. Rich Davis ’90, at right, retired from the U.S. Navy after 28 years of service. Davis is a naval aviator and flew the SH-2F Seasprite and the SH-60B Seahawk. His sea assignments included Helicopter Antisubmarine Light Squadron (HSL) 32 on the USS Thomas C. Hart and the USS Josephus Daniels; HSL-44 on the USS Halyburton, USS Briscoe, and USS Doyle; flag lieutenant to the George Washington Battle Group; and department head with HSL-44 on the USS Underwood. Ashore, Davis served as a flight instructor and plank owner with HSL-40. He was an Afghanistan action officer, Southeast Asia action officer, and executive assistant on the Joint Staff, Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate before taking command of the World Famous Swamp Foxes of HSL-44. Davis next served as anti-submarine warfare and aviation section head in the Surface Warfare Directorate on the Navy Staff and airborne intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance section head on the Secretary of Defense staff. His final tour was as the Navy chair and assistant professor at the Eisenhower School at National Defense University. He and his bride, the former Bonnie Gail Kraus VT’90, will live in Roanoke.

Rich Holland ’93 has a new teaching position as assistant professor of philosophy at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix. 

Matt Cosner ’97
Matt Cosner ’97 was a team recipient of the 2018 Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition) Dr. Delores M. Etter Award for work supporting Navy integration and interoperability. Cosner is an operations research analyst at Naval Air Systems Command, Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland.

2000s

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Frank A. Theising  HT’01, at right
On July 3, U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Frank A. Theising HT’01, at right, assumed command of the 375th Communications Squadron at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. In his new role, he leads a squadron of over 320 military, civilian, and contract personnel, delivering command, control, communications, computer, and information services to 12,000 base personnel and over 100 Department of Defense locations across the continental United States.
U.S. Air Force Maj. Sarah Bowles ’05, at right
U.S. Air Force Maj. Sarah Bowles ’05, at right, assumes command of the 325th Logistics Readiness Squadron commander on July 20 at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. Before her current assignment, Bowles served as the director of operations for the 51st Logistics Readiness Squadron at Osan Air Base, South Korea.
U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Robert Perris ’06, at left, and Lt. j.g. Perry Artz ’07 pose for a photo on the USS Maryland.
U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Robert Perris ’06, at left, and Lt. j.g. Perry Artz ’07 pose for a photo on the USS Maryland.

2010s

Josiah Jeffers ’16 ran into Capt. Wallace Rollins ’09 in southern Afghanistan.
Josiah Jeffers ’16 ran into Capt. Wallace Rollins ’09 in southern Afghanistan. Both men were executive officers for Ranger Company during their time in the Corps.
U.S. Army 1st Lt. Brett A. Romig ’16 poses with his outgoing battalion commander Lt. Col. David S. Diaz HT’98
U.S. Army 1st Lt. Brett A. Romig ’16 poses with his outgoing battalion commander Lt. Col. David S. Diaz HT’98 after his Change of Command Ceremony on April 30. Romig served as a tank platoon leader under Diaz in Berserker Company, 1-9 CAV.
U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Tiffany (Borden) Reuss ’17
U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Tiffany (Borden) Reuss ’17 is deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Spartan Shield. She’s a maintenance platoon leader in the Forward Support Company of the 92nd Engineer Battalion.