Class Notes

1950s

Don Sowder ’59 and wife, Mary, at right, meet Maj. Gen. Randal Fullhart and wife, Kathy, at left.
Don Sowder ’59 and wife, Mary, at right, meet Maj. Gen. Randal Fullhart and wife, Kathy, at a recent Ut Prosim Society event in Washington, D.C.

1980s

Maj. Gen. Tracy A. Thompson, at right, chief of staff for the U.S. Army Reserve Command headquartered at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, delivers the Oath of Commissioned Officers to newly promoted Maj. Gen. Kenneth H. “Ritche” Moore ’85., at left.
Maj. Gen. Tracy A. Thompson, at right, chief of staff for the U.S. Army Reserve Command headquartered at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, delivers the Oath of Commissioned Officers to newly promoted Maj. Gen. Kenneth H. “Ritche” Moore ’85. Moore, special assistant to the commander at U.S. Africa Command based in Stuttgart, Germany, pinned on his second star in a small ceremony. (U.S. Army Photo)

2000s

Kristen Meister ’07, at left,  with a group of cadets.
Kristen Meister ’07, at left, greeted cadets taking a tour of the White House. She has held a variety of assignments with the Department of Defense and is currently the senior duty officer in the White House Situation Room.
From left, U.S. Navy Lt. Nate Whitelaw VT’10, Lt. Bryan Glock ’09, and Lt. Chris Lester ’10 .
From left, U.S. Navy Lt. Nate Whitelaw VT’10, Lt. Bryan Glock ’09, and Lt. Chris Lester ’10 graduated from the Submarine Officer Advanced Course at Groton, Connecticut. Whitelaw is going to the U.S.S. Maryland as a navigator, Glock to the U.S.S. Maine as the weapons officer, and Lester to the U.S.S. Louisiana as an engineer.

2010s

Lt. Jessica Luehrs, ’10, at left, stands with Lt. Ashlee Goodwin VT’10 in Honduras during Operation Continuing Promise.
Lt. Jessica Luehrs, ’10, at left, stands with Lt. Ashlee Goodwin VT’10 in Honduras during Operation Continuing Promise.
Lt. Ethan Yelverton ’13, at left, and Ensign Leland Remias VT’17 aboard the USS Forrest Sherman.
Lt. Ethan Yelverton ’13, at left, and Ensign Leland Remias VT’17 aboard the USS Forrest Sherman. Yelverton is the antisubmarine warfare officer, and Remias is the electrical officer.
Capt. Catherine Coyner ’13 , at right,  with her husband, Jesse Coyner ’12, at left, and their daughter, Anna.
Capt. Catherine Coyner ’13 , at right, was named distinguished honor graduate of the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear School’s Captains Career Course on April 6. Coyner also received a Chemical Corps Regimental Association plaque and a certificate of achievement for excellence. Family and friends attending the graduation included her husband, Jesse Coyner ’12, and their daughter, Anna.

Tristan Davey ’14 graduated Air Force Officer Training School in spring 2017 and is stationed at the 28th Operational Weather Squadron at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, as a weather officer. 

Former Highty-Tighty Drum Major Alex Granata ’15, at right, was promoted to first lieutenant by Lt. Col. Charles Payne, at left.
Former Highty-Tighty Drum Major Alex Granata ’15, at right, was promoted to first lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Granata is the executive officer for the Headquarters Battery, 3rd Battalion, 13th Field Artillery, at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Lt. Col. Charles Payne, deputy commandant for 3rd Battalion, presided.
Lt. Luke Forand ’15 ran into Maj. Erikson McCleary ’06 at Camp Dahlke, Afghanistan.
Lt. Luke Forand ’15 ran into Maj. Erikson McCleary ’06 at Camp Dahlke, Afghanistan. McCleary was one of Forand’s Army ROTC instructors at Virginia Tech. Lesson learned from this: Always carry a Virginia Tech flag with you on deployment, just in case.
Lt. Cmdr. David Diaz ’98, at left, and Brett Romig ’16 to first lieutenant.
This picture was taken at Camp Casey, South Korea, shortly after Lt. Cmdr. David Diaz ’98, at left, promoted Brett Romig ’16 to first lieutenant. Both Highty-Tighties, Diaz is Romig’s battalion commander and says he is “the prime example of the moral and ethical leader that the VTCC produces.”
U.S. Army 1st Lt. Wes Russell ’16, at left, and U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Evan Patoray ’16
U.S. Army 1st Lt. Wes Russell ’16, at left, and U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Evan Patoray ’16 are deployed to an undisclosed location in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
Lt. Leah Roberts ’17, at left, and Lt. Nick McLernon ’17
Lt. Leah Roberts ’17, at left, and Lt. Nick McLernon ’17, both in training at Tyndall Air Force Base, show their Hokie pride during McLernon’s call sign night.
From left, Gregory Milhiser ’17, Nicholas Gude ’17, Benjamin Paddock ’17, and Zachery Scott ’17 .
From left, Gregory Milhiser ’17, Nicholas Gude ’17, Benjamin Paddock ’17, and Zachery Scott ’17 complete the 5-month-long Army Armor Officer Basic Training Course at Fort Benning, Georgia.