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Lieutenant General Kathleen Gainey

Lieutenant General Kathleen Gainey graduated in 1978 from ODU with a bachelor's degree in Special Education and was commissioned through Army ROTC in the Transportation Corps.  She is currently serving as the Director for Logistics, The J-4 for the Joint Staff at the Pentagon.  Prior to this assignment she served as the Commanding General, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command and as the Deputy Chief of Staff, Resources and Sustainment, Multi-National Force-Iraq OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, Iraq. 

LTG Gainey received her honorary doctorate of science degree from Old Dominion University in 2009.

Admiral Harold W. Gehman, Jr.

Admiral Harold W. Gehman, Jr. is a retired United States Navy four star admiral who served as NATO's Supreme Allied Commander, Atlantic (SACLAND), Commander-in-Chief of the United States Joint Forces Command,  one of the United States'   Unified Combatant Commands, and Vice Chief of Naval Operations. 

Admiral Gehman received his honorary doctorate  of science degree from Old Dominion University in December of 1999.


Admiral Vernon E. Clark USN (Ret.)

Admiral Vernon E. Clark was the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) in the United States Navy. He retired 22 July 2005, making his tenure of five years the second-longest serving CNO behind Arleigh Burke. He currently sits on the board of directors of Raytheon and SRI International.

Admiral Clark received his honorary doctorate of science degree from Old Dominion University in 2004.