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Four $1,000 scholarships will be awarded by the Virginia Advisory Council on Military Education (VA-ACME) <http://www.va-acme.org/> to each of the following categories of military student:

* Active Duty, Drilling Reservist or National Guard

* Spouse or Child of Active Duty

* Permanently Disabled Military Member or Family Member (Spouse or
Child) or Family Member of Service Member MIA or KIA

* Veteran or Retiree of the Armed Forces residing or working in Virginia

Scholarship Program Notice and Application Checklist and Cover Sheet are attached.  Applications must be postmarked by 17 January 2011.
Scholarships will be presented at the VA-ACME Conference at the Sheraton Virginia Beach Oceanfront on 22-24 March 2011.

Special Guests Attend the ODU - VMI FootballGame

U.S. Army General Ray Odierno, Commander Joint Forces Command and U.S. Senator Mark Warner are joined by former SEAL and Wounded Warrior Jose Gutierrez and retired Navy SEAL Lt. Mark Donald in the end zone, prior to the coin toss, of the home team Old Dominion Monarchs and the Virginia Military Institute Keydets football game at Foreman Field in Norfolk, Va. (View Pictures)

Engineering Management Graduate Program Selected as Best in U.S.

Old Dominion's graduate program in engineering management has been awarded the American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM) Founder's Award for "Excellence in Academic Leadership." (Full Story)

ODU is being recognized by the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education for excellence in military education. 

SFC Coyne has posted his photos from the Virginia Guard recognition at the ODU football game on the Virginia Guard Flickr site:

ROTC units gather for Pass in Review parade

We recently received a note from RDML Faller, Commander, Navy Recruiting Command:  "We developed and launched a Facebook page (www.facebook.com/nrotc) to open a dialogue between recruiters and young American's and their parents interested in joining the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps."

ODU  will be participating in the Yellow Ribbon beginning in the Fall of 2010.  Watch for further information.

Old Dominion University Naval ROTC Military Council Brief Spring 2010

Old Dominion University Army ROTC Military Council Brief Spring 2010

"Struggling with Student Debt?! a Financial Aid and Loan DeFault Workshop on Thursday, May 20, 2010 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at the Workforce Development Center located on 201 E. Little Creek Road in Norfolk.  (flyer)

New Policy Changes for Navy's Voluntary Education Programs 


Lt. William Burke of the NROTC was selected a NSTC 2009 Officer Instructor of the Year and Maj. Mike Summers of the NROTC recieved a similar award.

Congradulations to Lt. Burke  and Maj. Summers for their outstanding achievements.

Defense Department restarts Military Spouse Career Advancement Account assistance (more)

The Civil Military Fusion Centre is looking for bright and talented students with expertise in Software Design, Web Design & Network Problem Solving.(More information)


TCC comes second in nation for most students using GI bill and ODU ranks eighth.


VA Reaching Out to Students and Schools to Speed Benefit Payments (Press Release)


New Web Site Seeks to Help Veterans Pick College and Use GI Bill Benefits
The American Council on Education says the site is intended to demystify a process that many veterans find baffling.

Hot Seat

October 16, 2009
WASHINGTON – Under heavy scrutiny for failing to pay Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to eligible veterans, the program’s lead administrator attempted to explain the delays to a Congressional subcommittee here Thursday.  (more from insidehighered.com)

ODU Selected as a Top "Military-Friendly School"

(Military News from the Office of Distance Learning) Old Dominion University has been named one of the top "military-friendly schools" for 2010 by G.I. Jobs magazine. The designation recognizes ODU's effort on behalf of the many current and former military members and families who attend the university. The list will be featured in G.I. Jobs September issue, and ODU will be profiled in the October issue.

Veteran named to Muliphen wall of honor

Retired Navy Cmdr. John A. Fahey has been named to the amphibious cargo ship Muliphen's Wall of Honor. Fahey was the ship's operations officer during the 1950s. He lives in Virginia Beach with his wife, Barbara.

Fahey is an author and associate professor emeritus of foreign language and literature at Old Dominion University. He served as a Navy pilot, directed the U.S. Navy Language School, and assisted the White House with liaison tasks.

Brian Adams, an ODU Alumnus, Receives Marine Corps NFO Award

Adams (right) with Gen. David H. Petraeus

Obama Marks Launch Of Post-9/11 GI Bill Era

(NAVY TIMES 03 AUG 09)...William H. McMichael

President Barack Obama marked the launch of the Post-9/11 GI Bill on Monday with a call to national civilian service by veterans taking advantage of the generous new education benefit.


“We do this not just to meet our moral obligation to those who sacrificed greatly on our behalf and on behalf of the country,” said Obama, addressing a veteran-rich audience gathered at Northern Virginia’s George Mason University on the day the Department of Veterans Affairs began disbursing tuition payments under the program. “We do it because these men and women must now be prepared to lead our nation in the peaceful pursuit of economic leadership in the 21st century.


“The contributions that our service men and women can make to this nation do not end when they take off that uniform,” Obama added. “We owe a debt to all who serve. And when we repay that debt to those bravest Americans among us, then we are investing in our future. Not just their future, but also the future of our own country.”


The program, which officially launched on Aug. 1, promises a full college education — including housing and book allowances — to nearly everyone with more than three cumulative years of active duty since Sept. 11, 2001, and it allows career service members to transfer their unused benefits to family members.


Obama, who was introduced by Marine Staff Sgt. Jim Miller, an Iraq war veteran who has enrolled in the Post-9/11 GI Bill program, was accompanied on stage by VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., and retired Sen. John Warner, R-Va. Webb was the leading congressional sponsor of the legislation.


In his remarks, Obama invoked the launch of the World War II-era GI Bill that President Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed in 1943 by saying, according to Obama, that that war’s service members must not be demobilized “to a place on a breadline or on a corner selling apples.”


Obama said that era’s program was a “transformation for our country,” educating more than 8 million Americans including, Obama said, “three presidents, three Supreme Court justices, 14 Nobel Prize winners and two dozen Pulitzer Prize winners … the backbone of the largest middle class in history.”

“We owe the same obligations to this generation of service men and women,” he said.


But, he added, “This is even more important than it was in 1944.”


The first GI Bill, he said, “helped build a postwar economy that has been transformed by revolutions in communication and technology.” The new program, he said, “must give today’s veterans the skills and training they need to fill the jobs of tomorrow.”


“Education is the currency that can purchase success in the 21st century,” Obama said. “And this is the opportunity that our troops have earned.”


Lt. General Kathleen Gainey (right), a 1978 graduate of ODU, and Brigadier General Katherine Kasun(left) , U. S. Army Commandant of the Joint Forces Staff College, recently attended an AROTC Commissioning Ceremony at ODU.



Atlantic Treaty Association members visit ACT

Briefing encourages Sailors to apply for STA-21


Calvert Leader Appointed To State Military PanelCalvert Leader Appointed To State Military Panel



Contract Positions VMASC in Lucrative Orlando Modeling & Simulation Market

Interested in Honing Your Cultural Competency Skills? ODU now offers an online course tailored specifically for military professionals and others with either a personal or professional interest in global affairs.  The course is six weeks in duration and can be used in fulfillment of general education or elective requirements.  Three credits.  To review the course outline, go to http://dl.odu.edu/military/index.shtml



ODU alum Cmdr. J.J. Cummings is the new commanding officer of a Navy fighter squadron in Iraq. . . 


ODU listings on  military.com


New Veterans Benefits (GI Bill). The new GI Bill-the most significant change in veterans education benefits since WWII, has been signed into law and will become effective 1 August 2009. The bill provides a powerful incentive for servicemembers or eligible spouses or dependents to further their educations at degree-granting institutions. The VA is encouraging everyone to access their web site for the latest information http://www.gibill.va.gov . ODU staff at its main campus in Norfolk and at sites throughout Virginia, Arizona and Washington State are gearing up to better serve the needs of veterans and their families under this enhanced benefit.Monitor this web site for periodic updates.


Va. senators add stimulus money to their plans


Cadet Daniel Dross and Cadet Axia Jelderks along with Staff Sergeant Billy Malloy present Acting President Broderick with a Virginia Army National Guard Certificate of Appreciation for the support given by ODU to the Army ROTC program.  Cadets Dross and Jelderks are both Juniors and members of the ODU Army ROTC Monarch Battalion and the Virginia National Guard. The ODU Army ROTC program has an enrollment of over 200 Cadets this year which is the largest it has ever been.  The Battalion is the 5th largest Army ROTC program out of 273 programs in the nations.  In addition to having numerous Cadets on full scholarship, over 80 members of the ROTC Battalion are members of the Virginia National Guard earning tuition assistance and a monthly paycheck to support their education. 


ODU Alum Admiral Robert Willard, USN, selected for key assignment

Admiral Robert Willard, current commander of the Navy's Pacific Fleet, has been recommended by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates for appointment as Commander of the "Pacific Command". Headquartered in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, the command encompasses about a third of the earth's surface, 28 countries, and more than half of the world's population. "PACCOM" includes 250,000 military personnel representing all services in the U.S. Armed Forces.

A naval aviator, Admiral Willard is ODU's most senior military graduate on active duty. He received his Masters in Engineering Management (MEM) Degree in 2005 by distance learning while serving as Commander of the U.S. SEVENTH Fleet in Japan. The Admiral is one of the University's "Distinguished Alumni".

Denzel Washington, and Brooks Army Medical Center

Denzel Washington and his family visited the troops at Brook Army Medical Center , in San Antonio, Texas (BAMC) the other day. This is where soldiers who have been evacuated from Germany come to be hospitalized in the UnitedStates, especially burn victims. There are some buildings there called Fisher Houses. The Fisher House is a Hotel where soldiers' families can stay, for little or no charge, while their soldier is staying in the Hospital. BAMC has quite a few of these houses on base, but as you can imagine, they are almost filled most of the time. While Denzel Washington was visiting BAMC, they gave him a tour of one of the Fisher Houses. He asked how much one of them would cost to build..
He took his checkbook out and wrote a check for the on the spot. The soldiers overseas were amazed to hear this story and want to get the word out to the American public, because it warmed their hearts to hear it.

Nine members from the Hampton Roads Naval ROTC Consortium Sail Team traveled to Boston, MA to participate and compete in the 2009 Boston University - MIT Consortium Sailing Competition.

Area students meet at ODU for International Azalea Festival's Model NATO Conference

Local solutions to piracy issue
(WAVY-TV, April 15, 2009)
More trouble on the high seas. Officials say pirates attacked another U.S. cargo ship Wednesday, but this time, failed to get aboard. It happened off the coast of Somalia, as the Liberty Sun sailed to Mombasa, Kenya.
Since Sunday, when Capt. Richard Phillips was freed, Somali pirates have hijacked four ships and taken at least 75 hostages.
WAVY.com found two local men who are coming up with ideas on how to solve the piracy problem.
"That's just one little attack, they have nothing to lose," says ODU'S Dr. Wayne Talley who wrote "Maritime Safety, Security, and Piracy."
Talley is Executive Director of the Maritime Institute. Talley says ODU is the only University in the Country that offers a port management concentration for MBA students.


This photo was taken a few days ago in Afghanistan at Province in Kunar with Asdabad the Capital in the background.  CDR Len Remia(ODU '88),  on the left, is from the U.S. Navy and COL Stephen Quinn (ODU '86), on the right, is from the U.S. Army. Both ODU ROTC alum are at the top of "Bull Run", a command outpost just outside CDR Remias' FOB, Forward Operating Base. Bull Run is approx 4200 feet elevation. Bull Run is at about 1600 ft up. The climb took about an hour.  (see:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asadabad,_Afghanistan)

COL Quinn is the Brigade Commander for the 189th  Infantry Brigade (Fort Bragg).  His bio can be found at this link:

 GI Bill Sign-up information

~ Bills improve veterans services, provides for uniform treatment of military children at state and local level ~