When Army National Guard Master Sgt. John Paul Karpovich learned of the new Military Family Education Program (MFEP), also referred to as the PA Family GI Bill, reenlisting for six more years to the Pennsylvania National Guard (PNG) was a no-brainer for him. MFEP allows spouses and children of PNG members to attend college at no cost or a reduced cost. For Karpovich, it would help his daughter Georgia with her tuition to attend Bloomsburg University
, so he signed on the dotted line.
U.S. Army Col. Jon Brierton’s 30-year career has come full circle. The 1994 California University
graduate, who began his military career as a private stationed at Fort Dix, N.J., was recently appointed commander of U.S. Army Support Activity Fort Dix and deputy commander of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.
Darril Vilbrun took the scenic route to earning his degree at Cheyney University
. He will graduate this spring with a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies with a concentration in business and a minor in computer science. He believes his ambition to reach success started – and will persist – because of Cheyney.
For one adult learner, choosing Clarion University
was a way to further his education while serving his country as a Marine. While on active duty, Christopher Blaze decided to begin his college career with online learning, taking one course at a time to accommodate his busy military work schedule and home life.
While serving with the Army National Guard at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, Alexander Walsh was working 12-hour shifts, seven days a week but still managed to earn an A in all three East Stroudsburg University
courses he was taking while deployed. Walsh graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in business management with a supply chain concentration.
For the 12th consecutive year, Edinboro University
earned national recognition for providing veterans and their families with a first-rate post-secondary education. This month, Edinboro University earned silver distinction in the annual Military Friendly Schools list for 2020-2021 after earning top measurements in engaging prospective military students, educating military students and providing the students with meaningful employment.
Victory Media has selected Indiana University of Pennsylvania
for a Gold Designation in its 2021 Military Friendly® Schools ranking. IUP is one of only 162 universities in the nation and one of only six in Pennsylvania selected for “Gold Award” status. A total of 1,200 colleges and universities were considered for the Military Friendly Schools ranking, and fewer than 750 schools earned a spot. IUP has been on the Military Friendly Schools list for seven years.
’s Chambliss Student Academic Achievement Awards recognize the exceptional individual achievements of a select group of graduating seniors. Jonathan Fernezan, a computer science/information technology major graduating in May, was awarded the Chambliss Academic Achievement Award Copper Medal in the category of outstanding service to the Kutztown University community. Fernezan is a student veteran of distinction.
The Lock Haven University
Bald Eagle Battalion Army ROTC recently participated in the 2021 Ranger Challenge competition at Fort Dix, New Jersey. Twelve highly motivated and physically fit cadets competed against 29 other universities from across the northeast.
The Mansfield University
Student Veteran Organization (MUSVO) partners with Goodies for Our Troops each year to send care packages to troops deployed overseas. Recently, the Mansfield Student Veteran Organization sent a care package to past MUSVO President Sgt. Emily Davidson ’19 who is currently stationed in Iraq. As a student, Sgt. Davidson helped coordinate a care package drive for three Mansfield employees stationed in Poland with the local National Guard unit.
Lt. Robert McMinn, Active Duty Nurse Practitioner, U.S. Public Health Service, is making sure all veterans stay safe during the pandemic. Lt. McMinn, an MSN graduate of Millersville University
, is getting veterans and staff vaccinated at the Charlie Norwood VA in Georgia.
Last year, Shippensburg University
senior ROTC cadet Joseph Oleski was one of only a few cadets to ride in an Army Blackhawk helicopter for a field training exercise. While he once considered being selected for this special experience the highlight of his time in ROTC, some recent news might just beat that thrilling ride. Oleski, a geoenvironmental studies major, received word that he is ranked as the number 7 cadet in the nation by the United States Army Cadet Command.
By looking at Matthew and Michael Lugowski, the identical twins are difficult to tell apart, but to them it will be difficult to imagine being apart after they followed almost identical paths to Slippery Rock University
as U.S. Army ROTC cadets. The brothers enlisted into the Army National Guard together, so it was fitting they were commissioned alongside one another at SRU.
West Chester University
has earned the 2021-2022 Military Friendly® School designation, and has advanced to Gold status in recognition of leading practices, outcomes, and effective programs for members of the military and veterans enrolled at the University. West Chester is one of only six universities in Pennsylvania that earned Gold designation.