Lieutenant General R. Steven Whitcomb

LTG R. Steven Whitcomb
Commanding General, Third Army, U.S. Army Central Command
Lieutenant General Whitcomb was commissioned as a second lieutenant upon graduation from the University of Virginia. He served in his first assignment as a rifle and weapons platoon leader in Company C, 2d Battalion, 508th Infantry (Airborne), 82d Airborne Division. His first Platoon Sergeant was Sergeant First Class Richard Sikes.

Branch transferring to Armor, his initial assignments included Commander, Company B, 2d and then 3rd Battalion, 64th Armor, 3rd Infantry Division. First Sergeant Jones served as the company’s First Sergeant. Following company command, he served as Assistant Professor of Military Science, California University of Pennsylvania.

Next assigned to the Republic of Korea, LTG Whitcomb served as S3, 524th Military Intelligence Battalion. Posted to Fort Hood, Texas he served as Deputy G2, 2d Armored Division, and then S3 and XO, 3rd Battalion, 67th Armor, as well as Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General, III Corps and Fort Hood.

His next assignment was in Germany where he commanded the, 2d Battalion, 70th Armor, 1st Armored Division, deploying the battalion to combat in Desert Shield/Desert Storm. The Battalion Command Sergeant Major was Command Sergeant Major Broughton. After battalion command, he served as a staff officer in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans, Headquarters Department of the Army.

LTG Whitcomb served as Commander, 2d Brigade, 24th Infantry Division, with elements of the brigade deploying to Somalia and Haiti. Command Sergeants Major Ben Palacios and Joseph John served with him. His follow-on was a second tour at Headquarters, Department of the Army as a director in Force Development followed by service as Executive Officer to the Vice Chief of Staff, Army.

After completing his tour of duty at Headquarters, Department of the Army, LTG Whitcomb assumed the duties of Assistant Division Commander for Maneuver, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas, deploying with elements of the Division to Bosnia, followed by an assignment as Deputy Commanding General, Fort Knox, Kentucky with Command Sergeant Major Christian.
During his second tour of duty in the Republic of Korea, LTG Whitcomb served as the C3/J3, United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command, United States Forces Korea, and Deputy Commanding General, Eighth United States Army.

He was again reassigned to Fort Knox, Kentucky where he served as the Commander, U.S. Army Armor Center-Command Sergeants Major Christian and then Gainey served as part of the command team. In January 2003, he was assigned to US Central Command, serving as the Chief of Staff, CENTCOM during OIF and OEF.

LTG Whitcomb assumed command of Third Army, US Army Central, on October 13, 2004-there he serves with Command Sergeant Major Ashe.

LTG Whitcomb’s education includes the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Counter Intelligence Officer Course, the Armor Advance Course, Command and General Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College. His civilian education includes a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in History from the University of Virginia and a Masters Degree in Education from California University of Pennsylvania.

Lieutenant General Whitcomb and his wife of 33 years have two daughters.

Major General Charles “Chip” D. Luckey

Major General Charles D. Luckey '77
Major General Charles D. Luckey ’77

Chief of Staff, North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command – Peterson Air Force Base, ColoradoNORAD is a bi-national U.S. and Canadian organization charged with the missions of aerospace warning, aerospace control, and maritime warning for North America. As the NORAD Chief of Staff, he directs a joint and bi-national staff to coordinate command responsibilities for North America.

As the USNORTHCOM Chief of Staff, he directs a joint staff in order to deter, prevent, and defeat threats and aggression aimed at the United States and its territories and interests within USNORTHCOM’s assigned areas of responsibility. Additional duties involve coordinating and directing military assistance to civil authorities, including civil support and consequence management operations when authorized by the Secretary of Defense or President of the United States.

General Luckey was commissioned in the Army after graduating as a Distinguished Military Graduate from the University of Virginia in 1977. He began his military career as an Infantry Officer leading Soldiers in both mechanized and Special Forces units until separating from active duty in 1982 to attend law school. In 1985, General Luckey returned to active duty and served with the 82d Airborne,   Ft. Bragg, NC. In 1991, he transferred to the Army Reserve and subsequently commanded units at the battalion, brigade, and group level, culminating with his assignment as the Commanding General of the 78th Division (TS). General Luckey was recalled to Active Duty in 2008 and selected to serve as the Chief, Office of Security Cooperation in Baghdad, Iraq. Prior to his current assignment, General Luckey served on the Joint Staff as Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Joint Staff Lead for the Iraq transition.

Having served in a variety of theaters with three combat tours, General Luckey’s awards, badges and decorations are consistent with those of most Soldiers who have had the honor to serve the United States over a period of decades and the good fortune to return safely home. He is blissfully married to a Tar Heel, the former Julie Marie Fisher of Greensboro, North Carolina, and has three children: Lissa (29), Max (26), and Timothy Fitch (23).

Colonel Tom Kelly ’86

Iraq 2005-2006
Iraq 2005-2006

Colonel Thomas L. Kelly was commissioned a Distinguished Military Graduate in May 1986 from the Reserve Officer Training Corps and holds a B.S. degree in Commerce from the University of Virginia and a M.A. in Human Resource Development from Webster University and a M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. His military education includes the Field Artillery Officer Basic and Advance Courses, the United States Army Command and General Staff College, and the Joint Forces Staff College.Colonel Kelly’s initial assignment was as a Reconnaissance and Survey Officer with the 4th Battalion, 77th Field Artillery in the Federal Republic of Germany in March 1987. He further served as a Platoon Fire Direction Officer (FDO), Platoon Leader, Battalion Assistant Operations Officer (A/ S-3) and Battalion Special Weapons Officer.

In September 1990, Colonel Kelly reported to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky. During his tour with the 101st, he deployed as the 2-187 Infantry Battalion Fire Support Officer during Desert Shield/Storm, and subsequently served as the 3-320th FA Battalion FDO, and A/ S-3. He commanded Battery B, 3-320th Field Artillery.

Following his tour with the 101st, Colonel Kelly was assigned to the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, CA as an Observer Controller (O/C). He served as a Firing Battery O/C, a FA Tactical Operations Center O/C and as a Brigade Fire Support O/C. In May 1996, he was assigned to the United States Field Artillery School where he served as a Basic Course Fire Support Instructor and then as an Advanced Course Small Group Instructor. While assigned to Fort Sill, COL Kelly deployed as the Plans Officer, Multinational Division North, Tuzla, BiH, in support of Operations Joint Guard/Forge.

In June 1999, Colonel Kelly returned to Fort Campbell Kentucky and the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) where he served as the Division Assistant Fire Support Coordinator (Plans), Executive Officer for the 2-320 Field Artillery and as the Executive Officer for the 101st Airborne Division Artillery.

In June 2002, Colonel Kelly assumed joint duties as an Operations/ Plans Officer in the Air Force Command and Control Training and Innovations Group at Hurlburt Field, Florida. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, he deployed as the 1st Battlefield Coordination Detachment (BCD) Plans Officer in the Combined Air Operations Center in Prince Sultan Air Base, KSA.

From Jun 2004-AUG 2006, COL Kelly commanded the 3rd Battalion, 6th Field Artillery in the 1st BCT, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry). The battalion deployed to Iraq in support of OIF from August 2005 to July 2006.

From 2006-2007 served on the Army Staff as the Field Artillery Organizational Integrator in the G3/5/7 and after graduating from the Naval War College as the XO to the CG, Accessions Command based at Fort Monroe, VA.
COL Kelly assumed command of the 4th Battlefield Coordination Detachment in December, 2009 and relinquished command OCT 2011 after a 13 month deployment to the CENTCOM AOR in support of OIF/OND and OEF. COL Kelly subsequently served as the Third Army/ ARCENT Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategy and Effects.

COL Kelly currently serves as the active duty Senior Army Advisor to the SC National Guard (SRAAG-SC).

Colonel Kelly’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit (1 OLC), Bronze Star Medal (2 OLC), the Meritorious Service Medal (4 OLC), the Army Commendation Medal (6 OLC), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the NATO Medal, the Army Achievement Medal (6 OLC), the Combat Action Badge, the Parachutist Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.

Captain Joshua Johnson

CPT Joshua Johnson

Brigade Judge Advocate, 3rd BDE Combat Team 1st Infantry Division
CPT Johnson graduated from UVA in 2002. He received an educational delay from his active duty obligation to attend law school. CPT Johnson graduated, cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 2005. Following admittance to the Virginia State Bar, CPT Johnson entered active duty as an officer in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. He was assigned to FT Hood, TX upon completion of the Officer Basic Course at the JAG School in Charlottesville. He is currently serving as the Brigade Judge Advocate for the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, FT Hood, TX. In this capacity, he practices military justice, administrative law, ethics, and operational law as the Officer-in-Charge of the Brigade Legal Team as it prepares for deployment. Also, CPT Johnson plans to attend Ranger School in order to eventually serve as a Judge Advocate in the 75th Ranger Regiment.

Captain B. Danielle Engle (formerly Summerhill)

Captain Danielle Engle

Assistant S3 Operations Officer, 2-224th Aviation Helicopter Battalion 29th Infantry Division
CPT Engle graduated from the University of Virginia in 2007 after receiving a four year Army ROTC scholarship. She volunteered to join the Virginia Army National Guard as an SMP Cadet during her 4th year in order to guarantee her desired branch. As a Cadet, CPT Engle, then CDT Summerhill, served as the Cavalier Battalion’s S1 and was requested to serve as a Gold Bar Recruiter upon receiving her commission as a Military Intelligence officer prior to attending the Intelligence Basic Officer Leadership Course at Ft. Huachuca.

After completion of MI BOLC, CPT Engle returned to the 2-224th AVN as a staff officer to lead the Intelligence section. After her promotion to 1LT and serving as a staff officer for several months, CPT Engle was asked to attend flight school in an effort to keep her within the Aviation Battalion and counter an imminent move to division. She readily accepted, and completed Initial Entry Rotary Wing Course, better known as Flight School in January 2011. Shortly thereafter, she joined her unit in Ft. Hood for mobilization prior to their deployment to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn where she served as a line pilot, Battle Captain, and a Flight Company Platoon Leader. CPT Engle was recently promoted, currently serves as the Assistant Operations Officer for the 2-224th AHB as a staff officer, and plans to attend the Aviation Captain’s Career Course in the near future.

First Lieutenant Andrew Simmons

1LT Andrew Simmons ’09

Current Job: Company Executive Officer, 2-35 Infantry Battalion, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, Schofield Barracks, HI

1LT A. W. Simmons graduated from the University in 2009 with a degree in Political Philosophy, Policy, and Law. While in the Cavalier Battalion, he served as the cadet Battalion Commander, and branched Infantry. His first assignment was as a Gold Bar Recruiter at U.Va.

1LT Simmons then served as a Platoon Leader with Delta Company, 2-35 IN, and deployed in support of OEF XII, serving at COP Penich and Nangalam Base (formerly FOB Blessing) in the Kunar and Pech River Valleys, Kunar Province, Afghanistan. He currently serves as the Executive Officer of Alpha Company, 2-35 IN, at Schofield Barracks, HI, and is preparing the company for a deployment in 2013 back to Kunar Province.

Andrew Leyva

Andrew Leyva ’06

Andrew Leyva commissioned from UVA in May 2006 as a Field Artillery officer. He attended Basic Officer Leader’s Course and the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course. Following OBC, he was assigned to the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Hood, TX. He served as a Fire Support Officer and Executive Officer for 1-12 Infantry. Andrew then moved to the 1st Cavalry Division and deployed as a platoon leader with 5-82 FA and 1-9 CAV in 2008. Upon redeployment, he served as the HHT XO for 1-9 CAV.

Andrew joined the Army Reserve from active duty in June 2010 and branch transferred to Military Intelligence. He graduated from the Military Intelligence Captains Career Course and the Intelligence Combat Training Center. His current assignment is with the DIA’s Afghan-Pakistan Task Force at the Pentagon. In his civilian job, Andrew is a Lead Associate with Booz Allen Hamilton supporting Army intelligence contracts.

Captain Chris Chatelain

CPT Chris Chatelain ’06

Brigade Trial Counsel, 4th Brigade (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division

CPT Chris Chatelain entered the Cavalier Battalion in August 2002. In 2006, he graduated from UVA, completed UVA ROTC, commissioned as a 2LT, and received the honor of “distinguished military graduate.” He received an educational delay from his active duty obligation to attend law school. CPT Chatelain earned his Juris Doctor, cum laude, and Master of Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University in 2009. CPT Chatelain passed the California State Bar, and he was selected to become a Judge Advocate. He was promoted to 1LT and completed the 181st Judge Advocate Basic Course in Charlottesville, VA. He then completed Airborne School at Fort Benning, GA. In 2010, CPT Chatelain arrived at his first assignment as Chief of Administrative and Civil Law at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey, CA. He was promoted to CPT during this assignment. In 2011, CPT Chatelain was reassigned as a Trial Counsel and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for U.S. Army Alaska at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, AK. In 2012, CPT Chatelain was reassigned to be the Brigade Trial Counsel for 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, AK. CPT Chatelain plans to continue his career in the JAG Corps, and he cannot wait to eventually come back to UVA for the Judge Advocate Graduate Course.

Captain Erik Norell

CPT Erik Norell ’07

CPT Norell commissioned in May 2007 into the Virginia National Guard. Upon completing the Military Intelligence Officer Basic Course, he began drilling with the 1-116th Infantry Battalion based in Lynchburg, VA as an assistant S2. While completing monthly training requirements, CPT Norell returned to school to pursue an M.A. in Islamic Studies at Duke University, with a focus on religion and violent conflict and Muslim minority communities. His time at Duke was interrupted in late 2009 when his battalion was asked to augment the 256th IBCT out of Louisiana on a deployment to Iraq.

By this time CPT Norell was now the 1-116th primary S2 (and continue to serve in that capacity). They mobilized in early 2010 at Camp Shelby, MS before flying to Kuwait and ultimately COB Adder, located just outside the city of Nasiriyah in southern Iraq. The mission was convoy security, and they provided the gun trucks (MRAPs at this point in the war) for miles-long logistical convoys comprised of 18-wheelers and fuel tankers. CPT Norell’s intelligence section focused on reducing the number and effectiveness of IED attacks by recommending tactical changes regarding movement times and vehicle configurations. Although he served in Iraq during a relatively calm period, his unit was sent home early in conjunction with the Operation New Dawn drawdown, and was fortunate enough not to lose any Soldiers during the deployment.

After returning from Iraq, CPT Norell finished his Masters and then worked for a year and a half at the Defense Intelligence Agency. CPT Norell had two positions – first as a militant Islam analyst and then as a defense economist, with a regional focus on the Arabian Peninsula. Since leaving the DIA in June CPT Norell has been working as a technical editor and plans to pursue an MBA next fall.