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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. — St. Bonaventure University’s Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Seneca Battalion will induct three new members Saturday into its Hall of Fame, which was established during the spring of 1998.
The induction will be held at 11 a.m. in the University Chapel, Doyle Hall, and is part of the annual Awards Ceremony for ROTC Seneca Battalion cadets, who will be honored for their achievements. The event is open to the public.
The honorees are: Lieutenant Colonel George W. Burkley, ’60
Retired Lieutenant Colonel George W. Burkley was the cadet colonel of the St. Bonaventure University Army ROTC Battalion and a Distinguished Military Graduate of the University in 1960. On June 5, 1960, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Army Reserve, and three days later he accepted a regular commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. He completed the Basic Officers Course and Basic Flight Training before receiving additional instruction as a Marine aviator. In 1965, Burkley reported to Vietnam, where he served a one-year tour as an F4 Phantom pilot until 1966. Burkley returned to the United States and graduated from the U.S. Navy Test Pilot School. He worked for two years as an advanced weapons evaluator at the Patuxent River Naval Test Center, Md., before he was assigned to an all-weather attack squadron for a second tour in Vietnam, serving as an A6 Intruder pilot from 1969 to 1970.
He earned a master's degree from American University and was assigned as an analyst in the Department of Defense Office of Program Analysis and Evaluation. His final assignment was with the Station Operations and Maintenance Squadron (SOMS) at Marine Corps Air Station El Toro in California. During his 26-year career, he logged thousands of training combat and test hours in numerous Marine Corps aircraft before retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 1986.
In 1991, Burkley joined the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary as a volunteer and continues to serve as a pilot for the Coast Guard. Between 2007 and 2008, he served as the District Commodore for District 14 Coast Guard Auxiliary and currently is Commander 114 for the Coast Guard Auxiliary (Hawaii, Guam and Saipan).
His awards include the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star with Combat V Device, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (Strike/Flight) with 17 Stars, Vietnam Service Medal with Four Service Stars, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Bronze Star, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Commendation Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Republic of Vietnam Unit Citation (First Class) with Palm, and Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm.
Colonel James M. Mis, ‘86 James M. Mis enrolled in the Army ROTC program as a St. Bonaventure University freshman in 1982. Following his sophomore year, he graduated from the U.S. Army Airborne School and the next year, completed Ranger School and earned the Ranger Tab. He graduated with a bachelor of science degree in biology in 1986 and received a commission as an Infantry second lieutenant. He was the Platoon Honor Graduate of his Infantry Officer Basic Course and completed the Mortar Platoon Leaders Course. In 1987, Mis was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), where he served as a Rifle Platoon Leader, Anti-Armor Platoon Leader and Scout Platoon Leader. After a six-month tour to the Sinai as part of the Multinational Force & Observers, he was selected as a member of the 75th Ranger Regiment (Airborne), with whom he served as a Ranger Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer in the 1st Ranger Battalion.
He participated in the combat parachute jump into Panama during Operation Just Cause in December 1989. Mis was assessed, selected and graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course in 1991 and was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) as commander of Operational Detachment – Alpha 331 and later as Battalion S3.
Mis remained at Fort Bragg, N.C., as aide-de-camp to the Deputy Commanding General, Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), before taking command of a Special Forces company and serving as executive officer of a Special Forces battalion.
In July 2000, he returned to JSOC and served in several positions in the J5 and J7 Directorates, including two assignments in Afghanistan, where he served first as Operations Officer, J5 and later as Deputy Director, J5.
He was the Garrison Commander of Fort AP Hill, Va., from July 2004 to July 2006, when he returned to the Special Operations community as Chief of the Joint Operations Division, Special Operations Command-South (SOCSOUTH).
After commanding SOCSOUTH-Paraguay from July 2007 to December 2008, he returned to Headquarters SOCSOUTH at MacDill Air Force Base, where he served as Chief of Operations until June 2009. In July 2009, Mis assumed command of the Asymmetric Warfare Group at Fort Meade, Maryland. He began his current assignment as Director of Operations J5, SOCCENT in August 2001 and is responsible for planning special operations throughout the USCENTCOM area of responsibility.
Mis holds master’s degrees in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College and in strategic studies from the Marine Corps War College. His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (two awards), Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (three awards), Army Achievement Medal (three awards), National Defense Service Medal (two awards), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with Oak Leaf and Arrowhead, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Service Star, Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Multi-National Force and Observers Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award with two Oak Leaf Clusters Army Superior Unit Award, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab, Air Assault Badge and the Master Parachutist Badge with combat jump star. In 1994, he received the General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award.
He is married to the former Mary Gannon, who also graduated from and received a commission through St. Bonaventure Army ROTC in 1987. They have three children: James, Corrine and Meghan.
Colonel Terrence L. Roche, ‘60
Retired Colonel Terrence L. Roche is a native of Callicoon, N.Y. He graduated cum laude from St. Bonaventure University in 1960 with a bachelor of business administration degree. A Distinguished Military Graduate of the Army ROTC program, he was selected as the Ideal Bonaventure Man and received several other awards in addition to a Regular Army commission in the Field Artillery. After attending the Field Artillery Officers Basic Course at Fort Sill, Okla., and the Nike Universal Officers Orientation course at Fort Bliss, Texas, he reported to his first duty assignment as Fire Control Platoon Leader, A Battery, 2nd Missile Battalion (Nike Hercules), 62nd Artillery, in Buffalo. He was assigned to U.S. Army in Paris, France, in June 1963 and served first as executive officer and then as headquarters company commander. In August 1966, he received orders to proceed to Vietnam where he served as assistant S3 and commander, HHB, 1st Infantry Division Artillery. Upon returning to CONUS, he attended the Artillery Officers Advanced Course. From July 1968 to July 1969, he served as an instructor in the U.S. Air Force Air Ground Operations School at Eglin Air Force Base, Fl. After graduating from the Command and General Staff College in June 1970, he remained at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., as Assistant DPCA until January 1971, when he reported to the British Staff College. He served as G3 training officer and division air defense officer with the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea from March 1972 until April 1973.
He returned to CONUS and was assigned to the Enlisted Personnel Directorate, MILPERCEN, where he served as Chief, TRADOC Section, CONUS Installations Branch, and later as Chief of the Distribution Operations Center. In March 1976, he was assigned to the Office of the Chief of Staff, U.S. Army as Executive Officer to the Deputy Director of the Army Staff for Executive Services and White House Liaison.
From May 1977 through November 1978, he commanded the 2nd Basic Combat Training Battalion, 1st ADA Brigade, Fort Bliss, Texas. Following command, he served successively as Chief, How-To-Fight Team, Chief, Training Literature Division and Chief, Doctrine Division, U.S. Army Air Defense School. Upon graduating from the Air War College in 1981, he returned to Europe for the third time where he served first as Chief, Morale and Community Support Division, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Personnel, and then as Chief, Investigations and Assistance Division, Office of the Inspector General, Headquarters, U.S. Army, Europe.
Roche assumed command of Fort Drum, N.Y., in July 1984 and when the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) was activated in December 1984, became Garrison Commander of Fort Drum. On July 31, 1986, he retired from active duty. He assumed responsibilities as Executive Director, Fort Drum Steering Council, in August 1986. On Oct. 1, 1986, Roche assumed the duties of Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Watertown Chamber of Commerce and retired from the Chamber in January 1999. He holds master’s degrees in management and human relations from Webster College.
His military awards include the Legion of Merit (two awards) Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Army Commendation Medal (four awards), Air Force Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with two Service Stars, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (four awards), Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and General Staff Identification Badge.
Mr. Roche resides in Carthage, N.Y., with his wife Maria, ’61. They have three daughters: Brienne (B.A. ’87, M.A. ’90), Heather and Kelly.
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