Robert J. Coy was born in Columbus, Ohio on 25 June 1963. He graduated as a Distinguished Military Graduate of Houghton College in May 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics. He was commissioned an Air Defense Artillery Second Lieutenant through the St. Bonaventure University Army ROTC program and attended the Air Defense Artillery Basic Course at Fort Bliss, Texas.
Upon graduation from the Basic Course, he was assigned as a Stinger Section Leader with the 1st Squadron, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment in Bindlach, Germany. After serving in that position for one year, he transferred to the 2nd Battalion 59th Air Defense Artillery Battalion, 1st Armored Division in Schwabach, Germany, where he served as a Chaparral/Vulcan Platoon Leader and Assistant S3 before returning to Fort Bliss for the Air Defense Artillery Advanced Course.
In December 1989, after completion of the Advanced Course, he moved to Fort Lewis, Washington where he was assigned as Battalion S4 with the 1st Battalion 44th Air Defense Artillery, 9th Infantry Division (Motorized). In July 1991 he took command of E Battery, 44th Air Defense Artillery, 199th Separate Infantry Brigade (Motorized), where he served until May 1993. After relinquishing command, he served a short time as Squadron S3 with the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment (Light) before relocating to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where he joined the U.S. Army Training and Analysis Command.
In June 1994, Coy left the active component and joined the Army Reserve’s 4th Brigade, 91st Division (Field Exercise) at Fort Lewis. He served in numerous positions, to include Plans Officer, Battalion S1, Chemical Team Commander, and Brigade S4. In October 1996, he was promoted to major and was branch transferred to the Chemical Corps. In August 1999, he left the Army Reserve and joined the Washington Army National Guard and was assigned as Battalion Executive Officer with the 420th Chemical Battalion, then as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations – Training. After a successful command of the 420th Chemical Battalion. Coy took command of the 56th Information Operations Group on 1 October 2005.
Coy was selected to attend the U.S. Army War College in residence from 2005 to 2006 and is the first graduate of the Houghton College ROTC Partnership Program to attain the rank of colonel/O6.
COL Coy is married to the former Jean Ladderud and they have two children, Joshua, age 9 and Rachel, age 7. Throughout his career, he has remained active in the Officers Christian Fellowship program. An area underwriting manager for Safeco Insurance, Coy and his family currently reside in Renton, Washington. He is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College and the Army War College, and his military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (2nd Oak Leak Cluster), the Army Commendation Medal (2nd Oak Leaf Cluster), the Army Achievement Medal (2nd Oak Leaf Cluster), the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Overseas Service Ribbon, and the Army Service Ribbon.
Originally from Alfred Station, New York, Linda Jennings joined the cadre of the St. Bonaventure University Army ROTC Department in October 1976 as a GS3 clerk typist.
During her 30-year career, Jennings implemented numerous programs and procedures to continually improve the administrative support provided to St. Bonaventure University’s ROTC cadets and their cadre. She has assisted with the actions of more than 700 cadets as they have transitioned from college students to commissioned Army second lieutenants. When considering the number of college students who participate in the ROTC program that do not seek commissions, the number of students she has assisted is compounded several times. In her dual role of supporting both the cadets and cadre of the Seneca Battalion, she has affected these service members’ careers and improved their quality of life while assigned to ROTC at St. Bonaventure University.
Jennings never limited herself to completing only the tasks required by her job description. Recognized by every Seneca Battalion professor of military science as an invaluable asset in providing continuity, she has been a dependable, familiar and competent asset to the Seneca Battalion. Well respected by her peers, human resource assistants from many institutions in the Eastern ROTC Region frequently call upon her to clarify procedures and requirements and to answer questions about the many aspects of the Army ROTC program.
She relates well to the cadets and their families, providing a welcoming environment for them and earning their admiration and respect. Through her contact with many former cadets, Jennings continues to demonstrate her commitment to the mission of Army ROTC at St. Bonaventure.
Her many awards include: Commander’s Award for Civilian Service, Achievement Medal for Civilian Service, Certificate of Achievement, Employee of the Quarter, and numerous Special Act and Performance Awards for outstanding support. In 2004 she was recognized by the Secretary of Defense when she was presented the Army’s Superior Civilian Service Award, the third highest award given Department of Defense career employees.
She has two sons, Ryan (24) and Dan (21.)
Francis J. Kane graduated from high school in Dunkirk, New York and entered St. Bonaventure College in 1940 and joined the Army ROTC program. In 1943, one year before his scheduled graduation, he was ordered to active duty and attended Officer Candidate School at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Upon earning a commission as a Field Artillery second lieutenant, he served with the 11th Field Artillery Battalion, 24th Infantry Division in the Pacific Theater during World War II, to include duty in the Philippians and occupation duty in Japan.
In 1946, his military status was reverted to the Army Reserve and he returned to St. Bonaventure to complete a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry/Physics in 1947. His Nation called Kane again, however, and in 1950 he was recalled to active duty and ordered to attend the General School at Fort Riley, Kansas. He deployed to Korea and served for twelve months as a Forward Observer and Regimental Liaison and later as a Division Liaison with the Commonwealth Division, a multinational organization comprised of British, Canadian and Australian forces that was part of British Commonwealth Forces Korea. In 1952, he returned to the United States to attend the Anti-Aircraft Advanced Course and until 1954, to command a battery in the Washington, D.C. Brigade.
Kane attended the Guided Missile Staff Officers Course at Fort Bliss, Texas in 1954 and was branch transferred to Air Defense Artillery. Several postings in a Nike Battalion and additional schooling followed and he was eventually assigned as the OIC of TO&E Development in the Commandant’s Office, Air Defense Artillery School. From 1960 to 1962, he served as the Executive Officer, 512th Warhead Support Missile Group in Northern Italy before returning to the United States to attend Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He was assigned as the G3 Briefing Officer for NORAD in Colorado Springs in 1963.
In 1965, Kane was selected as the Senior U.S. Artillery Advisor for the Imperial Hawk Missile System with the Chinese Nationalist Army in Taiwan. He returned to his alma mater in 1967 as the Associate Professor of Military Science at St. Bonaventure University. Before leaving the University in 1969, he earned a Masters of Science degree in Education. In his final year of active service, he served as G2 & G3, Eighth Army Rear Command in Korea. He retired as a colonel in 1970.
Kane’s post-military career included several years with Raytheon Corporation as the coordinator of manpower, equipment and training documentation for the Saudi Arabian Army’s Improved Nike Hawk weapons system. In Saudi Arabia, he established a Patriot Missile Systems School. Kane earned a Doctorate of Education in Higher Education Management/Education Psychology at New Mexico State University in 1973 and taught management courses for 13 years at Webster University’s Fort Bliss site.
Active in the St. Michaels Catholic community and a Past District Governor of the Lions Club, Kane’s numerous military awards include induction into the Order of Saint Barbara. He is also Past Commander of the El Paso Chapter and Department of the Rio Grande, Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW.)
Francis A. Machina, Jr. was born in Lackawanna, New York on 20 December 1960 and graduated from Shenendehowa High School in Clifton Park, New York in 1978. A Distinguished Military Graduate of St Bonaventure University with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree in Accounting, he was commissioned a Regular Army Officer Finance Corps Officer on 16 May 1982. After graduating from the Finance Officer Basic Course, his first duty assignment was with the 12th Finance Section, 194th Armored Brigade at Fort Knox, Kentucky from 1982 until 1985.
He completed the Finance Officer Advanced Course and Airborne School in 1985 and relocated to Washington D.C., where he was the Finance Officer for the Systems Performance Office from 1986 until 1989. Machina was selected to attend Syracuse University in a fully funded Army Comptrollership Program and graduated in 1990 with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. He was assigned as the Budget Officer for the 8th Infantry Division (M) in Bad Kreuznach, Germany from 1990 to 1992, where he was responsible for a $70 million budget. Machina was recruited for and served as the 1st Special Forces Operations Detachment-Delta Comptroller from 1992-1994. In this capacity, he handled all financial issues, to include funding for classified operations, for the U.S. Army’s elite counter-terrorism unit known as Delta Force. After attending Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Machina served as the Executive Officer of the 33d Finance Battalion, 10th Mountain Division (LI), Fort Drum, New York from 1995 to 1997.
Assigned to United States Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida as the Chief, Special Programs Branch, Machina prepared and defended a $400M budget for all classified programs and was selected as the Chief, Operations and Maintenance Branch, where he was responsible for a $2.2 billion budget. Machina returned to Germany in 2000 to command the 106th Finance Battalion in Wuerzburg and deployed to Kosovo with a portion of his command. He also was presented the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal for his service as the president of the Catholic Chapel Community and for his work with youth sports programs. Machina served a third tour in the Special Operations community as the J8, Director of Resources, Requirements and Technology Exploitation for the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) at Fort Bragg North Carolina from 2002 to 2005. He was responsible for building a future year funding program worth more than $1 billion for and managing the execution of annual appropriations of more than $300 million while JSOC was the nation’s lead element in the war on terror.
COL Machina is currently the Deputy Director for the Center of Force Structure, Requirements, Resources, and Strategic Assessments (J8) in the United States Special Operations Command, Tampa, Florida. The 275-person Center prepares bi-annual $50 billion Program Objective Memoranda, $8 billion annual budgets, validates all material requirements and force structure and assesses special operations capabilities. Married for 22 years to Ann Marie (Faiello ’85), the couple has four children Maria (16), Angela (14), Jenna (10) and Frankie (7 months). His numerous military awards include the Distinguished Superior Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, Parachutist Badge and Air Assault Badge. His professional associations include the American Society of Military Comptrollers (ASMC) and the American Legion. He served two terms as president of the Tampa Bay Chapter of ASMC and is a Certified Defense Financial Manager (CDFM).
Born on 24 April 1929 in New York City, John J. Morgan, Jr. left Rye, New York to attend St. Bonaventure College, from which he graduated in 1950 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. A member of the ROTC program, he was commissioned a Regular Army Field Artillery second lieutenant.
Within three months of his college graduation, Morgan was serving as a forward observer with the 1st Cavalry Division, engaged in combat operations against North Korean and Chinese forces.
From September 1950 until May 1951, he provided exemplary service, notably during an attack of 1,000 Chinese soldiers against his reinforced company of about 300. In that battle, Morgan’s unit used its only two tanks as cover and after five hours, fought its way out of the encirclement after inflicting and sustaining high numbers of casualties.
In January 1951, as his unit was advancing, Morgan and his team occupied a hilltop. Under heavy small arms fire from Chinese forces, he heard a soldier next to him call for help after mortar rounds fell onto their position. He carried the man to safety and for his actions eventually was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Valor. In May 1951, an enemy machine gun fired upon Morgan’s position and a bullet passed through his right arm and shoulder, eventually lodging in his jaw. Another bullet grazed his skull. He was treated in Korea and Japan before being evacuated to the United States.
After convalescing for seven months, Morgan returned to duty and served in numerous command and staff positions. He graduated from the Special Weapons Course and the Artillery Officers Basic and Advanced Courses. A graduate of the USAREUR Intelligence School and the Intelligence Research Course, he was branch transferred to Military Intelligence and eventually commanded Company B, 502nd Military Intelligence Battalion in Seoul, South Korea. After 20 years of service, he retired from active duty in August 1970.
Morgan returned to college and earned a Master’s Degree in Education before serving in numerous positions in education and industry. In 1977, he returned to college to become a doctoral candidate. He taught photography and education media at Regis University in Denver, Colorado until retiring in 1986. For more than 50 years, Morgan has been a fine art and exhibition photographer, with his work displayed in major juried shows in Colorado, California, Arizona, New Mexico and New England. Imbued with the Franciscan spirit as a college student, he has continued to share his gifts with others. Described in a 1988 newspaper article as a “super-volunteer,” he has assisted in a program to bring food and clothing to Navajo Indians on a Franciscan mission reservation in Arizona, served as a longtime driver for the Meals on Wheels program and been very active with Right to Life and Birthright. In 1990, he received the Archbishop of Denver’s Service Award.
His military awards include the Bronze Star with “V” Device, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, the, National Defense Service Medal with Oak Leaf, Army of Occupation Medal (Germany), Korean Service Medal with Four Campaign Stars, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, United Nations Korean Service Medal, Korea Defense Medal, Republic of Korea War Service Medal and two Distinguished Unit Citations.
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