Ret. Brigadier General John E. Leatherman
March 13, 2012
General John E. Leatherman is a 1993 Central Michigan University Graduate with a Business Degree.
General Leatherman began his military career in 1968 serving on active duty in the United States Army.He was commissioned an infantry officer upon completion of Officer Candidate School on April 18, 1969. General Leatherman was appointed in the Michigan Army National Guard on April 19, 1979.
He has served as Armor Company Commander, Armor Battalion Commander, and Infantry Brigade Commander. He is a member of the Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame and a graduate of US Army War College. He served in Vietnam in 1969-70.
His final assignment was as the 38th Infantry Division Assistant Division Commander, Michigan Army National Guard Retiring in 2005.
Captain Tim Hardy, United States Navy
"Leadership and Character"
October 12, 2012
Captain Tim Hardy is a 1981 CMU graduate. While on active duty he served on two ships, the USS Nashville (LPD-13), and the USS Exploit (MSO 440). He completed his sea tours serving as Exploit’s Executive Officer before leaving active duty and affiliating with the Navy Reserve. CAPT Hardy has served in a variety of positions during his career, including selection for command on seven occasions. Command assignments include NR MOMAG Unit 3, Naval Weapon Station Earle, NJ; NR Fleet Training Group Mayport DET 205 in Buffalo, NY, and NR Naval Weapon Station, Earle DET 1708 in Rochester, NY. Additionally, he served in command of NR Assault Craft Unit ONE, LCM 8, NTC Great Lakes, where he was designated as a Small Craft Officer in Charge; and Commanding Officer of NR Commander Naval Forces Europe, DET 205, Pittsburgh. CAPT Hardy was recalled to active duty in 2009 to serve as the Officer in Charge of an Advance Command Element supporting a USSOUTHCOM joint, Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response exercise; and again in January 2010, as a planner and future operations officer in Operation UNIFIED RESPONSE, providing support following the earthquake in Port au Prince, Haiti. CAPT Hardy has been awarded numerous personal military awards, as well as campaign and service awards. He and his wife Joani reside in Penfield, NY.
MAJ (Ret) InSung Oaks Lee
"Army Core Value - Personal Courage"
February 15, 2012
As part of Central Michigan University’s William B. Nolde Lecture Series, a presentation by Major Lee, will be held at 5:30 pm in the Park Library Auditorium. MAJ Insung Lee Commissioned in 1973 from CMU as an Armor Officer, he has held numerous positions during his military career spanning from 1973-1994. Topics presented will include; how to prepare for the military and/or civilian sector, communication skills, art of negotiations and much more.
BG Mark A. Montjar"Leadership: Teamwork and Collaboration"November 9, 2011
As part of Central Michigan University's William B. Nolde Lecture Series, a presentation by BG Mark Montjar,. was in the Dow Building. General Montjar is currently employed by VSE Corporation as the Director of Business Development. He retired from the United States Army Reserve in May 2007 and from General Motors Corporation in April 2002 where he served as a World-Wide Purchasing Supervisor.
COL Rick J. Nussio, CMU ROTC Alumni - 1987 FEB, 2011 @ 6:30 p.m. in the Park Library Auditorium
"Plates and People: Educating Leaders for an Uncertain Future"
Colonel Rick Nussio joined the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) as the U.S. Army's Senior Service College Visiting Fellow in August 2010.
Prior to joining CSIS he was assigned as the Maneuver and Fires Division Chief at US Army Human Resources Command, responsible for the management of 150,000 enlisted Soldiers in the Infantry, Armor, Aviation, Field Artillery, Air Defense, and Special Operations Forces career fields. He has a Masters of Science in International Relations from Troy State University and a Masters of Military Art and Science from the Advanced Military Studies Program at the School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS), United States Army Command and General Staff College, Ft Leavenworth, KS. He also attended the Canadian Forces Staff College in Toronto, Canada as an exchange student prior to attending SAMS.
In addition to speaking at the Nolde Lecture, he also participated in the December 2010 ROTC Commissioning Ceremony.
Mr. Michael Knapp, CMU ROTC Alumni-1978 graduateNovember 10, 2010 "Briefing on Islamic Extremism"
The Nolde Lecture presenter, Mr. Michael Knapp's filled the auditorium with students, staff and community members. Mr. Knapp is working for the US Army National Ground Intelligence Center. He is a classroom instructor and trainer for Islamic extremism and cultural intelligence. His extensive Military and civilian work experience provided an interesting presentation.
March 31, 2010 Nolde Lecture. The speaker was COL Elaine Edwards whom is a graduate of the CMU and the CMU ROTC program. COL Edwards Graduated from CMU in 1981 and is currently the highest ranking female officer to Graduate from the CMU ROTC program.
COL Edwards earned a Masters Degree in International Relations at the University of Southern California and a Masters in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College. She will be completing her doctorate degree in Public Policy and Administration at Walden University this year.
Presently she serves as the Director of Marketing of U.S. Army Cadet Command, where she orchestrates all aspects of the national-level marketing of the Army ROTC program - which is our nation's largest single source of commissioned officer leaders.
During the lecture COL Edwards drew upon her time at CMU when speaking to cadets. Keypoints to her lecture included the idea of marketing leadership and the necessary link between civilians and soldiers both on the battlefield and in the workplace. Edwards further emphasized the importance change echoing the "flat world" phenomenon in our ever growing global society. Today's leaders need to be ready for change, and the Army is looking to market to individuals who accept this challenge.
The goal of the series - is in honor of COL William B. Nolde, former CMU Military Science Professor who was the last official casualty of the Vietnam War - is to promote the importance of leadership both in the Military and in American society as a whole.
Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Military Science Department at 989-774-3049.