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Christmas Message from Bill Couch ’79

Many thanks for all of the Christmas cards received to date! I would like to respond to all, but I am overwhelmed by the sheer numbers.  Please accept this thank you in place of a more personal handwritten note.

Happy Holidays to all !

Bill Couch

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Thank You for all of your GREAT support of our deployed Ephs!

Stewart Menking ’79
Williams College Adopt An Eph Program

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Holiday Cards – for Deployed Eph !

If you have an extra holiday card, please consider sending it to our only deployed Eph, Bill Couch ’79, who is serving in Iraq.

It only takes a regular 44 cent stamp!

Just put the undecipherable military address on the envelope and drop it in any mailbox.

Capt. W. S. Couch
MNSTC-1 / JHAATT
APO AE 09348

Thank You for your Great support of our Deployed Eph(s)

Stewart Menking ’79
Williams College Adopt An Eph Program

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Homecoming – Purple Veterans to be Honored

At Homecoming, there will be a pre-game cremony honoring Williams and Amherst Veterans.

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On Saturday, November 14, Amherst and Williams will hold a pre-game ceremony honoring their alumni Veterans.

Veterans affiliated with either school will gather on their respective sidelines, walk to mid-field and meet for a brief ceremony followed by the playing of the National Anthem.

The Williamstown American Legion will provide an Honor Guard on the field for the 11:45 am ceremony.

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Evan Bick ’06 is Home !

Evan Bick ’06 has returned home safely from his deployment !

Thank you for your support of Evan and our other deployed Ephs.

Stewart Menking ’79

Williams College Adopt An Eph Program

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Galen Thorp ’04 is back in the USA

GREAT NEWS !

Galen Thorp ’04 has safely returned to American Soil !
He wrote:

Your packages, as well as the notes and letters of support from other Ephs, were such a wonderful connection to the outside world and my real life.  The outstanding program you have created for our deployed alumni made every other officer jealous.  Please keep up the great work.

Best,
Galen Thorp ’04

Thank you for your support of Galen during his deployment.
Stewart Menking ’79
Williams College Adopt An Eph Program
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Bill Krissoff P’03 – Deployed to Iraq

Bill Krissoff P’03 (Parent of Nate Krissoff ’03 and Austin Krissoff – Middlebury ’05) is now deployed to Iraq.   Bill is an Orthopedic Surgeon.

Doctors are not deployed for lengthy periods of time, so if you want to send him a note or a package, the sooner – the better.  Thanks.   His mailing address is:

LCDR Bill Krissoff, MC, USN

2D Supply Bn-FWD/Surgical Co

Unit 73720

FPO AE  09509-3720

Thank you for supporting our deployed Ephs.

There’s an excellent write-up on the Krissoff family in a posting below.

Stewart Menking ’79

Williams College Adopt An Eph Program

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July 4th – 6 Ephs Currently Deployed

Thank You for supporting our deployed Ephs.

The known addresses for the currently deployed Ephs are:

Evan BICK ’06

1LT Evan Bick

B Co 1-18 INF

2HBCT, 1 ID

APO AE  09344

Galen THORP ’04

DLTJG Thorp

VFA-146

Unit 25440

FPO AP  96601-6232

Felipe PEREZ ’99

Felipe Perez

PRT Parwan & Kapisa

APO AE  09354

Ron ALCALA ’97

Ronald  Alcala

HHC 10th MTN  (SJA)

APO AE  09342

Bill Couch ’79

CAPT WS Couch

MNSTC-I / JHAATT

APO AE  09348

Birthday – July 9th

Austin Krissoff  – Middlebury 2005 (Brother of Nate ’03 – see post below)

Austin KRISSOFF

RCT-8, TCE-8

UNIT 73915

APO AE  09509-3915

Thank again,

Stewart Menking ’79

Williams College Adopt An Eph Program

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Dick Pregent ’76 – Home from IRAQ !

Dick Pregent ’76 is safely Home from Iraq !

He  sends his thanks to you for all of your terrific support during his deployment.

Thank You for supporting our deployed Ephs.

Stewart Menking ’79

Williams College Adopt An Eph Program

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Bill Couch ’79 – Birthday in IRAQ

Bill Couch ’79 is having a Birthday in Iraq on July 9th.

Please join me in sending him a birthday card.  It only takes a regular 44 cent stamp.

  • CAPT WS Couch
  • MNSTC-1 / JHAATT
  • APO AE  09348

Thank you for your support of our deployed EPHS.

Stewart Menking ’79

Williams College Adopt An Eph Program

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Felipe Perez ’99 is having a BIRTHDAY !

Felipe Perez ’99, who is currently deployed in Afghanistan is having a

Birthday on May 21.

Please join me in sending him a birthday card.  It only takes a regular 44 cent stamp!

  • Felipe Perez
  • PRT Parwan & Kapisa
  • APO AE  09354

Thank you for your support of our deployed Ephs.

Stewart Menking, Adopt An EPH Program

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Paul Danielson ’88 is Safely Home !

Paul Danielson ’88 is now safely home from Afghanistan!

Thank you all for your terrific support of our deployed Ephs.

Stewart Menking

Williams College Adopt An Eph Program

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Austin Krissoff – Brother of Nate Krissoff ’03 – Deployed to IRAQ

Austin Krissoff is the brother of our only fallen Eph, 1st Lt Nathan Krissoff, USMC – Williams College Class of 2003.

Austin (Middlebury 2005) is now deployed to Iraq.

His Mailing Address is:

Austin KRISSOFF

RCT-8, TCF-8

UNIT 73915

APO AE  09509-3915

Nate made the ultimate sacrifice without ever knowing the support he had from the Williams community.  This breaks my heart to this day.

Please join me in honoring Nate by supporting his only sibling, Austin, who is considered an “Eph-ative,” and is being adopted by the Williams College Adopt An Eph Program.

Thank you VERY much,

Stewart Menking

Williams College Adopt An Eph Program

StewMenking@yahoo.com

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Bunge Cook ’98 – Safely Home from Iraq !

Bunge Cook ’98 is now safely back from Iraq and on US Soil !!!

thank you for supporting him during his deployment.

Stewart Menking ’79

Williams College Adopt An Eph Program

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Paul Danielson ’88 – Address in Afghanistan

Hi,

Paul Danielson ’88 MD’s address in Afghanistan is

Paul Danielson

FOB Salerno Hospital

APO AE  09314

Thank you for your support of our deployed Ephs.

Stewart Menking ’79

Williams College Adopt An Eph Program

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Paul Danielson MD ’88 – Deployed to Afghanistan

Paul Danielson MD ’88 is now deployed to Afghanistan.

He doesn’t have a snail mail address yet, but I will pass it along once he gets it.

What deployed soldiers appreciate more than the support sent directly to them is the support sent to their family left behind.  Paul and his wife have three young children, ages 7, 5 and 2.  Adopt An Eph has and will send packages to Paul’s family.

If you would also like to support Paul’s family, please contact me, and I’ll send you the information.

Thank you for your support of our deployed Ephs and their families.

Stewart Menking

StewMenking@yahoo.com

Williams College Adopt An Eph Program

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David Rackovan ’04 – Safely Home from IRAQ

David Rackovan ’04 has returned safely to the United States !

Thank you for supporting him and our other deployed Ephs.

Stewart Menking

Williams College Adopt An Eph Program

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Galen Thorp ’04 – Deployed

Galen Thorp ’04 is now deployed with the Navy.

His address is:

LTJG Thorp

VFA-146

Unit 25440

FPO AP  96601-6232

Thank you for supporting our Ephs who are deployed in harms way.

Stewart Menking

Williams College Adopt An Eph Program

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Ron Alcala ’97 – Deployed to Iraq

Ron Alcala ’97 is in Iraq in the middle of his current deployment.  His first deployment was to Afghanistan.

Ron’s Birthday was January 2nd !

His address is:

Ronald Alcala

HHC 10th MTN (SJA)

APO AE  09342

Thank you for your support of our deployed Ephs.

Stewart Menking ’79

StewMenking@yahoo.com

Williams College Adopt An Eph Program

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Bill Couch ’79 – Deployed to IRAQ

Bill Couch ’79 has been re-deployed to Iraq.  We now have 6 Ephs who are deployed in harms way.

Bill’s deployed address is:

CAPT W S Couch

MNSTC-I / JHQ AT

APO AE  09348

Thank you for your support of my classmate, Bill Couch, and all of the Ephs who are deployed.

Stewart Menking ’79

StewMenking@yahoo.com

Williams College Adopt An Eph Program

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Deployed Ephs – Holiday Cards

If you have an extra holiday card or two, please consider sending one to our fellow deployed Alums. It only takes a regular 42 cent stamp.

Evan Bick ’06 – Army

1LT Evan Bick
B Co 1-18 INF
2HBCT, 1 ID
APO AE 09344

Bunge Cook ’98 – Marines

Major W. C. Cook
MTT 0712 DET B
Unit 42747
FPO AP 96426-2747

Felipe Perez ‘99 – Army

Felipe Perez
PRT Parwan & Kapisa
APO AE 09354

Dick Pregent ’76 – Army

Col. Richard Pregent
U.S. Embassy
Annex N110 (ROL)
Baghdad , Iraq
APO AE 09316

David Rackovan ’04 – Army

David Rackovan
AOB Unit #777
Camp Basrah/Harper
APO AE 09375

Happy Holidays!

Thank you,

Stewart Menking ’79
Williams College Adopt An Eph Program

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Felipe Perez ’99 – Deployed to Afghanistan

Felipe Perez ’99 is deployed to Afghanistan.

Felipe Perez
PRT Parwan & Kapisa
APO AE 09354

There are now 5 Ephs who are currently deployed.

If you want more information about how you can support them, please contact me.

Thanks,

Stewart Menking ’79
StewMenking@yahoo.com

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Evan Bick ’06 Deployed to Iraq

There are now 4 Ephs deployed in Iraq.

To send a card or letter only takes a regular 42 cent stamp!

Evan Bick ’06

1LT Evan Bick
B Co 1-18 INF
2HBCT, 1 ID
APO AE 09344

Bunge Cook ’98

Major W. C. Cook
MTT 0712 DET B
Unit 42747
FPO AP 96426-2747

David Rackovan ’04

David Rackovan
AOB Unit #777
Camp Basrah/Harper
APO AE 09375

Dick Pregent ’76

Col. Richard Pregent
U.S. Embassy
Annex N110 (ROL)
Baghdad, Iraq
APO AE 09316

Thank you for your continued apolitical support of our fellow deployed Ephs.

Stewart Menking ’79
Williams College Adopt An EPH Program

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Embrace The Suck

Words of wisdom from Sergeant Felipe Perez ’99, heading off to Afghanistan to work on a Provincial Reconstruction Team.

Army port-a-potties the world over (I can speak to the US, Germany, Kuwait, Qatar, and Iraq, at least) are full of some of the crudest, funniest, and wisest graffiti ever. My personal favorite, scrawled or scratched into at least one potty in ever place I’ve ever been, is “Embrace the Suck.”

“Army Strong,” “Army of One,” “Be All You Can Be” aside, “Embrace the Suck” is the real Army motto. The wisdom is simple and powerful. War sucks. Soldiering sucks. The Army sucks. Deal with it. Get over it. Accept it. Embrace it.

I think I’m close.

Just came back from 5 days in the woods. Slept in the dirt. Got rained on. Tore my hands up taking machine guns apart in the dark. Got real stinky. In short, it sucked.

But on day three or four (we lose track), we had hot chow trucked out to the woods. It had stopped raining. The sun was setting behind the North Carolina woods, through a break in the rainclouds. The truck was blaring 80’s R&B as they pulled up, and we convinced them to open the doors and turn it up. Before long, plate full of lukewarm spaghetti in hand, funky buddies at my side, and bad music in background, I was as happy as can be. It wasn’t long before our pint-sized First Sergeant started screaming about something or other, but it was wonderful while it lasted.

Better yet, last night, our field days over, we rolled back into the FOB. I’ve never been happier to see broken showers, a crowded tent, and a dining hall full of bland food. I’m learning to embrace the suck.

Indeed. Sound advice for military life, and everywhere else.

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A 4th Eph is Deployed

Bunge Cook ’98 has been re-deployed (4th time!)

Please join me in sending our fellow deployed Eph some apolitical support.

  • Major W. C. Cook
  • MTT 0712 DET B
  • Unit 42747
  • FPO AP 96426-2747

It only takes a regular 42 cent stamp.

THANK YOU for support our fellow Alums who are deployed in Harm’s way.

Stewart Menking ’79

Williams College Adopt An Eph Program

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A 3rd Eph is Deployed to Iraq

Dick Pregent ’76 has been deployed to Iraq. He will be there until the next reunion weekend rolls around.

Please join me in sending our fellow deployed Eph some apolitical support.

  • Col. Richard Pregent
  • U.S. Embassy
  • Annex N110 (ROL)
  • Baghdad, Iraq
  • APO AE 09316

It only takes a regular stamp !

Thank you for supporting our fellow Alums who are deployed in harm’s way.

Stewart Menking ’79, Wiliams College Adopt An Eph Program

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Running Scared

Another fine article on war, veterans and education from Wick Sloane ’76 writing in Inside Higher Ed. Read the whole thing, but here is the only Williams mention.

In helping a Bunker Hill Iraq veteran who will attend Dartmouth College this fall, I had communicated with James Wright, president of Dartmouth. Wright, an ex-Marine, has been visiting wounded veterans in Washington hospitals with James Selbe, another ex-Marine leading veterans’ issues for the American Council on Education. ACE last month had a two-day summit, “Serving Those Who Serve: Higher Education and America’s Veterans (see related essay). Dartmouth has wounded veterans attending.

The public institutions are in the lead. I rounded up the usual suspects from the privates, to see if any were following Jim Wright’s lead.

From Princeton: “The University has no records of current American students who are veterans of wars. While we have students who receive veterans benefits, they do so as dependents of service members, rather than as service members who served in the military. Our office of financial aid hasn’t processed any GI Bill benefits in recent memory (dating back the past two decades approximately).” Yale has not yet replied. Yale president Rick Levin and Joel Podolny, Dean of the School of Management, about a year ago, ignored my several queries asking if Yale was recognizing alumni or students who were veterans. From Williams: “As far as we know, we do not have any veterans of the Iraq war enrolled at Williams. We do have Iraq veterans working on staff — one who saw three tours of duty.”

Comments:

1) In our discussion last week on the Webb GI Bill, Frank Uible ’57 wrote:

I would like to hear a McCain supporter’s version of the reason for McCain’s opposition. It appears anti-intuitive.

I am not a McCain supporter, yet I can understand his opposition to this bill. Instead of giving more money to veterans that they can only spend on education, I would rather see us give them the same amount of money that they can spend on anything at all. Not every enlisted soldier wants to go to college; not every office wants a Ph.D. (What I used my GI Bill money for.) Moreover, the extra funding should not go to veterans in general but should be focussed on those serving in the most dangerous, combated positions.

2) Unlike Wick, I am not particularly upset that Williams does not do anything to (specially) recruit veterans. Of course, I would like to see more veterans at Williams and would vote in favor of the College seeking them out. But I recognize this as special pleading on my part. Doing what Jim Wright does for Dartmouth takes time and money, both of which are always limited. It would not be hard for Williams to do more (mainly reach out to the various programs/departments which help veterans transition out of the service), but it is not unreasonable for the admissions office to devote its energies elsewhere.

3) The main change that I would like to see is to have an Eph veteran awarded a Bicentennial Medal each year for the next 5 or 10 years. You can call this quota, if you like, but there is no doubt (in my mind) that Ephs like Bunge Cooke ’98, JR Rahill ’88, Kathy Sharpe Jones ’79 and others have demonstrated “distinguished achievement” in their fields of endeavor. Williams should honor them. Write to Secretary of the Alumni Society Brooks Foehl ’88 if you agree.

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Deployed Eph – Update

John Bozeman ’98 is nearing the end of his deployment.

He was able to be in Williamstown for his 10 year reunion, but is now back in Iraq.

Please consider sending him an apolitical letter or e-mail. You only need a regular 42 cent stamp. {There’s not enough time to mail a package.}

Sgt. John L. Bozeman

MITT 0730

Unit 42719

FPO AP 96426-2719

e-mail:  BozemanJr@hotmail.com

Thank you for your support of our fellow deployed Eph.

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Why We Don’t Serve

There is a line I hear from anti-war people who believe they can neatly separate their condemnation of the war from criticism of the volunteers in our army: “I support the troops; I don’t support the war.” Hearing this said has always bothered me deeply because the dual sentiment seems truly impossible to have unless one believes that either 1) The soldiers fighting today are somehow compelled or otherwise there against their better judgment, or 2) The soldiers fighting today fight willingly and chose to willingly, but only because they were somehow “duped” by their superiors.

One cannot believe that members of our armed forces fight in part because they were compelled or tricked, without taking something away from their choice to serve.

More to the point that is crucial for us to wrestle with now, before the troops come home: if either of the above is a belief about reasons for serving and those who serve that lurks quietly in your heart, I beg that you confront it before the end of this war. Was it Jeff that mentioned the term cognitive dissonance? Can anyone imagine the cognitive dissonance that will occur if 130,000+ soldiers return home to a population that offers, “Thank you for your service. Personally, though, I wish no one had had to do what you did, and I believe you and others like you were the victims of trickery”? I am glad that Americans at large recognize the need to not repeat the end of Vietnam, but in my mind we are a lot closer to that danger than we realize when we “support” the troops but have as much understanding for the decision to serve as is given in

If you want your kids to do good NOW, have them join the Peace Corp or something. I don’t understand why any rational parent with kids who have great alternative options (as almost any Williams grad does) would encourage their kid to join the military so long as this administration is in place. Hence, unsurprising that hardly anyone does.

Jeff’s language above is likely careless, in that it states “I don’t understand . . . hence, unsurprising that hardly anyone does.” I don’t think he meant to say that, but it is a slip that is telling about the “me, therefore everyone” way we all think, a way that will be dangerous to our society in the very near future. We think that, because you and I see nothing to die for in a given context, no other rational being possibly could.

If you, for some reason, have an interest in how I think, read below the break. It is extremely long.
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Bunge Cook ’98 Article

Posted below at what is hopefully a better resolution for reading.(*)

(*) Not only can I not add a comment to that post, at this point I don’t seem to be able to enable comments for this post.

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Deployed Ephs – Update

We are still at one deployed Eph.

It only takes a regular stamp to send him a letter of (apolitical) support!

John Bozeman

MITT 0730

Unit 42719

APO AE 96426-2719

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Here’s a great (and short) link.

http://www.gratitudecampaign.org/fullmovie.php

One of our deployed Ephs wrote about the Gratitude Campaign that “I have personally seen this at the Baltimore airport, sent a chill (but a good one) down my back!”

Thanks for your support of our deployed Ephs,

Stewart Menking ’79

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