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Distinguished Military Alumni


Military Alumni Ben Baylosis

Commander Benito Baylosis, USN (’87)

Commander Baylosis graduated via the University's NROTC program in 1987 and subsequently earned a Master's Degree from ODU in 2009, and a second Master's from the Naval Postgraduate School. After several years as a Surface Warfare Officer, Ben was selected as a Engineering Duty Officer. While in an overseas assignment, he volunteered for a one-year tour with the Multi-National Corps in Iraq, serving as lead engineer for a team dedicated to destroying Roadside Bombs (IEDs). He subsequently became Iraq's leading expert in counter-IED technologies as was, with his team, credited with saving the lives of over a thousand collation personnel.


Military Alumni William Fallon

Admiral William J. Fallon, USN (Ret.) ('82)

Admiral William Fallon commands the joint U.S. Pacific Command, headquartered in Hawaii. A former Vice Chief of Naval Operations and Commander, Fleet Forces Command and U.S. Atlantic Fleet in Norfolk, Admiral Fallon obtained one of the first master's degrees in ODU's international studies program.


Military Alumni Charles Griffiths

Rear Admiral Charles H. Griffiths, Jr., USN (Ret.) (’05)

Rear Admiral Charles "Chip" Griffiths graduated from the University as one of the first senior Navy officers completing a Masters Degree in Engineering Management via ODU distance learning technologies. Now deceased, Admiral Griffiths enjoyed a distinguished naval career in the nuclear submarine community, including as Commander of all TRIDENT missile submarines in the Pacific, prior to joining Raytheon as its Director of Strategy and Business Development.


Military Alumni Michael Hardee

Rear Admiral Michael D. Hardee, USN (Ret.) ('76)

Rear Adm. Michael D. Hardee was the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) commander of Fleet Readiness Centers, and assistant commander for logistics and industrial operations. After receiving a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences, he completed naval flight officer training. Hardee is an expert in the fields of Lean, Six Sigma and related concepts in aviation maintenance. He completed a master's degree at the Naval Postgraduate School.


Military Alumni Donald Loren

Rear Admiral Donald P. Loren, USN (Ret.) ('83)

Rear Admiral Donald P. Loren is the deputy assistant secretary of defense for Homeland Security Integration. He retired from the Navy as rear admiral following a distinguished 31-year career as a Surface Warfare Officer. In addition to a Master of Science (Educational Administration) from Old Dominion, Loren has studied international management and public policy topics at Harvard, MIT, Syracuse, Maryland and Northwestern universities.


Military Alumni Jason Redman

Lieutenant Jason Redman, USN (’03)

Lieutenant Redman, a former enlisted Navy SEAL, graduated from ODU NROTC within the Navy's "Seaman to Admiral" Program. As a senior, he was selected as Student Battalion Commander and graduated Summa Cum Laude. He returned to the SEAL community, deploying to Afghanistan and Iraq. He was severally wounded in a night firefight with Al Queda terrorists. During his lengthy recovery, Jason's positive attitude resulted in national media attention. He subsequently founded "Wounded Wear" to enhance the Nation's awareness of the sacrifices made by wounded military personnel and their families. He has been selected as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Office of Warrior and Family Support.


Military Alumni Robert Willard

Admiral Robert F. Willard, USN ('05)

Admiral Robert F. Willard, is the 32nd and current Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet. He previously served as the 34th Vice Chief of Naval Operations from March 18, 2005 to April 2007. He assumed his current assignment on May 8, 2007. Admiral Willard possesses a master's in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University.


Military Alumni Frank Dirren

Rear Admiral Frank M. Dirren JR., USN (RET) ('81)

Rear Admiral Frank "Skip" Dirren Jr., former Vice Chief of Naval Education and Training and former Commander of the Naval Safety Center, received a master's degree in American literature from ODU in 1981. Dirren currently serves as vice president of Battelle Corporation's Naval Institute's Navy Market Sector.

Military Alumni Henry Osman

Lt. General Henry Osman, USMC (Ret.) ('69)

Lieutenant General Henry "Pete" Osman graduated from ODU in 1969 with a degree in chemistry. Prior to his present assignment as Deputy Commandant for Management and Reserve Affairs at the Marine Corps headquarters, General Osman served as Commanding General of the II Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Forces Atlantic, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Military Alumni John Bednarek

Brigadier General John M. Bednarek, USA ('75)

Brigadier General John M. Bednarek is a product of the Old Dominion University Army ROTC Battalion. Graduating in 1975 with a bachelor of science degree in biology, he later completed a master's degree in personnel management from Troy State University and has attended the Army War College. He was promoted to major general in September 2008 and is presently serving at Fort Meade, Md., as commanding general of the First Army Division East.


Military Alumni Kathleen Gainey

Lt. General Kathleen Gainey, USA ('78)

Lt. General Kathleen Gainey graduated in 1978 from ODU with a bachelor's degree in special education, via the ROTC program. She was Director of Army Force Projection and Distribution prior to her duty as Deputy Chief of Staff in the Multi-National Force, Iraq.


Military Alumni Benjamin Griffin

General Benjamin Griffin, USA (Ret.) ('69)

A 1969 ODU graduate with a degree in business management, General Benjamin Griffin served as the director of Force Program Integration in the Pentagon prior to assignment as Commanding General, U.S. Army Materiel Command, Fort Belvoir, Va.


Military Alumni Mary Manscalco-Theberge

Colonel Mary Maniscalco-Theberge, USA (Ret.) ('78)

Colonel Mary Maniscalco-Theberge graduated with distinction and Magna Cum Laude through the ODU Army ROTC program in 1978. She is the first female Chief of Surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, in Washington, D.C.

Military Alumni Michael Bloomfield

Colonel Michael J. Bloomfield, USAF ('93, '01H)

U.S. Air Force Colonel Michael Bloomfield piloted the space shuttle Atlantis on its mission to the Mir space station in 1997 and again on a subsequent mission in 2002. He also piloted the space shuttle Endeavor to help repair the international space station Alpha in 2000. Currently NASA's chief astronaut instructor, Bloomfield earned a master's degree in ODU's engineering management program in 1993.