Colonel Walter O. Gordon Named Director of Center for Veterans and Veteran Family Services

Daemen College Names Colonel Walter O. Gordon as Director,

Center for Veterans and Veteran Family Services

 

September 20, 2012                    

 

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Contact: Mike Andrei

               Director-College Relations

               (716) 839-8472

               mandrei@daemen.edu  

 

           Colonel Walter O. Gordon has been named director of the Daemen College Center for Veterans and Veteran Family Services.  A member of the Air Force Reserve, Colonel Gordon is currently the mobilization assistant to the Commander, Curtis E. LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.

 

           As director of the Daemen Center for Veterans and Veteran Family Services, he is responsible for recruitment and retention of veterans and will assist in the development and implementation of college-wide military recruitment and marketing plans. His work will also include continued development of the Center, which is designed to be a comprehensive program to provide aid and assistance to veterans seeking a degree from Daemen College.  In this capacity he will also act as liaison with Federal and State veteran services agencies, county veterans groups, veterans’ hospitals, employment services, and community groups.

 

           Colonel Gordon holds a Master of Science degree in Strategic Studies from the Air War College and Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo.  From 1986 to 2005 he was a C 130 pilot in the 914th Airlift Wing, Niagara Falls, New York, and was the deployed commander when the wing’s flying squadron was recalled to active duty for the invasion of Iraq in March, 2003.  Prior to his position at Maxwell Air Force Base he served in the Global Innovation and Strategy Center, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Nebraska.  Colonel Gordon is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and holds professional memberships in the Reserve Officer’s Association, Airlift/Tanker Association, and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

 

           The Curtis E. LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama is responsible for the research, development, and production of Air Force basic and operational doctrine and for critical leadership and input for joint and multinational doctrine development activities. The center is also responsible for advocating the proper doctrinal representation of air and space power in exercise scenarios, war games, models and simulations, and providing policy and guidance to ensure a comprehensive dissemination of Air Force doctrine through systematic doctrine education and focused outreach.   

 

EDUCATION

 

1980 Bachelor of Science degree, Aerospace Engineering, University at Buffalo

1993 Master of Science degree, Aerospace Engineering, University at Buffalo

1994 Squadron Officer School, by correspondence

1997 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama

1997 Academic Instructor School, Maxwell AFB, Alabama

2002 Reserve Component National Security Course, National Defense University

2004 Director Mobility Forces Course, Air Mobility Warfare Center

2005 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

2005 Master of Science degree, Strategic Studies, Air War College

2009 Senior Leadership Course, Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, N.C.

2011 National Security Management Course, Syracuse University

2012 Air Force Enterprise Leadership Seminar, Darden School of Business, University of

         Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia

2012 Advanced Joint Professional Military Education, Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Virginia

 

ASSIGNMENTS

1.  March 1984 - February 1985, Undergraduate Pilot Training,

    Reese AFB, Texas

2.  December 1986 - September 1990, C-130E copilot, 914th Airlift Wing,

    Niagara Falls, N.Y.

3.  October 1990 - April 1991, Current Operations officer, 1650th

    Tactical Airlift Wing  Provisional, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

4.  May 1991 - July 1996, C-130H aircraft commander, 914th Airlift Wing,

    Niagara Falls, N.Y.

5.  August 1996 - June 1997, student, Air Command and Staff College,

    Maxwell AFB, Alabama

6.  July 1997 - June 1998, Reserve Advisor to the Dean of Education,

    Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama

7.  July 1998 - January 2000, flight commander, 914th Airlift Wing,

    Niagara Falls, N.Y.

8.  February 2000 - July 2003, commander, 328th Airlift Squadron,

    Niagara Falls, N.Y.

9.  March 2003 - April 2003, commander, 328th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron,

     King Faisal Air Base, Tabuk, Saudi Arabia

10. May 2003 - June 2003, deputy commander, 772nd Expeditionary Airlift

      Squadron, Seeb North AB, Oman

11. July 2003 - January 2004, special assistant to the commander,

     914th Airlift Wing, Niagara Falls, N.Y.

12. February 2004 - July 2004, Inspector General, 914th Airlift Wing,

      Niagara Falls, N.Y.

13. July 2004 - June 2005, student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

14. July 2005 - January 2006, Advisor for Reserve Affairs to the Director,

      Air Force Studies and Analyses Agency, Headquarters U.S.

      Air Force, Washington D.C.

15. February 2006 - September 2008, Reserve Advisor to the Director,

      Studies and Analyses, Assessments and Lessons Learned (A9),

      Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.

16. October 2008 - September 2009, Senior IMA to the Director, Global

      Innovation and Strategy

      Center, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Nebraska

17. September 2009 - present, mobilization assistant to the Commander,

      Curtis E. LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education,

      Maxwell AFB, Alabama

 

 

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Rating: Command Pilot

Flight Hours: More than 2,500

Aircraft Flown: T-37, T-38, C-130E/H2/H2.5/H3

 

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Bronze Star

Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters

Air Medal

Aerial Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster

Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with valor device and two oak leaf clusters

Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with oak leaf cluster

 Combat Readiness Medal with seven oak leaf clusters

National Defense Service Medal with bronze star

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

Southwest Asia Service Medal with two bronze stars

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

 

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS

Associate Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

 

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION

Second Lieutenant Feb. 16, 1984

First Lieutenant Feb. 16, 1987

Captain Feb. 16, 1991

Major March 10, 1995

Lieutenant Colonel Sept. 1, 1999

Colonel July 1, 2003

 

Link to Colonel Gordon’s Air Force Reserve biography:

http://www.arpc.afrc.af.mil/library/biographies/bio.asp?id=12943

 

 

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