Graduation Ceremony Shapes Up Before Sailor Ships Out

During his speedy rise in the U.S. Navy, Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Mercado, 26, has collected an impressive number of awards and accolades. He also earned two degrees from University of Maryland University College (UMUC). But one thing has eluded this Navy master-at-arms. He has never been able to walk at a commencement with his family present.

Until now.Continue Reading

UMUC Grad Earns Military Times Award

Justin Sullivan’s  resume is impressive. During combat tours in Afghanistan, the Navy information systems technician first class was credited with saving two lives. He has received a number of awards for community engagement, including the President’s Volunteer Service Award—twice. He is in line for a promotion to chief petty officer and is weighing the option of becoming a limited duty officer, a commissioned officer designation for Navy members who are considered very highly skilled.

Now Sullivan, who holds a bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity from University of Maryland University College (UMUC), has added another prestigious honor to his resume. The Military Times named him Service Member of the Year. The coveted award is given annually to a member of each branch of the military.Continue Reading

UMUC and the VA Forge New Relationship to Promote Diversity and Inclusion in the Federal Workforce

University of Maryland University College and the Veterans Administration solidified their long history of cooperation on July 10, when they signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop coordinated initiatives and perform student outreach activities that will promote diversity and inclusion in the federal workforce.Continue Reading

2017 Pillars of Strength Scholarships Awarded to Caregivers of Wounded Veterans at Ceremony Hosted by MGM National Harbor

At the time Junior Novas was shot in the shoulder in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province—after suffering a major concussion when his vehicle was struck by an Improvised Explosive Device in Iraq’s Anbar Province—he didn’t even know the woman who would become the mainstay of his life as his wife and caregiver.Continue Reading

From Pall Bearer to Power Lifter: Air Force Tech Sergeant Is Real Wonder Woman

While April Spilde drove west across the United States with her husband to Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, and her next U.S. Air Force assignment, she reminisced about her accomplishments over the past four years.

Spilde was a member of the Air Force honor guard in Washington, D.C., and had been one of only five women in history to qualify as a pallbearer for the honorary funerals at Arlington National Cemetery.  She was the first woman ever to be the NCO in charge of the pallbearers.Continue Reading