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Michael Heston ’82 Finds Fellow Alumni Serving Overseas

Stationed in Afghanistan, Col. Heston finds that his best comrades are past and present RWU students

One of the last places you’d likely expect a college reunion is a military base in Afghanistan. But that’s where seven RWU students – past and present – found themselves this year, including Col. Michael Heston ’82 of the 43rd Military Police Brigade.

“Upon joining this group as a newcomer, I soon found out that I was among some of the finest soldiers I have ever served with,”  Heston wrote in an email to an RWU colleague. Serving for over 25 years, this is Heston’s third deployment to Afghanistan, for which he has been named Chief of Staff. The group’s mission is a high profile Military Police/Detention Operations job; Heston explained in the email that he is unable to outline details concerning it.

Despite their busy mission schedules, the soldiers were able to spare a moment and pose for a photograph. From left to right, the following military members and RWU community members are: Back Row: Col. Michael Heston ’82, B.S. Admin of Justice; SSG Benjamin E. Riel, B.S. Criminal Justice (currently enrolled); CW3 Daniel J. Curran ’09, B.S. Public Administration; CW2 Jacob P. Smith, B.S. Criminal Justice. Front Row: Lt. Jason S. Garrahan ’09, B.S. Criminal Justice; SFC Rrea S. Brown, Health Care Administration (currently enrolled); SFC Robert D. Lawrence Jr. ’95, B.S. Managerial Finance; SGT Joseph C. Allen, B.S. Criminal Justice (currently enrolled).

RWU is highly regarded as a military friendly school. The University provides a strong distance learning option, involving flexibility for the full-time soldiers as well as continuous encouragement. In fact, RWU earned accolades as one of 101 Top Military Friendly Schools serving veterans by Military Times EDGE magazine. The Military Advanced Education list of top military friendly schools included RWU for the third consecutive year in 2011.