Potomac State Honors Veterans during Veteran’s Day Breakfast

Veterans Breakfast

Potomac State College of WVU recognized its student, faculty and staff veterans with a special breakfast on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11. Pictured from left are: Criminal Justice Instructor Nick Goff, Dean of Academic Affairs Edem Tetteh, Physical Education Instructor Eric Slivoskey, Guest Speaker Lt. Colonel Joshua Walsh, Shane Hamilton, Bill Moore, Olivia Balderas and her daughter Aniyah Washington, Jeff Helmick, Andrew Mason, Psychology Instructor Mark Daniels, Rebecca Wilkins (PSC’s VA Certifying Official), and Campus President Leonard Colelli.

Potomac State College of West Virginia University held their annual Veterans Day breakfast Tuesday morning, November 11, as a way of honoring all of those who have served their country. Potomac State College President Leonard Colelli welcomed those in attendance and Lieutenant Colonel Joshua Walsh, who is currently on active duty and was the keynote speaker for the event.

Lieutenant Colonel Walsh is a native of Spencer, West Virginia and a 1995 Distinguished Military Graduate of Marshall University where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice.  Walsh spoke poignantly about the remembrance of Veteran’s Day and the power in a moment of silence.

Walsh’s military resume is quite impressive.  After receiving his commission Lieutenant Colonel Walsh attended the United States Army Field Artillery Officer Basic Course. From 1995-1998 lieutenant Colonel Walsh served with 2nd Battalion 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division holding all key lieutenant positions. After attending the Officer Advanced Course Lieutenant Colonel Walsh was assigned to 75th Field Artillery Brigade, Fort Sill, Oklahoma where he served in a variety of positions to include Commander of C Battery, 6th Battalion, 27th Field Artillery Regiment and Commander Headquarters, Headquarters Battery 75th Field Artillery Brigade.

In August 2004 Lieutenant Colonel Walsh was assessed into the Army Acquisition Corps and was subsequently assigned to Program Executive Office (PEO) Intelligence Electronic Warfare and Sensors (IEW&S), Fort Monmouth, NJ. During his tenure at Fort Monmouth Lieutenant Colonel Walsh served as Executive Officer to the PEO as well as Deputy Product Manager for the Army's Counter RCIED Electronic Warfare (CREW) program. In 2009 Lieutenant Colonel Walsh was reassigned to the Headquarters Department of the Army (HQDA) G3/5/7 where he served as a Branch Chief in the Electronic Warfare Division. In October 2010 Lieutenant Colonel Walsh was selected to serve as the only Acquisition Corps Officer in the AFPAK Hands Program.

From October 2010 through March 2011 Lieutenant Colonel Walsh completed the AFPAK Hands Dari language course in Rosslyn, VA. Most recently Lieutenant Colonel Walsh was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom where he served as a Counter Insurgency Advisor on COMISAFs Counterinsurgency Advisory and Assistance Team (CAAT) in Regional Command North. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Combat Action Badge and the Army Staff Identification Badge.

He is married to the former Julie Whited of Reedy, W.Va., and they have two daughters Madeline and Isabella.

For the second straight year, Potomac State attained national designation as a “ Military Friendly School ”. In addition to the yearly Veterans Day breakfast, the college now provides veterans who are participating in the spring graduation ceremony with red, white, and blue graduation cords and has designated campus parking spaces for veterans. The creation of an on-campus Veteran’s Lounge is also planned for completion in the spring of 2015.

For more information regarding veterans’ benefits and our programs, contact Rebecca Wilkins at 304-788-6853 or at REWilkins@mail.wvu.edu .