“The biggest takeaway from my time at Middlebury was becoming proficient at synthesizing lots of information into a single idea, as that is a critical skill to have as an Army officer.”
Middlebury students and alumni have a long-standing tradition of serving their countries and the world, at home and abroad.
NGOs, the military, government, nonprofits, and more: All play a role in how Middlebury has fulfilled its mission in preparing students to lead engaged, consequential, and creative lives, contribute to their communities, and address the world’s most challenging problems.
In Wired for Service Middlebury President Laurie L. Patton writes about the myriad ways Middlebury students and alumni continue to engage in an enduring tradition: Giving back to others.
Here, the Middlebury Serves site highlights in particular the contributions and impact that alumni and students have made and continue to make through their military service. Currently, more than 1,200 alumni from across the Middlebury institution are veterans or in active service, from the Korean War to the War in Afghanistan to undergraduate ROTC cadets.
Stories of Service
“Middlebury taught me how to think critically, how to synthesize information, and problem solve. Thanks to these invaluable skills, I’ve excelled in these roles just as much as my peers with engineering degrees or commercial mariner backgrounds.”
Cathryn Hunt ’15Read more about Cathryn
“My Middlebury education … taught me the importance of learning from different experiences and using that knowledge to make better decisions in the future. This was especially useful in the military, as I often had to make important decisions quickly and in difficult circumstances.”
Chigozie Ogwuegbu-Stephens ’02Read more about Chigozie
“I saw my time [at Middlebury] as the ultimate reward freedom can give a person. We were taught to think for ourselves, be free to learn, adventure, and be creative in a safe and comfortable environment. These freedoms, in my opinion, were worth protecting.”
Carrie Decato Ayers ’99Read more about Carrie
“From combat and strategic competition to humanitarian assistance, and all the staff work in between, military service offers new and diverse chances to contribute every day, and true satisfaction when a mission is accomplished.”
Tony Garofano ’04Read more about Tony
“Middlebury teaches you to think critically, creatively, and independently. The military teaches you how to harness those capacities with discipline, hard work, and toughness.”
Conor Simons ’16Read more about Conor
“My interests that grew during my time at MIIS, coupled with the discipline and dedication I learned while in the military, propel me every day in my role and my ambitions.”
Kayla Lightfoot MPA ’22Read more about Kayla
On National Service
A panel of Middlebury students and alumni gathered virtually for a Veterans Day Zoom discussion titled “A Conversation about National Service.” In the following audio clips from the event, the panelists—an ROTC cadet and several active-duty and retired military personnel—talked about careers in national service, including the military and national security. The discussion was moderated by Kate Bailey French ’93 and hosted by Midd Vets Give Back.
View the entire program on Vimeo