Saturday, April 13th, 2024

Millersville Alum Keynote at the ROTC Commissioning Ceremony

Speaking engagement at MU’s commissioning ceremony was his last act in active duty uniform.

This year’s ROTC graduating seniors commissioning ceremony featured Millersville alum Col Kraig Sheetz as the keynote speaker. Col. Sheetz graduated with a bachelor’s degree in geophysics and departmental honors from Millersville University in 1990.

“During his undergrad, he was a resident assistant and role model to other students,” said Rita Miller, associate director of housing & residential programs at Millersville. “We’re just so proud of him.”

Sheetz went on to earn his master’s degree in geophysics from New Mexico Tech and served eight years as a military intelligence officer. After company command, he attended the Naval Postgraduate School where he earned a master’s in applied physics. He was on the faculty at West Point for a total of 12 years. Following his first tour at West Point, Col Sheetz served at Headquarters, USNORTHCOM/NORAD as speechwriter for the combatant commander and as aide-de-camp for the deputy commander. In 2009 he earned a Ph.D. in applied physics from the Colorado School of Mines. His research interests are ultra-short pulse laser design and development of femtosecond laser-based nonlinear microscopy systems. For the past four years he has served as the vice dean for operations at the United States Military Academy.

Col Sheetz speaking engagement at MU’s commissioning ceremony was his last act in active duty uniform. After 28 years in the army, he will retire this summer to become the dean for the School of Natural Science and Mathematics at Mount Saint Mary’s University.

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