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American Public University System Announces 2014 Alumni Award Recipients

CHARLES TOWN, W. Va., June 30, 2014American Public University System (APUS), a fully-online institution offering respected, innovative, and affordable educational programs to adult learners worldwide, recognized five American Military University (AMU) and American Public University (APU) alumni for their outstanding academic, community service, and career accomplishments in tandem with its recent 2014 Commencement ceremonies.

“We are extremely proud to honor our distinguished alumni not just for their outstanding careers, but for their service to their communities and to the university as well,” said Carolyn Todaro, associate vice president, student and alumni affairs for APUS. “These awardees are a source of inspiration to our graduates, demonstrating that an APUS degree can lead to many diverse personal and professional life achievements.”

The five honorees and their bios are as follows:
Brett Carroll of Stuttgart, Germany
Recipient of the Distinguished Graduate Award

Carroll completed his Master of Arts in National Security Studies with honors at AMU in 2010. He also earned his Bachelor of Arts in Military Studies with honors at AMU in 2005, and is currently pursuing his MBA with the U.S. Army War College. Carroll has dedicated his life to the service of his country through both military and civilian endeavors. He served 15 years as an enlisted Marine and two more years  as an  Army civilian, during  which time he developed  operational plans in support of Africa, Central, European, and Pacific Command real world theater operations. He is an adjunct professor for the Expeditionary Warfare School Distance Education Program, where he teaches command and control, Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) operations ashore, and naval expeditionary operations.

Gilbert Ramon of Victoria, Texas
Recipient of the Alumni Community Service Award

Ramon completed his Bachelor of Arts in Homeland Security at AMU in 2009. He has been involved in community service since 1990 and is active in The Boys and Girls Clubs, as a volunteer in his church, and   as a Marine Corps Toys for Tots coordinator. In 2002, Ramon won the National Image Meritorious Service Award. He was also selected as the Marine Military Citizen of the Year, and in 2002 and 2003 received the Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal. He is president and founder of and continues to make an impact in his community through his commitment to serving others.

Jordan Smith of Box Elder, S.D.
Recipient of the Distinguished Graduate Award

Smith completed his Master of Arts in Homeland Security with honors at AMU in 2013. He is dedicated to serving others and his country. In 2005, he supervised 3,000 volunteers from the Texas Corps of Cadets in providing shelter for more than 1,400 evacuees from Hurricane Wilma. He also has an extensive military record that includes volunteering for the remotely piloted aircraft program. Smith completed his bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University in 2006. Also, while attending AMU, he attended and completed numerous elite military training programs during combat operations.

Greshka German-Stuart of Kingsland, Ga.
Recipient of the Alumni Education Award

Stuart completed her Master of Arts in History at AMU in 2010. She has been working in higher education since 2002 when she began her career as an academic advisor at Valdosta State University. In 2009, she was awarded the Outstanding International Service Award at the University of North Florida (UNF) and also received the Outstanding Undergraduate Academic Advisor of the Year Award from the UNF for the 2012-13 academic year. In 2013, she was recognized with the Excellence in Service to Students Award by the by the Alpha Phi Sigma Honor Society of National Association of Leadership and Success.

Guy Williams of Winchester, Va.
Recipient of the Alumni University Service Award

Williams completed his Master of Arts in History at APU in 2013.  He had been serving the university in numerous capacities well before he was an alumnus and his commitment to APU has only increased since graduation. He founded and serves as a member of numerous university organizations and programs that include: The Saber and Scroll Historical Society, The Global Mentor Network, The Quad, and he also participated in a university promotional video currently in production. His commitment to the university is apparent from his continued pursuit of academic excellence and student body leadership.