We want to tell the stories of our incredible alumni. Please consider sending us your own bio and photos to share at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have not done so already, please take a minute to update your contact information with the online UW Army ROTC Alumni Form (Here's the link). The form also asks for basic career information (e.g., year of commissioning, branch, post-Army career, etc).
David Holmes Huntoon ('36): David was one in a long line of notable Huntoons connected to Seattle and UW AROTC. He was commissioned through UW ROTC, was a career Army officer with service in the Pacific Theater in World War II, and retired as Colonel. His father, Richard W. Huntoon, seen in the 1907 UW Tyee Yearbook, was captain of both the UW football and track teams, an Army officer, and a lawyer in Seattle for many years. David's grandfather, Henry Elliott Holmes, founded the first drugstore in Washington Territory in Walla Walla in the 1880s, and later moved to Seattle to open the first drugstore there in 1888. Holmes also saw military service in the Nez Perce campaign with the Washington State Militia. David's son, LTG David H. Huntoon Jr., finished his distinguished 40-year military career as the Superintendent of West Point in 2013. LTG Huntoon has two sons who graduated from UW. David III ('04) and Ryan ('08); both received their commissions through UW Army ROTC. LTG Huntoon has another son, Stewart, who graduated from West Point in '10.
Victor Bilek ('41): Victor is 97 and served in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. He currently lives in Kettering, OH, but visits his daughter in Woodinville, WA regularly. He commissioned as a Coast Artillery officer, but was transferred to the Army Air Corps. Here's a great article on him from the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC). He's the oldest living NASIC alum. In the older picture of Victor below was taken during WWII when he was a Major. He's photographing a captured Japanese plane. He's excited about our new UW Army ROTC alumni foundation and encouraged us to call him anytime.
Fred MacFarlane ('43): Fred is 95 and lives with his wife of 43 years in a life care facility in Sun City, AZ. His ROTC class graduated 185 seniors, which all had to go to OCS before receiving their commissions. He branched Transportation Corps and was the Ship Transportation Officer for the SS Jose Acosta, a Liberty Ship, during WWII. On his way from Saipan to Tinian, both the ship 12 hours ahead of him and the one 12 hours behind him were torpedoed and sunk without any survivors. On VJ Day while at Tinian, he had 10,000 cases of beer on board his ship and he invited others from neighboring ships to celebrate. He wrote the cases off as damaged. Fred is seen below in the 1943 Tyee Yearbook in the 6th row, far right in the Scabbard and Blade page.
Virginia (Buess) Rawlings ('66): Virginia commissioned in '66 into the Medical Services Corps. She transferred to the Medical Corps as a military dietitian where she served 4 years until the rank of Captain. Virginia continued to work in Army hospitals and conduct research while supporting her husband, an Army physician, who served 30 years. She is the first female officer to commission from the program.
Raymond Sarlin ('67): Ray branched Armor in '67 and went to Ranger School after Officer's Basic at Fort Knox. After a couple of years with the 3ID in Aschaffenburg, Germany, where he commanded a tank company and tank battalion HHC, Ray went on to become an infantry company commander twice in Vietnam with the 173rd Airborne Brigade and I-Field Force, Vietnam (IFFV).
Ray is a student at the Infantry Officers' Advanced Course, Ft Benning, in the first photo and the second photo shows him briefing LTG Charles Corcoran and staff on C Company, 1st Bn (Mech) 50th Infantry's recent actions. He remembers the tumultous time on UW campus during the late '60s. UW Army ROTC was in Savery Hall back then (NROTC was in Clark Hall) and regularly came under attack from Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) protesters. Ray actually patrolled with the UW police in the utility tunnels underneath this 1967 parade on a search and clear for SDS and other protesters.
William "Bill" Bulley ('71): Dr. Bulley got out of the Army as a LTC in the '90s and has been an orthopedic surgeon ever since. In the mid-90s he worked with the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF, or Doctors without Borders) in Somalia, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. Below are some photos of Bill with Dan Rather and his team in Somalia as well as a shot on top of Denali.
Sean McCaffrey ('86) and Tara (Larson) McCaffrey ('89): The McCaffrey's are truly one of the great American military families. We are deeply proud to have as alumni both COL (Ret) Sean McCaffrey and Tara Larson and their father as an honorary alum, General (Ret) Barry McCaffrey. Sean and Tara had two grandparents in WWII and Lieutenant General William McCaffrey (seen below) also served in Korea and Vietnam. They also had two uncles in Vietnam - one of whom was killed in combat. The two general McCaffreys together earned an unfathomable 5 Silver Stars! Today, Sean continues to prepare Soldiers for combat as an adviser at the National Training Center at Ft Irwin, CA.
Erik Flint ('93): A prior service Marine, Erik joined UW Army ROTC and commissioned as an Infantry officer in '93. He served on active duty from 1993-1996 and then transitioned into the U.S. Army Reserves. He was mobilized on various deployments between 2003 - 2012. He has a Masters degree in International Land Warfare and is working on his Ph.D in Modern History and projected to complete it in 2018. He is currently the Director of the Lewis Army Museum, U.S. Army Center of Military History at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Erik is also the Battalion Commander of the 1st Battalion, 104th Regiment (Military Police), U.S. Army Reserve in Aurora, CO.
LTC Robin Montgomery ('97): Robin branched in the Quartermaster Corps in '97. His assignments and career highlights include: NATO, US Special Forces Command, 1st Cavalry Division, and 2nd Infantry Division and 7th Infantry Division, along with numerous deployments from 2004-13. Robin served as the Aide-de-Camp to the 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Michael G. Mullen from 2009-11. He is currently the rear Regimental Commander and 15th Commander of the Regimental Support Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment. The son of a retired Sergeants Major, Rob grew up as an Army brat.
Lisa (Camacho) Pirak ('99): Lisa commissioned active duty into the Adjutant General Corps and served eight years in the Army with her husband Victor Pirak (UW Army ROTC class of '98). Key assignments include: the 101st Airborne Div (AASLT) and command in the 509th PSB, 2ID, Camp Stanley, Korea. Her last assignment was the Assistant Professor of Military Science at UW for MS 100 cadets from 2004-2007. After separating from the Army, she became a Department of the Army civilian and stayed in the UW Army ROTC program as the Human Resources Administrator (HRA) and is now the Recruiting Operations Officer (ROO). She is a co-founder of KHB Legacy Foundation.
Brett Fuller ('07): Brett commissioned in '07 as an Engineer Officer. He served in Bamberg, Germany and commanded in the 3rd Brigade Combat Team (Rakkasans), 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). His deployments include Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait. He is still on active duty and currently works for the Kansas City District of the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Brett is a co-founder of the KHB Legacy Foundation.