Impact Newsletter Spring 2013

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S P R I N G 2 0 1 3 A L U M N I NEWSLETTER No Room for Error S E R V I N G A S A N A D V A N C E L E A D F O R T H E P R E S I D E N T O F T H E U N I T E D S T A T E S by Dan Holt '00 "This won't be easy to see, sir." US forces had experienced a bad week in Iraq. Two devastating roadside bombs had claimed many lives, and some of those who had made it through were in the ICU at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, not far from Ramstein Air Force Base in southwest Germany. Their injuries were severe, and some of them would not survive. In recognition of their service and heroism, they were about to receive a Purple Heart from their Commander-in- Chief, the President of the United States. Prior to President Obama's arrival, I had seen the soldiers and met their doctors. I coordinated with base commanders on everything from the President's movements to brie!ng information on each soldier and the best way for the White House photographer to capture the moments that would be some of the proudest of these soldiers' careers. This was the President's personal time with wounded warriors; members of the media were not invited. Advance Team When the President, Vice President, or First Lady is at a rally speaking to thousands of people, paying a visit to wounded warriors, or overseas participating in a complex State Arrival ceremony (where a head of state is formally welcomed by another " A man is but the product of his thoughts; what he thinks, he becomes." —Mahatma Gandhi continued on page 3 H I G H L I G H T S 2 Director's Column 4 A Conversation with Faculty Member Whitney Afonso 5 True Carolina Blue: Wren Davisson 6 Donors Make a Di!erence 10 Life Events 12 Save the Date Dan Holt '00 with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at a school in Washington, where the "rst family spent their "day of service" on Martin Luther King Day in 2012.

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