MR. BEN SILLIMAN '15

MR. BEN SILLIMAN '15

Upon graduation from AUP and the College of William & Mary, Mr. Silliman took a job as a Laboratory Teacher at the American School of Kuwait. He taught high school students about chemistry and laboratory techniques. He also worked on many side projects, putting his AUP skills to work. He helped the Kuwait Dive team install buoys to prevent illegal anchoring on a coral reef and became involved in a project to start up a brand new environmental police agency in Kuwait, the first in the region. He drew heavily from his experiences in environmental response - including an AUP internship at U.S. Coast Guard headquarters - to advise senior officials and authored a proposal sent to the United Nations Development Program. The Kuwait Environment Police is expected to be operational within two years. Mr. Silliman now live in Pittsburgh, Pa. and will begin classes soon at Carnegie Mellon University for a program concentrating on energy policy. 

MS. KATELYN DAVIS '16

MS. KATELYN DAVIS '16

Since her graduation from the College of William & Mary earlier in the year, Ms. Davis has been job hunting for a position in the national security and legal fields. Of particular interest to her is a position with the Department of Justice in their Civil Rights division as a paralegal. Ms. Davis is preparing to take the LSAT on September 24th to apply to the constitutional law and civil rights program at George Washington University. Her ultimate goal is to either direct commission with the U.S. Army as a Judge Advocate General (JAG) or practice native law. 

ENS CHRISTOPHER PAPAS '15

ENS CHRISTOPHER PAPAS '15

After a fun 17 weeks with Chris Weber and Garret Hendrickson in lovely New London, CT, ENS Papas is now stationed at Sector New York as an apprentice Marine Inspector. He is currently working on his Port State qualifications, and taking advantage of everything New York City has to offer. On the AUP front, he is now serving as Unit Officer for the RCU, and loving building that unit up with some extraordinarily talented students.

MR. JACOB THAYER '13

MR. JACOB THAYER '13

Jacob Thayer currently serves as a project manager in the Strategic Planning Directorate working on projects of national significance. He's attending Washington & Lee University for law school and maintains a home in Houston, Texas as well as Buena Vista, Virginia. He's currently a member of Flotilla Austin, where he serves as the Immediate Past Flotilla Commander. He left the flotilla in the hands of another former AUP student after having grown the unit to be the largest flotilla in the 8th Coastal Region District, earning several awards in the process--both individual and for the unit.

MS. KAREN MCKEAG '16

MS. KAREN MCKEAG '16

On May 15, 2016, Ms. McKeag received her Bachelor of Arts in Homeland Security with Honors from American Military University.  In addition, she was selected as the School of Security and Global Studies 2016 Academic Scholar Award Recipient, one of nine awards presented to students from the six schools within the combined undergraduate/graduate Class of 2016 consisting of 10,000+ students.  The award recognizes students for their commitment to service, academic achievements, outstanding character, and leadership capabilities.  Her service in the Auxiliary and specifically within AUP helped her nomination stand out among hundreds of other well qualified individuals currently serving in the military.

Ms. McKeag has now returned to American Military University as a graduate student pursuing a Master of Arts in Intelligence with a concentration in Terrorism and a concurrent Graduate Certificate in Intelligence Analysis.  Upon graduation, she intends to apply for the Coast Guard’s Direct Commission Intelligence Officer program.

Currently, Ms. McKeag is exploring job opportunities via the Pathways Program with the Department of State.

Ms. McKeag is also continuing active Auxiliary service. She is preparing to run for Division Commander of Division 02 in District 13 and recently attended the AMLOC 05A C-School (Auxiliary Mid-Level Officers Course) at the 2016 Coast Guard Auxiliary National Convention.  Throughout 2017, she will be laying the groundwork for the first AUP unit in the Pacific Northwest by building a base of support within a local Seattle Flotilla in partnership with Division 03. 

ENS GARRETT HENDRICKSON '15

ENS GARRETT HENDRICKSON '15

ENS Hendrickson has been busy qualifying in his new position in San Diego. He has become dual qualified in the command center as an Operations Unit and as an Command Duty Officer and has been standing a taut watch. There is never a shortage of action in San Diego, both in terms of search and rescue and law enforcement cases. ENS Hendrickson is also the Bull Ensign in San Diego, meaning he's the most senior Ensign aboard. He is allowed to wear an oversized Ensign insignia on his cover. 

MR. JONATHAN ROTH '15

MR. JONATHAN ROTH '15

Jonathan Roth has spent the past year after graduating from The College of William & Mary at a marketing agency in Chicago, working in its Research & Analytics department. Every day he analyzes the social media performance of a multitude of brands, including ones in the automotive, CPG, financial services, energy and food&bev industries. Mr. Roth currently serves as the Alumni Lead for Auxiliary University Programs and frequently takes patrols as a crewmember with Flotilla 095-39-06 out of Station Wilmette Harbor, Illinois. He will attend U.S. Coast Guard Officer Candidate School in January 2017. 

MK3 JESSE THRIFT '12

MK3 JESSE THRIFT '12

Jesse Thrift graduated from AUP and the University of Maryland in 2012. After working as an emergency management specialist for the University of Maryland and a research assistant/tech writer for the Adversarial Modeling and Exploitation Office at the Naval Research Lab, he enlisted in the Coast Guard in February 2014. After boot camp he was stationed aboard the CGC Moray in Jonesport, ME as a fireman, attended Machinery Technician "A" school, and then PCSed to CGC Hickory in Homer, AK, where he serves as the main propulsion division MK3. MK3 Thrift continued to serve as a member of the Auxiliary as well as an active duty Coast Guardsman, filling positions as FSO-Publications and FSO-Navigation Systems for Flotilla 170-02-01. Homer AK and Branch Assistant-- Juniors Program for the AUP National Staff.