graduate school

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. 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.