Fighting Eagles Alumni Excels in Her Career as an Army Nurse


For National Nurses Week, the EWU Army ROTC “Fighting Eagles” battalion would like to recognize 2017 EWU graduate, Kaylee Nunley who has started off a great career as an Army nurse.  Kaylee grew up in Spokane Valley where she attended EWU for pre-nursing and joined ROTC.  After completing the pre-nursing curriculum at EWU, she was accepted into the Washington State University (WSU)-Spokane College of Nursing.  While attending nursing school she had the opportunity to attend a summer internship at the Army hospital at Ft. Wainwright, AK.


After graduating from EWU and the College of Nursing, she commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. She next completed her Basic Officer Leadership Course for nurses at Fort Sam Houston, Texas before arriving at her first duty station at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.  Walter Reed is the military’s premier hospital.  At Walter Reed Kaylee served for three years as a registered nurse serving as a medical surgical pediatric nurse.

After completing her assignment at Walter Reed, the now First Lieutenant (1LT) Nunley is currently attending public health nurse training at Ft. Sam Houston.  After she completes her training later this month, she will then move to her next duty station in Ft. Wainwright, Alaska.  There she will serve as the Chief of Army Public Health Nursing focusing on preventive medicine for Soldiers and families.

During her Army journey, 1LT Nunley has also married and became a mom.  EWU Army ROTC congratulates Kaylee for a great start to her career as an Army nurse.

World War II Army Nurse Corps recruiting poster.
World War II Army Nurse Corps recruiting poster.

Did you know that EWU Army ROTC has the largest ROTC nursing program in Washington State and the Inland Northwest?  We have a track record of commissioning quality nurses on to Active Duty and into Army Reserves.  If you are interested in serving your country as well as beginning a career as a health care professional, consider Army nursing.  Scholarships are available to qualified applicants and Army ROTC has guaranteed slots into Nursing School.  Learn more about about the ROTC nursing program at this link.  You can also use our Contact page or email us at to answer any questions you may have.

Go Army Nursing!  Go Fighting Eags!


EWU Army ROTC Graduate and I Corps Commander, Lieutenant General Gary Volesky Retires After 36 Years of Military Service

The Eastern Washington University (EWU) Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) extends its congratulations to the former I Corps Commanding General, Lieutenant General (LTG) Gary Volesky for his retirement from the U.S. Army after over 36 years of military service.

The I Corps Headquarters at Joint Base Lewis McChord.

I Corps headquarters sign from when LTG Volesky was in command.

LTG Volesky is a 1983 Distinguished Military Graduate from EWU and the highest ranking member of the university’s Military Science Hall of Fame.

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LTG Volesky’s plaque in the Military Science Hall of Fame

LTG Volesky’s Change of Command with incoming I Corps Commander, LTG Randy A. George was held at Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) on February 4, 2020.  The U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) Commander, General Robert Abrams and the U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC) Commander, General Paul LaCamera both spoke during the ceremony.  General LaCamera additionally oversaw the symbolic passing of the guide on from LTG Volesky to LTG George.

LTG Volesky (left) marches into the Change of Command Ceremony with General LaCamera (center) and LTG George (right).  (Picture courtesy of Al Watson)

I Corps soldiers salute during the change of command ceremony. (Picture courtesy of Al Watson)

General LaCamera oversees the symbolic passing of the guide on between LTG Volesky and LTG George. (Picture courtesy of Al Watson)

LTG Gary Volesky speaks to audience during the I Corps Change of Command ceremony. (Picture courtesy of Al Watson)

Full video of the I Corps Change of Command can be viewed below:

LTG Volesky who is originally from Spokane, has had a long and distinguished career in the U.S. Army that began here at Eastern Washington University.  One of the plaques we still have hanging up in Cadet Hall recognized the then Cadet Volesky for his “Aggressiveness” back in 1983.

volesky plaque

We additionally have some old yearbooks in Cadet Hall where we have an image of LTG Volesky being commissioned into the rank of 2nd Lieutenant by the then EWU Army ROTC Professor of Military Science, Lieutenant Colonel Ronald Walter.

The then Cadet Gary Volesky (left) is commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1983 by EWU Army ROTC Professor of Military Science Lieutenant Colonel Ronald Walter.

From everyone at EWU Army ROTC we congratulate LTG Volesky on his retirement.  His over 36 years of committed service to the U.S. Army and our nation is remarkable.  He is truly an example of outstanding leadership for all our Cadets to aspire to.  Go Fighting Eags! 

Eastern Washington University ROTC Graduate Returns Home to Command Local U.S. Army Recruiting Company

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Today Captain (CPT) Anthony Fleck, a 2015 graduate from the Eastern Washington University (EWU) Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) battalion, took command of the Recruiting Company in charge of enlisting new U.S. Army Soldiers from the Greater Spokane region.  After graduating from Eastern in 2015 with a degree in Psychology, Anthony commissioned as a Second Lieutenant into the Ordnance Branch through the university’s Army ROTC program.

anthony fleck

After being selected for the Ordnance branch, CPT Fleck was then selected to attend the prestigious Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) School at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.  After completing EOD training Anthony was then stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM).  While stationed at JBLM he deployed to Kuwait and Iraq to conduct EOD duties in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

Now as a Recruiting Company commander he will be in charge of all the recruiting stations in the Spokane area, northern Idaho, the Pullman-Lewiston region, as well as our local recruiting station here in Cheney.  There is no one better than a Spokane local and a proud EWU graduate to enlist new Soldiers from the area into our great Army.

Welcome home CPT Anthony Fleck and congratulations on your new command!

Go Fighting Eags!

EWU Military Science Hall of Fame: Lieutenant General Gary Volesky

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gary volesky

Lieutenant General Gary J. Volesky

Commanding General

I Corps Joint Base Lewis-McChord

EWU ROTC Class of 1983

Silver Star


Lieutenant General (LTG) Volesky is from Spokane, Washington and is a Distinguished Military Graduate of Eastern Washington University (EWU). His education includes a Bachelor of Arts Degree from EWU (1983), a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies from the Air War College, and a Master’s Degree in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University. He is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic and Captain’s Career Courses, the Arabic Studies program at the Defense Language Institute, the Army’s Command and General Staff College, and the Air War College, Basic Course and Ranger School in 1984. LTG Volesky was assigned to 4th Battalion, 54th Infantry (Mechanized) at Fort Knox, Kentucky, where he served as a mechanized rifle platoon leader and scout platoon leader. In 1986, LTG Volesky was transferred to Fort Lewis, Washington where he served in 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment as a rifle platoon leader, support platoon leader, and Assistant S4. LTG Volesky then served as the S1 in 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry (Motorized).

Gary Volesky Commissioning

The then Cadet Gary Volesky (left) is commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1983 by EWU Army ROTC Professor of Military Science Lieutenant Colonel Ronald Walter.

Following attendance at the Infantry Captain’s Course, LTG Volesky commanded D Company, 5th Battalion, 8th Infantry Division (Mechanized) in Mainz, Germany. He assumed command of the Long Range Surveillance Unit for 3d Armored Division during Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM. LTG Volesky then served as the Ranger Regiment Planner for V Corps in Frankfurt, Germany.

After completion of Command and General Staff College, LTG Volesky returned to the Ranger Regiment and served as the Liaison Officer and Battalion Operations Officer for 3d Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, Georgia. In 1999 LTG Volesky was assigned to the Ranger Regiment as the Senior Liaison Officer, LTG Volesky then served as the Chief of Infantry Doctrine at the United States Infantry School.

In June of 2002, LTG Volesky assumed command of 2d Battalion, 5th Calvary Regiment, 1 Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas. He deployed the battalion during OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM II, and conducted combat operations and stability operations in Sadr City, Iraq from March 2004 to March 2005.  His unit’s deployment to Iraq became the subject of a National Geographic Channel mini-series.

After completion of the Air War College, LTG Volesky returned to Fort Hood, Texas and deployed to Iraq with III Corps and served as the Corps Deputy Chief of Staff. LTG Volesky commanded the 3d Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Calvary Division in March 2008. He deployed the Brigade and conducted combined full spectrum operations with Iraqi Security Forces in Mosul and other areas within the Ninewa province of Iraq, from December 2008 to December 2009.

LTG Volesky was the Deputy Commanding General (Maneuver), 1st Cavalry General Division, Fort Hood, Texas, 1st Cavalry Division/Combined Joint Task Force-1, OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, Spring of 2011 to June of 2014.

LTG Volesky assumed command of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell on June 20, 2014. This command included a humanitarian assistance deployment to Liberia in support of OPERATION UNITED ASSISTANCE, and a deployment to Iraq in support of OPERATION INHERENT RESOLVE.  LTG Volesky in 2016 took command of I Corps at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky, commander of Joint Forces Command – United Assistance and the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), delivers remarks during the 101st’s color casing ceremony held at the Barclay Training Center Monrovia, Liberia, Feb. 26, 2015. (Photo Credit: Spc. Rashene Mincy).

LTG Volesky’s awards and decorations include: The Distinguished Service medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Bronse Star (4OLC), Purple Heart, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (1OLC), Army Commendation Medal (4OLC), Army Achievement Medal (1OLC), NDSM (1 bronze star), Southwest Asia Service Medal (3 bs), Afghan Campaign Medal (2 bs), Iraq Campaign Medal (3 bs), Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal, GWOT Expeditionary Medal, GWOT Service Medal, The Army Service Ribbon, and the Overseas Service Ribbon (6th Award).

You can see the rest of the members of our EWU Military Science Hall of Fame at the below link:

EWU Military Science Hall of Fame

EWU Military Science Hall of Fame: Major General Scott G. West

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Major General Scott G. West

U.S. Army Retired

EWU ROTC Class of 1976

48th Quartermaster General of the Army


A native of Moses Lake, Washington, Major General Scott G. West was commissioned in the United States Army in June of 1976 following graduation from Eastern Washington University (EWU) with a Bachelor’s Degree in History. His military education includes the Quartermaster Officer Basic and Advance Courses, Army Command and General Staff College, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. His civilian education includes graduate degrees in Logistics Management from Florida Institute of Technology, and in National Resource Management from the National Defense University.

Major General West as a Cadet at Eastern Washington University.

Major General West has held key leadership and staff positions in numerous units, including 1st Infantry Division (Mechanized), 2d Infantry Division, 2d Armored Cavalry Regiment, 1st Corps Support Command, 6th Infantry Division (Light) and 7th Infantry Division (Light). He served as the Division Parachute officer, 407th Supply and Transport Battalion (Golden Griffins), 82d Airborne Division during Operation Just Cause, and as the Executive Officer of the Golden Griffins during Operation, Desert Storm. Other assignments include Chief, Office of the Quartermaster General, Fort Lee, Virginia; Chief, Sustainment Division, Director for Logistics, Joint Chiefs of Staff, J4, the Pentagon, Washington DC; and Executive Officer to the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4, United States Army. He served as the Commanding General of the United States Army Quartermaster Center and School and was the 48th Quartermaster General of the Army from May 2003 to August 2005.

Major General West became the Commanding General of the 21st Theater Support Command of the United States Army Europe and Seventh Army in August of 2005. Following that assignment, he assumed command of the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command on 22 April 2008. MG West retired from the United States Army in January 2010.

Major General Scott West addresses a crowd at a groundbreaking ceremony in Warren, Michigan.

Major General West held several command positions including the 706th Main Support Battalion, 6th Infantry Division, Fort Wainwright, Alaska, the 46th Corps Support Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, and the Joint Logistics Command in Joint Task Force Aguila during humanitarian assistance operations in Central America following Hurricane Mitch in 1998-99.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Defense Superior Service Medal, Parachute Rigger, Pathfinder and Master Parachutist Badges.

You can see the rest of the members of our EWU Military Science Hall of Fame at the below link:

EWU Military Science Hall of Fame