Military Department Staff 2017-2018


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LTCOL Joel A. Burdette, USMC (ret)

Commandant of Cadets

Hometown: Tallassee, AL
Education:  Top Gun graduate, Auburn University BS in Aviation Management, Air University Masters in Organizational Leadership
Military Background:  Air Defense & Command and Control, last major assignment as Battalion Commander of 2d Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion, 2d Marine Aircraft Wing, II MEF in Cherry Pt, NC.
Hobbies:  hunting, fishing, taxidermy, mechanical projects
Favorite Quote:  “For the strength of the pack is the wolf, the strength of the wolf is the pack” by Rudyard Kipling
Family:  married to the former Stephanie Harrison of Tallassee, AL for 23 yrs, two boys; Joseph (16) & Luke (12)


James Carr TAC Officer - Weekends

James Carr

TAC Officer - Weekends

Wynetta F Holley Laundry Supervisor Hometown: Lafayette, AL Hobbies:  Dancing, spending quality time with family, listening to music and attending church where I volunteer. Family:  4 children, 2 boys and 2 girls and 4 grandchildren. Started at LWMA in 1995  

Wynetta F Holley

Laundry Supervisor

Hometown: Lafayette, AL
Hobbies:  Dancing, spending quality time with family, listening to music and attending church where I volunteer.
Family:  4 children, 2 boys and 2 girls and 4 grandchildren.
Started at LWMA in 1995

 

Oliver Kelly Medical Officer Hometown: Anniston, AL Education:  State Community College currently pursuing LPN at Auburn University Hobbies:  Weight Lifting, Cooking Favorite Quote: Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others. Family:  8 Brothers 1 sister there are two sets of twins in the family Started at LWMA in Dec 2011

Oliver Kelly

Medical Officer

Hometown: Anniston, AL
Education:  State Community College currently pursuing LPN at Auburn University
Hobbies:  Weight Lifting, Cooking
Favorite Quote: Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others.
Family:  8 Brothers 1 sister there are two sets of twins in the family
Started at LWMA in Dec 2011


SGT Zachary D. Lemley TAC Officer - Bravo Company (Spring) Hometown: Fort Knox, Kentucky Education: Bachelors of Science in Public Health, currently in graduate school for a Masters of Education in Teaching and Administration Military Background: 11B Infantryman: 8 years of total service - Now serving in the GA Army National Guard as a Light Infantry Squad Leader. Combat related schools: EIB, AA, PF. Slotted for Ranger school FY2018. Hobbies: Strength and Conditioning. Favorite Quote: “Second by second you lose the opportunity to become the person you want to be. Take charge of your life.” – Greg Plitt Family: Wife (Heaven), 3 Y/O Daughter (Lily), Expecting a son (Leon) June 2018, Golden Retriever (Scout).

SGT Zachary D. Lemley

TAC Officer - Bravo Company (Spring)

Hometown: Fort Knox, Kentucky
Education: Bachelors of Science in Public Health, currently in graduate school for a Masters of Education in Teaching and Administration Military Background: 11B Infantryman: 8 years of total service - Now serving in the GA Army National Guard as a Light Infantry Squad Leader. Combat related schools: EIB, AA, PF. Slotted for Ranger school FY2018.
Hobbies: Strength and Conditioning.
Favorite Quote: “Second by second you lose the opportunity to become the person you want to be. Take charge of your life.” – Greg Plitt
Family: Wife (Heaven), 3 Y/O Daughter (Lily), Expecting a son (Leon) June 2018, Golden Retriever (Scout).

Dan Norrell, former Petty Officer, US Navy Supply Officer Hometown: Canton, TX Education:  Some college, 4 year apprenticeship Electrical Lineman. Military Background:  Vietnam combat vet, shipboard IC Electrician. Retired DOD-Army 2015. Hobbies:  Motorcycles, writing, spending time with children and grandchildren Favorite Quote:  “Never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense”-Winston Churchill Family: He has 2 Sons:  One is the current President of Lyman Ward Military Academy and the other is a computer software designer residing in NC.  Two grandsons both of which attend Lyman Ward and two granddaughters. Started at LWMA  1 Feb 2016

Dan Norrell, former Petty Officer, US Navy

Supply Officer

Hometown: Canton, TX
Education:  Some college, 4 year apprenticeship Electrical Lineman.
Military Background:  Vietnam combat vet, shipboard IC Electrician. Retired DOD-Army 2015.
Hobbies:  Motorcycles, writing, spending time with children and grandchildren
Favorite Quote:  “Never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense”-Winston Churchill
Family: He has 2 Sons:  One is the current President of Lyman Ward Military Academy and the other is a computer software designer residing in NC.  Two grandsons both of which attend Lyman Ward and two granddaughters.
Started at LWMA  1 Feb 2016

Alexander Pulatov, former Specialist, US Army TAC Officer - Echo Company/Weekend Hometown: New York Education: AA in Medical Assistance Military Background: Third Ranger Battalion Mortar men Hobbies:  Fitness and Soccer Favorite Quote:  Family: Married to the former Jordan Downing for one year and the father of one Started at LWMA in 2017

Alexander Pulatov, former Specialist, US Army

TAC Officer - Echo Company/Weekend

Hometown: New York
Education: AA in Medical Assistance
Military Background: Third Ranger Battalion Mortar men
Hobbies:  Fitness and Soccer
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Married to the former Jordan Downing for one year and the father of one
Started at LWMA in 2017


Juan Quinones, SSG, US Army (ret) TAC Officer-Echo Company (Fall) Deputy Commandant of Cadets (Spring) Hometown: Bronx, NY Education:  Pursuing BS in Political Science Military Background:  retired after 20 years of faithful service, 2 combat tours in Iraq, Bronze Star, US Army Drill Sergeant, and Honor Guard. Hobbies:  Favorite Quote:  Family: Started at LWMA in 2017

Juan Quinones, SSG, US Army (ret)

TAC Officer-Echo Company (Fall)
Deputy Commandant of Cadets (Spring)

Hometown: Bronx, NY
Education:  Pursuing BS in Political Science
Military Background:  retired after 20 years of faithful service, 2 combat tours in Iraq, Bronze Star, US Army Drill Sergeant, and Honor Guard.
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Started at LWMA in 2017

Verlia Townsend Laundry Presser Hometown: Tallassee, AL Hobbies:  Cooking, Caring for people, listening to music walking nature trails and studying trees. Family: 3 children and 4 grand children Started at LWMA in Aug 2016

Verlia Townsend

Laundry Presser

Hometown: Tallassee, AL
Hobbies:  Cooking, Caring for people, listening to music walking nature trails and studying trees.
Family: 3 children and 4 grand children
Started at LWMA in Aug 2016

Vicki Wade Assistant to the Commandant Hometown: Camp Hill, AL Education:  graduate of Wadley High School Military Background:  supportive spouse of a 20 yr USAF MSgt, the late Jim Wade who also served as a LWMA TAC for 3.5 yrs. Hobbies:  reading and cooking Favorite Quote:  Romans 8:26 Family:  She has two sons, 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren Started at LWMA in the summer of 2008

Vicki Wade

Assistant to the Commandant

Hometown: Camp Hill, AL
Education:  graduate of Wadley High School
Military Background:  supportive spouse of a 20 yr USAF MSgt, the late Jim Wade who also served as a LWMA TAC for 3.5 yrs.
Hobbies:  reading and cooking
Favorite Quote:  Romans 8:26
Family:  She has two sons, 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren
Started at LWMA in the summer of 2008

Charles (Chuck) S. Webber, former SGT, USAF Activity Director Hometown: Vicksburg, MI Education:  Alumni, LWMA 1975-1977. Southern Illinois University – Carbondale BS in Industrial Engineering. Military Background:  Computer Programmer, 1500 th Computer Services Squadron – HQ Military Airlift Command. Awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal for completion of the Search and Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking System (SARSAT/COSPAS). Hobbies:  Flying, auto racing, and paintball. Favorite Quote:  “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” — Helen Keller Family:  married to the former Pamela L. Kornreich of New Rochelle, NY for 17 yrs, five children, three girls – Veronica, Cassandra, and Elise and two boys – William (14) and James (11) who both attend LWMA. Started at LWMA on 1 Aug 2017

Charles (Chuck) S. Webber, former SGT, USAF

Activity Director

Hometown: Vicksburg, MI
Education:  Alumni, LWMA 1975-1977. Southern Illinois University – Carbondale BS in Industrial Engineering.
Military Background:  Computer Programmer, 1500 th Computer Services Squadron – HQ Military Airlift Command. Awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal for completion of the Search and Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking System (SARSAT/COSPAS).
Hobbies:  Flying, auto racing, and paintball.
Favorite Quote:  “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” — Helen Keller
Family:  married to the former Pamela L. Kornreich of New Rochelle, NY for 17 yrs, five children, three girls – Veronica, Cassandra, and Elise and two boys – William (14) and James (11) who both attend LWMA.
Started at LWMA on 1 Aug 2017

James Witkowski, former Specialist, US Army TAC Officer - Weekend Hometown: Little Rock, AR Education:  Military Background:  RIP with Ranger BN, Parachute Badge, Combat Infantry Badge Hobbies:  Favorite Quote:  Family: Started at LWMA in Oct 2016

James Witkowski, former Specialist, US Army

TAC Officer - Weekend

Hometown: Little Rock, AR
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RIP with Ranger BN, Parachute Badge, Combat Infantry Badge
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Started at LWMA in Oct 2016