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Alumnus Honored
with Medal
When it comes to hearing official
statements from the Department of
the Navy, a TROY graduate is the one
stepping up to the microphone.
Rear Admiral John Kirby, who holds
a Master of Science in International
Relations from TROY, serves as the U.S.
Navy’s chief of information. As such,
he is the principal spokesperson for the
Department of the Navy and provides
strategic communication counsel to the
secretary of the Navy and the chief of
naval operations. In addition, he leads
the Navy’s public affairs community
consisting of more than 2,700 active
and reserve officers, enlisted and civilian
communication professionals.
A native of St. Petersburg, Fla., Rear
Admiral Kirby was commissioned in 1986
after completing Officer Candidate School
at Newport, R.I.
Kirby qualified as a surface warfare
officer aboard the guided-missile frigate
USS Aubrey Fitch (FFG 34). As a public
affairs officer, Kirby served at sea aboard
the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal (CV 59)
and on the staff of the Commander, U.S.
2nd Fleet, embarked aboard the command
and control ship USS Mount Whitney
(LCC 20).
While ashore, Kirby completed tours as
an instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy;
public affairs officer with the Navy Flight
Demonstration Squadron (Blue Angels);
editor-in-chief of the Navy’s Flagship
monthly magazine, All Hands; the staff
of the chief of naval personnel, and the
special assistant for public affairs to the
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. His
most recent assignment was serving as the
deputy assistant Secretary of Defense for
Media Operations.
Kirby has been awarded the Defense
Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit,
Meritorious Service Medal (four awards),
Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy
and Marine Corps Commendation Medal
(four awards), Navy and Marine Corps
Achievement Medal, as well as various
campaign and service awards.
He also holds a bachelor’s degree from
the University of South Florida and a Master
of Arts in national Security and Strategic
Studies from the Naval War College.
TROY Alumnus Serves as Navy’s Chief of Information
Rear Admiral John Kirby,
Col. Christopher W. Sallese
(2001) relinquished command of
the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Galveston, Texas District during a
change of command ceremony.
As district commander, Col.
Sallese led the Galveston District
through some of the most
demanding years in the district’s
133-year history.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Southwestern Division Commander
Brig. Gen. Thomas W. Kula presided
over the change of command
ceremony and presented Col. Sallese
with the Silver Order of the de
Fleury Medal in recognition of his
more than 27 years of exceptional
service to the Engineer Regiment.
The Regiment adopted the de Fleury
medal as an award because of the
values demonstrated by the man
for whom it was struck – French
engineer Francois Louis Teissedre de
Fleury, who in 1777 volunteered to
serve with the American Army in its
fight for independence from Britain.
“It is an honor and a privilege
to have the engineering community
recognize me for my contributions
to the overall Engineer Regiment,”
Col. Sallese said. “Throughout
my military career, I have learned
that a great leader is one who is
always working in pursuit of the
organization’s vision while inspiring
others to do the same, and I hope I
have been able to convey this during
my tenure as commander.”
Col. Sallese’s wife, Amanda,
was awarded the Essayons Award
for her voluntary contributions to
the morale, welfare and spirit of
engineer units and organizations
throughout their 17-year marriage.
training as well as continuing
his role as head football coach.
Malone is married to Lady Lee
Malone and the couple has
two children.
Patty Rees (2005)
an English teacher at Wetsel
Middle School in Madison,
Va. She has been a teacher at
Culpeper County (Va.) Public
Schools for the last 13 years.
Susan Payne Turner
has joined the staff
of Prime Meridian Bank in
Tallahassee, Fla., as senior
vice president/chief risk
officer. She previously served
as a regional retail leader
for Centennial Bank, where
her responsibilities included
management of retail for 10
branches located in Leon,
Wakulla, Calhoun and Liberty
counties in Florida.
Daryll Blakely (2006,
2008, 2012),
a native of
Barbour County and a
Brantley Elementary School
teacher, recently released a CD
on the TMG Records/Tate
Music Group label.
Steve Bailey (2007)
has been promoted to
executive vice president,
chief operations and chief
information officer for The
Commercial & Savings Bank
in Millersburg, Ohio. Bailey
has 15 years of experience in
senior level banking positions,
as well as 15 years in financial
roles at small and medium
business enterprises. He
joined Commercial & Savings
Bank in 2012.
Jonathan M. Presley
has been named
branch manager of NBSC’s
Summerville location. NBSC
is a division of Synovus Bank.
Air Force Reserve
Airman 1st Class Carl Ross
Jr. (2008)
has graduated
from military basic training
at Joint Base San Antonio-
Lackland, San Antonio. Ross
is the son of Sarah Ross of
Walter Black (2009),
a Troy-based professional
ceramist, has received a Craft
Fellowship from the Alabama
State Council on the Arts.
The visual arts grant is in the
amount of $5,000, and will
be used to further Black’s
artistic career. Black serves as
exhibitions coordinator at the
Johnson Center for the Arts
in Troy.
Dr. Kaleb Dyess (2009)
has joined the staff of the
Jones Veterinary Clinic in
Andalusia. The Elba native
makes his home in Straughn
with his wife, Stephanie.
Joseph McFadden
serves as warden of
Lieber Correctional Institution
in Ridgeville, S.C. McFadden
is a native of Clarendon
County, S.C. and has worked
in the prison system since
1994. He previously served as
associate warden at Lieber.
Gerald Tate (2009)
coaching special teams and
wide receivers for Franklin
County (Fla.) High School.
He also serves as Exceptional
Student Education teacher. He
is a former wide receiver for
the Trojan football team.
Lt. Wayne Shipman
who serves as Aircraft
Intermediate Maintenance
Department Avionics Division
Officer, received the Ethical
Character in Leadership
Award from members of the
United States Naval Academy
Class of ’71. Shipman is
assigned to the aircraft carrier,
USS Theodore Roosevelt.
The Dexter, N.M. native
holds a Master of Business
Administration from TROY.
Robyn Deacon (2011)
has been named director
of the Dismas Charities of
Sioux City, Iowa. Dismas
is a national, non-profit
organization that seeks to
provide quality, cost-effective
community-based supervision
and treatment services to
individuals within the criminal
justice system. Deacon
previously served as social
services coordinator at the
residential re-entry center,
which opened in 2012 under
contract with the Federal
Bureau of Prisons. Prior to
joining Dismas, she served
on the adjunct psychology
faculty at Western Iowa Tech
Community College and as
a counseling intern at Living
Waters Counseling and the
Exchange Center.
Kimberlin Donaldson
recently completed
the prestigious Mentor/
Protégé Program with the
National Forum for Black
Public Administrators. The
program is an intensive,
eight-month initiative that
matches seasoned executives
with aspiring public managers
who show great promise of
achieving executive positions
in public service.
Ashlyn Williams (2012)
has joined the coaching staff
of the University of Louisiana
Monroe’s softball program
as a pitching coach. She is
currently pursuing a master’s
degree from the University
of Southern Mississippi.
Williams played four season
for the Trojans softball
team, recording 1,305 career
strikeouts which ranks 21st
all-time in Division I.
Hayden Gann (2013),
works in the
surgical intensive care unit
at St. Vincent’s Hospital in