Current PMS

Lieutenant Colonel Ryan Whittemore is a native of Westborough, MA. He was commissioned in 1994 as a Distinguished Military Graduate from Lock Haven University. He entered Active Duty as a Field Artillery officer at Fort Sill, OK.

After the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, LTC Whittemore served as a Platoon Fire Direction Officer, Platoon Leader/ Executive Officer. He then deployed to Bosnia to work on the 1st Armored Division Staff in support of Operation JOINT FORGE. Following the Field Artillery Officer Advanced Course, he was assigned to the 10th Mountain Division and served as a Battalion Fire Support Officer, Battalion Fire Direction Officer and Commander of B Battery, 3d Battalion, 6th Field Artillery. During his command, his Battery deployed as the Quick Reaction Force in support of Operation JOINT GUARDIAN. Ryan was then selected to serve as the Battalion Fire Support Officer for the 3d Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, GA. He completed two deployments to Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, and one deployment to Operation IRAQI FREEDOM during his time with the Regiment. He then served as an Instructor at the United States Army Infantry School, teaching Fire Support and Leadership.

As a field grade officer, LTC Whittemore served as the Executive Officer for the Mosul Brigade National Police Transition Team. He deployed again to Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. He was then selected to serve as the Fire Support Officer for the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Carson, CO.

LTC Whittemore’s additional military education includes the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Air Command and Staff College, Airborne School, Air Assault School, Ranger School, Summer Mountain Warfare School, Winter Mountain Warfare School, Joint Firepower Control Course, Joint Operational Fires and Effects Course, Joint Targeting Staff Course, Collateral Damage Estimation Course, and the United States Marine Corps Tactical Air Control Party Course.

LTC Whittemore’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star w/OLC, the Meritorious Service Medal w/2 OLC, the Army Commendation Medal w/OLC, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Afghan Campaign, the Combat Action Badge and Australian Parachutist Badge. He is also a recipient of the Order of Saint Barbara, and the Order of Saint Maurice.


Hall of Fame

1LT Parker D. Cramer
Born on Feb 9, 1937- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
May 1959-Graduated URI
Commissioned as 2LT- May 6,1963
Gave his life in service to this country in South Vietnam

General Leon J. Laporte
Defense Distinguished Service Medal; Distinguished Service
Medal (with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster); Legion of Merit (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters); Distinguished Flying Cross; Bronze Star Medal Meritorious Service Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters); Air Medal (with “V” Device); Army Commendation Medal (with “V” Device and 1 Oak Leaf Cluster); Army Achievement Medal; Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry (with Palm); Kuwait Liberation Medal; Army Aviator Badge; Parachutist Badge; Ranger Tab

General Leon J. LaPorte hails from Providence, Rhode Island. A graduate from the University of Rhode Island in 1968, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Armor. He served as a Platoon Leader in 3d Battalion, 64th Armor in Schweinfurt, Germany. From 1969 to 1970, he also served as the S3 Air, 1st Brigade, 3d Infantry Division. In 1971, he served as a Platoon Commander and Company Executive Officer in the 238th Aerial Weapons Company in the Republic of Vietnam. He served as a G3 Operations Officer in the 4th Infantry Division until 1973, when he assumed command of Bravo Company, 6th Battalion, 32d Armor, Fort Carson, Colorado. Following completion of the Armor Officer Advanced Course in 1975, General LaPorte received his Master’s Degree in Administration from the University of California. From 1977 to 1980, he served as Assistant Professor of Leadership at the United States Military Academy. Following Command and GeneralStaffCollege, he was assigned as Executive Officer, 2d Squadron, 9th Cavalry, then as S3, 2d Brigade, 24th Infantry Division. From 1984 to 1986, General LaPorte served as the Armor Colonel’s Assignment Officer, Military Personnel Center, Alexandria, Virginia. From 1986 to 1988, he commanded the 3d Battalion, 64th Armor, 3d Infantry Division in Schweinfurt, Germany. Following the Army War College, he served as the G3, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas, from June 1989 to September 1990. On 17 September 1990, General LaPorte was assigned as the Chief of Staff of the 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. He deployed with the division to Southwest Asia and was Chief of Staff during Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM.

General LaPorte commanded the 3d Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, from October 1991 to May 1993. From May 1993 to April 1994, he served as Chief of Staff, III Corps and FortHood. From April 1994 to July 1995, he served as the Commander, NationalTrainingCenter, Fort Irwin, California. General LaPorte returned to Fort Hood in 1995 where he commanded the 1st Cavalry Division until July 1997. He then served as Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans, Headquarters, Department of the Army, Washington, DC. In August 1998 General LaPorte took command of III Corps and Fort Hood, Texas, where he served until August 2001. In September 2001, General LaPorte was assigned as the Deputy Commanding General/Chief of Staff, US Army Forces Command. In May 2002 General LaPorte assumed command of United Nations
Command, ROK – US Combined Forces Command, and United States Forces Korea, located in Seoul, Korea.

General LaPorte has continued to be supportive of the ROTC program at his alma mater. He established an award in his name in 2006 to award the cadet who improved the most during the MS III Leadership Development/ROTC Summer Camp, scoring the highest metrics during this summer phase between the cadet’s junior and senior years. General LaPorte has also donated generously to support the purchase of cadet sportswear and clothing to build esprit-de-corps among the corps of cadets. General LaPorte was awarded a Honorary Doctoral Degree from the University of Rhode Island and continues an active role in the ROTC Chapter with participation in regularly scheduled Board of Directors meetings.
General LaPorte retired on 1 April 2006 after 38 years of active duty in the U.S. Army. General LaPorte is married to the former Judy Ann Conca of Providence, Rhode Island. The LaPorte family includes sons Ryan and Robbie; daughters-in-law Kimberly and Jennifer; and grandchildren Rachel Janell and Colby Shane.