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Operation Purple Pride

Building educated and enlightened citizens who will lead productive and meaningful lives is the mission of James Madison University. Members of the armed forces exemplify enlightened citizenship in a very special way. Committed to serving their nation, embracing excellence and discipline, working to find solutions to the critical problems of the world, these men and women have special insights into the very nature of citizenship.

Operation Purple Pride is designed to provide a forum for the JMU community involved in military services to share their experiences and welcomes personal diaries or journals, photos, quick news updates, and background pieces that give context and understanding to what is shown on the news or read about in history books.

Whether you are sharing your story or reading the experiences of others, Operation Purple Pride is the place to learn more about citizenship, service and honor.

Please e-mail your queries, news, notes and photos to madisonmag@jmu.edu.

Latest news …

“JMU honors Veterans Day and National Military Family month with a female military perspective”

Photo: Maj. Keith Ensley ('91)

In honors of Veterans Day, JMU hosted a community screening of LIONESS, on Nov. 14. The film shares the story of female Army soldiers who became the first women in American history to be sent into direct ground combat. Learn more

“Labor of Love”

Photo: Maj. Keith Ensley ('91)

Maj. Keith Ensley ('91) restarted an ROTC program at Southern Oregon University. Ensley, a JMU ROTC alumnus, Afghanistan veteran and Oregon Army National Guard officer, teaches military science at SOU. The new ROTC program grew to 31 cadets in 18 months.” Learn more

“An advocate for patients and lifelong learning”

Photo: Lt. Colonel Mary Klote ('88)

Lt. Colonel Mary Klote’s (‘88) passion for expanding knowledge in the medical field comes from her commitment to help others. “For every patient, you have to imagine they are your brother, sister or parent; and you have to take care of them like they are your own family” Learn more

"Wounded Warrior" triumphs

Photo: Major Justin Constantine ('92) and his wife Dahlia

Every year the Wounded Warrior Project gives their Courage Award to one wounded warrior, and this year it was JMU alumnus Justin Constantine ('92). Constantine is on a Congressionally-mandated Task Force for Wounded Warriors. "It is great to have the opportunity to be part of the solution. I am stoked to be involved!" he says. Learn more

'Four-Star' ROTC Unit

Photo: Duke Battalion

The Army ROTC "Duke Battalion" at James Madison University has earned the prestigious MacArthur Award for 2010 in recognition of its place as one of the top eight ROTC units in the nation. Learn more

JMU alumnus and Army Staff Sgt. Linsey W. Clarke ('05) of Staunton, Va., receive the Silver Star

Photo: Silver Star

JMU alumnus and Army Staff Sgt. Linsey W. Clarke ('05) of Staunton, Va., received the Silver Star for helping save severely wounded U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan. Read more in the Dec. 17, 2009 Washington Post Report.

Duke Battalion takes third place in Ranger Challenge

Learn more about the Duke Battalion and the Ranger Challenge

JMU's Duke Battalion Ranger Challenge squad took third place out of 39 teams during their first action since a large restructuring of ROTC programs in the U.S. Read more.