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Cranberry Resident is SLPA’s New Director of Military Education

Cranberry Township resident Don Accamando, a retired lieutenant colonel of the U.S. Air Force, is the new director of military education at Duquesne University’s School of Leadership and Professional Advancement (SLPA). SLPA has approximately 250 military service members and veterans as students, located in nearly 30 states in the U.S., Guam and other countries including Iraq, Iceland, Japan and Russia.

Accamando, who brings 28 years of military and educational leadership to the position, will oversee the military education program and also direct SLPA’s on-base graduate programs in Moon Township and at the Commonwealth National Guard Headquarters at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa. He most recently served as the public affairs officer for the 171st Air Refueling Wing, which included duties as the education service officer.

“Roughly 25 percent of our students are veterans and service members,” said Dr. Dorothy Bassett, dean of SLPA. “In his role as director of the military education program, Don will help to continue to foster the growth and success of the program and, more importantly, the success of our active duty, guard, reserve and veteran service members.”

Accamando has flown more than 4,500 hours as an instructor and evaluator navigator on the KC-135 refueling tanker, serving the nation in Desert Storm, Allied Forces and the Overseas Contingency Operation. In addition to his military service, he has worked in education as a teacher and principal.

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