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Section 1

Honoring Those Who Serve

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Economics Department - Alumni and Students

retired, veterans, active duty military*


Major Ronald Bussey U.S. Marine Corps (1971-1991)

A 20 year veteran of the Marine Corps, Ronald Bussey proudly represented his family, friends and school. A helicopter pilot, Major Bussey worked with many proud Marines who gratefully served their country.

Brian Fennelly U.S. Navy (1983-1987)

Prior to his arrival at UIUC, Brian was proud to serve four years as a Cryptologic Technician in the U.S. Navy, operating primarily in Northeast Asia.

Michael Kolbuk U.S. Army (1971-1974)

Michael received a notice to take a draft physical in Chicago during April of his senior year at Illinois. He entered the Army in September 1971 making $134/month with my Economics degree. After 37 months of service mostly in Europe he was discharged in October 1974.  His work career began as a cost accountant for National Can, and he spent 33 years at various manufacturing companies (all gone or merged away) such as Northwest Industries, Union Tank Car and Outboard Marine Corporation. Hebegan my present position as CFO of Horizon Hospice & Palliative Care in 2007.

Major John Krysa U.S. Marine Corps (1999-Present)

Commissioned through the NROTC program at the University of Illinois in 1999. Served in Okinawa, Japan; Twentynine Palms, CA; Cherry Point, NC; Quantico, VA; and again in Cherry Point, NC. Deployed once in support of Operation NOBLE EAGLE, twice to Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, and twice to Iraq in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. In addition to earning a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Illinois, I also earned a Masters of Science in Management from Troy State University and a Masters of Military Studies from Marine Corps University.

Kenneth Sullivan U.S. Marine Corps (2013-Present)

Alexander Sunday U.S Army (1966-1968), Illinois National Guard (1968-1970)

Samuel Weinstein U.S. Army (2014-present)

Samuel graduated from Illinois with a BA in Economics in 2014. Shortly after graduating, he enlisted in the U.S. Army as a 12B Combat Engineer. After OSUT (one station unit training, a combination of basic training and advanced individual training) he was given the opportunity to go to Airborne School to become a paratrooper. He graduated from airborne school and is now with the 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 54th Brigade Engineer Batallion where they are currently conducting NATO missions all throughout Europe, mainly the Baltic states and Ukraine.   He is currently a specialist E4 and is planning to become a noncommissioned officer, graduate from Ranger and Sapper school and eventually become a commissioned officer.   

Chris Williams U.S. Navy (1997-Present)

Disclaimer: the alumni and students on this list have granted permsision to have their names included - it is not a fully inclusive list representing all students and alumni. If you are a student or alumni of the Department of Economics and wish to be included on this list, please contact

** Photos and specific locations for current military are intentionally not included in this listing.