Society welcomes new Hall of Fame Inductees

On March 12, the Ohio State University Army ROTC Alumni Society will induct four new members as the 2015 Hall of Fame class. These four have served both their country and Ohio State with distinction.

Don Hulslander, the president of the Army ROTC Alumni Society said, “We are proud to recognize the accomplishments and contributions that these four gentlemen have made. Their dedication to country and to The Ohio State University exemplify the meaning of service.”

The event will take place at the Fawcett Center on Ohio State’s campus.

Hall of Fame Class of 2015

Colonel (Retired) James C. Papritan, Class of 1968

Col. (Ret.) Jim Papritan

Col. (Ret.) Jim Papritan

James C. “Jim”  Papritan graduated from Lancaster High School, Lancaster, Ohio in 1964. While in high school, Jim was a member of the National Honor Society, Future Farmers of America (FFA) and attained his State FFA Degree. He was also a 10 year member of 4-H and showed champion hogs and sheep at the Fairfield County Fair. Jim began his collegiate career in the Autumn Quarter of 1964 at The Ohio State University. While studying Agricultural Education, he was a member of Delta Theta Sigma Fraternity, Agricultural Education Society, Gamma Sigma Delta Honorary and Mershon Honorary. While in the Army ROTC at OSU, Cadet Papritan was a Distinguished Military Student (DMS) and upon graduating in December 1968 with a BS in Agriculture, was a Distinguished Military Graduate (DMG), commissioned a Second Lieutenant, and branched in the Quartermaster Corp.

Lieutenant Papritan entered active duty in May 1969 at Ft Lee, VA. His initial assignment was Assistant S-4 at Indiantown Gap Military Reservation. Alerted for reassignment to Southeast Asia, LT Papritan studied the Thai Language at the Presidio of Monterey, CA and Mechanical Maintenance School at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD. CPT Papritan served 13 months in Thailand first as a Mechanical Maintenance Advisor to the Royal Thai Army in Hat Yai/Songkhla (Southern TH) and later was Property Book Officer with a 9+ million dollar property book for JUSMAG/MACTHAI in Bangkok, TH.

In May 1973 upon leaving active duty, Mr. Papritan began his teaching career as a Vocational Agriculture Instructor in Lancaster, OH and received his MS degree from OSU in 1975. Subsequently, he continued his commissioned service with the 83rd ARCOM serving as the Logistical Officer for the 452nd SPT GP. MAJ Papritan coordinated the transportation, billeting, and subsistence for Task Force Buckeye (1978) and Task Force Thunderbolt (1979) including the 69th INF BN of the NYNG at Ft. Campbell, KY. Around this same time, Dr. Papritan received his PhD and a faculty position in the Department of Agricultural Engineering at OSU. LTC Papritan served with the Headquarters of the 83rd ARCOM as Assistant Chief of Staff – Operations, Plans & Training and later as Assistant Chief of Staff – Logistics during Desert Shield/Desert Storm. In 1993, COL Papritan served as Commandant of the 2078th USARF School (one of the first TRADOC Accredited Schools) in Central Ohio until both the school and the 83rd ARCOM deactivated in 1996.

Simultaneously with his USAR career, Dr. Papritan continued in OSU’s Food, Agriculture and Biological Department as Teaching Faculty, Coordinating Advisor, and Agricultural Mechanization Facilitator along with instituting the Construction Systems Management Program. Through OSU Outreach, he coordinated the BARN Again Program for OSU Extension, advised Delta Theta Sigma Fraternity and maintained a supportive association with the Army ROTC Department at OSU. During his professional career, he was awarded the Legion of Merit, inducted into the following academic honoraries – Phi Delta Kappa, Omicron Tau Theta, and Phi Kappa Phi and was listed in Who’s Who in American Education, Men and Women of Distinction, and the International Directory of Distinguish Leadership. Dr. Papritan was appointed Professor Emeritus upon his retirement in 2002 from The Ohio State University.

Colonel Farrell J. Duncombe II, Professor of Military Science 2008 – 2011

Col. Farrell Duncombe

Col. Farrell Duncombe

Colonel Farrell Duncombe, a native of Montgomery, Alabama, was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Transportation Corps in 1989 upon graduation from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa.

His military service has afforded him the opportunity to serve and defend the United States in various locations, from the Demilitarized Zone in South Korea, to Operation Restore Hope in Somalia, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.  He has served in a multitude of troop, staff, and command positions in the Continental United States and overseas, to include: Truck Platoon Leader and Battalion Motor Officer, Alpha Company/Headquarters, 296th Forward Support Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division,  South Korea; Platoon Leader, 16th Field Service Company, Fort Lee, Virginia; Assistant Battalion S3 and Transportation Movements Officer, 240th Quartermaster Battalion, Fort Lee, Virginia; Deputy Division Transportation Officer, 24th Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Stewart, Georgia; Support Operations (Transportation and Movements) Officer and Bravo Company Commander, 703rd Main Support Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Stewart, Georgia; Instructor/Writer, U.S. Army Transportation School, Fort Eustis, Virginia; Battalion S3 and Executive Officer, 6th Transportation Battalion, Fort Eustis, Virginia; Operations Officer, Center for Army Lessons Learned, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas;  Deputy Assistant G3 and Assistant Chief of Staff G4, 19th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), Daegu, South Korea; Deputy Commander, 501st Sustainment Brigade, Waegwan, South Korea; Professor of Military Science, The Ohio State University; United States Forces-Afghanistan, J4 Chief of Supply and Services, Forces Command G4, Mobility Chief, Fort  Bragg, North Carolina; Battalion Commander, 6-353rd Brigade Support Battalion, Fort Polk, Louisiana; Department of The Army Inspector General, Army Pentagon-Washington, D.C.

His military and civilian education includes the Transportation Officer Basic Course, Junior Officer Maintenance Course, Combined Logistics Officer Advanced Course, the Command and General Staff Officer Course, and the U.S. Army Inspector General School.                   COL  Duncombe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Corporate Finance and Investments from the University of Alabama and a Master of Science degree in Administration from Central Michigan University.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (with one oak Leaf Cluster); the Meritorious Service Medal (with two Oak Leaf Clusters); the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (with one Silver Oak Leaf Cluster); the Army Achievement Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters); the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Korea Defense Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal.

COL  Duncombe is married to the former Antionette Gregory from Chester, Virginia.  The couple has two children: Farrell III (age:18) and Loryn (age:15).

Captain Edward J. Korte, Class of 1968

Capt. (Ret.) Ed Korte

Capt. (Ret.) Ed Korte

Mr Korte maintains he acquired his values and work ethic from his widowed mother, patience and concern for others from his wife of 41 years and leadership skills as a cadet in the OSU Army ROTC Program and as Commander of Pershing Rifles Co A-l. Ed attained every rank from Private to Cadet Colonel and in 1966 was awarded an Army ROTC scholarship. Highly decorated as a cadet, he is proudest of the Army Commendation Medal presented to him by the Commanding General of First Army for the creation and execution of “Operation Senior,” an AROTC Orientation Program for Ohio’s high school seniors.  In 1967 Ed was inducted into SPHINX, OSU’s Senior Leadership Honorary and graduated in 1968 with a B.S. and commission as a 2LT.  In June 1971 Ed received his Juris Doctorate from OSU’s College of Law and was admitted to the Bar of the Ohio Supreme Court.  In 1972  he entered on active duty as a Captain in the US Army Judge Advocate Generals Corps and was admitted to the bar of the US Supreme Court.


Ed began his career as a Legal Officer in the HQ US Army Materiel Command defending AMC in contract litigation.  In 1975 after receiving a Master of Laws Degree from George Washington University specializing in government contract law, he completed active duty and became a civilian attorney at HQ AMC.  Ed rose quickly through the ranks and became the first Chief Counsel of the Electronics Research & Development Command, making him the youngest GS -15 Chief Counsel in the Army. In June 1982 he was promoted to the Senior Executive Service as Deputy Command Counsel for HQ AMC where he counseled on issues involving the formation, administration and termination of nearly all of the Army’s major weapons systems procurements during the post Vietnam buildup. On 4 Dec 1987, Ed was promoted to the position of AMC Command Counsel SES-5, 15 years to the day he first reported at AMC.  During the next 16 years he served with distinction directing a Command Legal Program that included 250 civilian attorneys and 45 JAGC officers in 35 offices and was adviser to seven four-star AMC Commanders.


During his 31-year career with the Army, Ed demonstrated exceptional leadership, dedication to duty and contributions supporting our soldiers. His legacy of preventive law, proactive involvement in the mission, active participation on the command team and dedicated service to the Army client continues to positively influence AMC’s business practices. His many successful programs improving Government acquisition have been acclaimed by several Presidents and adopted by DoD and other Government agencies.  Ed has been awarded all of the Army’s civilian medals including the Meritorious and Exceptional Civilian Service Medals recognizing his initiatives improving Army acquisition policy, streamlining procedures, reducing litigation and for his legal work on many complex major weapon systems procurements.

In January 1992, President Bush presented Ed the Presidential Rank Award of Distinguished Senior Executive, the highest award a government civilian can attain for “continually developing and implementing new ideas to improve the Army acquisition process and creating practical solutions to complex legal problems.” In 1987, 1994 and l999 Ed received the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Senior Executive and in 2002, Ed was again awarded the SES Distinguished Rank Award recognizing exceptional and continual achievements supporting the Army acquisition mission. His Preventive Law Program has become the standard for Government attorneys in providing high quality, constructive legal services. On January 12, 2015, Ed Korte was inducted into the AMC Hall of Fame.  Ed and his wife Linda, who is retired from the CIA, reside in Weaverville, NC where they are very actively involved in church and community service. They have three married sons, the youngest a Major in the Army JAG Corps, and three grandchildren.

Chaplain (Colonel Retired) Jeffrey M.Young, Class of 1975

Chaplain (Col. Ret.) Jeffrey Young

Chaplain (Col. Ret.) Jeffrey Young

The Rev. Jeffrey Martin Young, an ordained Presbyterian minister since 1978, retired October 2009 from the Army Chaplaincy after 31 years of service to God and Country. Following his military retirement Rev. Young continued his service working as a strategic advisor in the National Guard Bureau Joint Chaplain Office and as a senior analyst at the NGB Air National Guard Chaplain Office at Joint Base Andrews, MD. through March 2013. Jeff was responsible for a variety of duties at the NGB Chaplain Offices including Warrior Care, Spiritual Fitness, Resiliency, and Caregiving and Mentoring. Currently, beyond family care-giving missions, Jeff is a consultant in personnel, spirituality, administration, training, leadership, and mentoring.  He continues to train a spiritual fitness course about Spirituality, Resiliency & Relationships.

Graduating from The Ohio State University as a Distinguished Military Graduate of the Army ROTC program in 1975 Jeff began his military career in the Reserve.  Jeff started his chaplaincy career in 1978 in the 133rd Engineer Battalion (Combat Heavy) in the Maine National Guard in Portland. His final Active Duty assignment was as the Command Chaplain at Intelligence & Security Command (INSCOM) at Ft. Belvoir, VA.  Prior to his major command ministry, Chaplain Young served for eight years at the Department of the Army (DA) in the Office of the Chief of Chaplains in the Pentagon culminating as the Personnel Director advising four different Chiefs of Chaplains. Jeff was assigned at all Army levels in both CONUS and OCONUS (Germany, Hawaii) locations. He served as a chaplain in a variety of troop, staff, teaching, and chapel assignments. He was grateful to visit soldiers in Korea, Japan, Australia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Jeff completed US Army Command and Staff College (CGSC), Ft. Leavenworth, KS He later served as an instructor for three years.  He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Master of Education degree from Kansas State University.

Among many honors during his distinguished career, Jeff was awarded four legions of merit (LOMs) for his superior service and five meritorious service medals (MSMs) for outstanding service abroad and at home.  As a top Army ROTC graduate at The Ohio State University, Jeff was selected to receive the Sword of 1886.  At the age of 35, he was honored with the William Oxley Thompson Award by Ohio State for outstanding leadership and service to his profession and to the larger community.

He has been married for nearly 40 years to Monika, a registered nurse and a small business owner (who makes angels, pins and jewelry as a way to honor those who serve). They love being grandparents.  After 22 moves in the Church and the Army, they are happy to reside now in Gainesville, VA.   They are blessed with two children: Nicole and Andrew; and three grandchildren: Noah Luke, Caleb Mark, Henry Walter, and are expecting their first grand-daughter in March 2015. Nicole (an Air Force Lt. Col. in the intelligence field) and her husband, Eddie (F-16 pilot), serve at bases in San Antonio, TX. Andrew, an English professor at Northern Virginia Community College, is married to Heather St John, a research consultant. Andrew has completed writing his first children’s book and a TV pilot series. The entire family enjoys traveling, sports, reading, and spending time together.