John G. (Johnny) Gergulis, '59
Candidate for District 10 Director, The Citadel Alumni Association
EDUCATION: BS, Commerce, The Citadel, 1959; MS, Public Administration, Shippensburg University, 1977; Army War College, 1977; Command and General Staff College, 1969; NATO Joint Warfare School, 1971; Dale Carnegie Executive Program, 1987.
CITADEL ACTIVITIES: Cadet Activities: Private, D; Corporal, F; First Sergeant, H; Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion Staff (P & T); ‘SPHINX’ Staff; Business Manager, 1959 Sphinx; The Brigadier Staff & Associate News Editor; American Ordnance Association; Orphanage Fund Committee; Yacht Club; New York-The Citadel Club; Religious Group; Intramurals. Alumni Involvement: Life Member, The Citadel Alumni Association; Benefactor, The Citadel Foundation (Helen English Gergulis Memorial Scholarship) & Estate Planning (Annuity and Scholarship); Member (Family Trust) The Citadel Foundation Legacy Society; Member, Ex-Officio, 25 years, The Citadel Tampa Bay Alumni Club; The Citadel Volunteers; The ’59 Classics Citadel Club; Initial Host(s)-Organizer-Charter Member, The Citadel Space-Coast Alumni Club, Patrick Air Force Base, Melbourne, Florida; District 10 Director-Board Member, The Citadel Alumni Association.
OCCUPATION: Regular U.S. Army (Retired)
MILITARY SERVICE: Career Soldier, Regular U. S. Army, Colonel, Infantry (Airborne-Air Assault); Overseas Tours: Korea, Vietnam (Two Combat Tours), U. S. Army Airborne Infantry Exchange Officer to British Army, Office Director British Infantry, United Kingdom; Berlin (’75) and Mannheim (’81), Germany. Military Highlights: Commander, seven (7) tactical-training Company(s); Battle Group Principal Staff Officer, Company Commander; Principal Staff Officer, Company Commander (187th Airborne Infantry/12th Cavalry, Airborne-Air Assault), 11th Air-Assault Division/1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile). Company fought with distinction Ia Drang Valley Campaign; Senior Aide-de-Camp to Commanding General, Combat Developments Command; Senior Advisor, ARVN Battalion-Division; J-3 Operations Officer & Command Briefer, Command Center, HQUSMACV; Staff Action Officer, Department Army Operations; Chief, Capitol Rotunda Detail/Department Defense Escort, Joint Chiefs of Staff, President L. B. Johnson ‘State’ Funeral; Commander, 2nd Battalion (Reinforced), 6th U. S. Infantry, & ‘C’ Battery, 94th Artillery; Chief, Plans-Command Briefer, XVIII Airborne Corps & Fort Bragg (Chief, Team developed Rapid Deployment Corps/Rapid Deployment Joint Task Force (RDJTF) concept); Special Assistant, Commander in Chief (CINC) U. S. Readiness Command & Commander RDJTF; Executive Officer to CINCUSREDCOM-Joint Deployment Agency (JDA)-RDJTF (Now, Special Operations & Central Commands); Commander, Thundering Third Herd Spearhead Brigade, Mannheim, FRG.
MEMBERSHIPS & OFFICES HELD: International Order of Airborne Troopers; Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Association; Masonic Lodge; National Sojourners/Heroes of ’76; Army Consistory, Scottish Rite; US Army War College Alumni Association; Charter Member, Theta-Gamma Chapter, Pi Sigma Alpha, National Political Science Honor Society; Military Officers Association of America (MOAA); Masonic Veterans Association; Member Advisory Board, Manatee Cove Marina and Yacht Club, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida.
AWARDS & HONORS: Combat Infantry Badge (CIB), Expert Infantryman Badge (EIB), Master Paratrooper Wings, Air Assault Badge, British Parachutist Wings, German Paratrooper Wings in Bronze, Dept. of Army Staff Badge, & numerous awards for Valor, Heroism and Meritorious Service.
MARITAL STATUS: Married P. Babes Struhs 2005. Son(s), Kenneth, Craig; Daughter, Alisa.
CANDIDATE’S STATEMENT: Truly privileged, honored, humbled serving Florida District-10. Deeply committed to The Citadel “Family” and maintaining stellar principles, values, outstanding standards at our alma mater. Our Association is strong, growing. Challenges remain: grow Association membership, measurably improve OUR Alumni regional Clubs, in support of The Citadel Alumni worldwide. Energized! Pledge to continue to provide incisive, unvarnished voice as your CAA representative and to The Citadel Leadership. With your continued encouragement, active participation, support, input, together, as a Team, we’ll leave our mark on The Citadel, OUR Nation’s premier Military College. Respectfully request your valued vote.