Last Updated on March 24, 2022 by OCF Communications

ROTC ministry update

LTC Greg and LTC Lucy Lane, USA (Ret.), Associate Field Staff reps for OCF’s ROTC ministry since 2018, the first ROTC staff reps since Tom Hemingway in the 1990s, are stepping down from that position.

Lt Col Larry and Rita Sherbondy, USAF (Ret.), will join staff on 1 September to fill the Lanes’ role. The Lanes will continue as OCF Area Coordinators for Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and lead the annual Eastern OCF ROTC retreat at White Sulphur Springs.

The growth of OCF ROTC ministry efforts at many venues, particularly in collaboration with sister ministries such as Valor and the Navigators, is pictured by the example of the extraordinary summer of ministry now wrapping up at the Army’s Cadet Summer Training at Fort Knox.

“We are in awe of what the Lord has done and how He has used Bob Deckard and his daughter Janell to oversee the volunteer efforts to run the cadet Bible studies,” said Greg. “It has been so neat to see the Navigators ROTC staff, VALOR staff, and other volunteers help.”

More than 3,200 cadets and cadre attended the Bible studies, with 29 praying to receive Christ.

Tami Waring joins staff

Hous and Tami WaringTami Waring, a 1984 USAFA graduate who served on active duty for 5 years, began a new post in OCF on 1 June as Associate Field Staff for Women’s Engagement. Active in OCF ministry from her days as a cadet, to serving with husband Hous in positions on the field staff and in the home office, her ministry for OCF women fills a critical need as identified by OCF’s current priorities.

Ryan Wainwright joins staff

Ryan WainrightLTC Ryan Wainwright, USA (Ret.), recently retired from the military after 22 years of service, was selected to serve as OCF’s Assistant Director of Field Operations. Introduced to OCF while a plebe at USMA, the 1999 graduate led an OCF ministry wherever the Army sent him. His addition to the operations team bolsters the ministry’s goal of greater engagement with members and leaders according to FY22 priorities and the Strategic Framework 2.0.

Newport FS position

OCF is seeking to fill a new full-time Field Staff position at Newport, Rhode Island, with a desired start date summer 2022.  Further information may be found at or by contacting [email protected].

Council news

This coming November is the nomination period for Class of 2025 candidates who will run on the ballot for the February of 2022 Council elections. OCF regular members (present/former officers, officer candidates, cadets, and midshipmen) are eligible to participate. Each nominee must have an endorsement from at least three members.

Those elected will begin a three-year term on 1 June 2022. For more information, contact [email protected] or 1-800-424-1984.

OCF members who began service on OCF Council 1 June after being elected earlier this year are LTC Eric Gust, USA; ENS Brigit Jogan, USCG; Lt Col Scott Johnson, USAF; LTC J. Keith Purvis, USA (Ret.); and LTC Joseph Rheney, USA (Ret.). Council members elected to extend their terms into the Class of 2024 are Col Dale Holland, USAF (Ret.), and LTC Ryan Strong, USA (Ret.).

The Council members are COL Paul (Ric) Schumacher, USA (Ret.)—President; LTC Stephen Schmidt, USA—Vice President; LT James Rader, USCG—Secretary; and COL Rob Jassey, USA (Ret.)—Treasurer.