UMUC Student Staff Sergeant James Garlitz Named NCO of the Year

Staff Sergeant James Michael Garlitz is pursuing a UMUC bachelor’s degree in business while serving in Kuwait

By Kerry O'Neill ( |   July 7, 2008

ADELPHI, Md. (July 7, 2008) – UMUC is proud to congratulate Staff Sergeant James Michael Garlitz, a business student in UMUC’s School of Undergraduate Studies, for winning the U.S. Army Central Command’s (ARCENT) 2008 Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year competition. Garlitz, currently serving in Kuwait, won this year’s competition by besting other soldiers in tests measuring physical fitness, marksmanship, general military knowledge, and other skills.

"UMUC would like to extend its sincerest congratulations to one of our students, Staff Sergeant James Michael Garlitz, for receiving such a prestigious award from U.S. Army Central Command," said UMUC President Susan C. Aldridge. "As an institution with a long history of making quality higher education accessible to our men and women in uniform, we’re proud that Sergeant Garlitz has so distinguished himself while remaining in good academic standing as a business student at UMUC."

UMUC has provided higher education to the military for more than 60 years. Under a recent contract with the U.S. Department of Defense, UMUC will provide undergraduate liberal arts courses and several graduate programs on-site for U.S. troops stationed in the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) countries. CENTCOM covers the "central" area of the globe located between the European and Pacific Commands, including countries commonly referred to as the Middle East and stretching from Kenya and the horn of Africa to Kazakhstan. The contract positions UMUC to be among the first American universities serving troops on the ground in Iraq.