Pirate Battalion Alumni

Our Proud and Historic Lineage

Over the last 64 years Pirate Battalion has commissioned officers of the highest caliber into the United States Army.  We proudly call them Pirate Alumni and their achievements in the military and civilian sector are unrivaled.  Please take the time to get to know the Pirate Alumni by exploring our Alumni Page and learn about those great individuals who went above and beyond while serving our great nation on our Hall of Fame page.

Additionally, it is our goal reconnect with our roots, the storied history and greatness, that Pirate Alumni helped create. The Cadets of Pirate Battalion are eager to learn about life in the military from those who have experienced it firsthand.  By creating an Alumni Interest Group, it will provide our Alumni with the opportunity to mentor our Cadets and coach them through tough career decisions.  By keeping in touch with the Pirate Battalion, Alumni will also receive semester newsletters, as well as invitations to upcoming Battalion events such as the Commissioning Ceremony and the Military Ball, both held in the Spring.

To update your contact information, please complete the following form found here.

Hall of Fame

The Pirate Battalion would like to recognize individuals that have gone above and beyond the call of duty, finding success in their many endeavors.   These individuals serve as a reminder to all that success is not easily achieved, and while you may fail on occasion, remember the Pirate Battalion motto "Can Do, Never Quit!"

If you would like to nominate an alumni of the Pirate Battalion for the Hall of Fame, please complete the following form found here.


  • Chaplain (Major) Charlie Watters
    Chaplain, Company A, 173rd Support Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade

    Chaplain Watters was born on January 17, 1927. He graduated from Seton Hall University and was commissioned in 1949. On November 19, 1967 while serving in the Near Dak To Province in the Republic of Vietnam Chaplain Watters distinguished himself by displaying heroic self-sacrifice when his unit came under heaving fire. Chaplain Watters rescued numerous comrades from harm without any regard for his own safety. For his actions, Chaplain Watters was awarded the Medal of Honor. 

  • 1LT George Ring
    1LT, U.S. Army, Company C, 2nd Battalion, 12th Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile)George Ring

    George Ring learned how careful planning can help in avoiding risky investments. He already knew that life is not always predictable, or risk always avoidable.

    Mr. Ring served in the United States Army from 1966 to 1969 as a Platoon Leader, Company Commander and General's Aide. He received the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star, the Air Medal with "V" for Valor with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Bronze Star with "V" for Valor with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Bronze Star, and a Presidential Unit Citation. He is on the boards of several educational and arts organizations, including Seton Hall University. He was a former board member of the NJN Foundation Board and the Philharmonic Orchestra of New Jersey. A life-long resident of New Jersey, Mr. Ring grew up in Union and later moved to Watchung township.  George Michael Ring passed away on June 7, 2013 at the age of 69.

  • Dave Scalera
    Dave ScaleraDistinguished Military Graduate, SHU ROTC Class of 1980; Division Vice-President/GM of Frito-Lay North America

    "Seton Hall ROTC was a tremendous part of who I am today, and integral to the success I have achieved. The lessons and experiences of Army Basic and Advanced training Camps, coupled with my Military Science curriculum, laid a solid foundation for the challenges ahead. My 7 years of service as an officer has given me a unique and continuing perspective that I have built my civilian career on "I will always be grateful for the time I spent at SHU and ROTC."

  • Dr. Jane Holl Lute
    United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations

    Dr. Jane Holl Lute graduated from Montclair State University and received her Second Lieutenant Commission through Seton Hall University Army ROTC in 1978.

    Dr. Lute is Assistant Secretary-General for peacekeeping operations at the United Nations with specific responsibilities for personnel, finance, and logistical support necessary to mount and sustain UN field-based peace operations world-wide. Dr. Lute joined the United Nations from the United Nations Foundation and Better World Fund where she served as executive vice president and chief operating officer.

    Previously, Dr. Lute directed the project on the Role of American Military Power for the Association of the United States Army and was a senior public policy fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Center for Scholars. From 1994-1999 she was the executive director of the Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict. Before joining Carnegie, Dr. Lute was director for European affairs on the national security council staff at the White House, serving under both presidents Bush and Clinton from 1991-1994.

    As a career officer in the United States Army in the Signal Corps, she held command, served in the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm, taught political science at the United States Military Academy at West Point, and served in Europe. Dr. Lute retired from the Army in 1994.

    She holds a Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University, a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, and is a member of the Virginia bar.She is married to Major General Douglas E. Lute, and they have three daughters.

  • LTC John Stack
    Picatinny Arsenal Garrison Commander

    Forces Operational Detachment Alpha (SFODA) 794, and Commander SFODA 796, Charlie Company, 3d Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, Panama; Commander, SFODA 742, Alpha Company, 2d Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, NC. LTC Stack's assignments in the Infantry include Battalion Support Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, and Rifle Platoon Leader in the 3d Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, GA. LTC Stack is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Special Forces Qualification Course, and United States Army Command and General Staff College. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Rutgers University, and a Masters in History from Louisiana State University.

    LTC Stack's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Joint Service Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters, the National Defense Service Medal, the Valorous Unit Award, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award with oak leaf cluster, the Southwest Asia Service Medal (with Bronze Campaign Star), the Kuwaiti Liberation Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Combat Infantryman's Badge (second award), the Expert Infantryman's Badge, the Master Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab, Colombian Urban Commando Badge, Chilean Mountaineer Skills Badge, and the Parachutist Badge from Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, and Colombia.

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