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Pulteney Street Podcast: Service and History with Norvell ’66

Former Director of Alumni Relations Lt. Col. John Norvell ’66, P’99, P’02 discusses his military service after graduation and his long-time service to the Colleges.

U.S. Air Force veteran, former assistant professor of history at the Air Force Academy and former Director of Alumni Relations Lt. Col. John Norvell ’66, P’99, P’02 joined President Joyce P. Jacobsen on the latest episode of the Pulteney Street Podcast.

During their conversation, Norvell reflected on the familial roots of his military service, his participation in ROTC as a student and his subsequent service in Vietnam, as well as the historical research for his blog, Tales of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and the major changes he’s seen at HWS over the years.

A decorated air combat veteran of the Vietnam War, Norvell served in the U.S. Air Force from 1966 to 1989. He is a master navigator and weapons system officer with more than 1,000 hours in the F4 Phantom II and 400 as an instructor navigator in other jet aircraft. In 1973, as a member of the 13th Tactical Fighter Squadron, he flew the last unofficial F4 fighter bombing mission of the Vietnam War to launch from Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base. Norvell went on to serve as assistant professor of history at the Air Force Academy and later as alumni director at HWS until 2002. He holds an M.A. from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. As a student at HWS, he studied American history and was a member of the Druids, Canterbury Club and the Echo and Pine yearbook staff.