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Viking Vets - We Are Viking Vets

Over 650 military veterans are attending Cleveland State University. We represent the five branches of the Armed Forces of the United States: U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Navy; both active and reserve as well as the National Guard. We also include in our numbers military family for they too serve. We represent periods of service from Viet Nam to Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm, to Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn. We've been in combat, worked the flight line in Saudi Arabia, deployed on WestPacs, carried out search and rescue missions, and provided logistical and administrative support. Today we are preparing for our next mission in life by attending Cleveland State University as undergraduates, graduate students, and law students. We are Viking Vets.

Name: Gary Knox

Gary Knox served as a Corpsman, HM3, in the U.S. Navy and was stationed with the Marines in Okinowa and o/b the USS William H. Standley (CG-32).  He is a studio art/photography major.

About CSU:  While returning to Cleveland State University the veterans program and SVA have been a big help in keeping me on track.  The support you get from the guys is great.


Name: Matthew Ehrman

Matthew Ehrman served as an AT3 in the U.S. Navy and was assigned to VR-59 – Fleet Logistics Support Squadron Five Nine.  He is majoring in biology and has a minor in chemistry.

About CSU:  CSU has a good biology program, try it out.


Name: Ben Boyle

Ben Boyle serves as a Staff Sergeant in the Ohio Air National Guard as a 2A5X3 – Integrated Avionics Systems. Awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal he has served in Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn. He recently returned to CSU from deployment in the near east. Ben is majoring in Business Administration and expects to graduate in 2012.

About CSU: This is an excellent institution for veterans to transition into because of the excellent program for vets and the large number of veterans. CSU is more like a family than a school


Name: Tenika Jackson-Lamb

Tenika Jackson-Lamb serves is a Sergeant in the Ohio National Guard as a 92W-Water Treatment Specialist. Tenika is a junior majoring in education at CSU

About CSU: This is my first year at CSU and I enjoy it thus far. Everyone is very friendly and informative. The Veteran’s Office (VSSP)


Name: Marcus Massey

Marcus Massey served as an OS2, Operations Specialist 2nd Class, o/b the USS Vandegrift (FFG-48) in the U.S. Navy. During his service, 2005-2008, he did a WestPac and was awarded two Navy Achievement Medals. Marcus is majoring in religious studies and expects to graduate in 2014.

About CSU: I am enjoying my time here at CSU as a brother of Sigma Tau Gamma and as a Religious Studies Major.



Name: Lexy Washburn

Lexy Washburn serves as a Specialist in the Ohio National Guard as a 25B – Information Technology Specialist and assigned to the Ohio National Guard Joint Task Force HQ in Columbus. Lexy is majoring in Photography and expects to graduate in 2013.

About CSU: I love it here!