Alumni Testimonials

Craig Bondra

Master of Arts in Military History
, Class of 2014
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As a staff officer, it is necessary to communicate, think critically, and make informed recommendations. Writing a letter often requires the ability to research and sometimes argue a point. Norwich helped me hone my writing skills.
Craig Bondra, Class of 2014
Master of Arts in Military History

Q: “Tell us about you as a person, Craig.”

A: “I currently live at Scott AFB, Illinois. I’m married and have three children: 2 boys (10, 8) and a girl (2). I enjoy reading about military history. I also like hunting and fishing.”

Q: “What does your professional life entail?”
A: “I am a U.S. Army officer, Lieutenant Colonel. I was commissioned as an artillery officer and now work in Force Management. I’m currently assigned to the U.S. transportation command.”

Q: “What was your motivation for pursuing your degree?”

A: “I had three reasons for seeking a master’s degree. First, I wanted to be competitive, for career progression/promotion. Second, I think it will be valuable in my future post-military career plans. Lastly, it is something I just enjoy.”

Q: “Why did you choose Norwich and how did you learn about it?”

A:” I saw an ad in a magazine while deployed to Iraq. One of the officers in my staff section had completed the program. When it came time to apply for a master’s program, Norwich was my first choice.”

Q: “What makes Norwich unique?”

A: “Norwich has a challenging program that is linked to an established university.”

Q: “How have you grown personally or professionally as a result of your education?”

A: “Pursuing a master’s degree in military history has been a growth and learning experience. It is a challenge to balance family, career and school. I’m definitely more aware of my strengths and weaknesses.”

Q: “Please tell us about any examples where you were able to put your knowledge to work immediately at your job.”

A: “As a staff officer, it is necessary to communicate, think critically, and make informed recommendations. Writing a letter often requires the ability to research and sometimes argue a point. Norwich helped me hone my writing skills.”

Q: “What aspects of your Norwich experience will you carry most strongly with you?”

A: “In addition to the skills identified above, I think I have gained an added perspective.”