Alumni Testimonials

Patrick Heneghan II

Master of Arts in History
, Class of 2013
A Norwich education prepares you to face the challenges of today’s world. I am now a more confident leader and have benefited greatly from the emphasis on concise and well-articulated writing that is emphasized throughout the Norwich history master's program.
Patrick Heneghan II, Class of 2013
Master of Arts in History

Q: “Tell us a little about yourself, Patrick.”
A: “I live in Tampa, Florida, and am originally from Philadelphia. I have a daughter who just graduated from high school and a son who is a rising high school freshman. I love history, which is one of the reasons I enrolled in the Master of Arts in History program at Norwich. Also, I am a big football fan. I still have Eagles season tickets and make about half the games each year and am very excited to watch my son’s first year of high school football.”

Q: “Briefly describe your professional life.”
A: “I am retired from the Navy after 21 years of service as an intelligence specialist chief petty officer (ISC). While on active duty, I participated in Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Operation Southern Watch, and Operation Iraqi Freedom, among other operations. I am currently a program manager with L-3 communications, National Security Solutions, STRATIS. I manage a program of 70 Collection Management/Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) professionals supporting the United States Armed Forces and our Coalition Partners as part of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Joint Command (IJC) in Afghanistan.”

Q: “What was your motivation for pursuing your degree?”
A: “I hope to make a difference as an educator after I conclude my career in the defense industry. I feel my years of experience serving our nation both in uniform and as a contractor will help me connect with the youth of our nation while sharing my passion for history. My goal is to bring my passion to an inner-city school.” 

Q: “How did you hear about Norwich and why did you choose to attend?”
A: “Having served in the military, I was keenly aware of Norwich’s outstanding reputation for leadership and excellence and worked with several naval officer Norwich alumni during the course of my career. When Norwich introduced the distance learning history master's program, I knew it was the right fit for my educational goals.” 

Q: “What makes Norwich unique?”
A: “That was an easy question. You can count on one hand the number of schools that combine a rich military tradition with a challenging and regarded academic curriculum taught by a cadre of professors who are among the leaders in their individual disciplines. Norwich University is one of those institutions.”

Q: “How have you grown personally or professionally as a result of your education?”
A: “A Norwich education prepares you to face the challenges of today’s world. I am now a more confident leader and have benefited greatly from the emphasis on concise and well-articulated writing that is emphasized throughout the Norwich history program. A leader must possess the ability to disseminate a vision for the organization and often that message is conveyed through written communication. Norwich prepares leaders for that task.”

Q: “What aspects of your Norwich experience will you carry most strongly with you?”
A: “I will carry with me the vast experience of the history staff – they are clearly world class. Also, the experience of attending residency was incredibly rewarding. Residency not only allowed me to connect with my professors and fellow students on a more personal level, but it allowed me to connect with the Norwich University campus and gain an increased sense of pride in what it means to be Norwich alumni.