Beyond the Van Wickle Gates
Alumni and alumnae of Brown who have served in the United States military, before, during, and/or after their time on College Hill.
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David Salsone '12.5
United States Navy
Originally from Oceanside, New York, David enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the age of 18 as an electronics technician. He spent the first two years of his career stateside (in the suburbs of Atlanta and Chicago) where he studied radar systems and telecommunications theory. He was then deployed to the kingdom of Bahrain where he specialized in engineering satellite networks for U.S. forces in the Middle East. During his six years of military service, David spent four years stationed in the desert and seven days on board an actual ship, earning him the coveted title of "Sand Crab." In his limited spare time, David studied economics at a local satellite campus of the University of Maryland University College (a building on base consisting of four miniscule classrooms). On January 21, 2009, David was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy and was admitted to Brown that fall.
David chose to continue his study of economics, complimenting his concentration with select courses from the sociology and engineering departments, and studying Hindi as a second language. During the summers, he has taken classes at Brown and worked in the financial services industry at William Blair in Chicago and Morgan Stanley’s Technology Investment Banking Division in California.
Outside of the classroom, David has participated in the Brown Outdoor Leadership Training (BOLT) Program and was a member of the Men's Crew Team. David served as the President and a founding member of the Brown University Student Veterans Society (BUSVS) and President of the Resumed Undergraduate Students Association (RUSA). He also served as the Student Coordinator for the Office of Student Veterans and Commissioning Programs and a Teaching Assistant for one of his favorite classes at Brown, Leadership in Organizations. He received a Joslin Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the University.
Matthew Ricci '15
United States Navy
Concentration: Political Science
Matthew Ricci, a native of upstate New York, was a student at Brown University concentrating in political science. Upon completion of high school he enlisted in the United States Navy where he served from 2004 until 2009.
After completing Naval recruit training in Great Lakes, Illinois and his occupational training, Matthew joined the USS Augusta (SSN 710) a United States submarine. While aboard the USS Augusta he deployed worldwide supporting missions of national security. He received numerous awards and commendations including the Navy and Marine Corps achievement medal for exemplary service and the Good Conduct medal.
Matthew cites Brown University’s commitment and focus on undergraduate education, the open curriculum and the supportive intellectual environment, as his reasons for choosing Brown. He believes that Brown’s welcoming environment, focused on intellectual development, underpins the success of its students
On campus, he was currently involved as a Student Coordinator with the Office of Student Veterans and Commissioning programs. Matthew also served as the Vice-President of the Resumed Undergraduate Student Association and was previously a contributing interview associate for the Brown Political Review.
Philip Crean '15.5
United States Marines
Concentration: Urban Studies
Phil grew up in Salisbury, Massachusetts and after moving to Georgia he graduated from Paulding County High School in 2005. Following high school he served in the United States Marine Corps from 2006 to 2009.
After recruit training at Parris Island, South Carolina, he served primarily as an Artillery Cannoneer with 3rd Battalion 11th Marines Regiment stationed in Twentynine Palms California. Philip was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2006-2007 in the Al Anbar Province. Philip has also worked at the Marine Corps Base Twentynine Palms tax center during the 2008 tax season and as a Verifying official with ID cards and Benefits Office.
His biggest reasons for choosing Brown University over other institutions was the open curriculum and support network, including the Career LAB and the alumni network. After Brown, Phil plans work in urban public policy and planning. In his spare time Phil likes to go camping, kayaking, cycling, fishing, and swimming.