Transfer Student Profile: Dane Rader ’12
The transition from combat zone to civilian life—especially for a student—can be a difficult one, but I didn’t waste any time getting back into classes. For me, that’s what kept me on track and successful.
After my second deployment to Iraq, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in Federal Law Enforcement or Homeland Security.
I really enjoy the diversity of concentrations in my courses. As a Global Security and Emergency Management major, I can study in a variety of fields, from criminal justice and international relations to terrorism and disaster relief and recovery. My professors have encouraged me to focus on my own interests and apply those to what we’re studying in class.
I left the Pennsylvania Army National Guard in September 2011 after 10 years of service as a Staff Sergeant in Alpha Company 1/111th Infantry Battalion, 56th Stryker Brigade, outside of Philadelphia. I did two tours of duty in Iraq as a tank commander and section leader. I earned my combat action badge, the Iraq Campaign Medal with two Campaign Stars, two Army Commendation Medals and one Army Achievement Medal.