YOUR Board of Directors

The United States Army

Officer Candidate Schools

Alumni Association

"OCS is the foundation for a successful career "

COL (Ret) Frank Harman,


President and CEO

OCS Board of Directors

The United States Army Officer Candidate  Schools Alumni Association (TUSAOCSAA) is the Alumni Association for the United States Army Officer Candidate School (OCS). The mission of the Association is to preserve the history of OCS and honor the legacy of its graduates. 

COL (Ret.) Frank L. Harman III

President & Chief Executive Officer

COL Harman entered the Army in 1978 and served 16 months on active duty as an enlisted soldier with a tour in the Panama Canal Zone. He was commissioned a United States Army Infantry Officer upon graduation from the Officers Candidate School, Fort Benning, Georgia in 1979.  

Lieutenant Abigail Cottrell


As an advocate committed to serving our nation's heroes, Lieutenant Abigail L. Cottrell is honored to be a Board Member and Treasurer for The United States Army Officer Candidate School Alumni Association. Her journey from enlisted soldier to commissioned officer, coupled with diverse experiences in military and civilian spheres, equipped her with a unique blend of skills and insights essential for effective financial stewardship. With dedication and a passion for the association’s cause, she will ensure the fiscal integrity and success of the organization's mission.

Colonel Carmelia Scott-Skillern


Colonel Carmelia Scott-Skillern is Chief of Staff of the Army Senior Fellow in the New America’s International Security Program. Colonel Scott-Skillern was commissioned as a Quartermaster Officer through Officer Candidate School and is a career Army Logistician with extensive logistics and

management experience at all levels within the Global Supply Chain and Logistics (GSCL) management industry.

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COL (Ret.) John Ionoff, Jr.

President Emeritus and Director

Colonel John Ionoff   joined the US Army, 1 September, 1955.  After serving as an infantryman  in the 1stCavalry Division, 2nd Infantry Division, 3rd Armored Div. and 172nd  Infantry Brigade, (Sep) and achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant,  he was selected to attend Infantry Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, GA, graduating 6 November, 1963.

Colonel, USA (Retired) Sam Boone


Chaplain (Colonel, USA Retired) Sam Boone served in the Army for over 38 years as an enlisted Soldier, infantry officer, AH-1G cobra pilot, and chaplain. His final assignment was commandant of the U.S. Army Chaplain Center and School, Fort Jackson, S.C. He is a graduate of OCS Class 2-74.


Colonel John R. O’Shea, USA (Ret)


John O’Shea recently retired from federal civil service as Chief Congressional Actions and Chief Air Operations for the Secretary of the Air Force. In these positions he led a team which synchronized and integrated the efforts of the Air Force staff in preparing the leadership for testimony to the Congressional oversight committees and continuous engagement with the Legislative Branch. 


Colonel (Retired) Robert Choppa


Colonel (Retired) Robert Choppa was born in 1961 and grew up in Glens Falls, New York.  After college, he enlisted in the Army with his twin brother and commissioned through the US Army Officer Candidate School as an Infantry Officer.

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Major Chris Miller


Major Christopher Miller (inactive) is a 1971 graduate of the State University of NY, University Center at Albany. He entered the Army in February 1972 completing Basic Combat Training at Ft. Jackson, SC, then attending the 26 Week Infantry Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, GA from April-October 1972, being commissioned both Infantry and MI. After Airborne School he completed the Combat Intelligence Staff Officer Basic course at Fort Huachuca, Arizona in January 1973.

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Joshua Buchanan


Josh has worked for nearly 15 years with Reynolds Consumer Products, manufacturing world-class consumer goods under the brands of Hefty®, Reynolds Wrap®, Reynolds Kitchens®, and store brand labels. As Senior Director of Category Management, he leads the company’s category management and insights team in building profitable long-term relationships with retailer partners across the USA.

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