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Lt. Col. Don Accamando, (USAF, Ret.) Advisory Council Member - Pennsylvania

Don Accamando, Lt. Col. USAF, retired, is the Director of the Office for Military and Veteran Students at Duquesne University. Don brings 28 years of military and academic leadership experience to the position. While serving the nation in the Air Force and Pennsylvania Air National Guard, Don has flown over 4,500 hours on the KC-135 refueling tanker serving as an instructor and evaluator navigator. He is a veteran of Desert Storm, Allied Force and the nation’s Overseas Contingency Operations. Don also served in a variety of leadership capacities as a Maintenance Officer and as the Logistics Squadron Commander. He ended his career assigned to the Wing Headquarters where he served as a Staff Officer. In addition to his military service, Don has worked in education as a teacher and principal. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Pittsburgh, both in Education. He also earned his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Duquesne University in 2017. His thesis focuses on the Transitional needs of Military and Veteran Students. Don is responsible for the social, financial and academic needs of the military and veteran student population at Duquesne University, and serves as the representative for military issues across the University. There are approximately 220 veterans, dependents and spouses attending Duquesne University, some completing their undergraduate and graduate degree programs online in over 30 states as well several countries where servicemembers are stationed or deployed. Don serves as the Staff representative for the Duquesne University Student Veterans Association and the ROTC sponsored, Annual Run for Ryan Lane Memorial 5K Run. He currently serves as a Board Member for the Military Affairs Council, and as an Advisory Board member with Pittsburgh Hires Veterans. He is also an active member of Life Changing Service Dogs for Veterans.