Paul Nagengast '69
What have you been up to since graduation?
I graduated in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Loyola University, Maryland, and was commissioned the same day a Second Lieutenant, U.S. Regular Army, Combat Arms Armor branch. I served 23 years in various Combat Arms positions of increasing responsibility—17 years of which were overseas. I performed as a Regimental Armored Cavalry Platoon Leader, U.S. Army Europe Czechoslovakian and East German Border Camp commander, Tank Company Commander, Regimental Armored Cavalry Squadron Operations Officer (S3), Tank Battalion Operations Officer (S3), and U.S. Army Europe Sub-community Commander of over 8,000 personnel for two command tours. I retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1992 and joined General Dynamics Land Systems, a developer of tanks and other armored fighting vehicles. I began my 24 year General Dynamics engineering management career as the Proposal Manager, M1A2 Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) Program, Kuwait City, Kuwait. Following award of the CLS Contract, I was promoted to Manager, Program Office, M1A2 CLS Program, Kuwait City, Kuwait, which reequipped the Kuwait Land Forces with the M1A2 Abrams tank and other armored fighting vehicles and provided logistics and training support to the now newly equipped Kuwait Land Forces immediately following the first Persian Gulf War. After contract completion in 1999, my follow-on assignments included Power Distribution and Control System Hardware WBS Manager, Crusader Howitzer Program Office, U.S.M.C. Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV) Engineering Design & Development Project Coordinator, Operations Manager, U.S. Army Future Combat System Manned Ground Vehicles Common Design-System Engineering Integration and Test (SEIT), Business Manager, Future Combat System Program Planning and Control, and finally Operations Manager for the newly constructed General Dynamics Land Systems Maneuver Collaboration Center.
What is your fondest memory of Loyola?
Serving as the ROTC Cadet Battalion Commander and receiving the President’s Medal from Father Joseph A. Sellinger, S.J. upon graduation.
What is your favorite place on campus, why?
The Chemistry Lab and the ROTC Dell Building. Chemistry Lab may be only one credit but I spent hours there working on my projects. The Chemistry Lab almost becomes your second home.
Who was your favorite Loyola professor or class?
My favorite classes were Inorganic Chemistry and Military Science. I have continued my education both in the U.S. Army and graduate school. I am a graduate of the U.S. Army Armor Officer and Armored Cavalry Officer Basic Courses (Commandant’s List), Armor Officer Advanced Course (Commandant’s List), Maintenance Officer Course (Distinguished Graduate), Command and General Staff College (Commandant’s List), and the Department of Defense senior service college, the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF), National Defense University, Washington, D.C. I also hold a Master of Science degree in Engineering Systems Management from the University of Southern California, Viterbi School of Engineering, Los Angeles, CA.
How have you remained involved with Loyola since graduation?
Only through publications as I have served over 24 years overseas, both in military and civilian program management international positions. The other 23 years I worked in Kentucky and Michigan.
If you could offer a current Loyola student advice, what would it be?
Define what your philosophy of life is and then follow it. We live in an international environment and the only way of understanding foreign people is to travel to their countries and live your life with them. I knew I wanted to travel the world as an undergraduate and have done so since my graduation and continue to do so upon my retirement in 2016. I have traveled to all parts of the globe, from ancient Egypt, to a photo wildlife safari in Kenya, to a desert safari in the northern Sahara in Tunisia, to every country in Europe, and almost all of the Near East and Far East. Michigan winters are cold and snowy so my wife, Lynn, and I bought a villa not in Florida but in Marbella, Spain, in Andalucía, Province of Málaga on the Mediterranean Coast called the “Costa del Sol.” We want to continue to stay engaged in foreign travel in order to continue to meet the most interesting people and cultures in their homeland.
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