We Are UNCW Military
Bill Kawcyznski
Bill Kawczynski
Director, Military Affairs

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Melanie Nelson 
Military Student Services Specialist


Joanna DeMott staff portrait

Joanna DeMott
Military Liaison and Program Manager



Welcome to the land of the

Military Seahawk! 

The Office of Military Affairs is here to support you in your academic journey and beyond. Our students represent all branches of military service and affiliations: 

  • Veterans
  • Active duty service members
  • Reservists
  • National Guard members
  • Military/veteran family members

Use the navigation buttons above to learn more about programs and services at UNCW, and please don't hesitate to reach out with questions (email militaryaffairs@uncw.edu). 

We recognize the challenges faced by Black students, students of color, students with disabilities, students in the LGBTQIA community, and students in other marginalized populations. We will continue to promote the ideals and standards of behavior found in the Seahawk Respect Compact


President of UNCW Student Veterans Organization to Speak at National Conference

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Ashlie Anderson ’21 is a featured speaker at this year's Student Veterans of America National Convention. Taking place February 19-21, “NatCon” is the largest annual convening of post-9/11 veterans in the world. Learn more about Ashlie's role in the conference. 

Local Veteran Featured on "Borne the Battle" Podcast

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Episode #228 of Borne the Battle, a podcast hosted by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, features Marine veteran Lieutenant General Walter Gaskin (retired), the first Black American to command a Marine Division and the 19th Deputy Chairman of the NATO Military Committee. He is the current Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Military and Veteran Affairs. Learn more about his extensive career in the military and private sectors on Borne the Battle. The photo above was taken at a UNCW basketball game in early 2019. Pictured, left to right: Lt. General Walter Gaskin (Ret.); Bill Kawczynski, Director of Military Affairs at UNCW; Hew Wolfe, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army, and Vice Admiral Dennis Jones, US Navy (Ret.)

We Are the Class of 2020

Megan Schwartz, a December 2020 graduate of the Watson College of Education, is also a military spouse who has lived through many of the hallmarks of military family life while in college. Read Megan's story to learn more.  woman smiles in front of trees

Interview with Local World War II Veteran

In honor of Veterans Day, UNCW interviewed Marine Corps veteran Louis Bourgault, who served during World War II. 

WWII Marine Corps Veteran Louis Bourgault from UNCW Ofc of Univ Relations on Vimeo.

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Campus Green Zone Award

Carrie West, Transition Programs Coordinator with the Office of Transitions, has been awarded the inaugural Campus Green Zone Award as part of UNCW's annual Veterans Week programming. This award recognizes dedication to inclusivity through the establishment of Green Zone values in the recipient's area, including trustworthiness, transparency and consistency. 

Through Carrie's role in the Office of Transitions and especially through her work with the Teal Bridge Mentor Program, she has demonstrated her support for all military-affiliated students. Particularly during the 2020 pandemic, she worked tirelessly to develop virtual programming and to maintain steady communication with military-affiliated students. 

The Office of Military Affairs and the Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs are pleased to recognize Carrie's efforts with this award. 

Updates on novel coronavirus (2019-nCOV)

Please visit the UNCW Student Health Center Updates page for the latest information on prevention, resources and travel advisories related to the coronavirus. 


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Mildly Entertaining at UNCW Podcast

Staff from the Office of Military Affairs interview representatives from other campus offices and from community support services in this lighthearted, yet informative podcast.Listen to Mildly Entertaining

The Military Seahawk Podcast

Student veterans and other guests describe their experiences transitioning out of the military and into college life. Streaming now on TealTV.org or wherever you stream your podcasts.Listen to The Military Seahawk Podcast 

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