The 2024 Washington College Military Appreciation Day was a resounding success! We want to thank our Flag Furling volunteers and our donors for their support.

We were honored to have 33 Veterans in attendance. Finally, our lacrosse team beat Gettysburg 18-14 to qualify for 4th place in the Centennial Conference. The win over Gettysburg was the first since 2014.

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Washington College is proud to celebrate the men and women of our community who have served or are currently serving in the United States armed forces.

Throughout the decades, Washington College’s military heritage has remained strong with thousands of men and women who have served in the armed services. An 250 are still living, and we invite them all to come to the College oestimatedn April 27th. We expect a large turnout for our veterans. Festivities include unfurling of a giant American flag before the game and at halftime, and an introduction of our Featured Profile, Ted Greeley, Colonel, USMC United States Marine Corp (Ret).

The game against Gettysburg marks the 54th all-time meeting in a series that dates back to 1982. The last Shoreman victory Was 20-7 in the 2014 Centennial Conference semifinals.

Washington College Alumni are invited to celebrate our veterans by helping to unfurl and hold our giant America flag covering 80% of Kibler field. Participants are asked to contribute $30 to the event and will receive a limited-edition Military Appreciation hat. We expect high demand for participation so sign up now. Registration end on March 27, 2024.

General George Washington

Commander in Chief of the Continental Army, and Founder of Washington College.

The College’s connection to U.S. veteran’s runs deep, beginning with our namesake, George Washington, who was commissioned by the Continental Congress as Commander in Chief of the Continental Army on June 19, 1775. He awarded the first-purple, colored, heart shaped badges to soldiers who fought in the Continental Army during the America Revolution.

Washington awarded the first purple-colored badges (which would later become the military’s Purple Heart medal) to soldiers who fought in the Continental Army during the revolution to honor valor and meritorious service. At the time, an award to everyday soldiers was unheard of, but given the conditions faced during the revolution, Washington felt it imperative to recognize the heroic actions of his citizen soldiers. This is but one example of the superb leadership qualities that allowed Washington to succeed throughout his life. He established a precedent of selfless service and moral integrity in the American armed forces, a legacy that lives on in the nation he helped create.

Following in the footsteps of George Washington, Washington College veterans have played a significant role throughout our history in defending and protecting the freedom of the United States of America and its citizens.


Featured Profile

Ted Greeley, Colonel, USMC (Ret).

Iraq. Al Anbar Province

Colonel Edward (Ted) Greeley was born in Denver, Colorado, in 1971 and graduated from Washington College in 1993. While at WC, Ted was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity and was a midfielder for the Men’s Lacrosse Team. He graduated with a BA in Psychology and served as an assistant coach for the Men’s Lacrosse Team for the 1994 and 1995 seasons. In December of 1995, after completing the Marine Corps Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Virginia, Ted was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps, and was designated an Infantry Officer following completion of The Basic School and the Infantry Officer Course.

From 1996 to 1999, Colonel Greeley was assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment in 29 Palms, California, where he served as a Rifle Platoon Commander, the 81mm Mortar Platoon Commander, the Assistant Operations Officer, and a Rifle Company Commander. During this time, he attended the Summer Mountain Leader’s Course at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center and deployed to Okinawa and Thailand.

From June 1999 to August 2002, Colonel Greeley was assigned to The Basic School in Quantico, Virginia, where he served as a Tactics Instructor and a Staff Platoon Commander at the Basic Officer Course, and as an instructor at the Infantry Officer Course.  From August 2002 to June 2003, he attended the Marine Corps Expeditionary Warfare School and graduated as the Ground Combat Arms Honor Graduate.

From June 2003 to May 2006, he was assigned to 2d Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment in Camp Pendleton, California, where he served as the Assistant Operations Officer and a Rifle Company Commander.  During this time, he attended the Marine Corps Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course in Yuma, Arizona, and deployed twice in support of combat operations in Iraq. In March of 2004 he deployed to Fallujah, Iraq, with 2d Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, and in July of 2005 he deployed to Euphrates River Valley between al Qa’im and New Ubaydi, Iraq with Battalion Landing Team 2/1, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

From June 2006 to June 2009, Col Greeley was assigned to the United States Naval Academy as an instructor and course director in the Leadership, Ethics, and Law Department where he taught Leadership Theory and Practical Application. Additional duties included teaching future Marine Officers in the Naval Academy’s Marine Corps Summer Programs and serving as the military officer representative to the Academy’s lightweight football team.   In 2009, Colonel Greeley attended the Marine Corps Command and Staff College in Quantico, Virginia, where he was a Distinguished Graduate and received a Master of Arts in Military Studies.

Iraq. Al Anbar Province

Camp Pendleton

Ted and Wife Jess

2021 Retirement Ceremony

Ted played midfield and was an assistant coach for 2 years after graduation.

Colonel Greeley was assigned to 2d Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment in Camp Pendleton, California from July 2010 to July 2011, where he served as the Battalion Executive Officer and Maritime Raid Force Commander for Battalion Landing Team 2/5, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit in Okinawa, Japan. During this time, he participated in humanitarian relief operations in Japan in support of Operation TOMODACHI after a devastating tsunami. He also deployed to Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, and Indonesia. He was subsequently assigned to I Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF) as the Executive Officer, I MEF Headquarters Group from June of 2011 to June of 2012. 

In June of 2012, Colonel Greeley returned to 29 Palms, California, where he served as the Commanding Officer, 3d Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, and the Executive Officer for the 7th Marine Regiment. He returned to Camp Pendleton, California, in the Spring of 2014 and was assigned as the Commanding Officer, 3d Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment. In May of 2015, he deployed with the 15th Marine Expeditionary as the Commanding Officer, Battalion Landing Team 3/1 and deployed with BLT 3/1 to the US Indo-Pacific Command area of operations, the US Africa Command area of operations, and the US Central Command area of operations.

Upon return from deployment, Colonel Greeley was assigned to the G-3 Operations Section of the 1st Marine Division in Camp Pendleton, California, from February to June of 2016. He then attended the National War College in Washington, D.C, and graduated in June of 2017 with a Master of Science in National Security Strategy. He was subsequently assigned to the the Pentagon as a Political-Military Planner with the Joint Staff J5 Middle East Directorate as the Iraq/Syria Branch Chief and Iran Branch Chief.

Following his Joint Staff tour, he returned to Camp Pendleton, California, in the summer of 2019 and served as the Commanding Officer of Security and Emergency Services Battalion, Marine Corps Installations West-Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. He completed this command tour in the summer of 2021 and officially retired from the Marine Corps on December 1st 2021 after 26 years of active-duty service. Ted is married to the former Jessica Neaton who is a 1998 graduate of Washington College (BS in Biology) and was a member of the WC Women’s Field Hockey Team and the Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority. They have two children, MaryRobert (18) and Jack (16). They currently live in Burke, Virginia. Ted’s younger brother, Andrew, is a 1999 graduate of Washington College (BA in English) and was a member of the Men’s Lacrosse Team and the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity.