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In Nation's Capital, ADGEF Speaker Highlights the Importance of Service to Both Brotherhood and Country
By: William J. Phelan, IV, Esq. (Kappa '00)
President, Capital City Alumni Association


Service, one of Alpha Delta Gamma's cherished Five "S's," has always been a source of pride for the fraternity. It is an ideal that not only separates us from other fraternities, but makes us "a holy and powerful influence for peace and union of hearts." When we were in college, Service would typically entail activities such as running fundraisers for worthy causes, helping freshman move into their dorms, or going to a local shelter and volunteering our time and services. Yet after we graduate, Alphadelts need to make sure that their attention to Service continues; some volunteer their time by mentoring active brothers, others continue to participate in fund-raising efforts for ADG causes, while others give back to their communities in various ways. Yet there is also the ultimate Service which a brother can partake in: service to one's country.

This past February 21, we were all reminded of this noble and ultimate sacrifice of service when Marine Lance Cpl. Adam D. Peak (R '02) was killed by a makeshift bomb in Afghanistan. At a recent ADGEF Speaker Series event for Kappa Chapter and Alpha Delta Chapter (Philadelphia), at The Catholic University of American in Washington, DC, alumnus Sgt. Bill Striker (Eta '99) discussed his service experiences with ADG, the United States Army, and the U.S. State Department.

Kappa Chapter has a unique take on what it means to perform Service that fell perfectly inline with Bill's experiences. In addition to practicing the "S" of Service, the chapter is located in our nation's capital, with imagery and reminders of our country's greatness abound. These conditions probably explain why in the past several years, at least 10 of our alumni have entered into public service with entities such as the Army, Coast Guard, federal law enforcement agencies, and local police and EMT departments. Additionally, Kappa Chapter was founded in part by World War II veterans who came to Catholic University on the G.I.

  

Bill. Therefore, it was only natural that Bill come and speak to these chapters. Bill, a 2003 graduate of Quincy University, described how a DUI arrest during school temporarily hindered his plans. Yet after receiving assistance from his brothers at Eta Chapter, he enlisted in the US Army as a Nuclear Biological Chemical Specialist in 2003. He was eventually was stationed in Germany and served with the 1st Infantry Division in Iraq from 2004-2005 where he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. In 2007 Bill left the Army and began working for Raytheon as an army contractor in Fort Irwin, California. There he was able to continue his service with the military by helping with military war games in Death Valley. In October 2008 Billy accepted a position with the Foreign Service providing security to dignitaries such as Prince Harry, The Dalai Lama, Tony Blair, and Hillary Clinton.

What Bill truly imparted to the nearly 40 actives, alumni, and guests in attendance was the importance of performing Service for ADG during college and how it later translated to service for his country. He then took questions from the audience ranging from his travels around the world today to his time maneuvering around IEDs while in Iraq. He also informed the attendees about the decorum that should be used when talking to war veterans, saying that you should always go up and thank a veteran for his or her service, but it is improper to ask about deaths that occurred on the battlefield. Overall, Bill's speech was a memorable success. It showed that the ideals of our fraternity, especially Service, continue on past our time in college; they form the Alphadelt while he is both in school and in the real world.