Hall of Fame 2016

The Fordham University Military and NYC Army Reserve Officer Corps Hall of Fame honors Fordham alumni veterans for their contribution to the military Heritage of Fordham University.  This contribution can be made through active or reserve components of the armed forces, by being highly decorated for wartime actions, or for exceptional achievement in the civilian life by a veteran or ROTC alumnus. Often the individuals selected have achievements in more than one category and have made significant contributions of their time and talent to the military programs of Fordham

It is with great pride that we announce the 2016 inductees to the Hall of Fame:

Colonel Phillip J. Conran, US Air Force Retired, FCRH '58

Col. Conran served for thirty years in the Air Force. During that period he served in Nevada, Michigan, Bermuda, and Los Angeles prior to being assigned to the 21st Special Operations Squadron where he flew combat missions in North and South Vietnam, DMZ, and Laos, He flew combat missions in Vietnam and was awarded the Air Force Cross, our nation’s second highest award for valor.  In addition he received the Airman’s Medal for saving the life an injured crew member. . Prior to his retirement in 1988, he was the Commander – European Office of Aerospace R & D in London, England.  His other decorations include the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal and  Air Force Commendation Medal.

Lieutenant Colonel Michael K. Hoblin, US Army Retired, FCRH '91, GSAS '03

Lt. Col. Hoblin served for 29 years in active and reserve components of the Army. Mobilized with the 27th Infantry Brigade, he deployed to Afghanistan where he  supervised construction of forty schools and provided food, medicine, and medical supplies.  He was the Task Force Commander providing disaster relief for Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy.  In October 2013 he was selected as the Deputy Commander for the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. He also served as Professor of Military Science at Fordham University.  His awards include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Joint Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters and numerous awards attesting to his service in Kuwait and Afghanistan.

Colonel Howard J. J. Steers, US Army Retired, FCRH '67

Col. Steers served in active duty with tours in Vietnam and Germany.  After transferring to the Army Reserve he joined the United States Foreign service where he held a number of increasingly important posts including, Consul General and Charge d Affairs in various countries and Political Advisor to the U.S.  European Commands Interagency Engagement Group. He also earned t a Doctorate of Philosophy in War Studies from the University of London.  His awards for his civilian service include CJCS Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the highest award authorized for civilian by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and State Department Superior Honor Award.  His awards fro his military  service include the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal with numeral 12, Army Commendation Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters and the Army Achievement Medal.