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IMSA Graduate/U.S. Navy Reserve Officer Pays Tribute to Veterans

IMSA Charter Class of 1989 graduate and U.S. Navy  Reserve Chief Petty Officer Ron McKenzie was the guest speaker at IMSA’s Veterans Day Program on November 11, 2010.

McKenzie ‘89 serves as a Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy (Reserves) at Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, Colorado.  Since 9/11, he has been recalled to active duty three times and twice deployed to Iraq in support of Iraqi Freedom.  During his first assignment in Iraq, he served as a technical intelligence specialist supporting a joint special operations task force. His last tour, ending in August 2010, was at United States Forces – Iraq Headquarters, Baghdad where he managed SIGINT (signals intelligence) requirements for the Iraqi Theater of Operations and then served as the Senior Enlisted Advisor to an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance directorate.

In his civilian capacity, McKenzie works at Northrop Grumman as a data and systems analyst specializing in geolocation where he uses mathematical modeling and statistical analysis to assess system performance in support of classified Department of Defense programs. 

Read the Beacons News coverage of McKenzie's speech.  Photos of the ceremony and McKenzie's full speech are available on the IMSA alumni website.

The internationally recognized Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy® (IMSA) develops creative, ethical leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  As a teaching and learning laboratory created by the State of Illinois, IMSA enrolls academically talented Illinois students (grades 10-12) in its advanced, residential college preparatory program, and it serves thousands of educators and students in Illinois and beyond through innovative instructional programs that foster imagination and inquiry. IMSA also advances education through research, groundbreaking ventures and strategic partnerships. (

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