Department of Defense Education Activity

Mission Champion

For 75 years, the people of our organization have contributed significantly to the readiness of our military forces and improving the quality of life for military families around the globe. There are countless champions who have built, contributed to, or supported that mission and its history. Mission Champions helps to bring alive the stories of just a few of those champions whose individual actions advanced the team work and momentum needed to provide quality educational services to the children who attend our schools, and their families, who sacrifice so much to serve our country. Each of these champions represent and preserve a legacy built by thousands of educators and support personnel committed to advancing the DoDEA mission.

Cover Page - Mission Champion

Cover Page - Mission Champion

Each of these champions represent and preserve a legacy built by thousands of educators and support personnel committed to advancing the DoDEA mission.

The Recruiters - Mission Champion

The Recruiters - Mission Champion

The recruiters had to work fast and traversed the United States in search of experienced educators who had “a pioneer spirit” and could work in bombed-out buildings or tents and with few books and supplies to begin with.

The First Teachers - Mission Champion

The First Teachers - Mission Champion

Between August and October that first year teachers arrived from the States, all of whom had been carefully selected by Mr. Richard Meyering and WAC Major Mary S. Bell.

Mildred Poole - Mission Champion

Mildred Poole - Mission Champion

Mildred B. Poole was the first chief administrator and principal of the Fort Bragg School System, from 1948 to 1953.

Doris Baker - Mission Champion

Doris Baker - Mission Champion

Doris C. Baker, a teacher and principal of the U.S. Army Elementary and Junior High School on Flint Kaserne in Bad Toelz, Germany, is a wonderful example of one hero.

Thomas Drysdale - Mission Champion

Thomas Drysdale - Mission Champion

Dr. Drysdale recognized the need for an organization to preserve the history of the Department of Defense (DoD) overseas schools’ history and maintain their legacies for future generations to come.

Virgil Rogers - Mission Champion

Virgil Rogers - Mission Champion

Rogers was part of a team of educators selected to assist with the reorganization of the German school system after World War II and was a group leader in the White House Conference on Children and Youth in 1950.

Ole Olson - Mission Champion

Ole Olson - Mission Champion

Since his first day as a newly recruited teacher in 1957 at Izmir High School (Turkey), Dr. Allen Dale “Ole” Olson has been a powerful voice in preserving the history and telling the story of the Dependents Schools.

Doc Mason - Mission Champion

Doc Mason - Mission Champion

Doc’s guiding philosophy was to encourage each school to develop its own personality and for school administrators to “nourish creativity in their teaching staffs."

Gay Long - Mission Champion

Gay Long - Mission Champion

Gay Long became the Art Coordinator for the Air Force Schools in Germany when they first got started.

Major Virgil Walker - Mission Champion

Major Virgil Walker - Mission Champion

Major Walker was instructed to “establish standards as high as those of the best schools in the United States."