Alumni Veterans: Day 5

Day 5 highlighting our alumni veterans. Veterans, we thank you for your service! #WhitfieldAlumni

Matt Hallas '00 graduated from Norwich University (2006). He served six years in the United States Army. Currently, he is a full-time Deputy Sheriff with the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office in Florida. He also has his own company, Ma Deuce Arms LLC, and lives in Florida with his wife.

Peter Leach '11 attended American University (2015) for undergraduate and then Saint Louis University (2018) for his Masters and commission from Gateway Battalion Army ROTC. He is currently serving in the U.S. Army as an All-Source Intelligence Officer. In his 2.5 years of service, Peter has had one combat deployment to Iraq with a Special Operations Task Force in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR). He currently works at Joint Base Lewis McChord in Washington state but will be moving back to the D.C. area soon. Peter’s wife, Grace Austin, just completed her service time as an officer in the military police branch of the Army.

Julie (Candau) Seiffert '13 graduated from the United States Naval Academy (2017) where she ran D-1 cross-country and track for four years and graduated with a BS in Systems Engineering. She is currently serving in the U.S. Navy as a Nuclear Submarine Officer, Assistant Engineer on the USS Florida. In addition, Julie is married, and her husband, Ryan, is a helicopter pilot for the U.S. Navy. They live in Jacksonville, FL with their two dogs, Robert and Hunley. Julie is currently based in Kings Bay, GA at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base.

If you are a military veteran and have not heard from Laura Lotz about being included in these recognitions, please email

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