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About Henley-Putnam

Outstanding Graduate

“My experience at Henley-Putnam has been nothing short of outstanding.”

-Gregory A. Smith,

2012 DETC Outstanding Graduate

John Wallace

Hampton, VA

“In Henley-Putnam University, I found the quintessential combination of challenging academics, inspiring faculty members, and fascinating subject matter. As a student in the Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies Program, Henley-Putnam provided comprehensive knowledge of the increasing role asymmetric tactics are now playing in global conflict.”

. . . right direction, long road: his journey back

Patrolman John Wallace graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor's Degree in Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies from Henley-Putnam University in June 2011. It was a huge acheivement, but it was not the path he had initially planned for himself.

In 2001, John graduated from Yorktown's Tabb High School with the Governor's Seal of Academic Excellence. He received an official appointment to the United States Military Academy, and was a first responder to the Twin Towers after the September 11th attacks. His second year at West Point, John sustained a traumatic brain injury in a car accident.

The extensive recovery time forced him to depart prior to completing his degree. After recuperating, John worked his way up from odd jobs and community college to the Hampton Police Division and Henley-Putnam University.

2011 DETC Outstanding Graduate

Adam Clary

San Antonio, Texas

“It was critical for me to find a degree program that offered a stellar educational program while being 100% portable. HPU’s student support set it over the top of its competition.”

. . . distance education was his solution to continuing his education

Captain Adam Clary is the Deputy Chief of Analysis for the 17th Air Force Intelligence Directorate, United States Air Forces Europe, Ramstein AB, Germany. He graduated summa cum laude with a Master’s Degree in Intelligence Management from Henley Putnam University in July 2010.

As a result of the knowledge and experience Adam gained from completing his Intelligence Masters degree and in addition to his Air Force education, he is able to complete Air Force assignments including linguist, interrogation, HUMINT collection operations, and Close Air Support. Adam is currently using his Intelligence Masters degree to provide Air Force education and training to Iraqi Air Force members in various intelligence disciplines.

Adam is married to the former Heather Ann McGill of San Jose, California. They have a 7-year-old daughter, Mackenzie Grace and a 2-year-old son, Jackson Robert.


2010 DETC Outstanding Graduate

Gregory A. Smith

Navarre, Florida

“My experience at Henley-Putnam has been nothing short of outstanding.”

...special operations professional capitalizes on opportunities

Upon returning from a high priority Special Operations mission in Iraq, Mr. Gregory A. Smith attempted to explain to his team why the target had used terrorism as his weapon of choice against the Iraqi people. He began a search of some form of learning institution or counter-terrorism school that addressed the complex subject of terrorism and its doctrine. He discovered Henley-Putnam University’s distance education program and enrolled in their Bachelor of Science in Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies program.

Greg graduated with a 4.0 GPA and was named to the President’s List as the top graduate in his class. The knowledge he gained throughout his work at a counter-terrorism school helped him tremendously as a member of the Special Operations community. Because of his vast experience and knowledge, Greg is a sought after warrior and scholar for lectures and courses within the Joint Special Operations community.

Greg is the Senior Air Force Special Operations instructor at the Joint Special Operations Senior Enlisted Academy. He is also a member of the Association of Security and Counterterrorism Professionals and the Delta Epsilon Tau international honor society. He has also authored several articles featured in the Journal of Strategic Security.