Mission and History


GW VALOR Mission Statement: To maximize the success of VALOR students via excellence in learning and service, achieving the highest graduation rates nationally, and enhancing the careers of George Washington University student military members, veterans, and their families.


The George Washington University launched “Operation GW VALOR” on 18 May 2013 (Armed Forces Day).  Operation GW VALOR was a comprehensive, collaborative, and unified effort amongst key stakeholders whereby GW student Military members, their Families, and Veterans Accelerate Learning Opportunities & Rewards (VALOR).

For over three years, The Office of Military and Veterans Affairs (GW VALOR) was led by Vice Admiral (ret.) Mel Williams, until the Spring of 2016. Following the Vice Admiral’s departure, the Office of Military and Veterans Affairs has been reorganized, and is currently within GW’s Division of Student Affairs. Chief of Staff Deane Highby now leads the office, reporting directly to Assistant Dean of Students Dr. Andrew Sonn. Deane has been with GW for well-over a decade, and is excited to continue the great work of the GW Office of Military and Veterans Affairs.