17 new shooters to participate in Grand National Waterfowl Hunt
CAMBRIDGE — The 34th annual Grand National Waterfowl Hunt features 17 new shooters. Brett Baldwin Brett is a senior at Caravel Academy in Bear, Del., and a resident of Worton. He resides with his parents, Robert and Ann Baldwin, and an older brother RJ Baldwin, who is a sophomore at the University of Nebraska. Brett has been a member of the 4-H shooting sports program for 7 years and currently serves as President of his club. He is an avid hunter who enjoys the outdoors with his family. Brett is the 4-H Shooter selected by the GNWA Board. Chuck Bice Chuck was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. He attended Tyler Junior College, University of Texas and Texas Wesleyan University. After college, he was in the furniture business, which led to his interest in lumber products. He is currently the Vice President and General Manager of Sweeney Hardwoods. Chuck is an avid bird hunter. He feels privileged to have hunt in Canada, South America, and many locations in between. Chuck has two daughters and four grandchildren. Chuck is sponsored by Wendell Cramer.
Master Chief Harold Bologna
Harry Bologna is a retired U.S. Navy Master Chief (SEAL) with over 22 years Special Operations experience. After completing Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training, Harry went on to serve at SEAL Teams Two and Four deploying to Europe, South and Central America. Harry was then assigned to Naval Special Warfare Development Group (NSWDG) where he made multiple deployments to Africa, Southeast Asia and the Middle East supporting both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
During his tenure at NSWDG, Harry held several senior operational leadership positions. He also served in both the Operations and Training Departments. As a recognized authority at NSWDG, he was responsible for planning and training hundreds of special operators in countless live fire training evolutions. Harry’s experience includes training federal agencies and international partners in all aspects of small unit tactics to include appropriate use of force, fire movement and maneuver, close quarter battle, demolition application, urban warfare, defensive driving, personal security, and marksmanship. His military qualifications include; NSW Tactical Firearms Instructor, Close Quarters Battle Range Safety Officer, Free Fall Jump Master, Static Line Jump Master and Diving Supervisor.
Harry also has an extensive medical background and uniquely served as a SEAL Independent Duty Corpsman (IDC), where he was required to function independently from a Medical Officer with duties including advanced diving medicine, remote patient care, emergency trauma, preventative medicine, and environmental and occupational health.
He is recovering from a tragic event in Afghanistan on October 21, 2015. Harry was there as a contractor with a U.S. national defense agency and stepped on a land mine; as a result of the explosion, he lost both of his legs and suffered a broken pelvis and internal injuries.
His personal awards include: Bronze Star w/ Valor (3), Bronze Star (2), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2), Joint Service Achievement Medal (2), Army Commendation Medal (2), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2) and various unit and campaign awards. Master Chief Bologna is sponsored by the GNWA. Tim Brown Tim Brown is sponsored by Albert Bullington, Jr. Jack Doyle Jack graduated from Harvard College in 2013 with a B.A. in Government and from the University of Notre Dame in May of 2015 with a Master of Science in Business Management. Jack is a passionate athlete and played Division I Lacrosse at both Harvard and Notre Dame. He currently lives in Annapolis, MD and works for Severn Partners, a private equity firm. Jack is an avid reader who enjoys hunting and looks forward to a long and rewarding career in business. Jack is sponsored by Kevin Doyle. Erica Flom Erica is sponsored by Harvey Watt.
James Earl Kennamer, Ph.D.
James Earl Kennamer, Ph.D., was the Chief Conservation Officer for Conservation and Outreach Programs with the National Wild Turkey Federation. He headed the Conservation Programs department for 32 years and was responsible for coordinating the NWTF programs with state and federal agencies, private organizations and companies throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. He has written many feature articles in Turkey Country magazine and had one of the longest running magazine columnists in the outdoor industry; he has also authored over 50 scientific papers, including chapters in four books. He has been involved with the NWTF’s television shows Turkey Call, and Get in the Game. He is a professional member of the Boone & Crockett Club and co-chaired at one time the North American’s Hunting Heritage Steering Committee representing the United States. He now serves as the Development Advisor to the NWTF’s CEO.
From 1970 to 1980, he was an Assistant and Associate Professor at Auburn University in Alabama, teaching wildlife courses and directing graduate students.
In 1997, he received The C.W. Watson Award, the highest honor to be bestowed by the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society and Southeastern Section of The Wildlife Society for Distinguished Service in Wildlife Research and Administration.
Also in 1997, he received the President’s Award from the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.
At the 70th annual North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Arlington, Virginia, he received The Wildlife Management Institutes 2005 Distinguished Service Award for a lifetime of contributions to conservation.
In June of 2005, he received The Henry Hardtner Award from the Southern Group of State Foresters. This award recognizes outstanding leadership of the conservation programs of the National Wild Turkey Federation and support of private landowners and their efforts to enhance wildlife habitat, preserve our hunting heritage and provide a natural resource legacy for future generations.
In October of 2005, he received The Lifetime Achievement Award from the South Carolina Chapter of the Wildlife Society. This award recognizes a lifetime of accomplishments in wildlife biology and management, which have noticeably enhanced wildlife conser vation in South Carolina.
During the 9th Wild Turkey Symposium in December of 2005 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, he received the highly coveted Henry S. Mosby Award. This award was named for Dr. Henry Mosby, whose research with wild turkeys in the mid-1900’s set the standard for their management.
In November of 2007, he was honored in Outdoor Life magazine’s first annual top 25 lists of people who have positively affected our hunting and fishing traditions.
In October of 2008, he was named as an Alumni Fellow in recognition of distinguished career accomplishments by Mississippi State University, one of only 120 to be recognized by the University in its history, at that time.
In May of 2009, he became a Professional Member of the Boone & Crockett Club. According to Tony Schoonen, Boone and Crockett Club’s chief of staff, this is an honor bestowed only to those with “the brightest minds from all walks of life – a brain trust that, to this day, contributes to the Club’s mission and visions by identifying key issues and consulting with the Club on how to fix them.”
In June of 2010, he was appointed to the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program Advisory Panel by Tom Vilsack, the 30th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
In April of 2011, he was recognized by the USDA Forest Service for his exemplary leadership as the National Wild Turkey Federation and 4 other groups were honored to receive the Forest Restoration Award at the Centennial Celebration of the Weeks Act. The Weeks Act was passed by Congress in 1911 and authorized Congress to buy land in the east to establish a system of National Forests to protect the headwater streams of America.
At the NWTF 2016 National Convention in Nashville, TN he was given by the NWTF Board of Directors the first Lifetime Achievement Award and the national scholarship given by the NWTF each year will be named in his honor.
His father Earl Franklin Kennamer was Extension Fish and Wildlife Specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service from 1946-1974. His son Lee is a wildlife biologist, the family has 3 generations of wildlife biologists all receiving one or more degrees from Auburn University.
He has a B.S. Degree in Game Management from Auburn University and a Masters and Ph.D. in Wildlife Management from Mississippi State University. James Earl is sponsored by the NWTF.
Brigadier General Coleman D Kuhn, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
General Kuhn was born on March 10, 1944 in Dayton Ohio, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a B.S. degree (1966), and the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA. (1977). He holds a masters degree in Defense Systems Analysis. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps through the NROTC program in June 1966.
After completing flight training at Naval Air Training Command, Pensacola he was designated a Naval Aviator in February 1968 and assigned to Marine Observation Squadron 1 (VMO-1), MCAS New River, NC, where he qualified in the UH-1E.
In June of 1968 he was ordered to duty with Provisional Marine Aircraft Group 39, Quang Tri Combat Base, Republic of Vietnam, and assigned to Marine Observation Squadron 6 (VMO-6). He was transferred in December 1968, to Marine Light Helicopter Squadron 167 (HML-167) at Da Nang Air Base, and was promoted to Captain in June 1969.
Following his combat tour, General Kuhn reported to Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Yuma, AZ, in August 1969, where he was assigned as the Officer-in-Charge, Search and Rescue Detachment and Operation’s Flight Support Officer. Graduating with Honors from the Amphibious Warfare School, Quantico, VA, in July 1972, he joined Marine Attack Helicopter Squadron 269 (HMA-269), MCAS New River, NC, and served as the Operations Officer.
After deploying with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 264 (HMM-264), he returned to HMA-269 in October 1973 and ser ved as the Aircraft Maintenance Officer. In May 1975, he was transferred to MAG36, MCAS Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, where he served as the Operations Officer and then Aircraft Maintenance Officer of HMA369, until assigned as Executive Officer of Marine Air Base Squadron 36 (MABS-36) in November 1975.
While attending Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA, he was promoted to Major in July 1976. Upon graduation, he was assigned to Headquarters Marine Corps, as an Analyst in Manpower, Plans and Policy, until ordered to the Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, VA. in June 1981, he was transferred to MAG-39, MCAS Camp Pendleton, CA, where he served as the Plans/Assistant Operations Officer. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in October 1981.
In April 1982, General Kuhn activated and took command of Marine Helicopter Training Squadron 303 (HMT-303) at Camp Pendleton, CA. Participating in the Air/Ground Exchange Program, he was transferred to the 3rd Marine Division in July 1984, where served as the Division Plans Officer and