SJU Award Honors Distinguished Veteran and Alumnus

Maj. Gen. Charles J. Dunlap, Jr. ‘72, USAF (ret.) is the second recipient of Saint Joseph’s Office of Veteran Services’ TEC5 George J. Beichl, Ph.D. ’39 Award.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

PHILADELPHIA (February 28, 2016) — The life of George J. Beichl, Ph.D. ’39 (1918-2015), Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipient, is one of service — to his country and to Saint Joseph’s University. A chemistry major who graduated in 1939 and taught at Saint Joseph’s while working toward his doctorate, Beichl was drafted into the Army at age 26, in August 1944 during World War II — and was held as a prisoner of war (POW) for over a month before being rescued by American forces. After his honorable discharge from the service, Biechl was a faculty member and leader in the Saint Joseph’s chemistry department for over 50 years.

On April 1, 2017, the Office of Veterans Services at Saint Joseph’s University will present former deputy judge advocate general of the United States Air Force, Maj. Gen. Charles J. Dunlap, Jr. ’72, USAF (ret.), with the second-ever TEC5 George J. Beichl, Ph.D. ’39 Award, created to honor Beichl’s legacy and service.  The award will be presented during ceremony honoring the participants of the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV).

Now a professor of the practice of law and executive director of the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security at Duke University School of Law, Dunlap served 34 years in the Judge Advocate General Corps, retiring from the Unites States Air Force in 2010.

“Gen. Dunlap is a perfect example of the characteristics we seek when bestowing the Dr. Beichl award — military service, patriotism and support of veterans,” says Ralph Galati ’70 USAF, director of veterans services at SJU. “His long and distinguished career with the US Air Force, and now with Duke University, is a vivid reminder of the talent and reach of the SJU veteran and alumni community.”

 “I am honored more than I can express” says Dunlap.  He insists that “whatever I’ve achieved can be directly linked not just to the education I received at SJU, but also to the values it inculcates.”  Dunlap says that there are many more deserving SJU grads than he, but vows to do his best to honor the memory of Dr. Beichle, and to educate the next generation about the sacrifices of veterans.  “Just to be in the room with a real hero like Ralph Galati, as well as those participating in the EBV, is an unbelievable privilege.”

After earning his bachelor’s degree in history at Saint Joseph’s in 1972, Dunlap attended Villanova University’s law school.

As deputy, Dunlap oversaw a variety of military justice, operational, international and civil law function judge advocate general s, served as a legal consult to the Air Staff and commanders at all levels, and was involved in various high-profile interagency and policy matters. He held leadership positions at Headquarters Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia and at Headquarters Air Education and Training Command at Randolph Air Force Base in Texas, and taught civil and criminal law at the Air Force Judge Advocate General School.

Prior to serving as deputy, Dunlap spent two years as a military trial judge for a 22-state circuit and served tours in the United Kingdom and Korea, and was deployed for operations in the Middle East and Africa, including short stints during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He also led military-to-military delegations to Colombia, Uruguay, Iraq, and the Czech Republic.

His scholarship has been published in leading journals including Stanford Law Review, the Yale Journal of International Affairs, the Wake Forest Law Review, the Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, the University of Nebraska Law Review, the Texas Tech Law Review, and the Tennessee Law Review. His expert commentary on a wide variety of issues ranging from international humanitarian law, to cyberwar, to counterinsurgency, and has been published in numerous leading newspapers and military journals.

Dunlap and his wife, Joy, a former vice president of the National Association of Broadcasters, and recent deputy director of Government Relations for the Military Officers Association of America, live in Durham, North Carolina.


About SJU’s Office of Veterans Services: The Saint Joseph's University Office of Veterans Services is committed to honoring those who have served our country by providing opportunities for education and career advancement. Veterans Services understands the unique needs of the veteran population and strives to create a welcoming environment for veterans and their families. The office designs and implements customized education programs and ensures that veterans gain access to all eligible federal, state and local programs and services, and is committed to preparing veterans for personal excellence, professional success and engaged citizenship.

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