Roger Bell Honored as 2013 Outstanding Recent Alumnus
University of Central Missouri President Chuck Ambrose, left, presents 2006 UCM graduate Roger Bell the Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award.
Lt. Roger L. Bell received the Outstanding Recent Alumni Award from the University of Central Missouri Alumni Association at the winter commencement ceremony Dec. 14, 2013. This award recognizes alumni who achieve significant career success within 10 years of their graduation.
Bell graduated from UCM in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Aviation. As a student, he was active in volunteering and was a member of Phi Beta Sigma, national Pan-Hellenic Council and United Student Housing Association. "I am a relatively young alumnus, but UCM has already been a pivotal point in my life and gave me the essential skills I needed to succeed," said Bell. During his time at UCM, Bell earned multiple honors and awards.
"The aviation program at UCM provided me the right mix of technical science and aviation art to become a United States Air Force fighter pilot," said Bell. He began his career in aviation at UCM, where he developed the leadership and interpersonal skills necessary to become an officer and to lead his team to accomplish any objective and mission.
In 2006, Bell became a USAF crew chief for the Air National Guard in St. Louis, Mo. There, Bell maintained an F-15 fighter jet; was responsible for launch and recovery procedure; and completed pre-flight, post flight, and phase inspections. Today, Bell serves in the U.S. Army National Guard with the 1-108th Aviation Battalion in Topeka flying Black Hawk helicopters. He lives in Lee's Summit and works as a test analyst for Cerner Corp.
"Lt. Bell is a superb example of the type of officer I want to lead our force in the future. His integrity and willingness to put service to his country and compatriots are hallmarks of his character, making him an outstanding role model for superiors, peers and subordinates," said Lt. Col. Patrick A. Testerman, USAF commander. Previously Bell served with the Air National Guard in Fort Wayne, In.
Bell's wife, Erin, credits the aviation program at UCM for believing in her husband. "The professors helped a struggling dad finish his degree in the family-like feel at UCM. Roger is living proof that you can achieve your dreams!"