Alumni Vets Present the Colors at Kinnick

In honor of Veterans Day, a group of University of Iowa alumni and military members will present the colors before Saturday night’s Hawkeye football game.

The university’s ROTC program and the UI athletics department began the alumni color guard tradition last season, and it continues this weekend with three veterans and one current National Guard member leading the pregame ceremony ahead of the Iowa-Michigan game.

The three veterans have a combined 90 years of uniformed service, ranging from the wars in Vietnam to Afghanistan. Each served on the color guard during their cadet days in the ROTC, which has traditionally handled flag duties at Kinnick.


Retired Col. Ken Madden, 71BA

Madden received a Military Intelligence commission through ROTC. He graduated with honors and is a member of the university chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

Madden’s military career spanned 31 years. He served five years of active duty, is a Vietnam veteran, and served 26 years as a reserve officer with assignments in strategic and tactical military intelligence. After serving in the Army, Madden spent 10 years with the State Department conducting overseas counter-terrorism training before retiring in 2013. The bulk of his experience focused on the Middle East and counter-terrorism operations, conducting 23 tours in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Yemen. He and his wife, Patty, reside in rural Crawfordsville, Iowa.

Madden’s decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, and Army Commendation Medal.


Col. Todd Jacobus, 89BA

Jacobus, who was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1988, is in his 33rd year of service with the Iowa Army National Guard.

He deployed in 1991 to Germany in support of Operation Desert Storm, 2005 to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom, and in 2015 to Kosovo for Operation Joint Endeavor. He and his wife, Heather, live in Des Moines, and they have four children.

Jacobus’ awards and decorations include the 1996 General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, and the Combat Action Badge.


Retired Lt. Col. Jeff Borland, 87BBA

Borland retired from the Iowa National Guard after 26 years of honorable service in May 2015.

Borland, who was commissioned through the UI ROTC program, deployed as a medical platoon leader in Desert Shield/Storm (1990-91) with the U.S. Army; a medevac pilot/flight platoon leader in Operations Joint Endeavor and Joint Guard in Bosnia (1996 and 1998) with the U.S. Army; a support operations officer in Afghanistan in Operation Joint Endeavor (2005-06) with the Army Reserve; and a battalion operations officer in Operation Enduring Freedom in Sinai, Egypt (2008-09) with the Iowa Army National Guard.

His decorations include the Combat Medic Badge, Army Aviator Badge, and two Bronze Star Medals. He and his wife, Chandra, make their home in Rock Island, Illinois.


Second Lt. Jackson Raimo, 16BA

Raimo earned his commission through the UI ROTC program before and is a current member of the Iowa National Guard.

Raimo is a platoon leader in Iowa’s military intelligence company in the 224 Brigade Engineer Battalion and will report to intelligence school this winter.

Raimo is from New York and now lives in Iowa City.

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