Charles Van Vorst, military outreach specialist
Charles Van Vorst joined the Office of Veteran and Military Education at SUNY Empire State College as a military/veteran outreach specialist in September 2009. He secured this position upon retiring from the Navy after serving his country for 25 years. He coordinates military and veteran outreach efforts across New York state and throughout the Northeast to promote SUNY Empire State College and to provide educational benefit information and support services to service members, veterans and family members.
Van Vorst retired at the rank of chief petty officer. Some of his past duty assignments include recruiter in charge, leads and advertising department head, public affairs officer, area trainer, district trainer and zone supervisor. Prior to his tours in recruiting duty, Van Vorst served on three different United States naval war ships. His first ship was The USS Coronado AGF 11, the command ship of U.S. Sixth Fleet which was home ported in Gaeta, Italy. The Coronado participated in operations in the Gulf of Sidra and strikes against Libyan terrorist support facilities. The Coronado was relieved as the Sixth Fleet command ship and ordered to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, to become the command ship for Command United States Third Fleet. Soon after arriving at Pearl Harbor, they deployed to the Persian Gulf to assume the duties as the command ship for Commander, U.S. Middle East Force. During this period, the Coronado served as the flagship for Operation Praying Mantis, the largest American naval action since World War II. Van Vorst has been deployed seven times in support of many operations all over the world. His vast experience will help him provide the counseling and assistance to serve all active, reserve and veterans around the world. He is a member of the Fleet Reserve Association, AMVETS, Rensselaer County Coalition for Veterans and the Saratoga County Vets Initiative.
Van Vorst graduated from SUNY Empire State College with a bachelor’s degree in management in June 2010. He is currently enrolled at Empire State College pursuing a graduate certificate in veterans' services.