Vincente Ogilvie

Vicente “Vince” Ogilvie’s life story is one of service, leadership, and community engagement. Born in the Republic of Panama and raised in New York City, Vince’s journey began with an Army ROTC scholarship to New York University. His dedication led him to pledge and become an NYU Pershing Rifleman during the tumultuous Fall of 1968. By 1970, became the Commander of Pershing Rifles Company E-8, marking the start of his military career.

Graduating from NYU in May 1972, Vince was commissioned as an Infantry Second Lieutenant, embarking on active duty after completing graduate studies in 1973. While serving in West Germany with the 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, he met Ruth Drissner, whom he married in 1977. They raised two children, Kristina and Erik, who graduated from Gar-Field High School in Woodbridge.  Kristina is a graduate of Wellesley College and the University of Chicago, and Erik, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy and Johns Hopkins University.  Both accomplished scholars.

Throughout his military career, Vince held various infantry command and staff positions, culminating in senior roles in public affairs. He retired as a Colonel (O-6) in September 2001. However, the events of 9/11 spurred his return to the Department of Defense. He managed a project embedding civilian videographers with Special Operations units during OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, showcasing his commitment to innovation and excellence.

Transitioning to the role of Deputy Director for Entertainment Media within the Department of Defense, Vince oversaw coordination and support for the motion picture and television industry. His meticulous approach ensured seamless integration of military expertise and resources, reinforcing the department’s presence in cinematic and documentary realms. He retired from OSD in June 2014 after shaping DoD policy and procedures for documentary approval and support.

Post-retirement, Vince and Ruth remained actively engaged with their community. Vince served as President of the New York University Pershing Rifles Company E-8 Alumni Association and later as Chairman of the Pershing Rifles Group. He also held leadership roles in the Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW), focusing on supporting 30 ROTC programs in Northern Virginia, subsequently being selected as the Commander MOWW’S Northern Virginia Chapter

Vince and Ruth’s dedication extended beyond military associations. Ruth retired in 2015 from the Department of Homeland Security, where she served as a Project Manager. Together, they contributed to their active-adult community, serving on the Board of Directors and committees. They also indulged in their shared passions for world-wide travel, riding their Harley-Davidson motorcycles, and cherishing time with their grandchildren.Vince Ogilvie’s life embodies the values of duty, honor, and commitment. From his humble beginnings to his distinguished military career and continued service in retirement, Vince’s legacy is one of selflessness and contribution. Alongside Ruth, he remains a steadfast advocate for youth development, community engagement, and meaningful connections, leaving an enduring impact on all those he encounters.