PDS Alumnus Maj. John M. Bussard '96 on Jeopardy!

Princeton Day School alumnus and U.S. Marine Major John M. Bussard '96 will be returning to Jeopardy! tonight, November 16, as the returning champion after a victory in Friday's competition.

Major Bussard had an impressive thirty-one correct answers to only one incorrect answer in his first victory on the show, which aired on Friday, November 13, including nailing the "Final Jeopardy!" question, netting one-day winnings of $26,200.

After graduating from Princeton Day School in 1996, Ringoes native Major Bussard attended New York University. He attended Officer Candidates’ Course upon graduating from NYU and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in August, 2000. He subsequently completed The Basic School and attended undergraduate Naval Flight Officer training, earning his NFO wings in August, 2002 and beginning his career as a Marine aviator.

His combined 18 years of active service all over the world have taken him from numerous U.S. facilities to Iraq and the western Pacific. His career encompasses designations from F/A-18D Weapons Systems Officer (WSO) to certification as Forward Air Controller (Airborne) (FAC(A)) and USMC Night Systems Instructor (NSI) to serving as Airfield Company Commander at the 29 Palms Strategic Expeditionary Landing Facility (SELF). He also completed Navy Strike Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) and is a certified Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) and MAWTS-1 FAC(A) Instructor (FAC(A)I) certification. In the Western Pacific with the 4th Marine Regiment, 3d Marine Division, he served as Regimental Air Officer and was designated a JTAC Instructor and Evaluator after taking the WTI Air Officer Course. He returned time and again to the cockpit for deployments and as an instructor in recent years before assuming his current position in June of 2019, when Major Bussard commenced serving as Executive Officer, Marine Wing Support Squadron 373.  

Major Bussard’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (Strike/Flight Numeral 6,) Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and Navy and Marine Corps achievement Medal. He has also accumulated over 2,000 mishap-free flight hours in the F/A-18 D and F.

Princeton Day School thanks you for your service, Major Bussard. We wish you good luck tonight on Jeopardy! and are Panther proud of your PDS roots!

Major Bussard's biographical information is excerpted from the official website of the United States Marine Corps.



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