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LTC Brian D. Kerns
Professor of Military Science
LTC Brian Kerns's military career began in August of 1992 receiving his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant from The Citadel. He was accessed Armor Branch and entered active service in 1993. His active duty assignments include Anti-Armor Platoon Leader, Scout Platoon Leader, Troop Executive Officer and Assistant Squadron S3, 1st Squadron, 2d Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Polk, LA; assistant Operations Officer, HQ, 3d Infantry Division; Battalion Maintenance Officer and Tank Company Commander, 1st BN, 64th Armor Regiment at Fort Stewart, GA; Cavalry Team Chief and Trainer, 48th Infantry Brigade, Macon, GA; Squadron Operations Officer and Executive Officer, 1st Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment and Chief of Operations and Brigade Executive Officer, 2d Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain at Fort Drum, NY. ;His operational experience includes Operation Uphold Democracy, Operation Desert Thunder, SFOR Bosnia, and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
A native of Virginia, he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering, The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina and Master's Degree in Military History, Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. His Army Schools include the Armor Basic Course, Dismounted Armored Scout Course, Scout Platoon Leaders Course, Infantry Captain's Career Course, and the Command and General Staff College.
LTC Kerns's military awards include the Bronze Star with OLC, the Meritorious Service Medal with three OLCs, and the Combat Action Badge.
Major Edward C. Hoffler
Assistant Professor of Military Science and Leadership, Battalion Executive Officer
MAJ Hoffler was assigned as an Assistant Professor of Military Science and Leadership, Executive Officer in January 2013. He joined the Army in June 1995 after having served in the Navy for 7 years in naval aviation. Transitioning from the Navy to the Army, he resigned from the Navy and earned his commission through the Federal OCS Program in September 1995. He earned his Master’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
MAJ Hoffler’s military education is diverse and includes the Naval Aviation Flight School, Anti-Submarine Warfare Course, Officer Candidate School, Engineer Officer Basic Course, Engineer Captains Career Course, CAS3, Pre-Command Course, Command and General Staff College, Advance Operations Course, JOPES Course, Joint Planners Course, Humanitarian Demining Course, Counterdrug Operations course, Facility Management and Tactical Command Battle BSO Course. MAJ Hoffler has served in various positions in the Army. After commissioning in the Army, he was assigned as a Platoon Leader (AGR) serving in the Virginia Army National Guard. He served for 5 years as the Operations officer in VaARNG Counterdrug Program which was applauded by both federal and state Law Enforcement Agencies. He was later sent to the 28th INF DIV ENG BDE where he served as both BDE Operations and Planning officer culminating with a 50 month Company Command assignment He was then sent to the 276thENG BN (CBT) as the BN S3 which included 5 separate companies and was the largest battalion in the VaARNG. During this time of significant leadership turmoil and army transformation, the battalion companies deployed in support of OIF to include Hurricane Katrina relief missions in Louisiana. He was later assigned as the Deputy Facilities Management Officer to the VaARNG Joint Forces Headquarters at Fort Pickett, VA. He was responsible for the Long-Range Construction Plan (LRCP) totaling more than 43 million dollars. During his extended tenure, he was responsible for all major/minor construction projects and Environmental programs to include the Electronic security systems (JSIIDS) for 43 guard armories and installations. His tour culminated as being assigned as the Acting Chief of Facilities Management for 6 months, ensuring a smooth transition before his next assignment with the 29th INF DIV that was postured for deployment to OIF and OEF. He was later assigned to the 29th INF DIV, serving as both the DIV ENG Plans and Operations Officer and eventually as the Executive Officer for the 29th INF DIV Special Troops Battalion. As the XO, he helped deploy the first of two rotations in support of OEF to include under-going a major division transformation of both personnel and equipment. After completion of assignment as the Executive Officer of the Special Troops Battalion, 29th INF DIV at Fort Belvoir, VA he deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. While deployed for 14 months as an Embedded Adviser to the Minister of Interior, his primary duty was the Deputy Chief of Operations at the National Police Coordination Center located in RC-C, Kabul. Shortly after his return from Afghanistan, MAJ Hoffler was assigned to Cadet Command as the BN S3 Operations Officer for Old Dominion University.
MAJ Hoffler’s awards and decorations are numerous and include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3rd Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Commendation Medal (3rd Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Achievement Medal (2rd Oak Leaf Cluster) and Naval Flight Officer Designation.
MAJ Jennifer L. Cope
Assistant Professor of Military Science and ROO
MAJ Cope was assigned as an Assistant Professor of Military Science in March 2012. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant from Longwood College in 2001. She earned her Master’s Degree in Environmental Management from Webster University in 2008.
Her military education includes Mountain Warfare School, Airborne School, Chemical Officer Basic Course and Chemical Officer Captains Career Course.
MAJ Cope’s first assignment was as a Decontamination Platoon Leader for the 4th Chemical Company, Camp Casey, Korea. She then moved to Schofield Barracks, Hawaii where she was the 2-25th Aviation Battalion Chemical Officer and later transitioned to the HHC Executive Officer. She deployed to Afghanistan with 2-25th Aviation Battalion and was the 3-5 Platoon Leader during the deployment. Upon her return from deployment she because the 25th Aviation Brigade Chemical Officer. She then transitioned to the National Guard where she was the TAC Chemical Officer for the 29th Infantry Division Headquarters in Richmond, Virginia. After three years with the 29th Infantry Division she was asked to become part of the first Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Consequence Management Response Force (CCMRF) with 218th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (MEB) in Charleston, South Carolina. While serving with the 218th MEB she held positions as the Brigade Chemical Officer and Chief of Operations.
MAJ Cope’s military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (1OLC), Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Army Reserve components Overseas Training Service Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (3rd Award), and the Parachutist Badge.
Captain John P. Wilmoth
Assistant Professor of Military Science and Battalion S3 Operations Officer
CPT Wilmoth was assigned as an Assistant Professor of Military Science and Battlion S3 Operations Officer in December 2012. He joined the Army in January 2001 as a Military Policeman and earned his commission through the Federal OCS Program in December 2005. He earned his Master’s degree in Business and Organizational Security Management from Webster University.
CPT Wilmoth’s military education includes the US Army Airborne School, Air Assault School, Primary Leadership Development Course, Officer Candidate School, Military Police Officer Basic Course, the Military Police Captains Career Course, Forensic Material Collection and Exploitation Course and Protective Services Training.
CPT Wilmoth has served in various positions in the Army. As an enlisted Soldier attaining the rank of Sergeant, CPT Wilmoth served in the 108th MP Company at Fort Bragg, North Carolina where he deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom I and later to Mosul, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom I. Upon return from the deployment he attended OCS at Fort Benning, Georgia. After commissioning he was assigned to the 148th MP Detachment at Fort Carson, Colorado where he served as a Platoon Leader and Special Reaction Team OIC. He was later assigned to the 110th MP Company where he deployed to Baghdad, Iraq where his unit conducted Tier I security for the Prime Minister, President, and several other senior ranking Iraqi officials. CPT Wilmoth was sent to the Military Police Captain’s Career Course at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and later assigned as the Commander for Bravo Company, 701st Military Police Battalion, the largest company in the Military Police Corps. As the commander, CPT Wilmoth oversaw all students attending the Captains Career Course, Basic Officer Leader Course, and all MP functional courses conducted at the US Army Military Police School. CPT Wilmoth’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal (5th Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Achievement Medal, Air Assault Badge, Parachutist Badge, and Combat Action Badge.
Master Sergeant Todd M. Bair
Senior Military Instructor
MSG Bair was assigned as the Senior Military Instructor in November 2012. He is a native of Bountiful, Utah. MSG Bair joined the Army in November 1989 as an Infantryman. In August 1992 MSG Bair left active duty and went into the Utah National Guard and attended Salt Lake Community College. In February 1995 MSG Bair returned to Active duty with the Army. His military education includes the Primary Leadership Development Course, the Basic Noncommissioned Officer’s Course, the Advanced Noncommissioned Officer’s Course, the First Sergeant Course, Master Gunner School, master Driver Course, Military Instructor Course, Unit Movement Officer Course, Hazardous Material Management Course and Airborne School. MSG Bair has served in various duty positions within the United States, Germany, and Korea and has deployed to Iraq for four tours, Korea and Afghanistan. He attended Basic and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Benning, Georgia and was awarded the MOS 11X (Infantryman) in 1990. After his training his first duty assignment was 1-7 Infantry in Aschaffenburg, Germany from 1990-1992 where he served as a rifleman, he deployed with this Unit in support of Operation Desert Shield/Operation Desert Storm in 1991. In August 1992 MSG Bair left Active Duty and was assigned as a 12B (Combat Engineer) with the Utah National Guard, during his time at this location he became and instructor for demolitions training for Region 5 National Guardsman. MSG Bair attended Salt Lake Community College.
MSG Bair returned to active duty in February 1995 where he was assigned to 1-41 Infantry in Fort Hood, Texas serving as a team leader and squad leader. The unit redesignated to 2-8 Infantry in 1998. MSG Bair was then assigned to 2-9 Infantry in Camp Hovey, Korea as a platoon sergeant for one year. Upon return from Korea MSG Bair was sent to Fort Benning, Georgia and assigned as an instructor for the hand grenade range with 2-29 Infantry, shortly after his arrival MSG Bair was moved to 1-29 Infantry and was selected to be one of the three instructor/writers to work with TRADOC in designing and implementing the Bradley Transition Course for the Army, this program assisted the Army’s transition of light and mechanized Infantry. MSG Bair was then assigned to 1-26 Infantry in Schweinfurt, Germany, Where he deployed to Iraq on two separate year long combat deployments as a platoon sergeant. MSG was then moved to 2-28 Infantry as a first sergeant and conducted a PCS move of his unit from Schweinfurt to Grafenwoehr, Germany. Upon completion of this move he again deployed with 2-28 Infantry to Iraq for a 15 month combat deployment as both a platoon sergeant and the Intelligence NCOIC. When he returned from this deployment he was moved to 1-2 Infantry to assist them in their move from Schweinfurt to Grafenwoehr as the First Sergeant. After the completion of this move he deployed to Afghanistan for a 12 month deployment as the RC East Focused Targeting Force first sergeant. Shortly after their return MSG Bair was assigned to Cadet Command as the Senior Military Instructor for Old Dominion University.
MSG Bair during his time between deployments was selected and sent as the Senior Non Commissioned Officer in Charge for training Albanian, Polish and Romanian Military units, and coordinated with for joint training with the German and Dutch Armies. MSG Bair’s military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (4th Award), Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (6th Award), the Army Achievement Medal, (5th Award), Combat Infantryman’s Badge (2nd Award), Expert Infantryman’s badge, and Parachutist Badge.
MR. TIMMY W. HALL
Military Science Instructor
Mr. Hall was assigned as a Military Science Instructor in October 2008. He is a native of Clintwood, Virginia. Mr. Hall joined the Army in October 1984. His military education includes the Primary Leadership Development Course, the Basic Noncommissioned Officer’s Course, the Advanced Noncommissioned Officer’s Course, Drill Sergeant School, Military Instructor Course, Security Manager Course, Equal Opportunity Course, Sapper Leader Course and Air Assault School.
Mr. Hall has served at various locations both within the United States and overseas. His assignments include Delta Company, 4th Engineer Battalion, 4th Infantry Division (MECH) at Fort Carson Colorado, Bravo Company, 547th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade at Darmstadt Germany, Alpha Company, 326 Engineer Battalion, 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Alpha and Headquarters Companies, 10th Engineer Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division at Schweinfurt, Germany, Charlie Company, 326th Engineer Battalion, 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Charlie Company, 169th Engineer Battalion at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, 8th Army Noncommissioned Officer and KATUSA Training Academy in Uijeongbu South Korea, Bravo and Headquarters Companies 10 Engineer Battalion, 10th Mountain Infantry Division at Fort Drum, and The State University of New York at Brockport, Army ROTC Battalion, in Brockport, New York. Sergeant First Class (Ret) Hall has participated in Operations Desert Shield, Operation Desert Storm, and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Mr. Hall’s duty positions include: Armored Personnel Carrier Driver, Demolitions Specialist, Team Leader, Squad Leader, Senior Drill Sergeant, Noncommissioned Officer’s Academy Instructor, Platoon Sergeant, Battalion Operations Sergeant, Battalion Security Sergeant and Military Science Instructor.
Mr. Hall’s military awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (4th Award), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal ( 3rd Award), the Army Achievement Medal (6th Award), the National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award), the Good Conduct Medal (6th Award), the Southwest Asia Service Medal (2 Campaign Stars), the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Development Ribbon (Numeral 3), the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia), Army Service Medal, the Overseas Ribbon (Numeral 3), the Drill Sergeant Badge, the Sapper Tab, and the Air Assault Badge.
SFC Daniel M. Schumann
Military Science Instructor and Operations NCOIC
SFC Schumann was assigned as a Military Science Instructor and Operations NCOIC in January 2013. He is a native of northern Virginia. He joined the United States Army in OCT 1999 as an Infantryman.
His military education includes the Primary Leadership Development Course, the Basic Noncommissioned Officer’s Course, the Advanced Noncommissioned Officer’s Course, Airborne School, Observer Trainer Academy and Master Resiliency Trainer Course.
SFC Schumann attended One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, GA in October of 1999; he immediately attended Airborne School and the Ranger Indoctrination Program. SFC Schumann was assigned to Bravo Company, 3rd US Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard). He was selected to become part of the escort platoon and the color guard in which he participated in over 700 color guard missions. In addition to his ceremonial mission he was also part of the company’s heavy weapons squad and held positions from M249 gunner to M60 and M240B Gunner and Team Leader. As a Private First Class he realized he wanted more of a challenge and began training to become a Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. He is one of 5 in the History of the Tomb of The Unknown Soldier to have completed training while still a Private First Class. SFC Schumann is one of 600 people to be awarded the Tomb Guard Badge since 1951. While an Assistant Relief Commander and Sentinel he performed over 700 tours and guard changes in 19 months. He then went to the “Delta Dawgs” with The Old Guard and became a Team Leader and was selected by the Regimental Command Sergeant Major to become The Old Guard Recruiter in Fort Benning, GA. Helping to place over 500 highly qualified Infantryman into The Old Guard. SFC Schumann then was assigned to Alpha Company 1st Battalion 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Calvary Division in Fort Hood, Texas. While there he attended 5 rotations to the National Training Center and the Joint Readiness Training Center as both a guest Observer Trainer and as part of the unit. He deployed 3 times with Commando Company in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. While a member of the Mustang Battalion he was a Team Leader, Squad Leader, Bradley Section Leader, Platoon Sergeant, and Scout Platoon Sergeant. SFC Schumann’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (6th award), the Army Achievement Medal (4th Award), Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Basic Airborne Badge, and The Tomb of The Unknown Soldier Identification Badge #497. He has also been awarded The Order of Saint Maurice (Centurion level), and The Sergeant Audie Murphy Club.
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Mr. Jones III
Human Resource Assistant
Staff Sergeant Drew D. Delk
Military Science Instructor and S4 NCOIC
SSG Delk was assigned as a Military Science Instructor and S-4 NCOIC in July 2013. He joined the U.S. Army in August 2000. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Education from University of Phoenix in 2011.
His military education includes Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic Non-Commissioned Officer Course, Army Basic Instructor Course, Small Group Leader’s Course, Property Book Management Course, Property Book Unit Supply Enhanced Course, and Airborne School. He attended basic training at Fort Knox, KY and Advanced Individual Training(AIT) at Fort Bliss, TX for MOS 14S (Avenger Crew Member) in 2001. He completed Airborne School at Fort Benning, GA. After training his first duty assignment was 3rd Battalion 4th Air Defense Artillery Regiment (ABN), 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, NC from 2001-2002 where he served as an Avenger Crewmember. In 2002 he was assigned to 1-62 ADAR, 25th Infantry Division (Light) Schofield Barrack, HI where he served as an Avenger Crewmember Team Chief and deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Following his overseas assignment ending in 2005, he was assigned to 3-4 ADAR, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, NC. He served as an Avenger Crewmember Section Sergeant and deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08. On return from his deployment he attended his second Advanced Individual Training at Fort Eustis, Virginia for MOS 92Y (Unit Supply Specialist). In 2008, he was assigned to 5-73rd Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron (ABN), 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC. He served as Headquarter Headquarters Troop Supply Sergeant and deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 09. Upon return from his last deployment in 2009 he was assigned to the U.S. Army Garrison Daegu (ICOM-P) Camp Henry, South Korea in 2011. He served as Directorate of Logistics (DOL) Plans & Ops NCOIC and the Garrison Installation Coordinator for Camp Carroll, South Korea.
SSG Delk duty positions include Avenger Crewmember, Avenger Crewmember Section Sergeant, Unit Supply Sergeant, Organization & Installation Property NCOIC, Directorate of Logistics (DOL) Plans & Ops NCOIC, Garrison Headquarters Platoon Sergeant, and Garrison Installation Coordinator.
His deployments include Afghanistan and two tours to Iraq. His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Ribbon (6th award), Army Achievement Medal (3rd award), Army Good Conduct Medal (4th award), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (2nd award), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon (4rd Award), Combat Action Badge, and Parachutist Badge.
Sergeant First Class Anthony A. Richardson
SFC Richardson was assigned as a Military Science Instructor in January 2012. He is a native of Alexandria MN. SFC Richardson joined the Army in April 1999 as an Infantryman. His military education includes the Primary Leadership Development Course, the Basic Noncommissioned Officer’s Course, the Advanced Noncommissioned Officer’s Course, Drill Sgt. School, Hazardous Material Management Course and Airborne School.
SFC Richardson has served in various duty positions within the United States, has deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan for one tour, and Kuwait for two tours. He attended Basic and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Benning, Georgia and was awarded the MOS 11C (Indirect fire Infantryman) in 1989. After his training his first duty assignment was 2-7 Infantry at Ft. Hood TX from 1999-2003 where he served as a FDC Chief, he deployed with this Unit in support of Operation Enduring Freedom Nov 2001. SFC Richardson was then assigned to D Co 1/19th INF Ft. Benning GA as a Drill Sergeant, from OCT 2003 to Jan 2006. SFC Richardson was then assigned to Alpha Troop 1/7 CAV as a Mortar Platoon Sergeant from Jan 2006 to May 2008, and deployed with 1st CAV in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom for a 15 month tour. SFC Richardson was then selected to be an Observer Controller at the Army National Training Center Ft. Irwin CA from May 2008 to May 2010. In this time he trained, taught and mentored over 21 different Infantry units focusing on counter insurgency and the doctrinal fight. During this assignment SFC Richardson also attended the Airborne School at Ft. Benning GA. SFC Richardson was then assigned to 1st BDE 82nd ABN at Ft. Bragg NC from Jun 2010 to Dec 2013 where he served as a Mortar Platoon Sergeant, Troop 1SG and BDE Master Trainer for the MFCS (Mortar Fire Control System). SFC Richardson deployed with 3-73 CAV in support of Operation Enduring Freedom to the Ghazi Province for an 8 month tour. Shortly after their return SFC Richardson was assigned to Cadet Command as the Military Instructor for Old Dominion University.
SFC Richardson’s military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (2nd Award), Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (4th Award), the Army Achievement Medal, (7th Award), Combat Infantryman’s Badge (2nd Award), Expert Infantryman’s badge, Drill Sergeants Badge, Parachutist Badge.