LEARN HOW PEOPLE HAVE GAINED FROM ROTC
LEADERSHIP THAT LASTS A LIFETIME
One of the best ways to see if Army ROTC is right for you is to learn how alumni have benefited from the experience. See how the skills they learned in ROTC have helped them build successful and satisfying careers.
Spring 2011 Formal Military Ball at The Union League in Center City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Each Spring semester, Cadets attend a formal dining event, the ROTC Military Ball, where Cadets dine together and have the opportunity to practice their behaviors at formal military functions. Often Cadets will bring dates to the event and have the opportunity to wear their Class A Dress Uniform, or ASU. These events take large amounts of planning throughtout the year for a smooth process and are held at a carefully selected place. In the past, the locations have been The Union Leage, Philadelphia Constitution Center and New Jersey Aquarium.
Lieutenant Colonel (Promotable) Karl D. Bopp
Lieutenant Colonel Karl Bopp was born 12 March 1965 in Abington, Pennsylvania. Upon completion of the Reserve Officer Training Course in 1987 he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army Infantry.
LTC Bopp's first assignment was to the 10th Mountain Division where he served for three years in several leadership positions with the 2-22 Infantry Battalion. He was then assigned to the Defense Personnel Support Center as the aide-de-camp to Major General Richard E. Beale.
Upon completion of the Combined Logistics Officer Advanced Course in 1992, he became the Commander, A Company, 193rd Support Battalion at Fort Clayton, Panama. While in Panama, he commanded a Logistics Task Force supporting Operation Distant Haven in the Republic of Suriname.
Upon graduation from the Command and General Staff College in 2001, LTC Bopp joined the 21st Theater Support Command, Kaiserslautern, Germany. There he served as the Chief, Current Support Operations; Commander, Maintenance Activity Kaiserslautern and Support Operations Officer, 191st Ordnance Battalion.
LTC Bopp commanded the Army Field Support Battalion-Northeast Asia at Camp Carroll Korea from Jun 2006 - Jun 2008. During his tenure the APS-4 mission was highlighted by the Secretary of the Army as a model Army program. After Battalion Command, LTC Bopp served as the 10th MTN Division G4 during OIF 08-09 at Victory Base and COB Basra. He was assigned as the CDR, AFSBn-Drum in Jun 2008.
LTC Bopp's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (5 Awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (7 Awards), Army Achievement Medal (6 Awards), Ranger Tab, U.S. Army Parachutist Badge and Rigger Badge.
He received a Bachelors in Business Administration from Temple University and a Masters of Science from Central Michigan University. His military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic Course, U.S. Army Ranger School, Combined Logistics Officer Advanced Course and the United States Army Command and General Staff College. He is a Senior Service College selectee.
LTC Bopp is married to the former Wendy Montroy of Parsippany, New Jersey. He is the proud father of three children: Kurt, Danny and Joanna.
Originally from Pine Bush, New York, 2LT Griffenkranz is a 2006 graduate of Temple University, earning cum laude honors in Psychology and Political Science and recognition as a Distinguished Military Student. He served as Cadet Battalion Commander during his senior year and led Temple’s Ranger Challenge team to a first place finish in the 2005 3d Brigade Ranger Challenge competition.
“I came to Temple to study Exercise Science and found out about ROTC at a freshman orientation session. I signed up for the class at first simply for the $500 university incentive. After staying in the program, all the physical and mental challenges caught my interest and I decided to enlist in the Pennsylvania National Guard at the end of my sophomore year."
2LT Griffenkranz was awarded a Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty scholarship and participated in the Simultaneous Membership Program during his last two years at Temple. Following his commissioning in June 2006, 2LT Griffenkranz completed the Infantry Officer Basic Course and is currently assigned as a Stryker Platoon Leader in Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 111th Infantry, Pennsylvania National Guard.
“ROTC set me on a good path to focus on my schoolwork and increased my desire to excel. ROTC kept me physically active throughout college, which was in stark contrast with other college students. My experience in Temple University’s ROTC program set me up for success after college with a career and accomplishments that have set me apart from my fellow graduates.”
Captain Pena-Collazo is a native of Philadelphia. He originally enlisted in the Pennsylvania National Guard in 1998 as a Forward Observer for the Artillery and shortly thereafter attended ROTC as an SMP cadet. Captain Pena-Collazo graduated from Temple University in 2000, earning a double major in Biology and Education.
Upon graduation he made the decision to enter Active Duty and was accessed into Aviation branch. Captain Pena-Collazo entered flight school in January 2001 and completed the Initial Entry Rotary Wing course, Aviation Officer Basic Course and the Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape course in December 2001. After completing the AH-64A Apache Qualification Course in March 2002, Captain Pena-Collazo left Ft. Rucker, Alabama and headed for his first duty station with 1-501 Attack Aviation in Hanau, Germany.
His first assignment in Germany was as a Company Executive Officer. Seven months later he took over as scout platoon leader for B Company, 4 Brigade, 1st Armored Division. Captain Pena-Collaza served in Iraq from April 2003 to August 2004 (Operation Iraqi Freedom I) in and around Baghdad. After 12 months of Platoon time he moved up to be Battalion S4 with responsibility of split units in Balad and for requisition concerns in Kuwait. After serving in Germany, Captain Pena-Collaza returned to Fort Rucker and completed the Aviation Captain’s Career Course and Aviation Maintenance Manager’s Course.
Captain Pena-Collaza is currently participating in the Advanced Civil Schooling program at Temple University where he is pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration, as well as completing as Master’s in Aeronautics with Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.
Major Davis Jr. is a native of Philadelphia, PA. was commissioned an Engineer Officer from Temple University’s ROTC in Philadelphia, PA 1997. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture (1st Professional degree in Architecture) from Temple University’s Tyler School of Architecture.
A former enlisted Soldier, Major Davis has served in a wide variety of tactical, operational and institutional assignments. His most recent assignments was in Herat , Afghanistan. He served as Project Engineer/Contracting Officer Representative for the Herat (Afghanistan) Resident Office, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Afghanistan Engineer District.
MAJ Davis has served various leadership and staff positions include: Platoon Leader, Bravo Company, 168th EN BN (Corps)(Mech), Battalion Support Platoon Leader for the 14th EN BN (Crops) (Wheeled) and Battalion Construction Officer. He deployed to Central American in support of Hurricane Mitch Relief, JTF Aguila as Deputy Task Force Engineer. Major Davis Commanded the Alpha Company, 169th EN BN (TNG) where commanded one of the largest training company in the US Army with more 450 soldiers. After command MAJ Davis was assigned as the Engineer Team Chief at the 1st BN 309th INF Regiment , where in assisted in the mobilization and training of more 3,000 soldiers from the Eastern Seaboard. Most recently he deployed to Louisiana in support of Hurricane Katrina and Rita where he lead a Forward Engineer Support Team – Advance in developing travel trailer sites in the Baton Rogue, LA area.
Major Davis is a graduate of Engineer Officer Basic and Engineer Captains’ Career Course, the Combined Arms Services Staff School.
His awards and decorations include the Army Meritorious Service Medal, three awards of the Army Commendation Medal, and four awards of the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, two awards of the Humanitarian Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, two awards of the National Defense Service Medal, the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, the Multinational Force and Observers Medal and the Parachutist Badge, Joint Meritorious Unit Award and Army Superior Unit Award
1st Lieutenant Derrick S. Isaac
Lieutenant Isaac is currently deployed to Iraq, serving as Battalion S6 with the 398th CSSB. Married with one child, Lieutenant Isaac continues to make his family, the Army, and Temple University proud through his selfless service to the United States of America.
CPT Ken Archbold
Captain Archbold graduated from the Red Diamond Battalion in May 2001. From there he was posted with 6-52 ADA in Ansbach, Germany. He had his first deployment to OIF with that battalion. Approximately May 2004 he moved to the 69th ADA BDE HQ in Giebelstadt, Germany. He attended the ADA Captains Career Course from August through December 2005 at Fort Bliss. After that he moved to Fort Hood and was stationed with the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division. From October 2006 until December 2007 CPT Archbold was in Iraq for the second time. CPT Archbold is currently still in the Air Cavalry Brigade at Fort Hood. This winter he will go to the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA to learn Russian and start his training as a Foreign Area Officer.
CPT Lorraine S. Gunther
Captain Gunther was commissioned in 2004. She is currently on her second deployment to Iraq alongside two of her fellow subway warriors, CPTs Brian Mason(2004) and Tomlin Tom(2004) with the mighty "Bastogne" Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)....the ONLY Air Assault division in the world ...she is serving as the Battalion S4 for 426th Brigade Support Battalion (BSB). Her previous positions include Platoon Leader and Maintenance Control Officer with the 2-320th FAR "Balls of the Eagle", Executive Officer, Support Operations Ops Officer, and Support Operations Maintenance Officer all with 426th BSB. Her awards include the Bronze Star Medal (1OLC), Iraqi Campaign Medal, Overseas Ribbon (1OLC), and the coveted Air Assault Badge. She was recently engages to CPT Christopher Walsh of Chicago and plans to be married in May 2009.
Lieutenant Joseph Cullen
Lieutenant Cullen is currently assigned as a Platoon Leader with the 352nd MP CO (I/R), serving in IRAQ. He is looking forward to being back in the states early next year.
Major Shane Patrick Reilly
Major Shane Patrick Reilly is currently in his fifteenth year of distinguished service to his nation. Major Reilly was born in Bristol, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Temple University in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts in History. Branching Transportation upon his completion of Temple’s Reserve Officer Training Corps program, Major Reilly completed his Officer Basic Course in 1998. Among his numerous leadership positions, Major Reilly has served as a Platoon Leader with both the 223rd and 465th Transportation Companies and, later, as Company Commander of the 465th Transportation Company. From March of 2007 to the present, Major Reilly has served as Operations Officer and Plans Officer at the Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
Captain Stefan M. Wieszczynski
Captain Wieszczynski was a January 2004 graduate, currently deployed to Baghdad, on his second tour in Iraq. Over the past 4 plus years, he has held just about every job there is to hold since entering into active service. He started off as a Mortar Platoon Leader in a Cavalry Squadron and deployed in '05 as such. During his tour he also did a small stint as an Assistant S-2, focused on targeting for the Squadron. His next stop was Scout Platoon Leader back in the states after the deployment. And after that, he did a small stint as a Support Company XO in the Squadron. He followed that up in 2007 with a Tank Company XO position in one of the Thunder Run units of the 3rd ID - 4-64 AR BN. He has been with the 4-64 ever since, coming back to Iraq with them in Oct '07. Currently he is an Assistant S-3 for the BN as they finish up operations in Southwest Baghdad, getting ready to come home in December from a rough 14 month stint. Captain Wieszczynski will be separating from active duty in March and rejoining the civilian world, with part time service in the PA Guard's 104th CAV.
Captain Antwan David Dugan
Captain Dugan serves as Company Commander and Deputy Disbursing Officer, Alpha Detachment (FWD), 208th Finance Battalion, currently deployed in direct support of the 726th Finance Battalion and in overall support of Operation Enduring Freedom FY07-08.
Captain Dugan enlisted in the Army Reserves in October 1994 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the US Army in May 2000, having completed his undergraduate education in Strategic Management and Human Resource Management at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. Captain Dugan was assessed as a Finance Corps Officer and branched detailed as an Infantry Officer for 36 months.
Following Infantry Officer Course and the Bradley Leaders Course, he was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division (Mech), FT Stewart, GA in February 2002. During this tour, Captain Dugan served as the assistant S3, 2nd Platoon Bradley Platoon Leader, and participated in various exercises and a unit exercise at the National Training Center.
In June 2002, Captain Dugan was transferred to the 3rd Soldier Support Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division (Mech), FT Stewart, GA, where he served as Battalion Logistics Officer and the Battalion Deputy Disbursing Officer. For a portion of his tour, Captain Dugan was temporarily assigned as an OIC for the 3rd Infantry Division (Mech), 24th Support Group’s Convoy Operation Qualification Course. Captain Dugan actively pursued his graduate degree for the duration of his assignment at FT Stewart by commuting to Jacksonville, FL on a bi-weekly basis. Prior to his permanent change of station, he was award a Masters of Finance from Webster University.
Ordered to Germany in October 2004, Captain Dugan took command as the Company Commander of Alpha Detachment, 208th Finance Battalion, Mannheim, Germany. During that tour, he supported numerous contingencies, including the Finance Corps Test fielding of the Forward Compatible Pay system, numerous rotations of CONUS units participating in Advanced Individual Training, USAEUR Reintegration Activities of the V-CORPS, Kosovo and Bosnia Joint Operations Tasks, and the full integration of Bravo Detachment, of the 39th Finance Battalion during its deactivation in 2006. In May of 2007, Captain Dugan volunteered to complete a third year in command and deploy to Afghanistan with his Detachment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom FY07-08. Currently, he continues to serve as the Alpha Detachment, 208th Finance Battalion Company Commander and the Deputy Disbursing Officer for DFAS and the 726th Finance Battalion in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Captain Dugan’s personal decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, the Army Service medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expedition Medal, the Airborne Badge, and the AirAssualt Badge.
CPT Stuart R. Zeigler
Captain Zeigler is currently a member of the Illinois Army National Guard serving as the Company Commander of the 135th Chemical Company in Rockford, Illinois. He served in Operation Enduring Freedom 2006-2007 as an Embedded Tactical Trainer (MITT Team).
LT Gregory R. Lobko
Lieutenant Lobko is a Platoon Leader for the 856th Engineer Company (Stryker / Combat). He is currently down at Camp Shelby, MS and training to deploy to Iraq (Taji) in January 2009. He will be at Camp Shelby until November before heading to JRTC at Fort Polk. While in country, his platoon's primary role is going to be two-fold: to work with the infantry and serve as their breaching asset and demolitions experts and to conduct route clearance and route sanitation in sector.
Major Michael Siriani
Major Michael Siriani is a 1997 distinguished military graduate of Temple University. Having obtained a Bachelor of Science in Education from Temple, Major Siriani has served with distinction in the United States Army and Pennsylvania National Guard since 1990 to the present. A veteran of Operations Desert Storm and Enduring Freedom, Major Siriani completed the Quartermaster Officer Basic Course Class of 1998 as a First Honor Graduate. A husband and father of two, Major Michael Siriani has continued to distinguish himself through follow on training and education, most recently attending the Managers Development Course and the Command and General Staff College Phase I. He currently lives in Elverson, Pennsylvania.
Ferdinand L. Risco Jr
Ferdinand L. Risco Jr. is a native of Philadelphia, PA. Educated in the Philadelphia Public School System, he graduated from William W. Bodine High School for International Affairs prior to enrolling in Temple University. As a Simultaneous Membership Program Cadet, he went on to lead the Red Diamond Battalion’s Color Guard and as a senior, served as the Cadet Battalion Commander. Mr. Risco was a Distinguished Military Graduate and the recipient of a USAA Army ROTC Scholarship. Commissioned as a Regular Army Infantry Officer, Mr. Risco’s First assignment after completing a host of schooling to include the Infantry Officer’s Basic Course and Airborne School was B Co, 2nd BN 7th IN (M) Fort Stewart, Ga. were he served as a Platoon Leader. While at 2/7 IN (M) he served as the Battalion Support Platoon Leader, the Battalion Maintenance Officer and ultimately severed as the Commander’s Staff Advisor of Logistics (S-4) responsible for an annual operating budget and equipment in excess of $125 million.
After a medical discharge from the Armed Services, Mr. Risco embarked on a business career in which his professional experiences have included work in the corporate sector, Federal and State Government agencies. He began his corporate development with Airborne Express (now DHL) as a Field Services Supervisor and Hiring Manager. Mr. Risco’s next professional experience was with the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Group. After only six months with the company Mr. Risco was promoted to the level of Department Manger. His responsibilities included leading the Warehouse Operations in one of the 54 manufacturing facilities in the US. His team provided timely service to customers while minimizing warehouse and production costs ensuring that optimal inventory levels of full goods were maintained to fulfill sales needs.
Mr. Risco is currently employed with the Metropolitan Transit Authority –Metro North Railroad. Prior to his recent promotion, he managed the daily activities of five unionized supervisors, seventy-six craft personnel, representing multiple unions; maintenance activities, including equipment overhaul, running repair work and inspections of 342 pieces of rolling stock. Now, he serves as a Manager in the Labor Relations Department for Metro North Railroad.
Mr. Risco is the also the owner and has been Chief Executive Officer of Great Steps, Limited Liability Company since its inception in August 2007. Mr. Risco founded the family of Companies associated with the Educational Conglomerate to address the void in childcare and educational services in the Greater New Haven County Metropolitan area. Mr. Risco’s extensive management experiences have prepared him for his role as the leader of this organization. Mr. Risco is currently enrolled in the Executive Master’s of Business Administration Program at the University of New Haven. Mr. Risco is extremely involved in his community and serves as Chairman, Board of Directors, Edgewood PTA, After-School Program. He is a member of several professional and fraternal organizations from which he has received many awards and accolades. Mr. Risco is married to Stacy, his business and life partner. They have 4 children and reside in New Haven, CT