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YELLOW JACKET BATTALION

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Cadet color guard participates in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. remembrance ceremony in Downtown Charleston, WV. Each year, in conjunction with the faculty at West Virginia State University, the Yellow Jacket Battalion provides a magnificent color guard to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ceremony

Cadet color guard participates in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. remembrance ceremony in Downtown Charleston, WV. Each year, in conjunction with the faculty at West Virginia State University, the Yellow Jacket Battalion provides a magnificent color guard to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

LTC Derrick T. Spears

Professor of Military Science, Battalion Commander

Lieutenant Colonel Derrick T. Spears is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. He is a 1992 graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications. He received his commission from the ROTC Orleans Battalion (Tulane University) in 1991. He holds a Masters in Business Administration from Webster University. His military education consists of the Quartermaster Officer Basic Course, the Combined Logistics Officer Advance Course, the Combined Arms Services Staff School, the Mortuary Affairs Officer Course, the Petroleum Officer Course, the Logistics Executive Development Course, the Command & General Staff College, and the Reserve Component National Security Course.

Lieutenant Colonel Spears’ previous assignments include the 355th Quartermaster Company (General Supply) in New Orleans where he served as a Platoon Leader from 1991 to 1994. He served with the 630th Quartermaster Company (Mortuary Affairs) in New Orleans as the Executive Officer in 1994. From 1994 to 1997 he served as the Training Support Brigade, 70th Training Division S2/Assistant S3 with duty in Fraser, Michigan. After completing schooling at Fort Lee, Virginia he remained there for assignment to the 429th Quartermaster Battalion (Supply & Services) as the Supply & Services Officer from 1997 to 2000. LTC Spears’ following assignment was to the 362nd Quartermaster Battalion (Petroleum Supply) in Kinston, North Carolina as the Petroleum Officer from 2000 to 2002. In the latter part of 2002 he was assigned to the Human Resources Command-St. Louis (HRC-STL) as a Career Manager. Also while assigned to HRC-STL he served as the Chief of the Military Education Team. In 2006 LTC Spears reported to the 304th Sustainment Brigade in Riverside, California as the Assistant Support Operations Officer. He served in the same capacity in 2008 when the brigade deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. From 2010 to 2011 he was assigned to the Small Arms Readiness Group at Fort Gillem, Georgia as the Operations Officer. From 2011-2013 LTC Spears was assigned to the 1190th Transportation Brigade in Baton Rouge, Louisiana as the Deputy Commander. In 2013 LTC Spears was selected to be the Secretary to the General Staff of the 63d Regional Support Command in Mountain View, California. LTC Spears assumed duties as the Professor of Military Science at West Virginia State University in July 2014.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Medal, the Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon the Army Superior Unit Award, and the Parachutist Badge.

Lieutenant Colonel Spears is married to Lieutenant Colonel Nicole Spears and has two children Cayman and Dominique.

MSG Johnathon J. Shank

Battalion Senior Military Instructor

Master Sergeant Johnathon Shank is a native of Lambertville, Michigan. He enlisted in the United States Army in October 1992 with a Military Occupation Specialty in the Infantry and completed Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Benning, Georgia.

Master Sergeant Shank has held every enlisted rank up to First Sergeant in the Army. MSG Shank's previous assignments include duty in 3-75th Ranger Battalion, Fort Benning, GA; where he served as a Squad Automatic Riflemen in Alpha Company. He then was put on assignment to the 2-11th Infantry Battalion where he was assigned as an Ammunition Specialist for the Infantry Officer Basic Course. Master Sergeant Shank then did an overseas tour to Camp Hovey, Korea; where he was assign to 2nd Infantry Division in the Long Range Surveillance Detachment, holding the positions of Assistant Radio Telephone Operator, Radio Telephone Operator, Senior Scout Observer, Assistant Team Leader and Team Leader. Master Sergeant Shank then severed in the 1-325 Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina as a Squad Automatic Riflemen, Team Leader and Squad Leader.

During his time with the Regiment he was deployed to the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt as part of the Multinational Force and Observers force. He then returned to Korea, this time to Panmunjon as part of the Joint Security Area on the Demilitarized Zone, where he served as a Scout Squad Leader and later as the Military Armistice Commission Headquarters Area, Tactical Operations Center Shift Supervisor. Master Sergeant Shank was then assigned to 2-504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division where he severed as a Squad Leader and Platoon Sergeant. During his time with the Regiment he deploy once in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and twice to Operation Enduring Freedom. He then was assigned to 1-314th Infantry Battalion in Fort Drum, New York where he served as a Senior Observer/Controller/Trainer for Active Component/Reserve Component. Master Sergeant Shank then moved to the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division and severed as and Operations Sergeant in the 3-6th Field Artillery Battalion, a First Sergeant in the Brigade Special Troops Battalion; where he also deploy in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and later as the First Sergeant in 2-22nd Infantry Battalion. Master Sergeant Shank in currently severing as the Senior Military Instructor at West Virginia State University.

His awards and decorations include two Bronze Star Medals, three Army Meritorious Service Medals, the NATO Ribbon, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, three Army Commendation Medals, five Army Achievement Medals, Presidential Unit Citation, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Valorous Unit Award, six Army Good Conduct Medals, two National Defense Service Medals, Korean Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan and Iraq Campaign Medals, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, Humanitarian Service Medal, three Army NCO Professional Development Ribbons, the Armed Forces Service Medal, four Overseas Service Ribbons, the Multi-National Forces and Observers Ribbon, and the Combat Infantryman, Expert Infantryman, Parachutist, Senior Parachutist and Air Assault Badges.

MAJ Charles Beirne

BN Executive Officer, Assistant Professor of Military Science, Instructor at Glenville State College

Major Charles J. Beirne was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery upon graduation from the Virginia Military Institute in 1998. After completing the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course at Fort Sill, OK, he reported to Fort Hood, Texas and was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery in the First Cavalry Division where he served as a Fire Support and Fire Direction Officer.  He joined the Army Reserve after serving two years in the IRR (Individual Readiness Reserve) and was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 319th Regiment (USAR) in Salem, VA. In May of 2005 MAJ Beirne was mobilized and served in Iraq: 2005-2006 with a MiTT (Military Transition Team) attached to the XVIII Airborne Corps and subsequently to the 101st Airborne Division. Upon return from deployment, he served as a Company Commander, Battalion Operations Officer, and Battalion Executive Officer, again with the 2nd Battalion, 319th Regiment (USAR).  Previous to his arrival at Glenville State College, Major Beirne was a contractor assigned as a Senior Military Instructor with the Marshall-New Market Army ROTC Battalion at the Virginia Military Institute.

His awards and decorations include Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (3 awards), Army Civilian Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with “M” device), Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (2 awards), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Combat Action Badge, and Air Assault Badge.

Major Beirne is a graduate of the Air Assault Course, Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, Transportation Captains Career Course, Command and General Staff College, and SOCC Instructor Training.

CPT Johnathan B. Judy

Assistant Professor of Military Science

CPT Judy earned his Bachelor's degree from West Virginia University. His primary teaching assignments are MSC 101 Leadership and Personal Development, MSC 102 Introduction to Tactical Leadership, MSC 201 Introduction to Small Unit Leadership and MSC 202 Practicum in Military Training and Tactics.

CPT Judy is native to West Virginia and joined the West Virginia National Guard in 2004. Upon his graduation in 2006, he commissioned as a 2LT and his assignments have been Platoon Leader (601st Engineer Support Company), Aide-de-Camp/Battle Captain (Iraq; 111th EN Brigade), Executive Officer (601st ESC), Company Commander (601st ESC), Center for National Response Commander (JITEC) and OCS Instructor (Regional Training Institute, Camp Dawson, WV).

Mr. William Kinsey

Scholarship/Enrollment Manager

Bill Kinsey was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Infantry in 1992 through Army ROTC at the University of Tennessee. Over a 20 year career, Mr. Kinsey served in a variety of positions as a U.S. Army officer in numerous posts in Alaska, California, Georgia, Kansas, and Texas. Mr. Kinsey retired in June of 2013 having attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

After retirement, Mr. Kinsey served briefly as the Recruiting Officer for University of Kentucky Army ROTC Department before transferring to the West Virginia State University Army ROTC Department in September of 2013.

Mr. Kinsey has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Tennessee, a Master of Arts in Political Science from Marshall University, and is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm, Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

SSG James J. Brewer

Instructor at Glenville State College

Staff Sergeant James Brewer is a native of New York. He is a 2011 graduate from Colorado Technical University, where he earned an Associates of Science in General Studies. His military education consists of the U.S. Army Airborne School, Air-Assault school, Mountain Warfare School, NBC Defense School, Recruiting and Retention School, Drill Sergeant School, Instructor Training, Basic Non-Commissioned Officer and Primary Leadership Development Courses.

Staff Sergeant James Brewer is a native of New York. He is a 2011 graduate from Colorado Technical University, where he earned an Associates of Science in General Studies. His military education consists of the U.S. Army Airborne School, Air-Assault school, Mountain Warfare School, NBC Defense School, Recruiting and Retention School, Drill Sergeant School, Instructor Training, Basic Non-Commissioned Officer and Primary Leadership Development Courses.

SSG Brewer’s awards and decorations include the Purple Heart Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters, four Army Good Conduct Medals, two National Defense Service Medals, two Afghanistan Campaign Medals, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, three NCO Professional Development Ribbons, the Army Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the Combat Infantryman, Expert Infantryman, Airborne, Air Assault, Drill Sergeant, Basic Recruiter Badges and the Ram’s Head Device.

Mr. Aaron Brooks

Military Supply Technician

Mr. Brooks is the Yellow Jacket Supply Technician, He holds an MBA in Business from Marshall University Graduate College. He handles all logistical and supply requirements for the battalion.  He has been working with the Reserve Officers' Training Corps for 27 years.

Mrs. Susan Bolyard

Military Personnel Technician

Mrs. Bolyard has been working with the Reserve Officers' Training Corps for 25 years, serving with the WVSU ROTC Department and her previous assignment at the Ohio University ROTC Department. She is directly involved in the administrative process for all cadets to include, Physicals and Entitlements.