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YELLOW JACKET BATTALION

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The Yellow Jacket Battalion Cadet Color guard marches off the field after presenting the colors at the annual Homecoming football game. During West Virginia State's Homecoming Weekend, Army ROTC also inducts new members into the West Virginia State University Army ROTC Hall of Fame.

Homecoming Football Game

The Yellow Jacket Battalion Cadet Color guard marches off the field after presenting the colors at the annual Homecoming football game. During West Virginia State's Homecoming Weekend, Army ROTC also inducts new members into the West Virginia State University Army ROTC Hall of Fame.

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 Thomas L. Ray, Jr.

Battalion Senior Military Instructor

Master Sergeant Thomas L. Ray, Jr. was born in Camden, New Jersey. He enlisted in the United States Army upon graduating high school and attended Basic training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Benning, Georgia in 1996. MSG Ray has served for 19 years in various Infantry assignments, to include 2nd Battalion 6th Infantry Regiment (Baumholder, Germany), 1st Battalion 12th Infantry Regiment (FT. Carson, Colorado), 1st Battalion 29th Infantry Regiment (FT. Benning, Georgia), 2nd Battalion 34th Armor Regiment (FT. Riley, Kansas), 1st Squadron 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment (FT Irwin, California).

MSG Ray has deployed to Kosovo as part of a peace keeping mission, two combat tours to Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and one combat tour to Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. He has held leadership positions as a Team Leader, Squad Leader, Section Sergeant, Master Gunner, Master Gunner Instructor, Platoon Sergeant, Operations Sergeant Major, and First Sergeant.

His military and civilian education includes the Bradley Master Gunner Course (J3 & A3), Warrior Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Senior Leaders Course, and the 1SG course. He is currently working on an Associate Degree in Business Administration.

His awards and decorations include the following: Bronze Star Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal, The Army Commendation Medal with silver oak leaf cluster, The Army Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters, The Army Superior Unit Award, Good Conduct Medal with silver clasps 1 loop, National Defense Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 2 campaign stars, Iraq Campaign Medal with 2 campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with a number 3, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with a number 3, NATO Medal with 2 bronze stars, Combat Infantry Badge, and Expert Infantry Badge

CPT Lonnie J. Wilson

Assistant Professor of Military Science

CPT Lonnie J. Wilson enlisted in the United States Army Reserve in 2005. He attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and Advanced Individual Training as Motor Transportation Specialist in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. He was then assigned to the 450th Movement Control Battalion from Manhattan, Kansas. In 2006, he participated in the Simultaneous Membership Program with the Kansas State University Reserve Officer Training Corps. CPT Wilson graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and received a commission into the United States Army (active duty) as a Second Lieutenant in May of 2008.

CPT Wilson attended the Basic Officer Leader's Course in Fort Sill, Oklahoma and the Military Police Officer Basic Course at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. In 2008, CPT Wilson was assigned as a platoon leader in the 164th Military Police Company at Fort Richardson, Alaska, where he served as the company executive officer in 2010. In 2011, CPT Wilson served as the assistant S3 in the 793rd Military Police Battalion, also at Fort Richardson, Alaska. In 2011, CPT Wilson attended the Military Police Captains Career Course at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. In 2012, CPT Wilson was assigned to the 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas, where he served as the assistant to the brigade S3 and deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 12-13. In 2013, CPT Wilson was assigned to the 97th Military Police Battalion at Fort Riley, Kansas, where he served as the commander of the Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment until June of 2015. CPT Wilson is currently the Assistant Professor of Military Science at West Virginia State University.

CPT Wilson's military awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (w/ 1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (1 Campaign Star), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the ISAF NATO Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon (w/ numeral 2) and the Army Service Ribbon.

CPT Wilson is married to the former Meilani Koehn and they have two children: Samantha (10) and Logan (6).

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.