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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 Tony Taylor

Professor of Military Science, Battalion Commander

Lieutenant Colonel Tony Taylor is a native of Chicago, Illinois.  He is a 1995 distinguished military graduate from Chicago State University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology.  He holds a Master's of Science in Adult and Continuing Education from Kansas State University, and is a rated Blackhawk helicopter pilot.  His military education consists of the Aviation Officer Basic and Advance Courses, Initial Entry Rotary Wing Training, the Combined Arms Services Staff School, and the Command & General Staff College. 

Lieutenant Colonel Taylor's previous assignments include duty in Hanau, Germany from 1997 to 2000 where he served as a Platoon Leader in Alpha Company, and later as the Executive Officer in Headquarters & Headquarters Company, 2-501st Aviation Regiment, 4th Brigade, 1st Armor Division.  While in Germany, he deployed three times to the former Yugoslavia, serving twice in Operation SFOR in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Operation KFOR in Albania.  From 2000 to 2001, he served as the 17th Aviation Brigade S3 Training Officer with duty in Seoul, Korea and returned to the U.S. to become the 4-101st Aviation Regiment Adjutant, with duty at Fort Campbell, Kentucky from 2001 to 2002.  In 2002, LTC Taylor assumed Command of the 101st Airborne Division's only Air Traffic Services unit, Charlie Company 1-58th Aviation Regiment, and deployed from 2003 to 2004 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Upon his return, he took his second command with the Clarksville Recruiting Company in Tennessee.  In 2007 LTC Taylor volunteered for the Military Transition Team at Fort Riley, Kansas and deployed from 2007 to 2008 with the 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  In 2008 he returned to Fort Campbell, Kentucky and served as the 101st Airborne Division G5 Plans Officer.  In 2009 he assumed duties as the 3rd Brigade Aviation Officer and Chief of Operations for Task Force Rakkasan, supporting combat missions in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom from 2010 to 2011.  LTC Taylor assumed duties as the Professor of Military Science at West Virginia State University in May 2011.

His awards and decorations include two Bronze Star Medals, two Army Meritorious Service Medals, the Air Medal, four Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, two National Defense Service Medals, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq Campaign Medals, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, five Overseas Service Ribbons, the NATO medal, and the Parachutist, Recruiter, Air Assault, and Army Aviator Badges.

Lieutenant Colonel Taylor is married to his beloved wife Lesli Jo and they have two children, Tony and Brittney.  His family currently resides in Hurricane, West Virginia.

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.

SFC Daniel Webb

Instructor at Glenville State College

Sergeant First Class Dan Webb is a native of West Virginia. He is a 1993 graduate from Fairmont State University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. SFC Webb also holds a Master's of Business Administration from Salem International University. His military education consists of the U.S. Army Ranger, Airborne, Jumpmaster, Pathfinder, and Air-Assault schools, along with Special Operations Basic Sniper, Instructor Training, Advanced Non-Commissioned Officer, Basic Non-Commissioned Officer and Primary Leadership Development Courses.

SFC Webb joined the U.S. Army in 1985, his first duty assignment was with 3/75th Ranger Regiment. Later active duty assignments include: U.S. Army Airborne School (Instructor), 101st ABN Pathfinder Detachment (Pathfinder Assistant Team Leader), and 187th Infantry Regiment Rakassan, 101st ABN (Scout Team Leader). SFC Webb deployed to Afghanistan from 2008-2009 with the 2nd Battalion 19th Special Forces Group. He is currently an active duty member of the West Virginia Army National Guard detailed to the Glenville State College ROTC Program.

SFC Webb's awards and decorations include: the Ranger Tab, Master Parachutist Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Air Assault Badge, Master Recruiting Badge, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Services Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Oak leaf Cluster, Army Achievement Medal with Oak leaf Cluster, Good Conduct Medal with Medal Clasp, Army Reserve Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with (M) Device, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (3rd) Award, Army Service Ribbon, Over Seas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, and the Multi National Force and Observers Medal.

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.