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Cadets learn how to keep balance and gain confidence on the log walk

LTC Christian Newton

Professor of Military Science

LTC Christian S. Newton is a native of Pensacola, FL. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of South Alabama and a Master of Science in Adult, Occupational and Continuing Education from Kansas State University.

Her past assignments include Platoon Leader, Shop Officer and Maintenance Officer, 123rd Main Support Battalion, Dexheim, Germany and Baghdad, Iraq; Movement Control Officer, 53rd Transportation Battalion, 7th Sustainment Brigade, Fort Eustis, Virginia and Bagram, Afghanistan; S3 Plans Officer and Company Commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 24th Transportation Battalion, 7th Sustainment Brigade, Fort Eustis, Virginia; Operations Officer and Battalion Executive Officer, 3rd Battalion 345th Regiment, Fort Gillem, Georgia; Brigade Executive Officer, 403rd Army Field Support Battalion, Army Sustainment Command, Daegu, South Korea; Support Operations Officer, 302nd Brigade Support Battalion, Dongducheon, South Korea; Logistics Planner and Secretary of General Staff, U.S. Army South, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas. LTC Newton currently serves as the Professor of Military Science and Leadership (Army ROTC) at Alcorn State University, Lorman, Mississippi. 

LTC Newton’s military schooling includes the Ordnance Officer Basic Course; Combined Logistics Officer Advance Course; Joint Planners Course; Contracting Officer Representative Course; Master Resilience Trainer Course; Security Manager Course; Support Operations Course; and Intermediate Level Education.

LTC Newton’s awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters; the Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters; the Army Achievement Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters; the Valorous Unit Award; the Army Superior Unit Award with one Oak Leaf Cluster; the National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Korean Defense Service Medal; Overseas Service Ribbon with the four device; and the NATO Medal.

Christian is married to Steven J. Newton, Sr. and they have one daughter, Victoria

CPT Gatewood

Assistant Professor of Military Science / Battalion Executive Officer

In 2010, Captain (CPT) Katheryn Gatewood graduated from The Citadel with a degree in physical education and commissioned as a Quartermaster Officer. CPT Gatewood Came to us from the storied 82nd Airborne Division where she completed her Company Command time in the Distribution Company of 3rd Brigade Combat Team. CPT Gatewood has been stationed at Ft. Bragg, NC, Ft. Lee, VA, and Ft. Bliss, TX. She has completed three combat deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq. 

Positions Held:

  1. SSA Platoon Leader
  2. Distribution Platoon Leader
  3. Brigade Maintenance Officer
  4. Battalion Maintenance Control Officer
  5. Troop Executive Officer
  6. Operations Contract Support Cell Chief
  7. Company Commander
Current Status: Working on a Masters in Higher Education

1LT Madarasz

Assistant Professor of Military Science

1LT Brendan Madarasz was born on February 3, 1993 in Huntington, NY. He grew up in Smithtown, NY and graduated from Smithtown High School West in 2011. 1LT Madarasz attended the United States Military Academy Preparatory School in 2012 before attending the United States Military Academy and graduating in 2016. 1LT Madarasz earned two varsity letters as a member of the Army lacrosse team and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Systems Design&Management. Upon graduation, he commissioned as a Field Artillery Officer.

1LT Madarasz attended the Field Artillery Basic Officer Leadership Course in Fort Sill, OK and graduated in March 2017. Following BOLC, 1LT Madarasz transitioned to Fort Polk, LA where he served as the Troop Fire Support Officer for A Troop, 3-89 CAV Squadron. 1LT Madarasz held the position for 18 months, deploying to Iraq in September, 2017 in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. Upon his return to Fort Polk, 1LT Madarasz served as the Fire Direction Officer for 2nd Platoon, A Battery, 5-25 Field Artillery Regiment for six months.

His military education includes the Joint Fires Observer (JFO) Course, Target Mensuration Only (TMO) Course, Collateral Damage Estimation (CDE) Course and Joint Firepower Course. His military awards include the Army Commendation Medal (1 OLC), Operation Inherent Resolve Campaign Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon and National Defense Service Ribbon. 1LT Madarasz is currently serving as the Assistant Professor of Military Science in Alcorn State’s ROTC department.

Mr Greg Trotnic

Recruiting Operations Officer

Mr Greg Trotnic is the enrollment officer for the Alcorn State University Army ROTC Bn. He joined the Braves Battalion in 2017.

Mr Trotnic has served in Cadet Command since 2004.

Previously Mr Trotnic commissioned as an Officer from Pittsburg State University after earning his education degree. He served 9 years active duty and 19 years in the United States Army Reserves as a logistician. Also he has served in ROTC at the University of Texas El Paso; 6th Brigade HQ Savannah, GA; and Alcorn State University. He is retired from the Army

MSG Thompson

Senior Military Instructor

Master Sergeant Kirk P. Thompson is a native of Houston, Texas. He entered the Army in August of 1995 and he attended Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Leonardwood, Missouri graduating as a Plumber/Pipe-fitter. MSG Thompson has served in many leadership positions, including Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, Operations Sergeant, Construction Operations Sergeant, Observer Coach/Trainer, and First Sergeant.

Master Sergeant Thompson’s overseas assignments were all in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom; a total of four deployments. His stateside assignments include Alpha Company, 84th Engineer Battalion, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; HHC, 2nd Engineer Battalion,White Sands, New Mexico; 1-361st Taskforce Red Hawk, Fort Bliss, Texas; HHC, 62nd Engineer Battalion, Fort Hood, Texas; First Sergeant for 68th Engineer Construction Company, 62nd Engineer Battalion, Fort Hood, Texas; and his current position as Senior Military Instructor,Alcorn State University.

Master Sergeant Thompson’s military and civilian education include the Basic Leader Course, Advanced Leader Course, the Army Air Assault Course, Anti-Terrorism Officer’s Course, Observer Coach/Trainer Academy, Master Resilience Trainer Course, and the Pre-Command Course among others.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Global War Expeditionary Medal,and the Air Assault Badge.

MSG Thompson recently married Tarita Halley of Houston, TX.

SFC Wilson

MSII Military Instructor

SFC Steven P. Wilson, Jr was raised in Pearl River, LA. He enlisted in the Army March 9, 2004 in New Orleans, LA as a 13F Fire Support Specialist. He is currently a Military Science Instructor at Alcorn State University focusing on dismounted tactics and land navigation.

Previously SFC Wilson has been stationed at Fort Stewart, GA and Fort Bliss, TX with 2 combat deployments to Iraq totaling 29 months in and around Baghdad, Iraq and 3 training rotations to Europe as part of the Regionally Aligned Forces for 12 months.

He has held many positions throughout the Army to include: Infantry Platoon Forward Observer, Army Joint Fires Observer, HMMWV Gunner, Bradley Driver and Gunner, Company and Battalion Fire Support NCO, Army Sexual Harassment/Assault Response Program Victim’s Advocate, and was the Primary Evaluator of multiple Army programs as part of the Army Evaluation Task Force.

He is married to the former Melissa Bourgeois on December 30, 2006 and has a set of twins, Hunter and Gabrielle, born October 30, 2007.


Human Resources Assistant


EDUCATIONAL DEGREES: Jackson State University- BA Political Science with concentrations in Legal Studies


  1. Air Defense Officer Basic Course
  2. Air Defense Captain Career Course
  3. Combined Arms Course
  4. Civil Affairs Qualification Course
  5. Intermediate Level Education Phase 1, 2,&3
  6. Reserve Component Theater Sustainment Course
  7. Support Operation Course Phase 1&2

Ms Pittman

Human Resources Assistant

Ms. Maisha Pittman serves as the key point of contact and continuity to the Battalion/Program commander in regards to institutional administrative, academic requirement, and overall administration of the Cadet ROTC program at the Program/School. Works directly with the PMS for direction in the decision of the framework of priorities, funding and overall project objectives. Develop a project plan that identifies the work to be done, the scope of the project, and deadlines for its completion. Responsible for the planning and organizing, estimating costs, coordination with staff and line management personnel, and conduction all phases of an approved project plan, which requires definitive interpretation of regulations, appropriate procedures, and the initial application of new methods. She assumed these duties on 15 May 2015.

Ms. Maisha Pittman graduated from Alcorn State University with a BS in criminal justice and completed her MA at Webster University. She serve at Alcorn as Master Resilience Trainer and Unit Prevention Leader. She has over six years in various human resource positions. She has worked as a school teacher and basketball coach.

Ms. Maisha Pittman completed Human Resource Assistant Course 09/2016 and Civilian Foundation 02/2016. She holds certifications for (MRT) Master Resilience Training Course, (UPL) Unit Prevention Leader, and Human Resource Assistant Course.

Ms. Maisha Pittman is a native of Columbia, Mississippi, and is the proud daughter of Mary and M.L Pittman. In her spare time Ms. Pittman enjoys playing sports, relaxing by the river and spending time with family.

Ms. Smith

University Secretary

Ms. Jazmyne Smith serves as the Army ROTC University Secretary. She assumed these duties on 15 Sep 2018.

Mr. Sanchez

Supply Techician

Mr. Sanchez was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. After graduating from John F. Kennedy High School in 1976, he attended Texas Lutheran College. He entered the Army in November 1987. He completed basic training at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma and advanced individual training as a supply specialist at Ft. Lee, Virginia.

Mr. Sanchez retired as a Master Sergeant after 21 years as a logistician with the United States Army in May 2009.  He trained and work as a 76Y/92Y Unit Supply Specialist.   He has served in the positions of unit armor, supply clerk, supply sergeant, warehouse Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge (NCOIC), squad leader, platoon sergeant, battalion and brigade S4, Division Property Book Officer Team NCOIC and retiring as an Assistant Inspector General and NCOIC for the 1st IN Div Inspector General’s inspection team at Ft. Riley, Kansas.   He is a veteran of Desert Storm/Shield, Task Force Eagle, and Operation Iraqi Freedom.  He has deployed to Eura-Bosnia (Kosovo) with 568th Engineers. He was awarded Soldier of the Year, AMED (1992), Ft. Sam Houston, Texas.

He  served four overseas tours; three in Federal Republic of Germany as a member of HHD 207 MI BDE Coffey Barracks, Ludwigsburg, HHC 11th AVN BDE, Storck, Barracks. and HHC 17th SIG BN, Kitzingen, Barrack.  He served one tour in the Federal Republic of South Korea with HHC, DISCOM 2nd ID, Camp Casey. His stateside assignments were; A Co Academy of Health Services Command, Ft. Sam Houston, Texas, 2d RGN ROTC, Ft. Knox, Kentucky, with duty at Alcorn State University ROTC, 568th ENG Co, Ft. Riley, Kansas, HHD 541st MAINT BN, Ft. Riley, Kansas, 2nd BN (TS) (FA) 289th REGT, Ft. Riley, Kansas, HHC 24th IN Div, Ft. Riley, Kansas, HHC 1ST IN Div, Ft. Riley, Kansas, and OPS Co, 1st IN Div, Ft. Riley, Kansas.

His military education includes, German Headstart, Small Arms Maintenance, Primary Leadership development Course, Basic Non-Commissioned Officer Course, Equal Opportunity & Sexual Harassment Course, School Of Cadet Command, Supply Accountability Course, Government Purchasing Credit Card, Advance  Non-Commissioned Officer Course ANCO, Battle Staff, Risk Management, Training Support Battalion Observer Control/Trainer (OC/T), Unit Level Logistic Support - Ground Course(ULLS-G), NBC Defense Course, Inspector General Course, Property Book Unit Enhance (PBUSE), Battle Command Sustainment Support System (CBS3), and Force and Asset Search Tool (FAAST) and Warrior Transition. He was awarded ‘2S’ identifier for Battle Staff Non Commissioned Officers.  He was also awarded a ‘B’ identifier for Inspector General.

His civilian education includes an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts from Barton Community College, Fort Riley, Kansas and 120 hours from Texas Lutheran College, Seguin, Texas.

His military awards include the Army Unit Superior Award (3 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (1 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (6 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (9 OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (7), Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development with #3, National Defense Service Medal with 2 bronze stars, Korean Defense Service Medal, Kosovo Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal with 2 bronze stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NATO Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and Overseas Service Ribbon with #4.