California Polytechnic State U
Cadets are not just students of Military Science; they are also active members of the ROTC faculty. They learn how to facilitate activities and training exercises.

Field training exercises

Cadets are not just students of Military Science; they are also active members of the ROTC faculty. They learn how to facilitate activities and training exercises.

LTC Joel Newsom

Professor of Military Science

LTC Joel Newsom is an Infantry Officer and the Department Head for the Department of Military Science at Cal Poly.  After graduating from the United States Military Academy, he served in various positions from Platoon Leader to Brigade Executive Officer and has deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  As the Professor of Military Science, he is overall responsible for the ROTC program with a focus on ensuring the recruitment, training, and professional development of highly qualified Cadets.

Mr. Brian Calcagno

Recruiting Operations Officer

Mr. Brian Calcagno is a Cal Poly ROTC alumnus and serves with the California National Guard as a UH-60 (Blackhawk) pilot.  He has deployed to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn.  As the recruiting officer, he is the primary point of contact for prospective Cadets.

CPT Christine Mediano

Executive Officer

CPT Christine Mediano is the Cal Poly ROTC Executive Officer and second in command. She has served as an Engineer Platoon Leader, Company XO, and S3 and has twice deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

MSG Tim Malmin

Senior Military Instructor / MS III Advisor

MSG Timothy Malmin is the senior noncommissioned officer in the Mustang Battalion and a career infantryman.  He has served in nearly every infantry capacity from a rifleman to a rifle company first sergeant and deployed on multiple occasions.  His primary focus is on the instruction and training of the MSIII’s (third year Cadets) and their preparation for the Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC).

Mr. Ken Harris

Military Instructor

Mr. Ken Harris is a former Field Artillery CPT with two deployments to Iraq.  He is the primary MSII (second year) instructor.

CPT Jeremy Medaris

Training Officer

CPT Jeremy Medaris comes to the Mustang Battalion from Fort Wainwright, Alaska where he recently served as a Rifle Company Commander in the 1st SBCT, 25th ID.

MSG Joshua Nieratko

Training NCO

MSG Joshua Nieratko is a former military police company first sergeant with Afghanistan and Iraq deployment experience.  He is the MSI (first year Cadets) Instructor, Orienteering Instructor, and Ranger Challenge Team Coach.

Mrs. Melanie Epperson

Human Resource Assistant

Mrs. Epperson joined the Cal Poly team in 2011 after serving in numerous locations with the United States Air Force.  She has two MA’s and is responsible for cadet and cadre administrative matters.

Gerald Tefelroa

Supply Technician

Mr. Tefelroa served in the Army for 8 years as a Supply Sergeant prior to entering Federal Civil Service.  He now works as the Battalion’s Supply Technician.