Colorado State University
Officers of ROTC become close friends while training cadets to become future officers. Here, MAJ Armonda, CPT Waldron, and MAJ McCoy always have fun while doing their job.

Taking time to pose for a picture.

Officers of ROTC become close friends while training cadets to become future officers. Here, MAJ Armonda, CPT Waldron, and MAJ McCoy always have fun while doing their job.

LTC James Blanton

Professor of Military Science

CSU/UNC MS IV Instructor
Phone: (970) 491-1638
Lieutenant Colonel James F. Blanton enlisted in the Infantry in 1989, attended basic training at Fort Benning, GA and was assigned to 3rd Armored Division, Gelhausen, Germany. As an enlisted Soldier and a Non-Commissioned Officer, LTC Blanton deployed in support of Operation Desert Storm and Operation Intrinsic Action. LTC Blanton was commissioned in the Infantry in 1996 following graduation from the University of Texas at Austin ROTC. He holds a Bachelors of Arts in Government from UT and two Masters Degrees in Military Arts and Science from the Command and General Staff College.

LTC Blanton served as a rifle platoon leader, company executive officer, and support platoon leader in the 1st Battalion 32nd Infantry Regiment, 10th MTN DIV, Fort Drum, NY. While assigned to Fort Drum, he deployed in support of the Multinational Force and Observers Sinai, Egypt. As a captain, he served as a Brigade Plans officer for 3-2 SBCT, Fort Lewis, WA. He deployed to Qatar in support of Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Crisis Response Element in 2002. He commanded a company in 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment at Fort Lewis and in Mosul, Iraq. In 2005, he became the Deputy Brigade Operations Officer for 3-2 SBCT and deployed to OIF in 2006-2007 serving in Mosul, Baghdad, and Baqubah. Immediately following ILE, he was assigned as the Battalion Executive Officer for 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, 3-2 SBCT, and deployed to Muqdadiyah, Diyala Province, Iraq in 2009-2010. In 2011, he deployed to Bagram, Afghanistan as the Future Operations Officer for Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan. After attending the School of Advanced Military Studies, he was assigned as the Deputy Future Operations officer for 4th IN DIV, RC-South Afghanistan

MSG Franklin Davila

Senior Military Instructor

CSU/UNC MS III Instructor
Phone: (970) 491-1641
Sergeant Franklin I. Davila entered the Army in July 1997 at Miami, Florida. He attended One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Georgia and graduated as an Infantryman in September 1997.

Master Sergeant Davila has served in all Infantryman positions from rifleman to First Sergeant. He has served in the 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Fort Drum, New York, where he served as a team leader and deployed to Bosnia, Herzegovina in support of the SFOR mission in 1998. He was then reassigned to 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, with whom he held the positions of squad leader and platoon sergeant while deployed in support of both Operation Enduring Freedom from 2004 to 2005 and Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2006 to 2007. Upon completing his tour in Hawaii, he was reassigned to the University of Tampa ROTC as the Operations Sergeant and the Senior Military Instructor. Master Sergeant Davila was reassigned to the 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry, Fort Carson, Colorado where he deployed to Afghanistan in 2012 as a First Sergeant of a Heavy Weapons Company. Upon his return from Afghanistan he was reassigned as the Headquarters and Headquarters Company First Sergeant of the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry, Fort Carson, Colorado. In 2014, he was reassigned as the First Sergeant of a Headquarters Support Company for Joint Task Force-Bravo in Soto Cano, Honduras.

MAJ Troy Thomas

Assistant Professor

UNC MS II Instructor
Phone: (970) 351-1881

MAJ Frank Huffman

Assistant Professor

UNC Military History Instructor
Phone: (970) 491-7964

SFC Wesley Gipson

Military Instructor

CSU MS I Instructor
Phone: (970) 491-6438

SFC Sherman Jones Jr.

Military Instructor

CSU MS II Instructor
Phone: (970) 491-3101

SFC Michael Skeen

Military Instructor

UNC MS I Instructor
Phone: (970) 351-1881

Mr. David Gutierres

Supply Technician


Ms. Sandi Auslam

Human Resource Assistant


Ms. Julie Iven

University Liaison