Georgia State University
Recently, Cadre and Cadets alike got the opportunity to meet with Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss thanks to the Atlanta chapter of the Association of the United States Army. The AUSA has also helped introduce members of the battalion to Sergeant Major of the Army Kenneth O. Preston.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss

Recently, Cadre and Cadets alike got the opportunity to meet with Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss thanks to the Atlanta chapter of the Association of the United States Army. The AUSA has also helped introduce members of the battalion to Sergeant Major of the Army Kenneth O. Preston.

MAJ Nick Francois

Professor of Military Science

Major Francois has served our Army at all levels during his military career. His major duty assignments have been: Platoon Leader, 1st Military Police Detachment,Fort Benning, Georgia, 988th MP Company during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Executive Officer, 988th MP Company during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Rear Detachment Commander, HHD, 92nd MP Battalion, Fort Benning, Georgia, S4 Supply Officer/ Property Book Officer, 92nd MP Battalion (Rear), Fort Benning, Georgia, Enforcement Operations Officer, 3rd Army/ United States Army ForcesCentral Command (USARCENT), ARGENT FWD Kuwait, Detainee Operations Officer, 3rd Army/United States Army Forces Central Command (USARCENT), Fort McPherson, Georgia, Camp V Facility Commander for JTF-GTMO Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Commander, Company Commander 193rd MP Company (1/R), Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, FORSCOM G/3/5/7 Readiness Officer, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Deputy Provost Marshal, I Corps, Brigade S3, 6th Military Police Group (CID), Battalion S3, 22nd Military Police Battalion (CID), Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA. In Summer 2017, MAJ Francois is currently assigned to US Army Cadet Command to serve as the Assistant Professor of Military Science for Georgia State University with duty at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. Assistant Professor of Military Science for Georgia State University. MAJ Francois is currently assigned as the Professor of Military Science for Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA.

He is a graduate of the Military Police Officer Basic Course, Military Police Captains Career Course, and Command and General Staff College. MAJ Francois has earned his Foundation Instructor Facilitator Course (FIFC) Certification and Recruiting Operations Officer Course.

His awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (4 OLC), Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal (3STAR), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (20LC).

MAJ Francois is married to the former Jessica Heller, Baxley, Georgia. They have one child Kane S. Francois (age 8) and three dogs. Their names are Nova (age 5), Zero (age 2) and Banner (age 2).

CPT Taneshina Wright

Assistant Professor of Military Science

CPT Taneshina Wright is a native of Las Vegas, NV, and enlisted in the U.S. Army Transportation Corps in 2002. She deployed to the Middle East in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 with the 10th Battalion, 7th Transportation Group from Fort Eustis, VA. Later, she served as a deckhand with the 29th Engineer Battalion (Topographic), 25th Infantry Division at Pearl Harbor and Fort Shafter, HI. In 2005, CPT Wright attended the United States Military Academy Preparatory School. She was commissioned in 2010 as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Corps from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering and Portuguese. While there, she competed in the NCAA, on the Army Women's Track and Field Team (Hammer Throw). Her military education includes the Military Intelligence Officer Basic and Captains' Career Courses, as well as assignment-specific training at the U.S. Army Intelligence Center, Fort Huachuca, AZ.

CPT Wright served in the 4-22rh Attack Reconnaissance Regiment, Air Cavalry Brigade as the Assistant Intelligence Officer, deploying to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2012. Later, she served as the Intelligence Officer in Charge in the 4-227th Attack Reconnaissance Regiment until her re-assignment to the pt Air Cavalry Brigade Staff as the Brigade's Assistant Intelligence Officer in Charge. CPT Wright was then assigned to the 741stMilitary Intelligence Battalion at Fort Meade, MD, in 2014, where she served as the Signals Intelligence Officer in Charge of Targeting (Joint). She later served as the Battalion Assistant Operations Officer in the 310th Military Intelligence Battalion, 902nd Military Intelligence Group at Fort Meade, MD. CPT Wright commanded A Company, 310th Military Intelligence Battalion in 2017, ensuring global support to the Army's technical counterintelligence mission sets. CPT Wright is currently assigned to Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA. She serves as an Army ROTC assistant professor and the department's Executive Officer.

CPT Wright is a graduate of the U.S. Army Air Assault School. Her military awards and decorations include: the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (fifth award), Army Achievement Medal (third award), Army Good Conduct Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, and the German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency-Gold.

MSG Lionel Balloon

Military Instructor I/II

A native of Valdosta, Georgia. He enlisted in the U.S. Army, 22 March 2002. He attended Basic Training at Ft. Benning, Georgia and is a career Infantryman.MSG Balloon has served as an Infantryman in every position from rifleman to for to a First Sergeant and is currently serving as the 6th Brigade Master Sergeant, Senior Military Instructor, United States Army Cadet Command.

His assignments include: A Company, 1st Ranger Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield, GA. HHC Company, 18T Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield, GA. RSTB Company, Ranger Selection and Training Battalion, Ft. Benning, GA. HHC, 3Ro Ranger Battalion, 75TH Ranger Regiment, Ft. Benning, GA.B Company, 3RD Ranger Battalion, 75TH Ranger Regiment, Ft. Benning, GA 1SG, A Company, 199th Brigade Infantry Basic Leader Course, FT. Benning, GA. 1SG, HHC Company, 199TH Brigade Infantry Leader Course, FT. Benning, GA.

MSG Balloon’s military education includes the Primary, Basic and Advanced Noncommissioned Officers Courses, and the First Sergeant Course.

He has also attended Airborne School, Ranger School, Jumpmaster Course, the Survival, Escape and Resistant Course. His foreign military schools include the Panama Defense Forces "Pana-Jungle” Course.

MSG Balloon's awards and decorations include one Bronze Star medal with valor, one Air Medal, Army Meritorious Service Medals, eight Army Commendation Medals, three Army Achievement Medals, eight Good Conduct Medals, two National Defense ribbons, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, three NCOES ribbons, the Army Service ribbon, three Overseas ribbons. He has served in multiple combat operations; Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

He is married to his wife Germany and they have a son, Landon. Both reside with him in Atlanta, GA.

CPT Rodric Waugh

Assistant Professor of Military Science

In 2013 1LT Waugh graduated from Hamilton College with a Bachelor's Degree in International Relations with a focus in Security Studies. He subsequently commissioned in 2015 via the U.S, Army's Officer Candidate School (OCS) as an Armor Officer. Lieutenant Waugh then completed the Armor Basic Officer Leader Course (ABOLC) in September of that same year at Fort Benning, GA. He was subsequently assigned to the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss, Texas. Upon arrival, 1LT Waugh was selected to serve as an Armored Scout Platoon Leader in C Troop, 2nd Squadron, 13th Cavalry Regiment. During his 18 months in position, 1LT Waugh took part in National Training Center Rotation 16-05, deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Spartan Shield (OSS), and participated in Operation Inferno Creek with the Royal Omani Army. In June of 2017, he was selected to serve as the Executive Officer (XO) of B Troop, 2nd Squadron, 13th Cavalry Regiment. Lieutenant Waugh served as Blackfoot 5 for 7 months during which he participated in Company level exercises and Squadron Gunnery. In November of 2017, Lieutenant Waugh was selected to serve as the XO for Headquarters and Headquarters Troop (HHT), 2nd Squadron 13th Cavalry Regiment. While serving as the HHT XO, 1LT Waugh participated in Squadron and Brigade level collective training events intended to prepare the unit for another National Training Center rotation. After 7 months in position, Lieutenant Waugh was selected to serve as an Assistant Professor of Military Science at Georgia State University. He is slated to teach tactics to rising juniors in the fall.

Mr. Anthony Savage

Recruiting Operations Officer

Mr. Savage has over 20 years of military service as an Armor and Military Intelligence Officer.

Mr. Bernard Ray

Human Resources Assistant

Ms. Kemetta Burdette

University HRA