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Marquette's team was up before dawn the following day to compete in a fast paced physical fitness test of two minutes of push-ups, two minutes of sit-ups and a two-mile run, followed by a 16-kilometer (9.94 miles) orienteering course. Competitors were required to wear full battle gear and carry a 30-pound backpack and M-16 rifle. Various course checkpoints tested teams' physical and mental endurance with activities such as dragging an Army vehicle across a field, crossing a body of water on a single rope bridge, and evaluating and responding to hypothetical high-risk situations, according to Moore.

The Marquette University Army ROTC mens team takes First Place in Ranger Challenge.

Marquette's team was up before dawn the following day to compete in a fast paced physical fitness test of two minutes of push-ups, two minutes of sit-ups and a two-mile run, followed by a 16-kilometer (9.94 miles) orienteering course. Competitors were required to wear full battle gear and carry a 30-pound backpack and M-16 rifle. Various course checkpoints tested teams' physical and mental endurance with activities such as dragging an Army vehicle across a field, crossing a body of water on a single rope bridge, and evaluating and responding to hypothetical high-risk situations, according to Moore. "Your body starts to hurt and your mind wants to give up. The level of difficulty at the competition itself is unbelievable," Moore said. The competition "separated people based on that mental commitment to keep going no matter what," he said. The climax of the Ranger Challenge came the morning of the third day as teams lined up for the final 10-kilometer race in the same heavy battle gear they had worn the day before. Moore described the scene: The grassy course was still tipped in frost as the race began, the nine-man team running together for the entire course. Chants of "We are Marquette!" could be heard as they crossed the finish line in first place, according to Moore. Dan McGonagil, a senior in the College of Arts&Sciences and ROTC cadet, said the course was a challenge to body and mind. "People may think (the Ranger Challenge) is more physical, but you have to see what your goal is and overcome the mental limitations," he said.

LTC Clark Backus

Professor of Military Science

Lieutenant Colonel Backus was commissioned in June of 1988 from Officer Candidate School (OCS) as an Armor Officer and was subsequently assigned to the1st Battalion, 35th Armor in Erlangern, GE where he served as a Tank PlatoonLeader, Scout Platoon Leader, and Battalion Adjutant (S1).  During his assignment in 1/35 Armor, Lieutenant Colonel Backus served as the Scout Platoon Leader during Operation DESERT STORM.  After assisting in the deactivation of the unit, Lieutenant Colonel Backus PCS'd to the Battalion/Brigade Signal Officers Course in Fort Sill, OK in route to the Signal Officer Advanced Coursein Fort Gordon, Georgia.  Upon completion of the Advanced Course, and a successful re-branching into the Signal Corps, Lieutenant Colonel Backus was assigned to the 16th Signal Battalion, 3rd Signal Brigade as the Battalion S4in Fort Hood, Texas.  After briefly serving as the Assistant S-3,Lieutenant Colonel Backus assumed command of Charlie Company.  Upon completion of command, Lieutenant Colonel Backus attended Advanced Civil Schooling at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana en route to the United States Military Academy for duty as an instructor in the Behavior Sciences and Leadership Department.  After completing his assignment at West Point and attendance at the Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth,Lieutenant Colonel Backus was assigned as the Executive Officer for the 86th Signal Battalion, 11th Signal Brigade.  During his 24 months as XO,Lieutenant Colonel Backus deployed to Kuwait and Iraq in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.  Lieutenant Colonel Backusleft Iraq in July 2003 and was subsequently assigned to the Department of the Army Staff as the Tactical Division Chief for the CIO/G6, Information Assurance Directorate before his selection as the PMS at Marquette University.

Lieutenant Colonel Backus is married to his wife Cindy. They have two children, Sara 9 and Kyle 3.                    

Master Sergeant Kevin G.Walz

Senior Military Instructor

Master Sergeant Walz enlisted in the Army Reserves March of 1986 with the492nd Engineer Company (Artic, Light) Mankato, Minnesota and attended CombatEngineer One Station Unit Training at Ft. Leonard Wood Missouri. In April of1987 he enlisted in the Regular Army and was assigned to B Company, 82ndEngineer Battalion, Bamberg Germany where he served as a Combat Engineer. Hisfollowing assignment was at Fort Leonard Wood Missouri with the 132nd EngineerBrigade as a Senior Demolitions Specialist. In 1991 he served overseas as aCombat Engineer Squad Leader with B Company, 2nd Engineer Battalion (Combat,Mechanized), Camp Giant, Korea. Following his tour in Korea, he served with the5th Engineer Battalion (Corps, Mechanized) at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri as aSquad Leader for five years. He then attended Drill Sergeant School and servedas a Drill Sergeant with Echo Company, 3-10 Infantry Battalion at Fort LeonardWood for 2 years. His following assignment was with the 40th Engineer Battalion(Combat, Mechanized) Baumholder, Germany were he served as a Platoon Sergeant,Assault and Obstacle Platoon Sergeant, and Support Platoon Sergeant. Whileserving with the 40th Engineers, he deployed to Kosovo in 2000 in support ofKFOR 2B. He then was assigned to the Combat Maneuver Training Center atHohenfels, Germany as an Engineer Company Observer/Controller with the GrizzlyTeam. In August 0f 2005 MSG Walz was assigned as the Senior Military Instructorat Marquette University.

MSG Walz is married to his wife Holly. They have two Children, Tiara 18 andJoshua 14.

MAJ Rodd Washington

Assistant Professor of Military Science

Major (ret) Roddrick Washington, a military dependent, born in Spokane, WA,enlisted in the Nebraska Army National Guard in 1981.

He was assigned as a gunner in a tank platoon of F Troop 1/167 Cavalry inFremont, NE. He entered the state Officer Candidate School where he receivedhis commission in 1986. After attending the Cavalry Officer’s Basic Course hewas assigned as a tank platoon leader for the 1-195th Armor Battalion. MajorWashington’s next assignment was as a scout platoon leader for HHC, 2-134thInfantry (M) Battalion. He continued to serve in HHC, 2-134th IN as theExecutive Officer. Major Washington’s next assignment was as a battle Captainon the 67th Infantry (M) Brigade’s S-3 staff where he performed the duties ofthe liaison officer and the S-3 Air. Major Washington transferred back to the1/167th Cavalry Squadron where he became the Executive Officer of HHT followedby three commands as Troop Commander of HHT, Bravo and Charlie troopsrespectively. After his commands he served as a Special Operations Officer forthe POMSO (Plans and Operations of Military Support) for six months.Transferring back to the 67th Infantry Brigade (M) he served as theCommunications and Electronics Officer for three years. His last assignment wasas the S-3 of Det 4, HQ STARC. In January of 2004 he retired from the NebraskaArmy National Guard and was hired by COMTek where he has served in the positionof APMS at the University of Nebraska –Lincoln Army ROTC, and now serves as theExecutive Officer of the Marquette University Army ROTC.

Major Washington majored in Human Resource Management and holds a Bachelor ofScience degree in Human Resource Management from Grace University in Omaha,Nebraska. His military education includes the Cavalry Officer Basic andInfantry Advanced Courses, Combined Arms Services Staff School, Air/GroundOperations Course, Anti-Terrorism Course (NICI), Reserve Component tankCommander’s Course for both the M60 A3 and the M1 IP, and Combat LifesaverCourse.

Major Washington's awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, ArmyCommendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal, NationalDefense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the ArmyService Ribbon.

Major Washington is married and has three sons and two daughters

Major Michael Sierakowski

Operations Officer

Born in Chicago, Illinois on 8 April 1970, Major Sierakowski received hiscommission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the Universityof Illinois at Chicago and entered active duty as an Engineer Branch SecondLieutenant in 1994.

Major Sierakowski's military education includes the Engineer Officer BasicCourse, Engineer Captain's Career Course, the Combined Arms Service StaffSchool, Northern Warfare School and Airborne School.  

Major Sierakowski's career highlights include assignments a Platoon Leader andExecutive Officer in Charlie Company, 44th Engineer Battalion (M), Camp Howze,Korea; Horizontal Construction Platoon Leader in Alpha Company, 52nd EngineerBattalion, Fort Carson, Colorado; Facilities and Construction ManagementEngineer, and Assistant S-3 in the 43rd Area Support Group, Fort Carson,Colorado; Bosnia Base Camp Construction Manager in Heidleberg, Germany; CompanyCommander of Charlie Company, 577the Engineer Battalion, Fort Leonardwood,Missouri; Company Commander of Charlie Company 5th Engineer Battalion, Fort Leonardwood, Missouri; Senior Engineer Observer Controller and Trainer,3-335th Training Support Battalion (TSB), and his current assignment as theOperations Officer at Marquette University Army ROTC.

Major Sierakowski's military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, ArmyCommendation Medal (3OLC), Army Achievement Medal (1OLC), the National DefenseService Medal with Bronze Star, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas ServiceRibbon, and the Army Superior Unit Award.  He also wears the ArmyParachutist Badge and the Gold German Armed Forces Efficiency Test (GAFET)Badge.

He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin R. Sierakowski of Chicago, Illinois. In March, 1994, Major Sierakowski married Ms. Tracey Renee' Maiers of WilliamsBay, Wisconsin.  They have one child, Jacob, who is two years old and asecond child due in December 2004.

Major Michael Magnus

Assistant Professor of Military Science (Support)

Major Magnus was commissioned in May of 1991 from Central MichiganUniversity’s ROTC program as an Infantry Officer and was subsequently assignedto Alpha Company 1/126th IN located in Alma, Michigan, where he served as aplatoon leader after attending Infantry Officer Basic Course. He transferred tothe 5089th Reception Station Battalion in Saginaw, MI where he served as aReception Officer for basic trainees arriving at Fort Benning, GA for 15months. After 16 months of company command at the 5089th, the battaliondeactivated and LT Magnus rebranched to the Quartermaster Corps and wasassigned to the 980th Quartermaster Company Supply ( Direct Support) in BayCity, MI. After 19 months as a platoon leader, he attended the QuartermasterOfficer Advanced Course and assumed command of the company for 22 months. Hischange of command ceremony occurred during Roving Sands 1999 and he leftcommand to become the Logistics Officer for the 2-313th Logistics SupportBattalion. CPT Magnus was instrumental in standing up the battalion and whilethere attended the Observer Controller Academy. He attended the Combined Armsand Services Staff School at Fort Leavenworth, KS in 2000. In 2002, CPT Magnuswas transferred to the 319th Quartermaster Battalion ( Petroleum Storage)Cleveland, OH and served as the Petroleum Officer in the S3 section. CPT Magnusassumed command of the 475th Quartermaster Company, (Petroleum Storage) BeaverFalls, PA prior to the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom and was responsible fortheir train-up at Fort Dix, NJ prior to the start of Military Operations inIraq. CPT Magnus deployed with the company from Kuwait north to Iraq in April2003 and was at Forward Operating Base Speicher, Tikrit, Iraq until April 2004.While in command of the 475th QM CO, the company distributed over 3,000,000gallons of fuel in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. After thede-mobilization of the 475th, CPT Magnus returned to the 319th QM Bn inCleveland, OH. CPT Magnus came to Marquette University in October 2004 as theAssistant Professor of Military Science. MAJ Magnus was promoted to MAJ in June2005.

Major Magnus is married to his wife, Becky. They have three children.

Captain Patricia Baker

Recruiting Operations Officer

Captain Patricia G. Baker is the daughter of MSG and Mrs Norm Baker ofRevere, Minnesota.  She received a Reserve Officer Training Corpscommission, Aviation Branch, from the University of North Dakota in May 1997 asa Distinguished Military Graduate.

Captain Baker completed basic training in August 1992 and served her enlistmentwith the Minnesota National Guard as a 31 L-Wire Systems Installer with the134th Signal Battalion, 34th Infantry Division.  After commissioningin  May 1997, she attended the Aviation Officer Basic Course Followed bythe Initial Entry Rotary Wing Course at Fort Rucker, Alabama.  Upongraduation she was assigned as the HHC XO, 5th Battalion, 101st AviationRegiment (ASLT), Fort Campbell, Kentucky.  During this tour she alsoserved as a Flightline Platoon Leader and as the Battalion Adjutant.  In2001 she attended the Aviation Captain's Career Course and Combined ArmsServices Statt School.  She was then assigned to the 4th Aviation Brigade,4th Infantry Division (Mech), Fort Hood, Texas.  Her assignments thereincluded Brigade Adjutant and Commander, B/2-4 Aviation Regiment.  InMarch 2003, Captain Baker deployed with her company to Iraq in support ofOperation IRAQI FREEDOM.  In March 2004, the company redeployed from ayearlong combat tour to Fort Hood, Texas.  As of Jun2 2004, Captain Bakerhas been assigned as the Recruiting Operations Officer at Marquette UniversityArmy ROTC.

Captain Baker is a graduate of the Aviation Officer Basic Course, the InitialEntry Rotary Wing Course, the UH-60 Aircraft Qualification Course, the AviationCaptain's Career Course, the Command and Staff Service School and the AirAssault School.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Airway ScienceManagement from the University of North Dakota.

Captain Baker's decorations include the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal,the National Defense Service Medal with bronze star, the Global War onTerrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, theArmy Service Ribbon, and the Overseas Training Ribbon.  She wears the ArmyAviator and Air Assault badges.

Captain Baker is originally from the farming communities of southwestMinnesota.  She is married to Noah Wallace, they have a son, Zack Wallacewho is 3 years old.   

Master Sergeant Clohessy

Military History Instructor

Master Sergeant Lawrence Schmitt

Military History Instructor

MSG Schmitt is originally from West Allis, WI and attended the University ofWisconsin-Milwaukee where he was an ROTC cadet.  After transferring to theUniversity of Michigan for his Forestry degree, he graduated in December of1969 and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Corps ofEngineers.
With further schooling at Ft. Belvoir, VA to become a Topographic Engineer, 2ndLieutenant Schmitt was sent to serve with a topographic battalion in Germany.  He held positions as a terrain analyst, assistant battalion adjutant, and executive officer for a photo mapping company.

He returned to civilian life and worked as a Forester for the Bureau of Land Management in Oregon, and as a Forest Ranger with the Wisconsin Department ofNatural Resources.

In 1988 MSG Schmitt came back into the Army Reserve in the 84th Division in Milwaukee.  As a noncommissioned officer, MSG served as a company andbattalion supply NCO, and as a training instructor.  As a life-long"history buff" MSG Schmitt was exciting to begin teaching MilitaryHistory with the Marquette Army ROTC Department.

MSG Schmitt recently retired from his civilian job and is using his new foundfree time to work on his Masters Degree.  He lives with his wife near BlueRiver, WI and has five grown children.

Sergeant First Class T. Schultz

Assistant MS-II Instructor

In her 19th year of Army Reserve service, SFC Teresa Schultz comes toMarquette from 1st Bn 84th Division, 7th Bde (IT), Milwaukee, WI where she inprocessed and prepared new recruits at the Fort Benning, GA. reception Bnprior to their basic tng ship date.

That unit recently received 46 of their mobilized soldiers back from a tenmonth stay at Benning, one of which was SFC Schultz’s husband, SSG LarryHuissen, who worked as a Drill Sergeant.

From 1989-2000, she was with 1/339-4Bde as a PSNCO (administration) and TNGNCO. Their mission was to train ROTC cadets, at various posts, for their summercamp training. That unit has since been reorganized.

In her civilian life, she works a surgical technologist at All SaintsHealthcare System in Racine. Between them, they have six children from 13-25and are currently moving to the Milwaukee area where Larry works as a policeofficer. They also have two (with another due in May) grandchildren who residein Paducah, KY. Their guard animal is their pet Pekin duck named Joe, who looksjust like the AFLAC duck! Really!

Mr. David Rudock

Administrative Technician

Ms. Nancy Drury

Human Resources Administration

Peggy Sullivan

Administrative Secretary