Michigan Technological University

LTC Christian A. Thompson

Professor of Military Science

Lieutenant Colonel Christian Thompson's most recent assignment before coming to Michigan Technological University was Commander of the 864th Engineer Battalion and Division Engineer for the 7th Infantry Division. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, Masters of Science degrees in Geology and in Geophysics from the University of Missouri Science and Technology, a Master of Science degree in Administration from Central Michigan University, and was commissioned into the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from the Officer Candidate School at Ft. Benning, GA in January 1998.

He has served in multiple commands and staff positions at ten different duty locations to include Sapper Platoon Leader in the 588th Engineer Battalion, Company Commander of the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 9th Engineer Battalion, Battalion Executive Officer of the 2nd Engineer Battalion, Security Forces Advisor to the 4th Brigade, 203rd Afghan National Army, Deputy Commander for the US Army Corps of Engineers District at St. Paul, MN, and Battalion Commander of the 864th Engineer Battalion. His operational deployments include NATO Kosovo Force (KFOR 4A), Operation Iraqi Freedom II, Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08 during Surge operations in Baghdad, and Operation Enduring Freedom XIII.

LTC Thompson is a graduate of the Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the Army Command and General Staff College, the Army Pre-Command Course, the University Senior Leader Course, and the Army Airborne and Air Assault Schools. He is a Genocide Studies Fellow and is a lifetime member of the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation. He is also a lifetime member of the Army Engineer Association, member of the Society of American Military Engineers, a lifetime member of VFW Post #56, and lifetime member of the 864th Engineer Alumni Association. His awards and decorations include three Bronze Star Medals, five Meritorious Service Medals, four Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, the Humanitarian Service Medal, two NATO Medals, the Combat Action Badge, the Gold German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency, and the Bronze Order of the DeFleury Medal.

LTC Thompson and his wife of 25 years are the proud parents of four lovely daughters.

CPT Paul Loomis

Assistant Professor of Military Science/MSIII Instructor

Captain Paul Loomis enlisted in the Army in 2002 as a SIGINT Intelligence Analyst achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant. He graduated from Oswego State College in 2009 with a Bachelors of Arts in European History. Through ROTC, he earned his commission as a Chemical Officer and later becoming an Intelligence Officer.

Before arriving to the Michigan Tech 1st Arctic Battalion, CPT Loomis served as the Battalion Intelligence Officer for 5-52 ADA BN with whom he deployed in 2014 to Gaziantep Turkey as part of the NATO Mission Operation Active Fence along the Turkey-Syrian border. While in Turkey, he worked closely with several Intelligence agencies nominated for the Counter Intelligence/Physical Security award. In 2012, CPT Loomis deployed with the 3-159th ARB in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, as the Battalion Chemical Officer, serving in the role of Battle Captain.

As enlisted, CPT Loomis served with the 527th MI BN as a Morse analyst at CAMP Humphrey’s South Korea and with the 105th MI BN as a Regional targeting and as the FSU NCOIC at the European Security Operations Center in Darmstadt Germany. Captain Loomis' military education includes Warrior Leader's Course, Advanced Leader's Course, Basic Officer Leaders Course (Chemical), Captain’s Career Course (Military Intelligence), Airborne School, and Master Resiliency Training.

CPT Nathan Lahti

Assistant Professor of Military Science

Captain Nathan M. Lahti entered the United States Army in 2003 enlisting into the Michigan National Guard as a 12B Combat Engineer with Calumet MI's 107th Engineer A Company. Shortly after in late 2004 through 2005 he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom attached to Iowa's 224 Engineer Battalion as a member of an Assault and Obstacle (A&O) platoon. He spent the majority that deployment in Anbar Province and helped to support Iraq's first democratic elections.

In 2010, he received a direct commission as a second lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps. He was assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), Washington’s Madigan Army Medical Center working first as a Medical-Surgical nurse and then in its Post Anesthesia Care Unit. In 2015, he transitioned to the Army Reserve and joined the 807th Medical Battalion's 452nd Combat Support Hospital Det. 1 and served there until his current assignment to the 4-414th Regt SROTC to support ROTC training at Michigan Technological University.

Captain Lahti holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Northern Michigan University. As a civilian he is the Education Coordinator, Emergency Manager, Telemedicine Coordinator, and Patient Satisfaction Officer for Baraga County Memorial Hospital. His military awards and decorations include the Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Commendation Metal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Combat Action Badge, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal W/ M Device, Global War on Terrorism Service Ribbon, Iraqi Campaign Medal, and US Army Engineer Trail Blazer Award.

Mr. Jonathan W Fox

Recruiting Operations Officer

Mr. Fox entered active duty in 1981, upon graduation from High School, and served three years in the 82nd Airborne Division as an Infantryman and a Pathfinder. He left active duty in 1984 and entered the University of Wisconsin/Madison, where he joined the Army Reserves and Army ROTC. He was commissioned in 1990 as an active duty Infantry Officer. His military training includes: Airborne school, Pathfinder school, Recondo School, Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced courses, Ranger School, Malaysian Combat Tracking School, Special Forces Phase II Demolitions Course, and Special Forces SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape) Instructor School. He has served as an Infantry Platoon Leader, Infantry Company Executive Officer, Support Platoon Leader, Assistant Brigade S3 Officer, Company Commander, Infantry Battalion S4, ROTC APMS, ROK Liaison Officer, Brigade Plans Officer and as a Stryker Infantry Battalion Operations Officer. Mr. Fox retired from active duty in 2013 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

SSG Christopher Bates

On-Campus Army National Guard Recruiter

Staff Sergeant Christopher Bates, National Guard Recruiting Liaison and Instructor with Michigan Technological University Army ROTC, former Active Duty Infantryman and Combat Engineer with the Michigan Army National Guard, he enlisted in the United States Army in 1997 and the Michigan Army National guard in 2000.

Recent Assignments: Current On-Campus National Guard Recruiter at Michigan Tech, Squad Leader for the 1431st SAPPERS — Calumet, MI, 2008-2016, Acting Senior Military Instructor Michigan Tech Army ROTC, April 2017 - December 2017, Personnel Security Detachment Platoon Sergeant with HHC 107th EN BN, 2007- 2008, SSG Bates has served in 3 tours in Iraq.

Military Education: Army National Guard Recruiting Course, Warrior Leaders Course, Advanced Leadership Course, Army Combatives Course Lv: 1, Combat Engineer Course, Urban Breacher Course, Army and Air National Guard J-TAC basic course, Personnel Recovery and Security Leadership Course, Master Resiliency Trainer Course, Basic Training Orientation Program Instructor Course.

His military awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with two campaign stars, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with numeral 2, Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Service Ribbon with numeral 2, Army Reserve Components Overseas training ribbon with numeral 2, Armed Forces Service Medal with bronze hour glass, numeral 2, and “M” device, Michigan Recruiting Ribbon, Michigan State War on Terrorism Medal, Michigan Outside U.S. service Ribbon, Michigan Broadsword Service Medal with silver oak leaf cluster, Combat Action Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, National Guard Master Recruiting Badge.

MSG Joshua Browning

Senior Military Instuctor

Master Sergeant Joshua C. Browning, Senior Military Instructor of military science and leadership at Michigan Technological University, is an Infantry Senior Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) and enlisted in the United States Army in 2003. Browning’s previous assignments include 1st Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment and Regimental Special Troops Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment. While assigned to these units he deployed ten times to various locations across the world.

Military Education: Airborne School, Ranger Indoctrination Program, Ranger School, Explosive Entry Training, AM General Driving Course, Warrior Leaders Course, Jumpmaster Course, Basic Non-Commissioned Officer Course, Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape (SERE) level C SERE level B, Mountain Warfare School, Master Breacher Course, Military Free Fall Parachutists Course, Pathfinder Course, Tactical Army Combatives Course level 1 and 2, Sniper Course, Advanced Off-road Driving Course, Electronic and Information Security Course, Lock Vulnerabilities Bypass Course, Antiterrorism Evasive Driving Course, Self-Defense Shooting Course, Tactical Combat Casualty Care Course, SERE High Risk Course, Reconnaissance Training Course, Maneuver Senior Leaders Course, Special Forces Military Free Fall Jumpmaster Course, Interagency Communications Course, Small Arms Leaders Course, ATV Instructor Course, Master Educator Course.

Military Awards and Decorations: Bronze Star Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Army Achievement Medal with one silver oak leaf and three oak leaf cluster, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two campaign stars, Iraq Campaign Medal with two campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with numeral 3, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Master Military Freefall Badge, Senior Parachutists Badge.

SFC Michael Esterline

Military Training Instructor

Sergeant First Class Michael A. Esterline, military science instructor at Michigan Tech University, is a Cavalry Senior Non-Commissioned Officer and enlisted in the United States Army in 2005.

Previous Assignments: 1st Battalion 5th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Squadron 4th Cavalry Regiment, US Army Recruiting Summerville, SC, 3rd Squadron 71st Cavalry Regiment, Deployed three times to Iraq.

Military Education: Calvary One Station Unit Training, Basic Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders CourseArmy Recruiting Course, Combat Life Savers Course, Maneuver Senior Leaders Course, Unit Movement Officers Course, Foundation Instructor Facilitator Course.

His military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Army Achievement Medal with two oak cluster, Navy Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct medal, Navy Good Conduct medal, and Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal.

Ms. Colleen Klausner

Human Resource Administrator

Colleen S. Klausner transferred to Michigan Technological University, August 2016, from the University of Toledo’s ROTC program. She spent four years as a junior officer in Germany and retired with the US Army Reserves as a Lieutenant Colonel. She earned her commission from the Virginia Commonwealth University in 1986. Before working with ROTC programs, she spent 14 years in sales while raising three boys who are all currently serving in the military. Her husband, Kent, is a proud graduate of Michigan Tech and commissioned from this program.

Ms. Klausner earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Masters of Science in Liberal Studies from the University of Toledo. She was commissioned through Army ROTC, branched Quartermaster Corps, entered active duty in 1986 and was stationed in West Germany within the 21st Support Command. She left active duty in 1990 and transferred to the Army Reserves where she served in the 104th Training Division, 19th Material Management Center, 84th Training Division, 645th Area Support Group and 8th Army. She has held various leadership and staff positions as Platoon Leader, Accountable Officer, Detachment Commander, Battalion and Brigade S-4/Property Book Officer, and Staff Training Officer. In 2003, she was part of the initial deployment of troops to Baghdad, Iraq in support of what we now know as Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Ms. Klausner is a graduate of the Quartermaster Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the Army Command and General Staff College and the Army Airborne Course. Ms. Klausner retired from the army reserves in 2014 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. As a civilian, she has worked in sales for 16 years and as a Human Resource Administrator for six years.

Mrs. Evelyn Colon-Peters

AROTC Administrative Assistant

Evelyn Colón-Peters has served Michigan Technological University since February 2002 and has been with the ROTC department since 2005. She spent 5 years in the US Air Force beginning station at Kunsan Air Base in South Korea and Kirkland Air Force Base, New Mexico before separating to raise her daughters. Ms. Colón-Peters earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in History and Spanish from Northern Michigan University.