Minnesota State University Mankato
ROTC will show you how to overcome your physical and mental limits. This Cadet is pushing through a rigorous obstacle course at Camp Ripley MN during Fall FTX.

Overcoming Challenges

ROTC will show you how to overcome your physical and mental limits. This Cadet is pushing through a rigorous obstacle course at Camp Ripley MN during Fall FTX.

LTC Dennis Murphy

Professor of Military Science / Fourth Year Instructor

Lieutenant Colonel Murphy graduated from Creighton University and was commissioned onto active duty as a Quartermaster Officer in 1996. He initially served in Germany as a Maintenance Platoon Leader and Executive Officer with the 77th Maintenance Company, 18thCorps Support Battalion. He later served as an Accountable Officer with the 71st Ordnance Company, 18th Corps Support Battalion and as a Support Management Officer for the 16th Corps Support Group. During this tour, LTC Murphy deployed to both Taszar, Hungary and Macedonia in support of Operation Joint Guardian and Operation Joint Forge.

After completion of the Advanced Course at Fort Lee, VA, LTC Murphy was assigned to the 43rd Area Support Group as at Fort Carson, Colorado as a Support Operations Officer.

Lieutenant Colonel Murphy transitioned to the Individual Ready Reserve in 2000. In 2001, LTC Murphy was accepted into the Active Guard Reserve program and assigned to the 809th Quartermaster Battalion in Nebraska as a Supply and Services Officer and S-3. LTC Murphy deployed to Kuwait during this assignment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

In 2005, Lieutenant Colonel Murphy was assigned as an Assistant Professor of Military Science at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. He was reassigned to the 103rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command in Des Moines, Iowa in 2009 as a Plans Officer. LTC Murphy deployed with the 103rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command to Iraq in Support of Operations Iraqi Freedom in 2010.

Lieutenant Colonel Murphy was reassigned to the 89th Sustainment Command in Kansas City, Missouri as the Support Operations Officer in 2013.

In February 2014, LTC Murphy was selected for command as the Professor of Military Science of the Army ROTC program at Minnesota State at Mankato.

LTC Murphy’s decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (w/ "M" device/Bronze Hourglass), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Services Ribbon, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency, Overseas Service Bars (3). LTC Murphy has also been recognized as a Demonstrated Master Logistician (SOLE) and a recipient of the Distinguished Order of Saint Martin.

LTC Murphy’s military education includes the Quartermaster Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Intermediate Level Education, Strategic Studies Course, Theater Logistics Course, and Lean Six Sigma Course.

Contact Information:

dennis.murphy@mnsu.edu

507-389-5832

Mr. Jeff Dee

Human Resource Assistant

Mr. Dee began his military career in 1983 by enlisting in the Army Reserves with the 492nd Engineer Company, Mankato, MN, as a Motor Transport Operator. Shortly after he became the TAMMS/PLL (Maintenance) Clerk for the 492nd. He also served as Ammunition Team Chief for G Battery, 11th Field Artillery and Senior Construction Equipment Repairer, B company, 367th Engineer Battalion, both in Mankato. In 1998 Mr. Dee attended Warrant Officer Candidate School and was appointed a Warrant Officer as an Engineer Equipment Maintenance Technician and deployed to Afghanistan with the 367th Engineer Battalion from 2004 to 2005. In 2007 he transferred to the 88th Regional Readiness Command, Fort Snelling, MN, as a Military Personnel Technician. He currently is a Chief Warrant Office 4, Military Personnel Technician, with the 644th Regional Support Group, Fort Snelling, MN.

In 1991 Mr. Dee started a civilian career as a Department of the Army civilian as a Unit Administrative Technician with G Battery, 11thField Artillery in Mankato, then with B Company, 367th Engineer Battalion. In 1998 he became the Unit Administrator with B Company. IN 2005 he became a Human Resources Specialist with the 88th Regional Readiness Command at Fort. Snelling, MN then with the reorganized 88th Regional Support Command at Fort McCoy, WI. He moved to MN State University, Mankato in July 2013.

Contact Information:

jeffrey.dee@mnsu.edu

507-389-6226

Mr. Timothy Adams

Executive Officer

Mr. Tim Adams is a native of Mankato, Minnesota. He began is military career in the United States Navy after receiving his commission through NROTC at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. He holds a Master's degree in National Security Studies from Georgetown University. Mr. Adams served as a Naval Aviator for 21 years, retiring in 2008. Mr. Adams deployed in support of Operation Desert Storm/Shield and Enduring Freedom. In 2010, Mr. Adams joined the Minnesota Army National Guard as a Military Intelligence Officer. He is currently serving as the Space Operations officer with the 34th Infantry Division at Rosemount, MN.

Contact Information:

tim.adams@mnsu.edu

507-389-5835

LTC Joel Stephenson

Professor of Military Science

Lieutenant Colonel Joel Stephenson graduated in May 1992 from the United States Military Academy with a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering Management. He was commissioned into Active Duty as an Armor Officer. LTC Stephenson has served in a variety of command and staff positions both stateside and overseas. He commanded two companies at Fort Riley, Kansas, served as an Observer/Controller at the Army’s National Training Center, and deployed twice to Iraq as a Squadron and Brigade Operations Officer in the 4th Infantry Division.

CPT John Dart

Operations Officer/FirstYear Instructor

CPT John Dart was commissioned into the Army as a Second Lieutenant in the Quartermaster branch on May 12th, 2007. Upon commissioning CPT Dart attended Basic Officer Leader Course II at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and then Quartermaster Officer Basic Course at Fort Lee, Virginia.

CPT Dart was assigned to the 4th Infantry Division, 2nd Brigade, 204th Brigade Support Battalion, there he served as a Distribution Platoon Leader, Maintenance Platoon Leader, Executive Officer and Maintenance Control Officer. CPT Dart deployed with 2nd Brigade from 2008-2009 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Upon return from deployment CPT attended the Combine Logistics Captains Career Course and Petroleum Officer Course at Fort Lee, Virginia. After graduation from the Captains Career Course he was assigned to 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade at Hunter Army Airfield. CPT Dart served as Company Commander and BDE Assistant S4 while assigned to 3rd CAB. He deployed with 3rd CAB in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from 2012-2013.

CPT Dart was assigned to the 4th Infantry Division, 2nd Brigade, 204th Brigade Support Battalion, there he served as a Distribution Platoon Leader, Maintenance Platoon Leader, Executive Officer and Maintenance Control Officer. CPT Dart deployed with 2nd Brigade from 2008-2009 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Upon return from deployment CPT attended the Combine Logistics Captains Career Course and Petroleum Officer Course at Fort Lee, Virginia. After graduation from the Captains Career Course he was assigned to 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade at Hunter Army Airfield. CPT Dart served as Company Commander and BDE Assistant S4 while assigned to 3rd CAB. He deployed with 3rd CAB in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from 2012-2013.

Contact Information:

john.dart@mnsu.edu

507-389-1524

CPT Jared McClure

Operations Officer/Second Year Instructor

CPT McClure, following ten years of enlisted service in the US Army as an 11B (Infantrymen) and an 13F (Forward Observer), graduated in April 2005 from Utah Valley University with a Bachelor's Degree in Military Science and History. He was subsequently commissioned in the active duty Army as an Armor officer.

CPT McClure has served in a variety of command and staff positions both stateside and overseas. He served as a Platoon Leader at Ray Barracks, Friedberg Germany and served as a Troop Commander at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. CPT McClure deployed twice, once to Iraq as a Tank Platoon Leader in the 1st Armored Division and once to Afghanistan as a SQDN Battle Captain and Troop Commander in the 101st Airborne Infantry Division. CPT McClure has also served as a Brigade Maneuver Planner for 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team with the 2nd Infantry Division in Camp Casey/Hovey, Korea. The only forward deployed Brigade in the US Army.

CPT McClure's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (2), Army Commendation Medal (2), Army Achievement Medal (3), and Combat Action Badge. He's been awarded the Order of Saint George Bronze Medallion as well as the 1-61 Cavalry's Order of the Combat Spur. CPT McClure is a graduate of the Maneuver Captains Career Course at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

Contact Information:

jared.mcclure@mnsu.edu

507-389-5088

MSG Jason Arneson

Operations Officer/Second Year Instructor

Master Sergeant Jason A Arneson is the Senior Military Science Instructor for the Maverick Battalion.

Master Sergeant Arneson enlisted in the Army Reserves in 1988 and entered basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. Upon graduation from the University of Wisconsin- Whitewater with a Bachelor of Science degree he enlisted in the Regular Army in 2004 as a 13E. Since then, he has served in every leadership position from fire direction specialist to Brigade Operations Sergeant Major.

Master Sergeant Arneson has been deployed in support of Operation Joint Forge in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq and Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan.

His awards and decorations include: the Bronze Star; Meritorious Service Medal, 4 Oak Leaf Clusters; Army Commendation Medal, 2 Oak Leaf Clusters; Army Achievement Medal, 1 Silver and 4 Oak Leaf Clusters; Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, 1 Oak Leaf Cluster; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; NCO Professional Development Ribbon; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; NATO Medal; Army Valorous Unit Award; Army Meritorious Unit Commendation, Air Assault Badge; Combat Action Badge, and the Order of Saint Barbara.

Contact Information:

jason.arneson@mnsu.edu

507-389-5833

Mr. Jerry Bohl

Recruiting Operations Officer

Mr. Bohl graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 1991 with a B.S. in Business Administration and was commissioned into the National Guard as an Armor Officer. He served as a tank platoon leader and scout platoon leader before switching to the Infantry Branch. As an Infantry Officer, he has served as an infantry platoon leader, infantry company executive officer (XO), infantry company commander, Battalion (BN) S4, BN S3 Air, commander, a Division level planner, Chief of Future Operations, and Liaison Officer. He is currently the G7 (Informations Officer) for the 34th Infantry Division. He earned a Masters in Middle School Education in 1998 and taught 7th grade in Janesville, Wisconsin for 8 years before moving to the Maverick Battalion in 2003.

Contact Information:

gerald.bohl@mnsu.edu

507-389-6220

MSG Bart Irwin

Senior Military Instructor – Commandant of Cadets

MSG Irwin enlisted in the U.S. Marines in 1985 and served as a Small Arms Repair Tech until 1993 when he transferred to the U.S. Army Field Artillery as a 13M/MLRS Crewman. MSG Irwin’s duty locations include; Fort Sill, OK (3 tours), Camp Essayons, Camp Stanley and Camp Casey, South Korea and Bamberg, Germany. He has served as a Recon Sergeant, Firing Section Chief, Ammunition Section Chief, Battalion Maintenance Supervisor, Firing Platoon Sergeant, Ammunition Platoon Sergeant, Headquarters Platoon Sergeant, Battalion Master Gunner, Battalion Operations Sergeant, Task Force Operations Sergeant, Firing Battery First Sergeant and Headquarters Battery First Sergeant. MSG Irwin deployed in support of Operations Desert Shield/Storm (1990-91), Operation Desert Spring (2000-01), OIF (2003), OIF (2009). His awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (2nd award), the Army Commendation Medal (7th award), the Army Achievement Medal (5th award), Valorous Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation and is a member of the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara. MSG Irwin’s Schools include; NCO Leadership School (USMC), Warrior Leader Course, Advanced Leader Course, Senior Leader Course, Master Fitness Trainer Course, Battalion Intel/Operations Sergeant Course, Field Artillery Master Gunner Course, Small Arms Master Gunner Course and numerous other MOS Schools and Training Courses.

SFC Michael Goldner

Operations NCO

SFC Goldner enlisted in the Army in 1995 as an Infantryman and has served in a multitude of duty positions from the basic Rifleman to a Stryker equipted Infantry Platoon Sergeant.  He has been stationed at Fort. Benning, GA, Fort. Bragg, NC, and Fort Wainwright, AK.  He has deployed with the 172nd Stryker Brigade (Separate) in 2005 out of Alaska to Iraq as a Infantry Squad Leader, moved to a Sniper Team Leader, and promoted to a Platoon Sergeant.  He also deployed with the 1-24 Stryker Brigade out of Alaska in 2008, also to Iraq, as a Platoon Sergeant

Mr. Justin Heinze

Senior Military Science Instructor

Mr. Heinze is a 2004 Law Enforcement graduate of Minnesota State Mankato.  He commissioned through the ROTC program into Quartermaster as a reservist.  He was briefly part of the 212th QM Co in Arden Hills before it disbanded.  Later serving as 3rd Platoon Leader, BN S-1 Adjutant, HHC Commander, and  BN Assistant Operations Officer while mobilized at Fort McCoy for 4 years. He is currently assigned to 1/340th TSBN / 181 IN at Arden Hills, MN.

SFC Scott Sladek

Minnesota Army National Guard on Campus Liaison

SFC Scott Sladek has been a member of the National Guard for 25 years. Since 2005 he has served with the Minnesota National Guard Recruiting Battalion in Southern Minnesota. In February 2011 he moved to the ROTC Department at Minnesota State University Mankato as the National Guard Liaison. SFC Sladek's primary MOS is 79T, but also holds the 13B, 88M, and 92Y series.

Contact Information:

scott.ronald.sladek@us.army.mil

507-993-7413

Jean Anderson

University Secretary

Jean is the go-to person for all of the Cadets administration needs. Jean has worked at MSU since 1987.

Contact Information:

jean.andresen@mnsu.edu

507-389-6229

Abraham Gail

Administrator

Abraham has worked on campus for 28 years. She deals with the Cadet's issues and the cadre's administration issues.

Kristina Boyce

Supply Technician

Kris is the Supply Technician for the Maverick Battalion. A Mankato resident, she is the expert on all the equipment and supplies that the Battalion uses to complete training.

Contact Information:

kristina.boyce@mnsu.edu

507-389-5838