North Carolina State University
LTC Ratashak administers the oath to two cadets who contracted on this date. Each semester’s lab starts with an awards ceremony, and during this the new chain of command takes over and cadets are presented with numerous awards for their performance in school and in ROTC. At the fall ceremony, the cadets that just came back from LDAC and those that attended Airborne and Air Assault School, and Northern and Mountain Warfare School are recognized. Typically at both ceremonies is where the new chain of command resumes control of the Battalion and from there on until the command changes they are in charge of all of the cadets.

Cadets Taking an Oath

LTC Ratashak administers the oath to two cadets who contracted on this date. Each semester’s lab starts with an awards ceremony, and during this the new chain of command takes over and cadets are presented with numerous awards for their performance in school and in ROTC. At the fall ceremony, the cadets that just came back from LDAC and those that attended Airborne and Air Assault School, and Northern and Mountain Warfare School are recognized. Typically at both ceremonies is where the new chain of command resumes control of the Battalion and from there on until the command changes they are in charge of all of the cadets.

LTC Andrew Sinden

Professor of Military Science

Lieutenant Colonel Andrew K. Sinden graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology as a Distinguished Military Graduate and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in Infantry in 2001. His education includes a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and a Masters of Military Operational Art and Science from the Air Command and Staff College.

His first assignment was with 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment at Fort Carson, Colorado where he served as a Rifle Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. Following the Infantry Captain's Career Course, he served as a Senior Platoon Trainer in 2nd Battalion, 11th Infantry Regiment, Infantry Basic Officer Leader Course, Fort Benning, Georgia, and then as the logistics officer for 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. In September 2008, Lieutenant Colonel Sinden assumed command of B Troop, 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment in Afghanistan while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Following Troop Command, Lieutenant Colonel Sinden served as the Executive Officer of 2nd Battalion, 11th Infantry Regiment at Fort Benning, Georgia and then attended the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. Lieutenant Colonel Sinden then moved to Fort Stewart, GA where he served as a Plans Officer in the 3rd Infantry Division Headquarters, as the Executive Officer of 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, as the Executive Officer of the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, and as the Secretary of the General Staff in the 3rd Infantry Division Headquarters. Lieutenant Colonel Sinden currently serves as the Professor of Military Science for the Army ROTC Program at the North Carolina State University.

MAJ Rogelio De Leon

Executive Officer

Mr. Stephen Johnson

Recruiting Operations Officer

CPT Cedric Cato

Assistant Professor of Military Science

CPT Dan May

MS III Instructor

MAJ Matthew Fletcher

MS III Instructor

SFC Michael McAlexander

MS I Instructor

MSG Joseph Aiello

Senior Military Instructor

Master Sergeant Aiello was born in Clarksburg, West Virginia. He entered active duty in November of 2000, attending One Station Unit Training at Fort Knox, Kentucky as a 19K M1 Abrams Armor Crewman. Master Sergeant Aiello was reclassed in 2006 to a Scout MOS of 19D.

Master Sergeant Aiello’s duty assignments include 1st Battalion 64h Armor Regiment Fort Stewart, Georgia; he also served with 1st Squadron 16th Cavalry Regiment Fort Knox, Kentucky; 4th Squadron 7th Cavalry Regiment Camp Hovey, Republic of Korea; 5th Squadron 15 Cavalry Regiment Fort Knox, Kentucky and is currently serving with the 2nd Battalion 34th Armor Regiment Fort Riley, Kansas

Master Sergeant Aiello has held several positions throughout his career, including M1A2 Abrams Tank Driver, Loader, Gunner and Commander; M3A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle Commander; Section Sergeant; Senior Scout; Drill Sergeant; Senior Drill Sergeant; Tank Platoon Sergeant; Scout Platoon Sergeant; Battalion Master Gunner; Brigade Master Gunner; Tank Company First Sergeant, Headquarters and Headquarters Company First Sergeant in 2nd Battalion 34th Armor Regiment and is now serving as the Senior Military Instructor at North Carolina State University. His deployments include two combat tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIFI and OIFIII), one combat tour in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan (OEFXII), one rotation to Germany and two rotations to South Korea. Master Sergeant Aiello has also conducted multiple training exercises to the National Training Center Fort Irwin, California (5) and the Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, Louisiana.

Master Sergeant Aiello is a graduate from Central Texas College, with an Associate’s Degree in General Studies. He is a graduate of three NCOPDS schools; Warrior’s Leader Course, Advanced Leader’s Course and Maneuver Senior Leader’s Course. He has also completed the Bradley Master Gunner Course, Drill Sergeant School, Total Army Instructor Training Course, Basic Instructor Training Course, Master Driver School, Unit Prevention Leaders Course, Equal Opportunity Representative School, and Cavalry Leaders Course.

Master Sergeant Aiello was in the invasion of Iraq in 2003, where he was part of Task Force Rogue and made the largest armored ground movement in history of over 300 kilometers from Kuwait to Baghdad, Iraq. Master Sergeant Aiello was also part of the historical event known as the “Thunder Run” with the 1st Battalion 64th Armor Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division out of Fort Stewart, Georgia. During the invasion Master Sergeant Aiello at the time was SPC Aiello a tank gunner and was 21 years old. This historical event is known around the world today and will forever be part of military history.

SFC Marshall Clark

National Guard Liaison