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LTC Ted Preister

Professor of Military Science

Phone: (701) 231-7575


LTC Ted M. Preister was assigned as Professor of Military Science at North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND, in August of 2013. Immediately prior to that assignment, he was assigned to the Joint Interagency Task Force - South (JIATFS) in Key West, Fl, where he served as the Collection Manager/GEOINT Chief and subsequently moved to be the Intelligence Operations Chief. As such, he was responsible for planning and reviewing all efforts by JIATFS single source analysts in support of the Command's Detection and Monitoring mission. He was also responsible for refining and improving the entire Tasking, Collection, Processing, Exploitation, and Dissemination (TCPED) process.

From May 2008 to August 2010, then MAJ Preister served as the Brigade Intelligence Officer for the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT), 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, CO. He built an IBCT intelligence section from a small core during the training cycle before deploying to Afghanistan for OEF-X. In Afghanistan he was responsible for the entire spectrum of intelligence activities in the provinces of Nangarhar, Nuristan, Kunar and Laghman (N2KL) in Afghanistan and operated what was widely recognized as the most effective BCT "Fusion Cell" in theater at the time.

As a Captain from March 2004 through June 2007, he served as the Intelligence Instructor for the US Army Infantry School at Fort Benning GA. Responsible for refining and delivering intelligence curricula of the Officer Candidate School, Basic Officer Leader Course and Maneuver Captain's Career Course. He was responsible for actively integrating real world examples and anecdotes to build relevance for the Company Grade officers/students who would soon deploy globally.

Prior to his time in GA he served as an Infantry Battalion Intelligence Officer, Assistant Brigade Intelligence Officer and Headquarters and Headquarters Company Commander in the 4500 man 2nd Brigade, 1st AD, Baumholder, Germany from August 2001 to February 2004. He was responsible for all source support to tactical/operational intelligence planning and operations at multiple levels before being selected to lead the Brigade Headquarters Company and deploy to Iraq for OIF-I.

As a Lieutenant from March 1996 through March 1999 he served as an Infantry Platoon Leader and Battalion Logistics Officer in the 1st Battalion 27th Infantry, at Schofield Barracks, HI. He was responsible for the training and employment of all men and systems in a 34 man platoon and subsequently all budgeting, logistics and transportation requirements for the 520 man battalion.

MS, Adult and Continuing Education from Kansas State University, Manhattan KS, May 2008
Graduate of Intermediate Level Education (ILE) of Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth KS, May 2008
Graduate of Military Intelligence Transition and Captains Career Courses, Fort Huachuca, AZ Jan 2001
Graduate of Infantry Officer Basic Course, Fort Benning GA, Nov 1995
BS, Chemical Engineering and Petroleum Refining, Colorado School of Mines, Golden CO, Jun 1995

LTC Preister's awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with two subsequent awards, Army Commendation Medal with two subsequent awards, Army Achievement Medal with subsequent award, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army Meritorious Unit Citation, Ranger Tab, Expert Infantryman's Badge, Army Parachutists Badge, and Air Assault Badge.

CPT Ryan Schulz

Associate Professor of Military Science

Phone: (701) 231-7583


Captain Ryan Andrew Schulz attended Bismarck High School in Bismarck, ND graduating in May of 2002,  upon completion he joined the North Dakota National Guard and attended Basic Training and AIT in Fort Leonard Wood, MO. Captain Schulz then attended North Dakota State University where he studied Physical Education and minored in coaching.  While attending he completed ROTC training through North Dakota State University, graduating and receiving his commission on May 9h 2008. 1st Lieutenant Schulz serves in the Army National Guard through which he attended the Engineer Officer Basic Course in Fort Leonard Wood, MO.

Captain Ryan Schulz is currently in the MEB Maneuver Enhancement Brigade in the North Dakota Army National Guard and is also an Assistance Professor of Military Science at North Dakota State University. Captain Schulz's previous assignment was serving as the Detachment Commander of the 188th Engineer Company (v). While serving in the 188th EN CO (v) he deployed to Kuwait in Operation of Enduring Freedom from Aug 2011 to 2012. Capt. Schulz started his military career as an enlisted member in the 957th Multi Role Bridge Company out of Bismarck, ND with the North Dakota Army National Guard.

Mr. Ronald Joyce

Enrollment Officer

Phone: 701-231-7552 and 701-261-9745


Mr. Ron Joyce Enlisted in the Minnesota Army National Guard Feb 1985 as a college student, played division two football and participated in two national championship football playoffs. Ron was a Tri-Captain his senior year and played as a defensive back while in college.  Ron declined offers to sign with and play for different USFL and NFL teams.  In 1989, Ron graduated from the Minnesota Military Academy, Officer Candidate School and commissioned in 1990 as an Infantry Officer.  Ron has held positions of Infantry Platoon Leader, 2nd BN 136th (M) IN Delta Company, Detroit Lakes MN; HHC Executive Officer, (XO), 2nd BN 136th IN, Moorhead, MN; and Company Charlie (C), XO, 2nd BN 136th IN BN, Bemidji, MN.  He was 2nd BN 136th IN Co C Commander (CO), Bemidji, MN; Sr. Tactical Officer, MN OCS, 175th RTI, Camp Ripley, MN; 2nd BN 136th IN battalion Motor Officer, Moorhead, MN; 2nd BN 136th IN S-3 Air, Moorhead, MN; 34 IN Division, 1st Brigade (BDE) IN, S-3 assistant, Still Water, MN; 84th Troop Command S-3 assistant and 84th Troop Command S-2 Roseville, MN; FA30 G-7 assistant with 34th IN Division IO, Rosemount, MN; and currently the 175th Regiment (RTI) S-1 Camp Ripley, Little Falls, MN. Mr. Joyce currently is in the MN Army National Guard.  Ron has attended the Infantry Officers basic and advance courses, along with the Combined Arms Staff Service School (CASS3), Command General Staff College (ILE), and is a FA30 Information Operations Functional Area trained expert.

As of Sept 2000, Ron has been a contractor for the Department of Defense through MPRI, Comtechnologies, and The Ventura Group for the Army ROTC at NDSU.  Mr. Joyce has Deployed 18 month to Afghanistan Feb 06 to July 07, Embedded Tactical Trainer 207th Corp as an Infantry Major with duties as a BN XO and S-3.  Ron has also deployed to Iraq 17 months, Dec 2008 to April 2010 as a Division IO G-5 planner in the rank of Major.  Currently, Mr. Joyce is the Enrollment Counselor at the NDSU Army ROTC.  Ron has participated in many different training missions with the Minnesota Army National Guard serving at Ft. Riley KS, War fighter; Ft. Leavenworth KS, multiple Simnet trainings; Ft. Knox, KY, and Ft. Hood, TX.  In 1996, Combined Maneuver Training Center (CMTC) Hoenfels Germany, he served as OPFOR during rotations for Bosnia and in 2011 served a NATO training mission with the 34th Infantry Division in Graphenver, Germany as the 34th IN Division G-7.   Ron has achieved numerous military and civilian awards.

SFC Jeffery Omarrah

Military Instructor

Phone: 701-231-7587


SFC O’Marrah was born in Bad Kreuznach, Germany and as an Army dependent was raised around the world.  He graduated from Thornwood High School in Chicago IL, and joined the Army in July of 1991.  SFC O’Marrah went through OSUT and graduated as an 11B at Fort Benning, GA.

After completing OSUT and Airborne School, SFC O’Marrah was assigned to Bravo Company 1st-501st PIR at Fort Richardson, AK.  There he served as a RTO, M60 Gunner, 60MM mortar assistant gunner and a Rifle Team Leader.  In 1995 he ETSed from active duty and joined the IL National Guard and was reassigned to Charlie Company 1-131st Infantry, serving two years as a Weapons Squad Leader.  He reentered Active duty in Dec of 1998 and was assigned to Charlie Company 3-327 INF, Air Assault Fort Campbell KY.  There he served as a M249 gunner and Rifle Team Leader.  In 2000, SFC O’Marrah reported back to Alaska this time to 2-1 INF Fort Wainwright.  There he served as a Rifle Team Leader and Squad Leader.  He deployed to OIF 1 in 2003 and served as a Coalition Military Adviser Training Team member, one of only five Americans in a 33 man International platoon.  On his return in 2004 2-1 INF transitioned into the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team.  He redeployed to Iraq in Aug 2005 and served as a Squad Leader and Platoon Sergeant for the surge into Baghdad.  After the extended tour of 16 months he was reassigned to United States Army Central Command 3rd Army Fort McPherson GA., where he served as the Operations Sergeant G3 Training, Exercise and Simulations.  In Sep 2009 SFC O’Marrah was assigned to Bravo Company 1-8 CAV.  Fort Hood TX., and served as Platoon Sergeant and Company 1SG.  SFC O’Marrah was then assigned to North Dakota State University in Nov 2012.

SFC O’Marrah’s military education includes Airborne School, Combat Life Saver, Air Assault Course, Warrior Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Senior Leaders Course, Unit Armor Course, Cold Weather Leadership Course, and Machine Gunners Leaders Course.

SFC O’Marrah’s awards and decorations include the MSM (1OLC), Joint Service Accommodation Medal, ARCOM (3 OLC), AAM (4 OLC), AGCM (6th Award), Humanitarian Service Medal, NDSM (with star), ICM (4 stars), GWTEM, GWTSM, NCOPD (Number 3), ASR, OSR (Number 3), the Valorous Unit Citation, Meritorious Unit Citation (1 OLC),  British and Thai Jump Wings, EIB, CIB, Airborne Wings, and the Air Assault Badge.

Mrs. Ruth Wirtz

Admin Secretary

Phone: (701) 231-7575


Ruth Anne Wirtz attended Ada-Borup High School graduating in 1996.  On April 30, 1997 she joined the US Army and attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson, SC and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Lee, VA, where she was trained as an Automated Logistical Supply Specialist.  Ruth was assigned to the 320th Engineer Company (Topographic) in Hanau, Germany from October 1997 – April 2001 where she was a Supply Specialist and Combat Lifesaver.  After 4 years of Active Duty, Ruth came back to the United States and joined the Minnesota Army National Guard.  She was as a Supply Specialist and New Recruit Instructor in Alpha Company, 434th Main Support Battalion at Camp Ripley, Minnesota.  She also served as an Ammunition Supply Specialist for 4 years during the summer months.   In December 2005, Ruth was Honorable Discharged from the Minnesota Army National Guard as a Specialist.

Ruth’s awards include Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Service Ribbon, Driver and Mechanic Badge, Minnesota National Guard Commendation Medal, Minnesota National Guard Good Conduct Medal, Minnesota National Guard Service Medal.

In May 2006, Ruth graduated from NDSU with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology.  While attending college she was an officer in the Criminal Justice Club, a member of the Psychology Club, attended ROTC classes, and played Rugby.

Ms. Sharon James


Phone: 701-231-7580

Sharon L. James was born in Linton, North Dakota, where she completed high school.  She received an Associate Degree at Bismarck State College and Bachelor’s Degree in Business Education at the University of North Dakota.

Ms. James has been employed at the Department of Military Science at North Dakota State University since September 1980 where she has seen approximately 400 cadets become Second Lieutenants in the U.S. Army. She has worked for 12 Professors of Military Science (and she’s not done yet!).

Prior to employment at NDSU, Ms. James was an instructor at Interstate Business College in Fargo, North Dakota.  She also taught adult education classes for several years in Moorhead, Minnesota and in Fargo.  She was also previously employed by the telephone companies in Bismarck and Fargo, North Dakota.

Shawn O'Donnell

Information Technology Advisor

Phone: 701-231-5479

Mr. Shawn O’Donnell was raised in Dilworth and Moorhead Minnesota and now lives in Fargo, North Dakota. Shawn graduated from Moorhead high school in 1999 and continued his education at the Minnesota Community and Technical College in Moorhead Minnesota for three years. He studied Information Technology router and switch troubleshooting, maintenance and programming.

Shawn also studied Computer hardware maintenance, webpage design and administration as well as email and server administration. While Shawn was attending college he worked full time as the Head of Security in the West Acres Mall in Fargo North Dakota. He also worked part time for the Department of Aerospace Studies at North Dakota State University as a Storekeeper and Supply Technician for several years.

In July of 2005 he was employed full time as a Storekeeper/Supply Technician and supports both the Departments of Military Science and Aerospace Studies. In addition he provides the IT technical expertise for computer and computer systems maintenance and serves as the Liaison for the Army ROTC with the North Dakota State University Information Technology Systems. Shawn retired from Emergency Vehicle Assistance & Communications (EVAC) after 15 years with the group on April 30th 2014. In March 2014 Shawn accepted a volunteer position with Harwood, ND Fire & Rescue as a Medically Trained First Responder. He also plans to go to school for firefighting. Shawn also volunteers his time with the West Fargo Police Department’s Youth Academy which teaches high school students about the different aspects of Law Enforcement. Shawn is also an active member of the Red River Valley Fraternal Order of Police.