Old Dominion University

MAJ (P) Hunter Bowers

Professor of Military Science

MAJ Bowers was commissioned an Armor Second Lieutenant from The Citadel in 2001. After completion of the Armor Officer’s Basic Course, he was assigned as a tank platoon leader at 4th Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment at Ft. Stewart, GA. During this time, his unit would be cross attached to 3rd Battalion 15th Infantry Regiment for Operation Desert Spring (Kuwait) and subsequently Operation Iraqi Freedom. He would later move to be the Mortar Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4-64 AR, deploying in support of OIF III. Upon completion of the Infantry Captain’s Career Course, was assigned as the Assistant Operations Officer for 3rd Squadron, 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment at Ft. Hood, TX. CPT Bowers would go on to serve as the Lightning Troop Commander for 24 months, including a 15 month deployment to Iraq. Upon relinquishment of command, he would serve as an Assistant Professor of Military Science at The Citadel in Charleston, SC. His next assignment was as a student at the United States Marine Corps Command and General Staff College in Quantico, VA. Upon completion of CGSC, he was assigned as the Operations Officer, and later Executive Officer, to 3rd Squadron, 7th U.S. Cavalry at Ft. Stewart, GA. He would go on to serve as a maneuver planner within the J-5 and then as the Secretary of the Joint Staff for U.S. Forces- Afghanistan (USFOR-A). His last assignment was the Secretary of the General Staff for 3rd Infantry Division at Ft. Stewart, GA. MAJ Bowers currently serves as the Professor of Military Science at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA.

MAJ Bowers’ awards and decorations include the Bronze Star (2OLC), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (1OLC), Army Achievement Medal (1OLC), Presidential Unit Citation, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Valorous Unit Award (1OLC), National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal (5 Campaign Stars), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (1 Star), Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 4), NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, and Ranger Tab.

MAJ Bowers holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from The Citadel and a Masters of Military Studies from Marine Corps University. He is married with two children and resides in Norfolk, VA.

MAJ Michael Warren

Assistant Professor of Military Science

MAJ Warren received a B.A. in English from Austin Peay State University (Tennessee) and an M.A. in Rhetoric and Composition from the University of Tennessee (Knoxville). He was commissioned in 2000 after serving 5 years as an enlisted Soldier and deployed to Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division and to Afghanistan with the 1st Armored Division. Major Warren has been appointed as an Assistant Professor of English and Philosophy at West Point, Military Entrance Processing Station Commander in Salt Lake City, as well as various duties as an Adjutant General Corps officer over his 20 years of active duty service.

MAJ Mathsto Kingsada

Assistant Professor of Military Science

MAJ Kingsada received a B.S. in Political Science, Sociology, and Criminal Justice from the University of Georgia and was commissioned as a 2LT in 2002. He served tours to Iraq with the 297th MI BN, 513th Military Intelligence Brigade from 2004-2005 and again as a Military Intelligence Advisor to an Iraqi National Police BDE from 2007-2008. His last deployment was in 2013 to Afghanistan; Regional Command South as the CJ2X for the 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson Colorado.

CPT Ronald C. Garner

Assistant Professor of Military Science

CPT Garner received a B.A. in History from University of South Carolina and a Masters in Leadership Studies from University of Texas El Paso. CPT Garner enlisted in the Army in 2005 and later commissioned in 2007. He has deployed to Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne, U.A.E with 108th ADA BDE, and to Kuwait with 17th FA BDE. CPT Garner has served in various duties and assignments as an Air Defense Officer and currently resides in Hampton with his Wife, Kieran Dhillon.

CPT Robert W. Barrows

Assistant Professor of Military Science

CPT Barrows received his B.A. in Communications from Old Dominion University. CPT Barrows enlisted in the Army in 1998 at a transportation management coordinator and later commissioned through ODU’s ROTC program. He has deployed to Iraq with 119th Cargo Transfer Company and to Afghanistan with 1710th Transportation Company. CPT Barrows has served in numerous assignments throughout the Transportation branch, to include as a Lead Instructor at the VA Officer Candidate School.

SFC Marcus B. Person

Military Science Instructor

SFC Person enlisted in the Army in 1997 as a Military Police Soldier. SFC Person’s assignments include 173rd Airborne Brigade, 360th Infantry Battalion as a Drill Sergeant, 8th Wightman Non Commissioned Officers Academy, 17th Military Police Detachment, and is currently teaching the MSLI class at Old Dominion University. SFC Person has served in numerous assignments and has deployed multiple times and brings a high level of experience and expertise to the Old Dominion University ROTC program.

SFC John J. Fox

Military Science Instructor

SFC Fox enlisted in the Army 1996 as an Infantryman. SFC Fox’s assignments include 82nd Airborne Division, 4th Infantry division, NY city Recruiting BN, Basic officer leaders course instructor, and Is currently teaching the MSLIII class at Old Dominion University. SFC Fox has served in numerous assignments and has deployed multiple times and brings a high level of experience and expertise to the Old Dominion University ROTC program.

SSG Darren K Percy

Virginia Army National Guard Recruiter / Simultaneous Membership Program Coordinator

SSG Percy received a B.A. in Criminal Justice and a minor in Homeland Security from Saint Leo University (Virginia) and is pursuing a Masters in Public Administration from Troy University (Virginia). He served six years in the United States Air Force; then transferred into the Virginia Army National Guard. He deployed to Uzbekistan with the 416th Security Forces and Iraq three times (586th Expeditionary Security Forces, 424th Medium Truck Detachment, and the 4th Sustainment Brigade). SSG Percy is a valuable resource for any prospective cadets seeking information about the Simultaneous Membership Program or other incentives the National Guard may have to offer.

Mr. James Jones III

Human Resource Assistant

Mr. Jones received a B.S. in Business Administration from University of Phoenix (Arizona) and A.A. in General Studies from Big Bend College (Kansas). He enlisted in the U.S. Army 1981 as a Field Artilleryman and retired in 2005 after serving 24 years on active duty. During his enlistment, he served in numerous positions and deployed all around the U.S and Europe. Upon retiring, Mr. Jones was a substitute teacher for several months before employed by Department of the Army (Cadet Command). He served his last 5 years on active duty as Cadre at Army ROTC Norfolk State University and currently on his 10th year as an Army Civilian at Army ROTC Old Dominion University.

Mr. Melvin Yates

Human Resource Assistant

Mr. Yates graduated from Saint Leo University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. From September 1986 through September 1997, he served on active duty on a variety of assignments in logistics. He returned to active duty in the Active Guard Reserve (AGR) program in November 1997 and retired March 2007 as Readiness NCO and field artillery platoon sergeant. His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (3rd Award) and Army Achievement Medal (4th Award).

Mrs. Baker

Recruiting Operations Officer

Mr. Sumler served in the Army for over 27 years of active duty service. He has two overseas tours to Panama and Korea, three combat tours, which include Iraq and Afghanistan. He is a graduate of all Non-Commissioned Officer Educational Schools (including the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy). Mr. Sumler has also served in various leadership positions from squad to Corps level. He has an A.S. in General Education-Psychology from Troy State University; a B. S. in Human Resource Development from Southwestern College, Kansas and is currently working on his Master’s Degree in Strategic Leadership. Mr. Sumler specializes in cadet enrollment and scholarship processing procedures.

Mrs. Linda E. Baker

Executive Secretary to the Professor of Military Science

Mrs. Baker has a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies with emphasis on Business Administration, and an M.A. with Communication with an emphasis on Public Relations from Norfolk State University. Mrs. Baker is the bedrock of the Army ROTC Program at Old Dominion University. She has been with the program for over 36 years and is a key asset in advising and assisting with all military functions between the ROTC program and the University. She has also advised and assisted numerous cadets while here at Old Dominion University and continues to prove her worth daily.