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As a Cadet you will not only learn new skills but also learn how to teach, coach and mentor younger Cadets.

A Senior Cadet gives instruction on Basic Rifle Marksmanship.

As a Cadet you will not only learn new skills but also learn how to teach, coach and mentor younger Cadets.

MAJ Kevin Siegrist

Professor of Military Science, MS IV Instructor

MAJ Siegrist joined the Rutgers University Scarlet Knight Battalion in June 2017. He received an Active Duty Army commission as an Engineer from West Point in 2002. Since then he has served as a Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer with 3rd Infantry Division in Ft Stewart, GA, a Heavy Engineer Company Commander in the 130th Engineer Brigade in HI, and a Battalion and Brigade Executive Officer in 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division in HI. He’s had three tours to Iraq, served as an aide-de-camp to a Corps of Engineer Deputy Commanding General, and been a project manager at Arlington National Cemetery. MAJ Siegrist can be contacted at:Email.

MSG James Knight

Senior Military Science Instructor (MSIV); JROTC Coordinator

MSG James Knight enlisted into the Infantry in 2000 with a first assignment in the 3rd U.S. Infantry (The Old Guard), where he participated in Operation Noble Eagle and the Pentagon recovery efforts on 9 September, 2001. In 2004, MSG Knight was assigned to the 173rd Airborne, where he deployed to Afghanistan twice as a team leader and squad leader until 2008. He then went to Fort Benning, GA where he served as a Senior Drill Sergeant. MSG Knight was then assigned to Fort Richardson, AK as a mortar platoon sergeant and deployed to Afghanistan a third time. In 2013, MSG Knight went back to Fort Benning as a Senior Leader Course Instructor and Infantry Advanced Leader Course Branch Chief. MSG Knight was assigned to Fort Carson, CO in 2015 as a First Sergeant of Chaos Company 1/38 Infantry Regiment until 2017. He joined Rutgers Army ROTC in August of 2017.Email.

MAJ Stuart Loy

Assistant Professor of Military Science (MSII); Battalion Executive Officer

From Keansburg, NJ MAJ Loy enlisted in the NJ Army National Guard in 1998 in the Signal Corps, later converting to an Artillerymen assigned to the 112th Field Artillery in Toms River, NJ. He graduated from Rutgers in 2003 and commissioned through Army ROTC as a Field Artillery 2LT. His first assignment was 3-1112th FA BN as a Fire Direction Officer then as a Fire Support Officer assigned to the 102nd Cavalry Squadron in Westfield NJ. His next assignment was in Heidelberg Germany as the Assistant Provost Marshall till 2006. He returned to NJ as an Observer Controller Trainer at Fort Dix until 2008 when he deployed again to Iraq as a Platoon Leader with 3-113th FA BN until placed in command of Alpha Battery through 2010. He was eventually stationed in Sea Girt NJ as the Officer Strength Manager for the state of NJ till 2016 and as an Officer Candidate School Instructor from 2014-2016 for the state OCS program. MAJ Loy joined Rutgers May of 2016. He is married with three children and resides in Stewartsville, NJ. MAJ Loy is available by email atEmailor phone at 848-932-3227.

James M Robertson

Recruiting Officer

Colonel (Retired) James M. (Mike) Robertson is the recruiting and enrollment officer for the Rutgers University Army ROTC program. A highly decorated combat veteran, he retired in 2011 after a quarter century of distinguished service in the US Army. His assignments include key leadership positions within light and mechanized infantry units. As well, his service includes participation in several peacekeeping operations (Operation Restore Hope-Somalia, the Multinational Force and Observers mission in the Sinai, and Operation Secure Tomorrow-Haiti) and support to humanitarian assistance/disaster relief activities (Hurricane Andrew). Upon retirement, he was employed by Lockheed-Martin,Corp and served as a consultant to US Africa Command. Mike holds a Bachelors degree from the University of Rhode Island and a Masters of Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He joined the Scarlet Knight Battalion, Army ROTC, in September 2013. Mr. Robertson can be contacted atEmail.

CPT Gene Uhler

Assistant Professor of Military Science (MSI); Battalion Operations Officer

CPT Gene Uhler grew up in Downingtown, PA and graduated from Penn State University in 2008. He received his commission through Army ROTC and branched Field Artillery. Upon commissioning, CPT Uhler attended Basic Officer Leaders Course II and III at Fort Benning, GA and Fort Silll, OK before reporting to his first unit; 2nd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division at Fort Lewis, WA; in May 2009. During his time at Fort Lewis he served in a variety of positions including Fire Direction Officer, Platoon Leader, Battery Executive Officer, Battalion Adjutant, and Rear Detachment Commander. From 2009 to 2010 CPT Uhler deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. After graduating the Field Artillery Captain's Career Course in 2014 CPT Uhler was assigned to 3rd Battalion (HIMARS), 27th Field Artillery Regiment, 18th Field Artillery Brigade at Fort Bragg, NC. There he served as a Battalion Logistics Officer and Battery Commander. CPT Uhler joined Rutgers University Army ROTC in May 2016. CPT Uhler is married with five children and resides in Somerset, NJ. CPT Uhler can be contacted by phone at 848-932-3243 and by email atEmail.

CPT Eric Venditti

Assistant Professor of Military Science (MSIII)

CPT Eric Venditti joined the Scarlet Knight Battalion in 2016. He commissioned in 2008 as an Armor Officer through the United States Military Academy at West Point where he attained his Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering Management. He also earned a Masters Degree in Engineering Management from the Missouri University of Science & Technology. His previous assignments include Tank Platoon Leader, Executive Officer, and Company Commander in the 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 5th BCT/1st Armored Division at Ft Bliss, Texas, part of the Army’s Evaluation Task Force; Brigade Operations Officer and Brigade Commander’s Adjutant for 4th BCT/10th MTN at Fort Polk, LA; a Cavalry Squadron Planner, and a Motorized Reconnaissance Troop Commander. He deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Resolute Support. CPT Venditti is a graduate of the Armor Officer Basic Course and Engineer Captain’s Career Course, as well as the Cavalry Leader Course. CPT Venditti can be contacted atEmail.

SFC(P) Justin Ray

Operations NCOIC, MSIII Assistant Instructor

SFC Ray joined the Scarlet Knight Battalion in JAN 2016. He enlisted in the Army in Feb 2003 and has served in the 10th Mountain Division as a Scout Squad Leader, Airborne Ranger Training Brigade (ARTB) as a Ranger Instructor, and Fort Lewis as a Stryker Brigade Combat Team Platoon Sergeant and Reconnaissance Platoon Sergeant. He has deployed to Afghanistan in support of OEF III, OEF VI and OEF XI. He is also a graduate of University of Maryland University College. SFC Ray can be contacted atEmail.

Mrs. Michelle Lawrence

University Representative/Secretarial Assistant

Mrs. Lawrence joined the Scarlet Knight battalion in 1998. She is a graduate of Mount St. Mary’s College of Los Angeles, magna cum laude, with a degree in American Studies. She manages the university side of the Department of Military Education. Mrs. Lawrence works to assist Cadets with academics and negotiate the challenges of college life and officer training. Her email is:Email.


Human Resources Assistant

Currently vacant. Process scholarships contracts and enrollment into the ROTC program at Rutgers.

Mr. Bill Braxton

Supply Tech

Mr. Braxton joined the Scarlet Knight Battalion in 2008. He has been in Cadet Command since 2000. He is a graduate of Thomas Edison University in Trenton, New Jersey, with a degree in Criminal Justice. He utilizes a good working knowledge of Army and University supply procedures and requirements to coordinate the internal activities of the supply section with other sections of the SROTC program. Mr. Braxton can be contacted atEmail.