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LTC Joseph Alessi

Professor of Military Science

LTC Joseph P. Alessi a native of Youngstown, OH, earned his B.S. in Secondary Education/Comprehensive Social Studies from Youngstown State University (YSU) in 1990. While attending YSU, he earned a commission as an officer in the United States Army through the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) in June of 1989. While serving on active duty as an Infantry officer, LTC Alessi completed his M.A. in History from YSU in 1999 and his PhD in History from Saint Louis University in 2005. As a Soldier on active duty, LTC Alessi served as a Rifle Platoon Leader, Battalion Assistant Operations Officer, Battalion Operations Officer, Brigade Operations Officer, Division Chief of Plans, Division Chief of Training, Assistant Professor of Military Science at Washington University in Saint Louis, MO, commanded an Infantry Rifle Company in the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), held the position of an Assistant Professor of History at the United States Military Academy (USMA) and most recently served as the Professor of Military Science for the University of Pittsburgh’s Army ROTC BN.

LTC Alessi’s publications include theAmerican Bicentennial Oral History Projectfrom Youngstown State University, Three submissions, Ethan Allen, George Rogers Clark and American Indian Wars, 1490-1899 in theInternational Encyclopedia of Military History; Three submissions, Battle of Rosebud, Keepers of the Eastern and Western Doors and 17th Century Dutch-Indian Relations in theEncyclopedia of American Indian Wars, War of 1812 and Mexican-American War; Two submissions, Old Briton and Washakie.Treaties with American Indians: An Encyclopedia of Rights, Conflicts, and Sovereignty, 3 Volumes, as well as several book reviews. His latest work is his book manuscript entitledSettling America: Indians, Euroamericans and the Establishment of Frontier Towns, 1580 – 1840.Additionally, LTC Alessi presented several conference papers to include: “Settling the Pennsylvania Backwoods: Logstown and Its Influence, 1748-1763” at the Pennsylvania Historical Association’s Annual Meeting; “Indian Allies in the French and Indian War” at the New York Military Affairs Symposium; and “Settling the American Frontier” at Penn State’s Lewis and Clark: Unheard Voices Conference.

In addition to his civilian education, LTC Alessi’s military schools and education include the Infantry Officer’s Basic Course, the Infantry Officer’s Advance Course, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the Airborne School, the US Army Ranger School, The Sabalauski Air Assault School, the Unit Movement Officers Course, and the Command and General Staff College. His awards and decorations include: the Parachutist Badge, the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, the Ranger Tab, Air Assault Badge, the Meritorious Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with three bronze oak leaf cluster, the Army Achievement Medal with three bronze oak leaf clusters, the Coast Guard Special Operations Service Ribbon, the National Defense Service Ribbon, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation Award, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Ribbon, and the Joint Meritorious Unit Award.

CPT Bryan Morgan

Recruitment Operations Officer

CPT Bryan Morgan commissioned into the Infantry from the Washington State University Army ROTC in May 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in Astrophysics. During his 8 years of service CPT Morgan has served in the 3rd Infantry Division and the 82nd Airborne Division. His past duty positions include platoon leader, company executive officer, battle captain, battalion operations officer, and company commander. CPT Morgan is a graduate of the Ranger Course, Airborne School, Advanced Airborne School, and the Air Assault Course. His awards include the bronze star with oak leaf cluster, meritorious service medal, army commendation medal with v-device and two oak leaf clusters, and the Iraq Campaign medal with four campaign stars.

Master Sergeant John K. Cutter

Senior Military Science Instructor

MSG John K. Cutter enlisted in the United States Army in 1997 and attended Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training as an 11B (Infantryman) at Fort Benning, Georgia.

Throughout his 16-year career, MSG Cutter has served in every enlisted leadership position from Team Leader, Squad Leader, Section Leader, Platoon Sergeant, Observer Controller, First Sergeant and Senior Military Science Instructor.

MSG Cutter’s most recent assignment was as the First Sergeant for Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment for the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division where he deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 10-11. MSG Cutter was also deployed twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with 3rd Brigade Combat team 4th Infantry Division.

MSG Cutter’s military education includes the Primary Leadership Development Course, the Basic Noncommissioned Officers Course, the Advanced Noncommissioned Officers Course, and the First Sergeants Course. He is currently pursuing an Associate’s Degree from Central Texas College.

MSG Cutter’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (2nd award), Meritorious Service Medal (2nd award), Army Commendation Medal (6th award), Army Achievement Medal (5th award), Good Conduct Medal (4th award), Iraq Campaign Medal (2 bronze service stars), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon (4th award), Nato Medal(3rd award), Kosovo Medal(1 bronze star), Humanitarian Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (4th award), and Army Service Ribbon. Additionally he has been awarded the Combat Infantryman's Badge, Expert Infantryman's Badge, German Qualification Badge and Drivers Badge (wheel). MSG Cutter is the recipient of the Order of Saint Maurice (Centurion).

Master Sergeant Jeffrey A. Herzog

Training NCO

MSG Jeffrey Herzog enlisted in the Army in February 1997 as an Air Traffic Controller. He completed Basic Combat Training at Ft. Jackson, SC and graduated Advanced Individual Training as a 15Q Air Traffic Control Specialist at Ft. Rucker, AL.

His assignments include Alpha and Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 11th Aviation Regiment where he earned five FAA Control Tower Operator ratings; B Company, 58th Aviation Regiment, 164th Air Traffic Services Group, Korea, where he served as a Tactical Tower Shift Supervisor; G Company, 58th Aviation Regiment, Hawaii, where he served as a Facility Chief and Platoon Sergeant; Task Force Wings, 25th Infantry Division, Operation Enduring Freedom 05-06, where he served as the Facility Chief at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan. In October 2005, MSG Herzog volunteered for assignment with 2nd Stryker Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, as an Air Traffic Control Liaison NCO. While assigned to 2/25 Stryker Brigade he served as the Brigade Aviation NCOIC and S3 Operations NCOIC, he deployed to MND-B, Iraq, in support of OIF 07-09. MSG Herzog served as the Deputy Commandant at the Aviation Center Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Ft. Rucker, Alabama as well as the Air Operations Training Committee Sergeant Major in charge of all Aviation Enlisted Advanced Individual Training. He currently serves as the Operations and Training NCO for the Slippery Rock University ROTC Battalion.

MSG Herzog’s military training and civilian education includes the Air Traffic Control Specialist Course, Advanced and Basic Noncommissioned Officer Courses, Primary Leadership Development Course, Pathfinder Course, Joint Firepower Control Course, Equal Opportunity Leader Course, HAZMAT Course, Safety Course, Airload Planners Course, Master Resiliency Level I Course, the Army Basic Instructor Course, the Small Group Instructor Trainer Course and the Systems Approach to Training Basic Course. MSG Herzog has earned his Degree in Social Sciences from Troy University.

MSG Herzog’s awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (3rd Award), Army Commendation Medal (5th Award), Army Achievement Medal ( 5th Award), Army Superior Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal (4th Award), National Defense Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 3), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 3), Pathfinder Badge, Senior Aviation Badge, and Drivers Badge. He is a recipient of the Order of St. Michael Bronze Award and a member of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club.

Sergeant First Class David H. Ferricks

National Guard Career Counselor

Mr. Christopher D. Wolf

Human Resource Technician

Mr. Chris Wolf is the Human Resource Tech (HRT) at Slippery Rock University Army ROTC. Prior to becoming the HRT at Slippery Rock Army ROTC on April 2012, Mr. Wolf retired as a Master Sergeant (MSG) from the US Army with over 22 years of service as an Infantryman. His military deployments included Operation Desert Shield/Storm, Saudi Arabia/Iraq, Enduring Freedom I and IV, Afghanistan, and Operation Iraqi Freedom, Baghdad, Iraq. His military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Service Star, Southwest Asia Service Medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Expeditionary Medal (with Arrowhead Device), Armed Forces Service Medal, Army Staff Badge, Valorous Unit Award (10th MTN), NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait and Saudi Arabia), Iraq Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Driver's Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge (2nd Award), Expert Infantryman Badge, and the Drill Sergeant Identification Badge. Mr. Wolf graduated from SRU with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology on May 2012.

Mrs. Annie E. Workman

Supply Technician

Annie is a graduate from Slippery Rock University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Penn State University with an Associate degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology. Annie is an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran and served in the United States Army Reserve for nine years. Prior to joining the ROTC cadre in November 2006 Annie worked as a Military Technician at AMSA 104 in Johnstown, PA.

Mrs. Jennifer L. Cornelius

Department Secretary