Temple University
Each semester, our Cadets spend 3 full days exercising their knowledge they have gained throughout the year during their semester Field Training Exercise.

Our Cadets Exercising Field Formation During Fall Field Training Exercise

Each semester, our Cadets spend 3 full days exercising their knowledge they have gained throughout the year during their semester Field Training Exercise.

Lieutenant Colonel Robert K. Beale

Professor of Military Science

Lieutenant Colonel Robert K. Beale arrived at Temple University in July, 2018. He is a Graduate of the Upper Dublin High School in Fort Washington, PA. Rob attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in the German language. Upon graduation, he received his Army commission as a Second Lieutenant and was assigned to the Aviation Branch. He completed flight school as a rated Helicopter Pilot.

He was first assigned to the 12th Aviation Brigade in Germany where he served as an Adjutant, Platoon Leader, and Executive Officer. Following his tour to Germany, Rob served in multiple units as a Commander and Staff Officer. He graduated from the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS, where he completed a Master of Arts in International Relations from Webster University.

Before arriving at Temple University, Lieutenant Colonel Beale served in the Headquarters, Department of the Army, G–3/5/7 at the Pentagon in Washington, DC.

Lieutenant Colonel Beale deployed numerous times in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

CPT Lee A. Hardin

Battalion Executive Officer

Captain Lee A. Hardin comes from a small coal mining town named Shamokin, PA. CPT Hardin entered the Army National Guard on 25 SEP 00 as a 19D – Cavalry Scout. He served as a Staff Sergeant while attending Bloomsburg University, receiving a B.A. in Criminal Justice and then followed by a M.S. in Instructional Technology. Hardin contracted with Army ROTC during graduate school after serving seven years enlisted, commissioning 19 DEC 09 and branching Infantry. Currently, he is a Ph.D. Candidate in Educational Psychology at Temple University.

CPT Hardin is currently an Assistant Professor of Military Science at Temple University. Previous to this, he was the Company Commander of a Light Infantry Company, B/1-109th IN, 2nd BDE, 28th ID, and a Mechanized Infantry Company, B/3-103rd AR, 55th BDE, 28th ID out of Williamsport, PA. He served in the 3/103rd AR in all prior assignments to include Company Executive Officer in HHC/3-103rd AR out of Danville, PA and both a Company Executive Officer and Platoon leader in A/3-103rd AR out of Lewisburg, PA.

CPT Hardin has completed Pathfinder, Air Assault, Maneuver Captain’s Career Course, Bradley Leader’s Course, Sniper Small Arms Course, Foundation Instructor Facilitator Course, Small Group Instructor Training, Master Fitness Trainer, Pre-Command Company Commander and First Sergeant Course, Infantry Basic Officer Leader Course, Warrior Leader Course, Advanced Individual Training, and Basic Training. Hardin served an 18-month deployment to Ar Ramadi, Iraq in 2005-2006 as a Team Leader and Squad Leader.

CPT Hardin has received the Bronze Star with “V” Device, Army Commendation Medal with “V” Device, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Noncommissioned Officer Professor Development Ribbon, Iraqi Campaign Medal (with campaign star), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with “M” Device, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, MG Thomas R. White Medal Ribbon, T. J. Stewart Medal, Pennsylvania Service Ribbon, , Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, PA Governor’s Unit Citation, and Combat Action Badge. Hardin is also a recipient of the 2017 General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award and a Legionnaire in the Order of St. Maurice.

CPT Hardin resides outside of Philadelphia in Harleysville, PA with his wife of six years, Lauren (Gostomski) Hardin, and the father of twin boys named Evan and Owen.

Mr. Marc Young

Recruiting Operation Officer

Mr. Young is a 32.5 year veteran of the US Army, Army Reserve and the National Guard.  Mr. Young originally enlisted in 1981 as a Private in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard and completed Infantry Basic Training at Fort Benning, GA. He received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in 1985 from Drexel University Army ROTC and completed a degree in Political Science and History.

After completing the Military Intelligence Officers’ Basic Course at Fort Huachuca, AZ, he was assigned at the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment in Germany. He served as an Assistant Squadron Intelligence Officer and an Electronic Warfare Platoon Leader.

Upon completing his active duty tour, Mr. Young was reassigned to the U.S. Army Reserve as an Assistant Brigade Intelligence officer with the 157th Separate Infantry Brigade (Mechanized) in Horsham, PA, and later as a Battalion Intelligence Officer within the same Brigade.

In 1996, Mr. Young joined the 265th Military Intelligence Company (Linguists), as Executive Officer and later took command of the company. Following command, Mr. Young was selected to be an Inspector General serving the Commanding General of the 99th Regional Readiness Command. He was responsible for coverage of a four state area servicing more than 5,000 Soldiers.

In 1999, Mr. Young continued his service as an Inspector General with the 3rd US Army in Atlanta, GA. Immediately after September 11, 2001, Mr. Young deployed with 3rd US Army in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as part of Coalition Forces Land Component Command (CFLCC). Mr. Young performed his duties across Egypt, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Oman, and several other countries.

From 2002 to 2004, Mr. Young was assigned to the 656th Areas Support Group as an Operations Officer. He was responsible for a five-state area and five subordinate commands.

In 2004, Mr. Young was mobilized again as an Inspector General in support of deploying Soldiers at Fort Dix, NJ. Upon completing this assignment, Mr. Young continued to serve as Inspector General for the 99th Regional Readiness Command and later the 78th Training Division in Edison, NJ.

In 2010, Mr. Young was selected to command a Geospatial Military Intelligence Detachment in Washington, DC.

Mr. Young has been instructing ROTC since 2000, first at Georgia State University Army ROTC and later at Temple University in Philadelphia. He is married to Jennifer and together they have two young boys. They reside outside the Philadelphia area.

MSG Gregory Swayer


Master Sergeant Swayer is a native of Orleans Indiana and entered the Army on 23 July, 2003. He attended One Station Unit Training at Ft. Knox, Kentucky to become a Cavalry Scout (19D).

Throughout his career, he has served in multiple enlisted leadership positions. Master Sergeant Swayer’s assignments include 1st Squadron, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Ft. Polk, LA, 5th Squadron, 15th Cavalry Regiment, Ft. Knox, KY, 4th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, Camp Casey, Korea, 1st Battalion, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, Ft. Campbell, KY, 5th Squadron, 15th Cavalry Regiment, Ft. Benning, GA, 1st Battalion, 77th Armored Regiment, Ft. Bliss, TX.

Master Sergeant Swayer has deployed on numerous operations throughout his career to include Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Freedom Sentinel.

Master Sergeant Swayer is a graduate of the Basic Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Senior Leaders Course, U.S Army Drill Sergeant School, Instructor Training Course, Army Reconnaissance Course, Cavalry Leaders Course, Tactical Certification Course, Pathfinder School and Air Assault School and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science.

Master Sergeant Swayer’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Start Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (1 OLC), Army Commendation Medal with V Device, Army Commendation Medal (3 OLC) and the Army Achievement Medal (4 OLC). Master Sergeant Swayer is a member of the Order of the Spur and the Order of Saint George (Bronze).

Master Sergeant Swayer is married to Amanda Swayer of Apple Creek, Ohio and they have four children, Oscar, Elliott, Clara and Cora.

Mr. Matthew Ryan

Logistics Technician

Mr. Ryan grew up in the Boston area, graduating from Stonehill College with a degree in Literature. Upon graduation in 1981 and entered the US Army in 1981 an enlisted soldier until getting accepted to graduate school and ROTC in 1983 after receiving Distinguished Honor Graduate for Primary Leadership Course. Upon being designated Distinguished Honor Graduate from ROTC-Boston University with a Regular Army commission, he then attended the Quartermaster Officer Basic Course, Junior Officer Maintenance Course and the Basic Airborne Course.

As a young officer, he volunteered for the newly reactivated 10th Mountain Division, as one of the first two hundred troops and the first Division Supply Officer/Platoon Leader, and later as S2/Assistant S3, and XO of Headquarters Company. His food service team received the prestigious Connolly Award in their category. While there, he earned a Master’s Degree from Syracuse University.

Upon leaving active duty he served with the 11th Special Forces Group (Reserve) and the 479th Engineer Battalion (Reserve). After pursuing further graduate study at University of North Carolina, he took an extended leave of absence in the IRR. Upon recall to duty in 2006, he served tours in Panama as Project Officer and FOB Mayor and Kosovo as Materiel Management Center Chief of the 2nd largest logisitics activity in US Army Europe. Due to 16 years in the IRR Mr. Ryan was honorably discharged to finish his career as an NCO, serving in Afghanistan with the 404th Civil Affairs Battalion (ABN) (Special Operations) on a Provincial Reconstruction Team and as the Embassy OCT at the Joint Training Center. He has also served as a Military Technician/Army Civilian as a Unit Administrator, Logistics Manager and a PBO for G4, HQ, US Army Reserve Command.

Ms. Malika Sharif

Human Resources Assistant

Malika Sharif was born in Philadelphia, PA and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Strayer University in 2011. She is a 18-year Veteran of the Army Reserves who is still currently serving. She is also a Department of the Army civilian and has been for the last 12 years. Ms. Sharif has a strong background in human resources, personnel administration as well as training both in the military and civilian sectors. Because of her numerous civilian positions to include: two years as a Human Resources Assistant for the Soldier Readiness Center (Fort Dix, NJ), four years as a USAR Unit Administrator for the 1st Battalion 417th Regiment (Blackwood, NJ), two years as a Staff Operations and Training Specialist for the 145th Multifunctional Medical Battalion (Garden Grove, CA); she brings a great deal of knowledge and experience to the ROTC program. Along with her civilian experience, Ms Sharif also brings knowledge and experience from the Army. Ms Sharif was deployed overseas in 2003-2004 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Upon completion of the deployment, she served as the Senior Human Resources Sergeant for the 1079th Garrison Support Unit (Fort Dix, NJ). Ms. Sharif resides in Philadelphia with her 16 year old son.

Jackie Hankins-Kent

University Representative

Jackie Hankins-Kent is a native of Philadelphia.  She attended Murrell Dobbins Vocational Technical School.  Prior to graduation she joined Temple University in 1978.  She joined the Army ROTC program February 1989 as the department’s administrative assistant.