University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

LTC James DesJardin

Professor of Military Science

LTC James DesJardin is a native of San Diego, California and enlisted in the Army in 1987. He is a 1988 graduate of the Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Infantry.

After his commissioning in the Infantry, he was assigned to the 3rd Armored Division (Spearhead) and served as Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer and Headquarters and Headquarters Executive Officer for 5th Battalion 5th Cavalry in Kirchgoens, Germany. Redeploying to the United States and prior to the Advance Course he was assigned to A Company 1st Battalion 29th Infantry Regiment as a Company Executive Officer. After the Infantry Advanced Course, he was assigned to Fort Drum, New York and served as the Battalion S4 and as Commander, Headquarters Company, for the 10th Mountain Division’s 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment.

After company command, LTC DesJardin was assigned as an Associate Professor for Military Science at the University of California-Davis.  Upon completion of that assignment he then served as an Observer Controller and Senior Battle Analyst for the Center for Army Lessons Learned at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California. After attendance at the Command and General Staff School at Fort Leavenworth, he reported to Fort Benning, Georgia, where he served with the 3rd Infantry Division as the Battalion Operations Officer and Executive Officer for the 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment where he served during Operation Iraqi Freedom I. LTC DesJardin ended his tour with the 3rd Brigade as the Brigade Rear Detachment Commander for the 3rd Brigade Combat Team as they executed operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom III. LTC DesJardin is currently the Professor of Military Science at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.

LTC DesJardin’s military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, U.S. Army Airborne and Air Assault School, and the Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle Commander’s Course, Jungle Warfare School, the Combined Arms Staff Service School and the Command and General Staff School. LTC DesJardin has a Bachelors of Arts from United States International University and a Masters of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University. LTC DesJardin’s decorations include: the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Global War on Terrorism and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge with star and the Expert Infantry Badge.

LTC DesJardin is married to the former Laurie Moore of Ridgecrest California and they have two boys Mike and Austin.

MAJ Gregory Cyr

Battalion Executive Officer

Major Gregory J. Cyr earned his commission as a Distinguished Military Graduate from the Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, GA, in 1993 as an Armor officer. He spent nearly nine years of prior service time as an enlisted soldier and noncommissioned officer while assigned to the 75th Ranger Regiment and 5th Special Forces Group. Major Cyr holds a B.S. in Human Resource Management from Regis University. His Deployments include OPERATION SAFE PASSAGE, Pakistan; OPERATION DESERT SHEILD/STORM, SWA; OPERATION URBAN FREEDOM, Kuwait; OPERATION JOINT GUARD, Kosovo; OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, Northern Iraq. In addition, he has been on exercises in the following countries: Panama, Honduras, Germany, Jordan, Korea, and Romania.

CPT M. ANDREW KOONTZ

BN S-3

Major Gregory J. Cyr earned his commission as a Distinguished Military Graduate from the Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, GA, in 1993 as an Armor officer. He spent nearly nine years of prior service time as an enlisted soldier and noncommissioned officer while assigned to the 75th Ranger Regiment and 5th Special Forces Group. Major Cyr holds a B.S. in Human Resource Management from Regis University. His Deployments include OPERATION SAFE PASSAGE, Pakistan; OPERATION DESERT SHEILD/STORM, SWA; OPERATION URBAN FREEDOM, Kuwait; OPERATION JOINT GUARD, Kosovo; OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, Northern Iraq. In addition, he has been on exercises in the following countries: Panama, Honduras, Germany, Jordan, Korea, and Romania.

CPT KIM HAGEMAN

ENROLLMENT AND SCHOLARSHIP OFFICER

MSG RANDY J. COLLINS

COMMANDANT OF CADETS

MAJ LINDA LEWIS

Battalion Executive Officer

Major Linda Lewis enlisted in the United States Army in 1983 as a helicopter mechanic.  She served at Fort Campbell, Germany, and Fort Rucker.  In 1993, she left active duty and served in the United States Army Reserve at Fort Knox.  She was commissioned through the Officer Candidate School in 1995 and became a Military Police Officer in the Tennessee Army National Guard.

Major Lewis has served as a platoon leader, a detachment commander, a company commander, and a battalion assistant operations officer in the Tennessee Army National Guard.  She has deployed to Kosovo, served as the Antiterrorism Officer for Camp Able Sentry in Macedonia, and as a company commander, mobilized to Fort Campbell to support the law and order mission during Noble Eagle. Recently, she mobilized in support of Hurricane Katrina Relief along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.  Her civilian job is contracted cadre for Senior Army ROTC.  This is her third university.  Previously, she served as a recruitment officer for Pima Community College, a partnership school to the University of Arizona and as an MSI instructor at Western Kentucky University.

Major Lewis’s commissioned military education includes Military Police Officer Basic and Advance Course, as well as Combined Arms Staff and Services School.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.  She is currently enrolled in a Master of Arts in Communications program at Austin Peay State University.    Her awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, and several service medals. 

MSG Pedro L. Celestino

Training NCO

MSG Celestino's first active duty assignment was with the 3-32 IN, 7ID. Upon being promoted to SFC in 1990 and assuming the responsibility of senior NCO, he was selected as Drill Sergeant of the Year for Fort Knox for two consecutive years in 1990 and 1991. He was selected to train Drill Sergeant Candidates where his expertise and leadership were instrumental in training future Drill Sergeants. 1SG Celestino then served in B/2-54 IN, an initial entry training company which graduated over 2200 infantryman during his 20 months as 1SG. In 1997, MSG Celestino was selected to serve as the Senior Military Science Instructor and Commandant of Cadets for the Army ROTC program at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

MSG ANTONIO CRUZ

TRAINING NCO

SFC Gener Molina

Training NCO

SFC Molina enlisted in active duty on May 1982 as a Armor Crewman and trained in M60A1/A3 and M1/M1A1/A2 series tank. His duty assignments included 2-77 Armor in Ft. Lewis, WA in 1982; A Trp 4-7 Cav Camp Garry Owen, Korea in 1986; 2-77 Armor in Ft. Carson, CO in 1987; 2-72 Armor in Camp Casey, Korea in 1991; 3-68 Armor in Ft. Carson, CO in 1992; 2-63 Armor in Vilseck, Germany in 1995: TF Able Sentry in Macedonia; 1-68 Armor in Ft. Carson, CO in 1998 and United States Military Academy in West Point, NY from 2001 to 2004. SFC Molina holds a Masters in Public Administration from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, NY and a Bachelors of Science in Liberal Arts from Excelsior College in Albany, NY.