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The best way to start a day is morning physical fitness. It juvenates the body and the mind. It gives the cadets a sense of accomplishment well before their peers get out of bed. The physical fitness program is planned and conducted by the Cadets, giving them ownership of the progress each individual makes. It's a fun and motivating time. It lasts for one and a half hours, three times a week. The primary goal of our Physical Fitness Program in ROTC is to ensure that all Cadets meet the Army's height and weight requirements and pass the Army Physical Readiness Test. This program introduces our Cadets new fitness ideals and establishes a routine fitness plan, which will follow them throughout their careers. All Cadets must understand that it is their personal responsibility to sustain a high level of physical fitness. We will assess and develop each Cadets fitness level and help them achieve their goals.

Mr. Donald Stenzel, Contractor

Ms. Diane Moncrief, Contractor

Scholarship and Enrollment Officer

Ms. Moncrief re-joined the Fighting Illini Battalion in January 2009 and currently serves as the Scholarship and Enrollment Officer

Mr. Jack South, Contractor

S-3/Training NCO

Mr. Jack South is currently assigned as the S-3/Training NCO and is the MS III Assistant Military Science Instructor.

Thomas Grayson, Contractor

S-3/Training NCO

Thomas J. Grayson is from Perryville, MO. He is a graduate from Southeast Missouri State University. He entered service on August 27, 1991. Thomas Grayson attended United States Marine Corps Basic Training at San Diego, CA. and The School of Infantry at Camp Pendleton, CA. He served eight years in the Marine Corps as an infantry rifleman and mortar crew member.

Thomas Grayson joined the Missouri National Guard on March 23, 2001. He reclassified his MOS from 11Bravo Rifleman to 97 Bravo Counter-Intelligence Agent. Thomas Grayson attended the Counter-Intelligence Course at Fort Huachuca, NM. He was commissioned on September 13, 2003 after graduating from Officer Candidate School. Thomas Grayson transferred to the Tennessee National Guard and was assigned to the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment. He branched Armor and graduated from the Armored Basic Course on August 24, 2004 at Fort Knox, KY. Thomas Grayson re-branched Infantry on February 28, 2008 after graduating from the Maneuver Captain's Career Course at Fort Knox, KY.

Thomas Grayson assignments in the Army include: Platoon Leader I Troop 3/278th ACR, Executive Officer F Troop 2/278th ACR, Executive Officer E Troop 2/278th ACR, Assistant Effects Coordinator HHT 2/278th ACR, and Commander Engineer Troop 2/278th ACR. Thomas is currently a CPT in the Missouri Army National Guard.

Thomas Grayson's military education includes: Officer Candidate School, Armor Officer Basic Course, Maneuver Captain's Career Course, Scout Commander Certification Course, and Army Basic Instructor Course.

Thomas Grayson's awards and decorations are: Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Medal with Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal with Star, Humanitarian Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with Star, Armed Force Reserve Medal with M Device and Bronze Hour Glass Device, Marine Corps Meritorious Unit Citation, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal with Star, Marine Corps Sea Service Ribbon, and Combat Action Badge.

Thomas Grayson joined the Fighting Illini Battalion in July 2011. He serves as a Senior Military Science Instructor and instructs the MS II class.

MAJ Seth Hible

Senior Military Science Instructor

MAJ Hible joined the Fighting Illini Battalion in July 2011. He currently serves as a Senior Military Science Instructor and instructs the MS I class.

Emily Brown

Scholarships and Enrollment Administration

Mrs. Brown has worked at the Fighting Illini Battalion since March 1993 and is currently working as the assistant to the Scholarships and Enrollment Officer.

Kent Kraus

Administrative Resources

I am a retired Armor NCO. I have worked at the Fighting Illini Battalion since 2004 and am currently the Cadet Actions Human Resources Tech. I reside in Savoy with my wife, Hilde. Our daughter, Jennifer, commissioned here in 2006 and is serving on active duty as a Logistics Officer.

Steve Ostwinkle

Human Resources Technician

Cadre Admin and Cadet Awards Point of Contact