University of New Hampshire
Faculty, or cadre, bring many decades of military experience to the benefit of cadets in training.

UNH Army ROTC Cadre

Faculty, or cadre, bring many decades of military experience to the benefit of cadets in training.

Major Joshua U. Stringer

Professor of Military Science

Major Joshua U. Stringer is the Professor of Military Science (PMS) at the University of New Hampshire. He is an Engineer Officer with 17 years of military experience. Major Stringer served three years as an enlisted combat engineer and was commissioned through the Officer Candidate School in 1997. He graduated from Flagler College with a BA in Secondary Education, Social Science; and the University of Missouri, Saint Louis with a MA in Public Policy Administration.

Previous assignments & duty positions include: Vehicle Operator, B/44th Engineer Battalion, Republic of Korea; Squad Member, B/317th Engineer Battalion, Fort Benning, GA; Platoon Leader, A/4th Engineer Battalion, Fort Carson, CO; Company Executive Officer, A/52nd Engineer Battalion, Fort Carson, CO; Company Commander, 502nd Engineer Company (Multi-Role Bridge), Hanau, Germany; Task Force S3 (Operations Officer), Task Force Mustang, Fort Bliss, TX (AC/RC); Brigade S3 (Operations Officer), 555th Engineer Brigade, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA.

Major Stringer's military education includes: One Station Unit Training (OSUT) with B/35th Engineer Battalion, Fort Leonard Wood, MO; Officer Basic Course (OBC), Fort Leonard Wood, MO; Captain's Career Course (CCC), Fort Leonard Wood, MO; Command & General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS.

Major Stringer has deployed to Bosnia as an Area Support Team Commander in 2002, and three times to Iraq; in 2003 as a Battalion Plans Officer, in 2004 as a Company Commander, & in 2008 as a Brigade Plans Officer.

His awards include the Bronze Order of the DeFleury Medal, the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (6 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (5 OLC), National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, Bronze German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge.

Robert Sanders

APMS, Executive Officer

Mr. Sanders started his higher education at Missouri State University with a degree in Public Administration, Urban & Regional Planning. He later received his M.S. degree in Economic Development, Community, and Regional Planning from University of Southern Maine.

He began his Military Career branching into the Infantry as an enlisted soldier and achieved the rank of Sergeant First Class. Choosing to continue his career in the Officer Corp, he attended Officer Candidate School (OCS) and continued his military education with such schools as the Command and General Staff Officer's Course (CGSOC).

Mr. Sanders has served at the 1st ROTC Brigade Headquarters and acted as the Logistics Officer for the Brigade Recruiting Operations Office at Ft. Devens, Massachusetts. He has been assigned to a number of posts around the world including Germany, Hawaii, Central America, the Middle East, and Japan.

MAJ Shane Maxon


MAJ Maxon was originally commissioned as an Engineer Officer through the Army ROTC program at the University of New Hampshire where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He served as an Engineer Officer in various positions from Platoon Leader through Company Command before branch transferring to Special Forces where he has served as a Detachment Commander and SF Company Commander.

MAJ Maxon has deployed to numerous locations to include multiple deployments to Iraq as an Engineer and Special Forces Officer. He is currently serving as an Assistant Professor of Military Science at the University of New Hampshire and the University of Southern Maine. MAJ Maxon’s military education includes: Engineer Officer Basic Course (OBC), Maneuver Captain's Career Course (MCCC), Special Forces Assessment and Selection, Special Forces Qualification Course, and numerous other leadership and special skills courses.

CPT Matt Teter


CPT Matthew Teter enlisted in the Utah Army National Guard in 2004, attending 21B Combat Engineer One Station Unit Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, with follow on assignment to B Company, 1457th Combat Engineer Battalion. He received his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Ordnance Corps in 2007 from Weber State University, where he received a Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree with emphasis in Military Science, Criminal Justice, and History.

CPT Teter's first duty assignment was to Second Brigade Combat Team (STRIKE) 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Fort Campbell, Kentucky. His leadership positions include Maintenance Control Officer and Distribution Platoon Leader, E Company, 526th BSB; Company Executive Officer, A Company, 526th BSB; and Battalion S4, 526 BSB and Company Commander of B Company 526th BSB. CPT Teter deployed to Baghdad, Iraq in 2008 and Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2010.

CPT Teter is a graduate of the Ordnance Officer Basic Course and the Combined Logistics Captains Career Course. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (one oak leaf cluster), Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, NATO Medal, Parachutists Badge, and Air Assault Badge.

Mark W. Leahey

APMS, Recruiting Operations Officer

Mr. Mark W. Leahey was commissioned through the Federal Officer Candidate program at Fort Benning, Georgia in April 1987, where he was branched Field Artillery.  Mr. Leahey is a graduate of Bates College with a BA in Economics.

Upon completion of his Officer Basic course, he was selected as one the Army's original OH-58D aerial fire support officer.  After a modified flight school, Mr. Leahey was assigned to the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colorado, where he made numerous rotations to the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California and several Air Force Red Flag exercises at Nellis, AFB.

Mr. Leahey was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division, (Air Assault) for Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm.  Upon returning from the deployment, Mr. Leahey left the active service and joined the 2/197th Field Artillery Battalion, New Hampshire Army National Guard, where he has held numerous leadership positions at all levels.  He commanded two M198, (155mm Towed), Field Artillery Batteries and also served as the Battalion Executive and Operations officer.  Mr. Leahey was selected to join the 1-172nd Field Artillery Battalion, (RAOC), deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, (2004-2005) as the Battalion Executive officer and was assigned to LSA Adder-Tallil outside of An Nasiriyah, Iraq.

Mr. Leahey commanded both the 2/197th Field Artillery (155mm Towed), and the 3/197th Field Artillery, (HIMARS) Battalions, from March 2006 through September 2008.   Mr. Leahey is now serving as the Deputy Commanding Officer for the 197th Fires Brigade.

Mr. Leahey was selected to serve as a Theater Tactical Observer, (military analyst), for the Center for Army Lessons Learned from May 2009 through February 2010.  He was assigned to the 2nd HBCT, 1st Cavalry Division, "Black Jack", and stationed at Forward Operating Base Warrior, outside of Kirkuk, Iraq.

MSG Kenneth Schaffer

Senior Military Instructor & Color Guard NCOIC

Master Sergeant Kenneth Schaffer is the Senior Military Science Instructor (SMSI) at UNH. His primary MOS is 19Z, Armor/Cavalry and he has served in every position from tank driver to First Sergeant.

He has 16 years of military experience and his assignments include 1-81 AR (Fort Knox, KY), 1-72 AR (Camp Casey, Korea), 3-67 AR (Fort Hood, TX), 2-81 AR (Fort Knox, KY), 1-17 IN (Fort Lewis, WA) and 8-1 CAV, 2-2 SBCT (Fort Lewis, WA). MSG Schaffer also served as a Drill Sergeant at Fort Knox, KY from Dec 2004-Dec 2006.

MSG Schaffer has deployed multiple times, including Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF-1) from Apr 2003 thru Apr 2004 as a Tank Commander with 3-67 AR, 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Hood, TX. He recently deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from July 2009-July 2010 as First Sergeant of C Troop 8-1 CAV, 2-2 SBCT (Fort Lewis, WA).

His awards include two Bronze Stars, two Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medals 3 OLC, Army Achievement Medal 4 OLC, Reserve Components Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal 5th award, National Defense Medal 3rd award, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon Numeral 3, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Overseas Ribbon Numeral 3, Valorous Unit Award , Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Combat Action Badge, Army Drill Sergeant Badge, Drivers Badge (W-T), German Marksman Badge (Gold) and Order Of Saint George-Bronze.

SFC Jose Caraballo

Operations NCO & Ranger Challenge Coach

Sergeant First Class Jose M. Caraballo enlisted in the Army in 1995 and attended Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training as a 19K (Armor Crewmen) at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

His initial assignment was to the 1st Battalion, 67th Armor with the 4th Infantry Division in Fort Hood, Texas. He served as a tank loader/driver, and participated in Intrinsic Action 97-3 in Kuwait. After returning from Kuwait he remained in the 67th Armor until June 1998. He was reassigned to the 2nd Battalion, 63rd Amor in Vilseck, Germany. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant where he served as Tank Gunner. He participated in Task Force Sabre in Macedonia in the year 2000. Upon completing his tour in Germany he was reassigned to the 3rd Battalion, 66th Armor in Fort Hood, Texas. He was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant and served as a Tank Commander and participated in the Invasion of Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF-1) on March 2003. After returning from OIF-1 he was reassigned to the 2nd Battalion, 81st Armor at Fort Knox, Kentucky, where he served as a Drill Sergeant. He attended the Armor Senior Leader Course and he was later promoted to Sergeant First Class.

After completing his assignment at Fort Knox, Kentucky in 2006 he was then reassigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment with the Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT), Fort Wainwright, Alaska. While at Fort Wainwright he served as the Mobile Gun System (MGS) Platoon Sergeant from 2006 to 2010. Within the that time he participated in Talisman Saber 2007 in Australia, and a second deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF-5) from 2008 to 2009. In 2010 he was reassigned to the 10th Mountain Division Head Quarters (LI), Fort Drum, New York. Upon his arrival he deployed to Afghanistan in support Operation Enduring Freedom as a Future Operations (FUOPS) Senior NCO in G-35 from 2010 to 2011. Upon his return he was reassigned to UNH Army ROTC Wildcat Battalion, 2nd Brigade, Cadet Command.

Sergeant First Class Caraballo's military and civilian education includes the Primary Leadership Development Course, the Basic Noncommissioned Officer's Course, the Master Fitness Course, and the Advanced Noncommissioned Officer's Course. Sergeant First Class Caraballo's currently holds a Bachelor Applied Science in Business Management from Wayland Baptist University and is seeking a Masters of Social Work in clinical studies.

Sergeant First Class Caraballo's awards include, Bronze Star Medal (2nd award), Meritorious Service Medal (2nd award), Army Commendation Medal with Valor, Army Commendation Medal  (5th award), Army Achievement Medal (2nd award), Army Good Conduct Medal (5th award), National Defense Service Medal (2nd award), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal (bronze service stars), Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal (two bronze combat stars), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (3rd award), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (5th award), North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal (ISAF and Kosovo), Drill Sergeant Identification Badge, Combat Action's Badge, The Order of Saint George (Bronze).

SFC Nate Alway


SFC Alway entered the Army in 2001 as a 19D CAV Scout. He attended basic training and AIT at Fort Knox, KY. His first duty station was at Friedburg, Germany with the 1st BRT 1st Armored Division. He deployed in support of OIF I in 2003 and spent one year in Iraq. SFC Alway then moved to Fort Carson, CO and became a sniper team leader after completing the Army Sniper school (B4) in 2005. He again returned to Iraq in 2005 and spent a year as the BN senior sniper and team leader. After returning home from Iraq in 2006, SFC Alway volunteered for US Army Special Forces (Green Beret) Assessment and Selection. SFC Alway was selected for Special Forces training and entered the "Q" course in June of 2007. SFC Alway graduated the "Q" course as an 18D and received his Green Beret in Aug of 2009. He was sent to 1st Special Forces Group in Sept of 2009 where he served as the Senior Medic on a HALO ODA. SFC Alway was then deployed to multiple countries on multiple missions in support of the Global War on Terror. SFC Alway military schools include, Sniper, SERE, Special Forces Medical Sergeant, HALO/HAHO, Special Forces Sniper Course (level 1), SFAUC, Thai language course, Airborne, Personal Recovery and other "courses". SFC Alway has 5 combat deployments and multiple support operation deployments.

Ms. Brenda Livengood

Human Resources Assistant

Brenda is the personnel and administrative expert here at UNH Army ROTC.  She is responsible for the handling of all cadet records and fielding all technical questions related to the program and military benefits.


David Zylman

Military Supply Technician

David Zylman received a BS degree in business administration from SNHU, an AS degree in security administration from Community College of the AF, and was a 1975 graduate of Mona Shores HS in Muskegon, MI.

He began his military career in the USAF, spending 20 years as a security policeman, with assignments in Europe, Asia, and CONUS. In addition to basic training and technical school at Lackland AFB, TX, David attended assorted schools from Albuquerque, NM to Wiesbaden, GE.

David has performed duties in every security police position from base entry controller to security flight sergeant. During Desert Storm, he was an area supervisor at Incirlik AB, TU with the 7440th Combat Wing, JTF Proven Force. He received his supply experience at Sembach AB, GE after Desert Storm as the NCOIC of Supply for the 601st Security Police Squadron.

David is currently the Army ROTC supply technician at the University of New Hampshire.

CSM (RET) LaPlante

USM NCOIC & Recruiting Operations

Command Sergeant Major LaPlante, Jr. was born in Worcester, Massachusetts. He completed Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and Fort Sill, Oklahoma, from January 1977 to September 1977. He served as a Fire Support Specialist, Armorer, and Career Counselor for B Battery, 1st Battalion, 29th FA from
1978 to 1980 at Fort Carson, Colorado.

In October 1981, he completed the Army Recruiter Course and was assigned as a Field Recruiter to the New Bedford, Massachusetts, Boston Recruiting Battalion. In April 1984, he was the Station Commander of the Fall River Recruiting Station, Fall River, Massachusetts. He became Company Trainer in September 1985 for the Wareham Recruiting Company in Wareham, Massachusetts, and in August 1986 was assigned as Station Commander of the Brockton Recruiting Station, Brockton, Massachusetts.
In August 1987, he became a Guidance Counselor at the Boston Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) before moving into the Senior Operations NCO position at the Boston Recruiting Battalion in December 1989.

In August 1990, he transferred to the San Francisco Recruiting Battalion as the First Sergeant of the Santa Rosa Recruiting Company, Santa Rosa, California. In May 1993, he became Senior Guidance Counselor at the Oakland, California, MEPS. In May 1995, he became First Sergeant of the Gilroy Recruiting Company, Gilroy, California. In December 1995, he became Acting Sergeant Major of the Sacramento Recruiting Battalion, Sacramento, California. In June 1996, he became First Sergeant for the North Bay Recruiting Company, Sacramento Recruiting Battalion. In March 1997, he transferred to the 6th Recruiting Brigade, Fort Baker, California, as Brigade Master Trainer for nine recruiting battalions. He was selected to attend the US Army Sergeant Major Academy, Class 51, at Fort Bliss, Texas, in July 2000.

On June 25, 2001, he assumed the position of Command Sergeant Major of the New England Recruiting Battalion. In January 2004, CSM LaPlante assumed the position of the 6th Recruiting Brigade Command Sergeant Major.

His awards and decorations include the Gold Recruiter Badge with three Star Sapphires, the Recruiter Ring, Glenn E. Morrell Award, Career Counselor Badge, Army Achievement Medal 3rd Award, Army Commendation Medal 3rd Award, the Army Meritorious Service Medal 7th Award, Legion of Merit 2nd Award, National Defense Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development with Numeral #4, Army Service Medal, Army Good Conduct 8th Award, and the Army Superior Unit Citation 2nd Award.
CSM LaPlante is married (for 28 years) and they have two daughters.

Mr. Ron Cloutier

Ron Cloutier 1SG (R) is a native of Hudson, NH and entered the Active Duty Army in February 1993 as an (13F) Forward Observer and graduated Basic Training and AIT at Fort Sill, OK. Mr. Cloutier was promoted to First Sergeant in Apr 2009 and served distinctively in five different First Sergeant Positions. Mr. Cloutier is a graduate of numerous NCOES schools, The Bradley Master Gunner school (ODS, A3), Airborne and Air Assault. He has served in Afghanistan and Iraq and Bosnia. Mr. Cloutier is recently retired from active duty, and is working toward his BS in Cyber security.