University of Rhode Island

Major Greg Couturier

Assistant Professor of Military Science & Battalion Executive Officer

Major Greg Couturier is a native of Swansea Massachusetts and enlisted in the Army in 1992. He attended infantry basic training, airborne school, completed the ranger indoctrination program and was assigned to Cco 1st Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment in Hunter Army Airfield, Savannah, GA. While in the rangers MAJ Couturier participated in Operation Uphold Democracy in September of 1994. MAJ Couturier attained the rank of Sergeant and was honorably discharged from the Army in 1996.

After completing his initial enlistment with the Army Rangers MAJ Couturier was awarded his commission through the ROTC program at the University of Rhode Island and was branched Engineers. He completed Engineer Officer Basic Course in January of 2003. He was then assigned to the Combat Support Company of the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Vicenza, Italy where he served as the sapper platoon leader and light equipment platoon leader. MAJ Couturier participated in the night time, combat parachute jump into Bashur, Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom I and deployed to the Zabul Province in Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom 5.

After his tour with the 173rd MAJ Couturier was accepted into the Expanded Graduate School Program and attained a Masters of Business Administration in August of 2007 from the University of Rhode Island. Upon completion of his masters he attended the Engineer Captain's Career Course finishing in April 2008. MAJ Couturier was then assigned to the 40th EN BN, 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division where he served as the Brigade Counter-IED Officer and HHC Commander. While assigned to the 40th EN BN he deployed to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom FY08-09.

In 2010 MAJ Couturier was assigned to the US Army Corps of Engineers in Galveston, TX where he served until 2013 participating in the Tornado relief effort in Joplin, MO and Super Storm Sandy. MAJ Couturier then served with the US Army Special Operations Command in Ft Bragg, NC.

MAJ Couturiers military education includes Engineer Officer Basic Course, Engineer Captains Career Course, Counter Explosives Hazard Planner, Combat Skills Course, SERE 400, Ranger School, Airborne School, Combat Diver Qualification Course, and Combat Life Saver Course

His awards and decorations include: The Bronze Star Medal w/2 OLC, The Meritorious Service Medal w/1OLC, The Army Commendation Medal w/1 OLC, Army Achievement Medal w/ 2 OLC, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Award, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal 1 Service Star, Iraqi Campaign Medal 3 Service Stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal with Arrowhead device, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Combat Action Badge, Expert Infantryman's Badge, Parachutist Badge with gold star, Special Operations Diver Badge and Ranger Tab. He is also a recipient of the De Fleury Medal.

Mr. Higgins

Recruiting Operations Officer

Mr. Matthew A. Higgins graduated from Providence College with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. He was commissioned through the Patriot Battalion Reserve Officers Training Corps in May of 2008. After completing Armor Officer Basic Course he joined B Troop 1-172 Cavalry VT ARNG as a Scout Platoon Leader and attended the Army Reconnaissance Course and the Army Mountain Warfare School’s Military Mountaineer course. He deployed with B Troop, 1-172 CAV to Afghanistan in 2010. He attended the SOCC ITC in September 2012. He has worked for the Baystate Battalion (WPI) with duty at UMASS Lowell, Patriot Battalion (Providence College) and currently at Cramer’s Sabers Battalion URI. His military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, the National Defense service medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terror Service Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve medal with “M” Device and the Combat Action Badge. Mr. Higgins and his wife Christine live in Providence, Rhode Island.

Sergeant First Class Cornelius T. Wade

Military Science Instructor / Operations NCO

Sergeant First Class Cornelius T. Wade entered the Army on the 23rd of July, 1998 where he attended and completed One Station Unit Training (OSUT) for the MOS 11B (Infantryman) at Ft. Benning, GA. After attending OSUT his first assignment was as a Machine Gunner and Team Leader in 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, Ft. Campbell, KY. Following that, he was assigned to 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, Camp Giant, Korea where he served as a Rifle and Weapons Squad Leader.

His next assignment was the Henry Caro Non-Commissioned Officers Academy, Ft. Benning, GA where he served as a Small Group Leader. Upon completion of the United States Army Drill Sergeant School, he was assigned to 1st Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment where he served as a Drill Sergeant and Senior Drill Sergeant. His next assignment was with 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, Baumholder, Germany where he served as a Platoon Sergeant and Battalion Intelligence NCOIC and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Upon redeployment he was assigned to Ft. Meade, MD where he served as a Warrior Transition Unit Platoon Sergeant. Following that he was assigned to the 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) where he deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as part of the Security Forces Advise and Assist Team. Upon redeployment he was assigned as the Brigade Sexual Assault Response Coordinator.

Sergeant First Class Wade is a graduate of Airborne School, Air Assault School, Total Army Instructor/Trainer Course, Javelin Instructor Training Course, Field Sanitation Course, Mechanized Leaders Course, Combat Lifesavers Course, Combatives Level 1, Equal Opportunity Leaders Course, Warrior Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Senior Leaders Course, Drill Sergeant School (Commandants List), Battle Staff Non-Commissioned Officers Course, Warrior Transition Unit Cadre Course, and the SHARP Certification Course.

His awards and decorations include: Combat Infantryman's Badge, Expert Infantryman's Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Drill Sergeant Badge, Bronze Star Medal (w/ OLC), Meritorious Service Medal(w/OLC), Army Commendation Medal (w/ Valor device and silver OLC), Army Achievement Medal (w/ 2 OLC), Valorous Unit Award, Good Conduct Medal (5th award), National Defense Service Ribbon, Iraq Champaign Medal (w/ 2 campaign stars), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (w/1 campaign star), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 3), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 5), and the NATO Medal.

Captain Renardo D. Williams

Operations Officer

Captain Renardo D. Williams entered the Army from Gadsden, Alabama on May 11, 2002. He attended Basic Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and Advanced Individual Training at Naval Seabee Base located at Gulfport, Mississippi being awarded 5K for (Carpentry and Masonry) as his primary MOS while in the Army Reserves. Once he graduated from Alabama A & M University he became a Commissioned Officer in the Active Army under the Ordnance Branch.

ASSIGNMENT HIGHLIGHTS: Captain Williams first assignment was as the Maintenance Platoon Leader and Maintenance Control Officer of Golf Forward Support Company 703rd Brigade Support Battalion in Fort Stewart Georgia and in Operation Iraqi Freedom from July of 2007 – July of 2008. Captain Williams was later assigned as Golf Company Executive Officer in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Fort Stewart from July of 2008 – February of 2009. In February of 2009 he was assigned as the Maintenance Control Officer for Bravo Company 703rd Brigade Support Battalion in Fort Stewart Georgia thru May of 2010 when he was moved to be the Executive Officer for Bravo Company 703rd Brigade Support Battalion in Fort Stewart Georgia. In September of 2010 Captain Williams was moved to HHC 703rd Brigade Support Battalion to become the Plans Officer for Operation New Dawn in Iraq. In January of 2012 CPT Williams was assigned to the 597th Transportation Brigade in Fort Eustis VA where he became the S-4 for the 833d Transportation Battalion. In September of 2012 CPT Williams was assigned to the 688th Rapid Port Opening Element in Fort Eustis Virginia as the Log Officer. CPT Williams was given the honor to Command 149th Seaport Operations Company in Fort Eustis Virginia from 10 May 2013- 05 Dec 2014.

Captain Williams overseas assignments include two tours to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom 07-09 and Operation New Dawn10-11 while assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division, 703rd Brigade Support Battalion.

His military schools include Basic Officer Leader Course, Officer Basic Course, Captain Career Course and one enlisted MOS related school.

His military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Overseas Ribbon.

He is married to Katrina Williams and they have two daughters together.

Ms. Lachapelle

Cadet Administrator

Ms. LaChapelle is a native of Rhode Island.  She has been working for the Department of Military Science for 10 years.  Her responsibilities encompass all issues dealing with Cadet administrative processing and paperwork.  She has also become the heart and soul of the battalion as she strives to help each cadet on their way to commissioning and beyond.  Generally, if any cadet has a problem or needs help Joanne is the first person they go to, whether it be pay problems, issues with the University,  advice regarding school or their military career options, and how to go about making it happen.