University of Rhode Island

LTC Ryan Whittemore

Professor of Military Science

Lieutenant Colonel Ryan Whittemore is a native of Westborough, MA. He was commissioned in 1994 as a Distinguished Military Graduate from Lock Haven University. He entered Active Duty as a Field Artillery officer at Fort Sill, OK.

After the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, LTC Whittemore served as a Platoon Fire Direction Officer, Platoon Leader/ Executive Officer. He then deployed to Bosnia to work on the 1st Armored Division Staff in support of Operation JOINT FORGE.  Following the Field Artillery Officer Advanced Course, he was assigned to the 10th Mountain Division and served as a Battalion Fire Support Officer, Battalion Fire Direction Officer and Commander of B Battery, 3d Battalion, 6th Field Artillery.  During his command, his Battery deployed as the Quick Reaction Force in support of Operation JOINT GUARDIAN.  Ryan was then selected to serve as the Battalion Fire Support Officer for the 3d Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, GA.  He completed two deployments to Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, and one deployment to Operation IRAQI FREEDOM during his time with the Regiment.  He then served as an Instructor at the United States Army Infantry School, teaching Fire Support and Leadership.

As a field grade officer, LTC Whittemore served as the Executive Officer for the Mosul Brigade National Police Transition Team.  He deployed again to Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.  He was then selected to serve as the Fire Support Officer for the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Carson, CO.

LTC Whittemore’s additional military education includes the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Air Command and Staff College, Airborne School, Air Assault School, Ranger School, Summer Mountain Warfare School, Winter Mountain Warfare School, Joint Firepower Control Course, Joint Operational Fires and Effects Course, Joint Targeting Staff Course, Collateral Damage Estimation Course, and the United States Marine Corps Tactical Air Control Party Course.

LTC Whittemore's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star w/OLC, the Meritorious Service Medal w/2 OLC, the Army Commendation Medal w/OLC,  the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Afghan Campaign, the Combat Action Badge and Australian Parachutist Badge. He is also a recipient of the Order of Saint Barbara, and the Order of Saint Maurice.

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.

Master Sergeant James A. Boucher

Senior Military Instructor

Master Sergeant James A. Boucher was born in Lakewood, Washington on 25 February 1976. He enlisted in the United States Army on 22 February 1993 completing OSUT at Fort Knox, Kentucky as a 19D Cavalry Scout.

Master Sergeant Boucher has served in a variety of locations around the world to include the 2nd ACR, Fort Polk, Louisiana; the 10th Mountain (L) INF Division, Fort Polk, Louisiana; the 162d MiTT Training Brigade, Fort Polk, Louisiana; the 25th ID, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; His operational deployments include; Haiti - Operation Uphold Democracy; Bosnia-Herzegovina in support of the NATO peace keeping mission and four deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom- Afghanistan.

Master Sergeant Boucher's military education includes the Combat Lifesaver Course, Warrior Leader Course (WLC), Advanced Leaders Course (ALC), Anti- Terrorism Trainers Course, Senior Leaders Course (SLC), Joint Senior Enlisted Operations Course, First Sergeants Resident Course and Airborne School.

Master Sergeant Boucher's awards include the Bronze Star Medal (1OLC),Meritorious Service Medal(1 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (5th OLC), Army Achievement Medal (4th OLC),Valorous unit Citation, Presidential unit Citation, Meritorious Unit Commendation , Army Good Conduct Medal (6th Award), National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award), Iraqi Campaign Medal (4 Campaign Stars), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (3 Campaign Stars),Humanitarian Service Award (2nd Award), Expeditionary Force Medal (2nd Award), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Ribbon (Number 3), Army Service Ribbon, and the Overseas Ribbon (Number 2). His badges include the Basic Parachutists Badge and the Combat Action Badge. Master Sergeant Boucher is also a recipient of the Order of St. George.

ergeant 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.

Mr. Michael Hamilton

Senior Military Science Instructor

Mr. Hamilton is a native of Newport, Rhode Island, graduating from Rogers High School and the University of Rhode Island.  Mr. Hamilton enlisted in the 76th Training Division, USAR, Bristol, Rhode Island as an infantryman.  In 1985 Mr. Hamilton was awarded the Drill Sergeant designator and served in the capacity of Drill Instructor at several training locations including Fort Benning, GA, Fort Dix, New Jersey and Fort Campbell, KY.

Mr. Hamilton transferred from the USAR to the Rhode Island Army National Guard to attend OCS at the 243rd Regional Training Institute and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, Transportation Branch. 

Mr. Hamilton’s assignments since commissioning include; Platoon Leader, 1207th Transportation Company, S1, 243rd RTI, Assistant, S-3, 118th MP Battalion, S-4, 118th MP Battalion (Forward Deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom), Headquarters Detachment Commander 118th MP Battalion,  Assistant S-3, 43rd MP Brigade, Logistics Officer, Joint Detention Group, Joint Task Force Guantanamo, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  He is currently assigned as the Executive Officer, 118th MP Battalion, Rhode Island National Guard.

Mr. Hamilton’s military education includes the Primary Leadership Development course, Basic Non Commissioned  Officers Course, 76th Division Leadership Academy (Drill Sergeant), Transportation Officer Basic Course, Unit Movement Officer Course, Transportation Officer Advanced Course, Military Police Officer Transition Course,  Combined Arms and Services Staff School,  Contract Officer Representative Course, Command and General Staff College,  Force Protection/Anti-Terrorism Level II Course and the School of Cadet Command Instructor Training Course.

Mr.  Hamilton’s awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal,  Army Commendation Medal 2-OLC, Army Achievement Medal-3, National Defense Service Medal–2, Armed Forces Reserve Medal w/ Silver Hour Glass and M Device, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal–3, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal,   USAR Component Overseas Training Ribbon–1, Army Overseas Service Ribbon–1, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.

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.


Mr. Martin

Supply Technician

CSM (Ret) Martin was born in Conway, South Carolina and served in the U.S. Army from January 1972 until February 2000.

His military education included the Basic Leadership Course, Infantry Mortar Platoon Course (IMPOC), Drill Sergeant School, NBC Enlisted Course, Human Resources Management Course, School of Cadet Command, and Safety Office Course. He was on the Commandant’s List at both the Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course and the Advance Noncommissioned Officer Course. He was a graduate of the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, Class 42.

His assignments included duties as Mortar Crewman and Squad Leader, F Trp, 2d Sqdn, 2d ACR, Germany; Squad Leader, Fire Direction Chief and Platoon Sergeant, CSC, 2d Bn 34th Infantry, 24th Infantry Division, Ft Stewart, GA; Drill Sergeant, C Co 7th BN, 1st Infantry Training Brigade, Ft Benning, GA; Platoon Sergeant and BN Operations Sergeant, HHC, 1st BN 48th Infantry, 3d Armored Division, Germany; Platoon Sergeant and BN Operations Sergeant, HHC 4th BN 6th Infantry, 5th Infantry Division (Mech), Ft Polk, LA; First Sergeant, A Co, 4th BN 6th Infantry, 5th Infantry Division (MECH), Ft Polk, LA; Principal Drill Instructor and Operations and Training NCO, Providence College, 1st Region ROTC, Ft Bragg, NC; First Sergeant, E Co, 4th BN 36th Infantry, Infantry Training Center, Ft Benning, GA; First Sergeant, B Co, 2d BN 18th Infantry, 24th Infantry Division (MECH), Ft Benning, GA; Chief Enlisted Advisor to 28th Infantry Division, National Guard, Harrisburg, PA, HQ First U.S. Army, Ft Meade, MD; Battalion Command Sergeant Major, 3d BN 7th Infantry, 1st Brigade, 3d Infantry Division (MECH), Ft Stewart, GA. CSM (Ret) Martin’s final assignment was the 1st Brigade Command Sergeant Major, 3D Infantry, Division (MECH), Ft Stewart, GA.

Among his numerous awards and decorations are The Legion of Merit, six Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, four Army Achievement Medals, and the Expert Infantry Badge.