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Professor of Military Science

Major Thomas Tabaka

Major Thomas Tabaka came to Gateway Battalion in the beginning of 2013.  He is currently working as the Recruit Operations Officer and the Executive Officer for Gateway.

Major Tabaka came to the Gateway Battalion from an overseas tour.  He has had multiple deployments overseas.

Major Tabaka has served in many positions in the Army from joint to platoon level assignments and leadership roles.  His current functional area is that of the Simulations Branch.

Phone: (314) 935-5521

Major Derek Martin

Major Derek Martin graduated from the University of Akron, Ohio with a B. A. in history and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry on October 9th, 2003. In November 1993 he enlisted in the Marine Corps as an Infantryman. He deployed three times to Cuba, South America, and Okinawa Japan. In 1998 he transitioned into the reserve to attend school, and later exited as an E-5 platoon sergeant in 2002 to join the Army. His military schools include various Marine Corps schools, the Infantry Officers Basic Course, Airborne, Ranger, Stryker Leaders Course, and the Maneuver Captains Career Course.

Major Martin’s first assignment in the Army was to 17th Aviation Brigade, in Yongsan, Korea, where he worked primarily as a resource officer, but joined the pathfinder element for field operations. In July 2005 he was reassigned to Fort Drum where he was became a platoon leader for Bravo company, 2nd Battalion 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, for their deployment in 2006 to Afghanistan. During the deployment he was subsequently wounded and returned to Fort Drum and assisted in their rear detachment. After graduating MCCC in 2008, he became an instructor at the Infantry Basic Officer Leaders Course at Fort Benning, Georgia. In January 2010, he was reassigned to Vilseck Germany as the S3 Air Operations officer for 2d Squadron, 2d Cavalry Regiment. Deploying in June 2010 he assumed the squadron’s operations battle captain role along with the S3 Air duties before taking command of Eagle Company, 2d Squadron, 2d Cavalry Regiment in September. He returned the company back to Germany where they received a new mission set and prepared the company for full spectrum operations. In May 2012, he conducted a change of command and subsequently moved to St Louis, MO to assume the operations officer’s duties and become an assistant professor of military science within the Gateway Battalion.

Major Martin has earned the Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, parachutist badge and the South Korean parachutist badge. His awards include the Bronze Star medal for valor, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation medal (2 awards), Army Achievement medal (3 awards), Navy Achievement medal, National Defense Service medal w/ 1 star, Afghanistan Service medal w/ 2 stars, Global War on Terror Service medal, the Humanitarian Service medal, the Marine Corps good conduct medal, the select Marine Corps Reserve medal, the Sea Service deployment ribbon w/ 2 stars, the Army Service ribbon, the Overseas service ribbon, the Joint Meritorious Unit Citation w/ oak leaf, the Meritorious Unit Citation w/ oak leaf, and a recipient of the Order of St. Maurice.

Phone: (314) 935-9740

Master Sergeant Leondra Felder

MSG Leondra Felder is the Senior Military Instructor for the Saint Louis area Army ROTC detachment (Gateway Battalion), hosted at Washington University.

MSG Felder is an Artilleryman whose previous assignments include: leadership and staff positions in Light and Heavy Field Artillery units within the active duty Army. He has deployed on two separate occasions supporting the Global War on Terrorism encompassing both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom area of operations.

MSG Felder’s military education include: Drill Sergeant School, Master Resilience Trainer, Total Army Instructor Training Course, Combatives Level 1and 2, and Combat Life Saver Course. He is a graduate of the Warrior Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course and the Senior Leaders Course.

MSG Felder’s awards and decorations include: the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal w/ (1 OLC), Army Accommodation Medal w/ (4 OLC), Army Achievement Medal w/ (4 OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (5th Award), National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal w/ (1 CS), Iraqi Campaign Medal w/ (1 CS), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Action Badge

Phone: (314) 935-7201

Sergeant First Class Luke Bartley

SFC Luke A. Bartley was born on 22 October 1982 in Lampasas, Texas. He entered the U.S. Army in September 2002 and attended Basic Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and Advance Individual Training at Fort Bliss, Texas, where he was trained as a 14J, early warning systems operator, and was later re-assigned as a 14H, Command and Control, Computers, Communication, for Intelligence Operator. SFC Bartley was first assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division, 1/3 Air Defense Artillery Battalion at Hinesville, Georgia.

After the deactivation of 1-3 ADA, SFC Bartley worked in 5-7 Cav. A month later he was reassigned to the Division as an Assistant Operations SGT at HHOC STB 3rd Infantry Division. SFC Bartley has deployed four times in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, “The Surge” and Operation New Dawn. SFC Bartley’s most recent assignment is the S3 Training NCO/Military Science Professor at Washington University, St. Louis MO.

SFC Bartley assignments include: From April 2003 to September 2004, he was an Early Warning Systems Operator for 1-3 Air Defense Artillery. From September 2004 to June 2008, he was an Assistant Operations Sergeant for HHC STB 3rd Infantry Division. From July 2009 to 2011 he was a JTAGS (Joint Tactical Ground Station) Section Sergeant for Alpha Detachment, 1st Space Company. From May 2012 to July 2013, he was the Systems Evaluator for JTAGS Alpha and Bravo Detachments, 1st Space Company.

SFC Bartley’s military schooling includes: Airborne, Warrior Leaders Course, Advance Leader Course, JTAGS-Initial Qualification Training (IQT), Army Space Cadre Basic Course, and COMSEC Custodian Standardization Course.

SFC Bartley is currently working towards his Bachelors in Business; he has already earned his Associates Degree in General Studies and to date has completed 81 credit hours.

SFC Bartley's awards include the Army Commendation Medal (4 OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (3 OLC), the Army Good Conduct Medal (3rd Award), the National Defense Service Medal, the, the Iraq Campaign Medal with 2 Campaign Stars, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 2), the Army Service Ribbon, the Oversea Service Ribbon (Numeral 3), the Driver’s Badge with Wheeled device, Parachutist Badge, and the Army Space Badge.

Phone: (314) 935-7201

Mr. Lee E. Rodriguez Sr.

Admissions Officer

Mr. Lee E. Rodriguez graduated from Temple High School, Temple Texas in 1984. After graduation he enlisted in the United States Army as a 16S Manpads Crewman. He attended One Station Unit Training at Fort Bliss, Texas. Upon completion of OSUT, Mr. Rodriguez attended Basic Airborne Training at Fort Benning, Georgia. Mr. Rodriguez retired as a Master Sergeant with 29 years of active duty service.

Mr. Rodriguez’s duty assignments include: Alpha Battery 1-62 ADA, 7th ID (L) Fort Ord, California; Bravo Battery 2-5 ADA 2nd AD, Fort Hood, Texas; USAREC, 5th Recruiting BDE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Alpha, Delta, and HHB Battery 4-5 ADA 1st CAV, Fort Hood, Texas; BDE C2 and PLANS JRTC CMD, Fort Polk, Louisiana; Alpha Battery 2-62 ADA 25th ID (L), Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; 211th Regional Training Institute AC/RC, Camp Blanding, Florida; Echo Battery and Alpha Battery, 69th ADA BDE, and HHB Battery 6-52 ADA 31st ADA BDE; Army ROTC University of North Carolina at Charlotte; and HHB 3-4 ADAR 108th ADA BDE, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Mr. Rodriguez’s duty positions include Stinger Gunner, Stinger Team Chief, Stinger Section Sergeant, Stinger Platoon Sergeant, Avenger Platoon Sergeant, Brigade Liaison Officer, NCOIC Division ADA Staff, OIC Division ADA Staff, Recruiter, Battalion EXEVAL Team, Observer Controller, AC/RC duty, Battery 1SG, Senior Military Instructor ROTC, Battalion S-2 NCOIC and FWD deployed Force Protection NCOIC.

Mr. Rodriguez’s military schools and training includes: First Sergeant’s Course (Commandant’s List), ANCOC (Commandant’s List), BNCOC, PLDC, Basic Airborne Training, Air Assault School, Recruiting School, Avenger Master Gunner Class 5, Northern Warfare Artic Training, UADC Coordinator, Consideration of Others Facilitator, Instructor Training, Small Group Instructor Training, Cadet Command Pre Command Course, Cadet Command Military History Instructor Course and Anti-Terror Level II Course.

Mr. Rodriguez’s awards include 5 MSMs, 5 ARCOMs, 9 AAMs, Basic Airborne Badge, Air Assault Badge, and the Recruiting Gold Badge with 1 Sapphire.

Mr. Rodriguez holds a B.S. in Human Resource Management with Honors from Baker College.

Phone: (314) 935-5521

Scott Tamme

Contractor, Assistant Professor of Military Science

Scott Tamme is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and graduated from Missouri State University in 2002 with a Bachelors of Science in Computer Information Systems. Scott Currently serves with the Defense Information Systems Agency Continental US (DISA CONUS) at Scott Air Force Base as a Net Operations Officer.

Scott enlisted in Active Duty Army in 2003 as a Bradley Fighting Vehicle Maintainer and was stationed at Ft. Hood, Texas with the 4th Battalion 5th Air Defense Artillery, 1st Calvary Division between 2003 and 2006. While serving with the 1st Calvary Division, he deployed to Iraq in 2004 in support of an Airport Defense Mission with the 4/5 ADA.

Scott joined the Army Reserves in 2006 and was stationed in St. Louis with the 354th MP Company. He commissioned in 2007 through the Army Reserves Direct Commissioning Program as a Military Police Officer. He deployed to Iraq from December 2009 to September 2010 as a Platoon Leader in support of a Police Transition Team Mission with the 354th MP Company.

Scott served as a Company Commander with the 2nd Battalion 334th Infantry Regiment (Initial Entry Training) out of Granite City, Illinois. He branch transferred to the Signal Corps and was promoted to Captain in July 2011.

Mr. Tamme joined the Gateway Battalion in August 2012 as Contracted Military Science Instructor. He instructs the Military Science I Course at UMSL and is also the Army ROTC Outreach Coordinator for UMSL and Webster University.

Scott’s Military Education includes Bradley Fighting Vehicle Maintainer One Station Unit Training, Basic Officer Leadership Course II, MP Basic Officer Leadership Course, Unit Movement Officer Course, Police Transition Team Trainer Course, and Signal Captains Career Course. His awards include Army Commendation Medal (w/ two Oak Leaf Clusters), Navy Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal(w/ three Campaign Stars), Global War on Terror Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, and a Combat Action Badge.

Phone: 314-516-7681

Contractor, Assistant Professor of Military Science - Outreach Coordinator

Mr. Gary Lee

Program Coordinator

Mr. Gary Lee is the Program Coordinator of the Military Science Department at the Gateway Battalion. He is a native of St. Louis.  Mr. Lee has worked at the Gateway Battalion since April 8, 1988. He served in the US Air Force from March of 1984 to February of 1988. Mr. Lee is a minister at Christian Embassy Church in Black Jack, Missouri. He is married and has 3 children and one grandchild.

Phone: (314) 935-5546

Ms. Theresa Forrest

Administrative Assistant

Ms. Theresa Forrest is the Administrative Assistant for the Military Science Department at the Gateway Battalion. She has worked for the Gateway Battalion since December of 1990. Ms. Forrest is a native St. Louis.

Phone: (314) 935-5537

Mrs. Denise Scalzitti

Human Resource Technician

Mrs. Scalzitti is prior military, spending 8 years in the Air Force as an enlisted member. She joined our ranks in August 2005 and now serves in the Army as a DOD civilian. Mrs. Scalzitti is married and has two children and three grandchildren.

Phone: (314) 935-5546

Mrs. Sandra Jackson

Supply Technician

Mrs. Sandra D. Jackson, was born in Thomasville, Georgia and grew up as a military brat in several states (Florida, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Oklahoma.)

She received her high school diploma at Pine Forest Senior High School in Fayetteville, NC in 1984. She later joined the Delaware Army National Guard in 1995, then sign up for regular Army a year later, and finally joined the Georgia Army National Guard in 2007.

She’s been married since 2004, has 2 children and one grandchild. Mrs. Jackson has served 17 years (Active Army & National Guard time) supporting in the logistical arena in positions such a Supply Clerk, Supply NCO/Armorer, Supply/Budget NCO, and Supply Sergeant (Supervisor.) Her stateside assignments include: Fort Hood, Texas (HHC 1st Cavalry Division); Fort Jackson, South Carolina (2/39th Infantry Battalion); and Fort Bragg, North Carolina (HHC 56th Medical Evacuation Battalion). She also deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (2009), as the Property Book NCOIC with the Georgia Army National Guard (HHC 48th IBCT.) She has also deployed as a contractor with L3 Communication in 2004. Mrs. Jackson is currently working towards a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems specializing in Systems Analysis and Integration. She was medically retired (honorably) in May 2013 after being assigned to a Community Based Warrior Transition Unit (CBWTU) - Camp Robinson, Arkansas (2009 – 2013.)

Phone: (314) 935-7097