Weber State University
Cadets get an opportunity to conduct exciting training to include rapelling off rock cliffs.

Rappelling "The Wildcat Way"

Cadets get an opportunity to conduct exciting training to include rapelling off rock cliffs.

LTC Jason Neirman

Professor of Military Science

MSG John H. Sanford

Senior Military Science Instructor

MSG John Hiroshi Sanford enlisted in the US Army as a Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) Crewmember (13M) in 1991. He completed Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. MSG Sanford’s previous duty positions and locations include: Ammunition Handler, 1-27 FA Babenhausen , Germany; Gunner / Ammunition Section Chief / Launcher Section Chief, 6-27 FA Fort Sill, OK; Gunner Laun cher Section Chief, A-38 FA, Camp Stanley, Korea; Launcher Section Chief, 1-12 FA, Fort Sill, OK; Launcher Section Chief / Platoon Sergeant / Master Gunner, A-94 FA and 1-94 FA, Baumholder and Idar-Oberstein, Germany; Platoon Sergeant / Master Gunner, 3-27 FAR Fort Bragg, NC; Joint Service Weapons Specialist/ Team NCOIC / Senior Enlisted Advisor, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Darmstadt, Germany; Intelligence Trainer, Military Transition Team (MiTT), Iraq; NCOA Senior / Writer Instructor, Camp Jackson, Korea; Operations Sergeant (Eighth Army Fire Support Element), Yongsan, Korea; First Sergeant, Marne Reception Center, Fort Stewart, GA; First Sergeant, 1-41 FA, Fort Stewart, GA; Operations Sergeant Major, 1-38 FA, Camp Casey, Korea. He is a graduate of the Basic Leader Course, Advanced Leader Course, Senior Leader Course, First Sergeant Course, Battle Staff NCO Course, and a host of other military / joint courses. MSG Sanford’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (8 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (1 OLC), Good Conduct Medal (8th award); National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal (Expeditionary and Service), Korea Defense Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon and Overseas Ribbon (5). He has been awarded the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara and is a member of the Sergeant Audie Murphy and Sergeant Morales Clubs. MSG Sanford earned an Associate of Arts Degree with the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) and a Bachelor of General Studies (minor in management) with Columbia College, Missouri.

CPT Jed Christensen

Assistant Professor of Military Science

CPT Jed Christensen enlisted in the Utah Army National Guard in January 2011. He graduated from Basic Training at Fort Benning GA in April 2011 then started phase 0 of Officer Candidate School and commissioned in October 2012. Since commissioning, he’s graduated from Quartermaster Basic Officer Leader Couse, Master Fitness Trainer Course, Basic Airborne School, Joint Operations Center Course and earned his Masters of Public Administration from Brigham Young University. He’s the current commander of the Forward Support Company 1/19th Special Forces Group (A). CPT Christensen’s previous assignments include Executive Officer of the A Co 489th BSB, Platoon Leader in A Co 489th BSB, and Supply Management Specialist for the Utah Army National Guard G4 in charge of Financial Liability Investigations of Property Lost. CPT Christensen’s awards and qualifications include Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (1OL), Army National Guard Achievement Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (Gold), and Basic Parachutist Badge. Before joining the Army, CPT Christensen spent 10 years in the banking and mortgage industry. He also lived in Venezuela for 2 years serving a church mission. CPT Christensen is happily married and has six children.

CPT Tyler Guest

Assistant Professor of Military Science

CPT Tyler Guest hails from Woodland Park, Colorado. He commissioned as an active duty Aviation officer in 2011 from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. Upon entering active duty, he was assigned to Fort Rucker, Alabama, where he qualified on the UH-60A/L/M Blackhawk Helicopter. Following flight school, he was assigned to the 2-1 General Support Aviation Battalion, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade and stationed in Fort Riley, Kansas, where he served as an Air Traffic Control Company Executive Officer, Aviation Maintenance Platoon Leader, Assistant Operations Officer, Command Aviation Company Flight Platoon Leader, and Rear Detachment Headquarters Company Commander. He has one combat deployment to RC-South Afghanistan. His awards and decorations include one Air Medal, one Army Commendation Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Basic Army Aviator Badge, Basic Parachutist Badge and a Meritorious Unit Citation.

CPT Jeong Hinton

Assistant Professor of Military Science (Recruiting Officer)

CPT Jeong Hinton entered the Army in 2003, as a 42A, Human Resources Specialist. Upon completion of her two year tour in Korea (2004-2006), she served as S1 Human Resources SGT in 210th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd BCT, 10th MNT at Fort Drum, NY. She deployed with the unit to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (2006-2007). CPT Hinton received her commission through OCS in 2009. From 2009 to 2010, she served as the platoon leader for A CO. 125th Brigade Support Battalion, 3 BCT, 1st AD at Fort Bliss, TX. She was then reassigned as executive officer for G FSC, 41 Field Artillery Battalion, 3 BCT, 1st AD. She deployed with the unit to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (2011-2012). After redeployment, she served as a Battalion S4 OIC for Special Troop Battalion, 3 BCT, 1st AD at Fort Bliss, TX. Upon graduation from the Captain’s Career Course, CPT Hinton joined the 3rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command, Fort Knox, KY and deployed to Kuwait with the unit, and served as G3 Battle Captain under 1st Theater Sustainment Command in 2014. Upon redeployment, she was reassigned as the Distribution Integration Branch Supply and Services Officer in Support Operations in 3rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command, Fort Bragg, NC. She also served as a company commander in HHC 189th CSSB, 82nd Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade (2016-2017). CPT Hinton’s military education includes Primary Leadership Development Course, Quartermaster’s Basic Officer Leadership Course, Auto Airload Planner Course, Support Operations Course Phase II, Unit Movement Officer Course and the Combined Logistics Captains Career Course. CPT Hinton earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science in In Ha University, S. Korea and a Master of Arts in Sociology from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL. Her awards and decorations include a Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf cluster, the Army Achievement Medal with four oak leaf cluster, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Medal, and the NATO Medal.

SFC Richard Sheldrake

Military Science Instructor

SFC Richard J. Sheldrake is a native of Toms River, New Jersey. He is a graduate of Manchester Township High School and Ocean County Community College. He has nine years of experience in the New Jersey National Guard stationed at Picatinny Arsenal serving as an AH-1 Cobra helicopter mechanic and Flight Operations Section Sergeant. He also has 19 years of experience with the United States Army serving as an Infantry Team Leader, Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, and First Sergeant. SFC Sheldrake's deployments include a tour of duty with the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division in Iraq for Operations Desert Shield and Storm, federal mobilization for Operation Enduring Eagle during the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks, a second tour in Iraq with the 31st Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division in 2010, two tours in Kuwait in 2013 and 2015 for regional contingency missions with the 66th Armor Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, and the first American mechanized expeditionary mission sent to a region of conflict since World War II in 2015 to defend Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) North Camp in Sinai Egypt against ISIS-affiliated insurgents. His military education includes Primary Leadership Development Course (PLDC), Basic Non Commissioned Officers Course (BNCOC), Maneuver Senior Leaders Course (MSLC), Company Command Team Pre-command Course, Basic Airborne Course, Air Assault School, Slingload Master Course, Combatives Level 1, SHARP Course, Combat Lifesaver's Course, Army Recruiter Course, Master Resiliency Course, Total Army Instructor Training Course and Facilitator Instructor Foundation Course (FIFC). SFC Sheldrake's awards and decorations include one Meritorious Service Medal, six Army Commendation Medals, eleven Army Achievement Medals, two Army Reserve Component Achievement Medals, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asian Service Medal with two campaign stars, Iraq Campaign Medal with campaign star, six Army Good Conduct Medals, Korean Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with mobilization appurtenance, National Defense Service Medal with appurtenance, two Overseas Ribbons, Kuwaiti Liberation Medal (Kuwait), Kuwaiti Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), Combat Infantryman's Badge, Basic Aviation Badge, Basic Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and the Army Recruiter Gold Badge with Sapphires.

Mr. Clyde Ratliff

Recruiting Operations Officer

Mr. Clyde Ratliff is originally from Syracuse, New York and has a degree from Weber State University. He enlisted in the United States Navy in February 1984 and was stationed on the USS Spartanburg County (LST-1192) where he served as a Boatswains Mate 3rd Class and Master Helmsman. In 1988 he transferred to ACU-2 (Assault Craft Unit 2) and served as a Captain of a LCU boat and boat coxswain instructor in Little Creek, VA. In 1989 he transferred to the USS Milwaukee (AOR-2) in Norfolk, VA and served as Leading Petty Officer of 2nd Division and Boatswains Mate 1st Class and served in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. In 1992 he transferred to the USS Inchon (LPH-12) and continued to serve in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm and operations in Somalia. In 1994 Mr. Ratliff transferred to recruiting duty where he served as a Chief Petty Officer and Zone Supervisor of several multi-state recruiting stations until he retired in 2006 after 23 years of active duty. Mr. Ratliff's awards include; (9) Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medals, (2) Joint Meritorious Unit Awards, (2) Navy Unit Commendations, (2) Meritorious Unit Commendations, (5) Good Conduct Awards, (2) National Defense Service Medals, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, (6) Sea Service Deployment Ribbons, (3) Navy Recruiting Service Ribbons, (2) NATO Medals, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist Breast Insignia.