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YELLOW JACKET BATTALION

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The Yellow Jacket Battalion Cadet Color guard marches off the field after presenting the colors at the annual Homecoming football game. During West Virginia State's Homecoming Weekend, Army ROTC also inducts new members into the West Virginia State University Army ROTC Hall of Fame.

Homecoming Football Game

The Yellow Jacket Battalion Cadet Color guard marches off the field after presenting the colors at the annual Homecoming football game. During West Virginia State's Homecoming Weekend, Army ROTC also inducts new members into the West Virginia State University Army ROTC Hall of Fame.

LTC Josh D. Germann

Professor of Military Science, Battalion Commander

Lieutenant Colonel Josh Germann assumed duties as Department Chair and Professor of Military Science at West Virginia State University in Institute on 21 July 2017. He was commissioned in 1998 as an Aviation officer in the United States Army of the Reserve Officer Training Corps program from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

After commissioning, Lieutenant Colonel Germann attended the Aviation Officer Basic Course at Fort Rucker, Alabama. He then served in various positions from Platoon Leader, Company Commander, and Battalion and Brigade staff officer positions. His most recent position was as Branch Chief of the Forces Command Aviation Resource Management Survey team. He has deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, as the Operations Officer for the 603rd Aviation Support Battalion, Hunter Army Airfield, GA.

Lieutenant Colonel Germann holds a Bachelor of Science in Geography from Louisiana State University and a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University. His military awards and decorations include Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Aviator Badge, and Air Assault Badge

MSG Benjamin J. Lewis

Battalion Senior Military Instructor

MSG Lewis is a native of Cleveland, OH and entered the United States Army as an Infantryman in 1997. He attended One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at FT Benning, GA.

His previous assignments include C-co 2nd Battalion 14th Infantry Regiment where he served as a Machine Gunner, RTO, Team Leader, and Squad Leader, A-co 3rd Battalion 502nd Infantry where he served as a squad leader , C-co 1st Battalion 506th Infantry Regiment where he served as a Platoon Sergeant , Natick Soldier Systems center as combat arms advisor to PEO Soldier, 2nd Battalion 2nd Infantry Regiment as Platoon Sergeant and Operations NCO, 3rd Battalion 34th Infantry Regiment as a 1SG, and most recently serving as the First Sergeant of Bravo Company 2nd Battalion 7th infantry at Ft Stewart, GA

His previous deployments include 2 OIF deployments from 2003-2004 and 2005-2006, 2 OEF Deployment from 2010-2011 and 2014-2015, and one Kosovo deployment from 2001-2002. 1SG Lewis has attended all NCOES thru SLC as well as Air Assault, Pathfinder Course, Scout Leaders Course, Company Commander and First Sergeant course, and Combat Lifesaver.

1SG Lewis’ awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, The Purple Heart, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation medal w/”V” device, Army Achievement medal, Valorous Unit Award, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Award, Army Superior Unit Award, Naval Unit Commendation, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Nation Defense Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Global war on Terror Expeditionary and Service Medals, NCO Professional Development medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas service ribbon, NATO Medal, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Air Assault Badge, and Pathfinder Badge.

1SG Lewis is married to the former Amy McGaughy and they have four children together.

CPT Lonnie J. Wilson

Assistant Professor of Military Science

CPT Lonnie J. Wilson enlisted in the United States Army Reserve in 2005. He attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and Advanced Individual Training as Motor Transportation Specialist in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. He was then assigned to the 450th Movement Control Battalion from Manhattan, Kansas. In 2006, he participated in the Simultaneous Membership Program with the Kansas State University Reserve Officer Training Corps. CPT Wilson graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and received a commission into the United States Army (active duty) as a Second Lieutenant in May of 2008.

CPT Wilson attended the Basic Officer Leader's Course in Fort Sill, Oklahoma and the Military Police Officer Basic Course at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. In 2008, CPT Wilson was assigned as a platoon leader in the 164th Military Police Company at Fort Richardson, Alaska, where he served as the company executive officer in 2010. In 2011, CPT Wilson served as the assistant S3 in the 793rd Military Police Battalion, also at Fort Richardson, Alaska. In 2011, CPT Wilson attended the Military Police Captains Career Course at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. In 2012, CPT Wilson was assigned to the 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas, where he served as the assistant to the brigade S3 and deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 12-13. In 2013, CPT Wilson was assigned to the 97th Military Police Battalion at Fort Riley, Kansas, where he served as the commander of the Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment until June of 2015. CPT Wilson is currently the Assistant Professor of Military Science at West Virginia State University.

CPT Wilson's military awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (w/ 1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (1 Campaign Star), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the ISAF NATO Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon (w/ numeral 2) and the Army Service Ribbon.

CPT Wilson is married to the former Meilani Koehn and they have two children: Samantha (10) and Logan (6).

Mr. William Kinsey

Scholarship/Enrollment Manager

Bill Kinsey was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Infantry in 1992 through Army ROTC at the University of Tennessee. Over a 20 year career, Mr. Kinsey served in a variety of positions as a U.S. Army officer in numerous posts in Alaska, California, Georgia, Kansas, and Texas. Mr. Kinsey retired in June of 2013 having attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

After retirement, Mr. Kinsey served briefly as the Recruiting Officer for University of Kentucky Army ROTC Department before transferring to the West Virginia State University Army ROTC Department in September of 2013.

Mr. Kinsey has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Tennessee, a Master of Arts in Political Science from Marshall University, and is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm, Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

Mr. Aaron Brooks

Military Supply Technician

Mr. Brooks is the Yellow Jacket Supply Technician, He holds an MBA in Business from Marshall University Graduate College. He handles all logistical and supply requirements for the battalion.  He has been working with the Reserve Officers' Training Corps for 27 years.