West Virginia State University
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 Corey F. Willie

Professor of Military Science, Battalion Commander

LTC Corey F. Willie was commissioned in the Army after serving 6 years as a Non-Commissioned Officer as an infantry Soldier. LTC Willie then Commissioned as an Ordnance Officer in 2005 from Western Illinois University. He has served in a variety of positions with two combat tours.

LTC Willie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Justice Administration from Western Illinois University and a Master of Science degree in Procurement and Acquisition Management from Webster University. He is a graduate of the Ordnance Officer Basic Course, the Logistic Captains Career Course, the Command and Generals Staff College, the Joint and Combined Warfighting and Defense Strategy Course, and the Reserve Component National Security Course.

MSG Bobby J Driskill

Senior Military Science Instructor

MSG Driskill was born and raised in East Mississippi and joined the Army January 26, 1999. He enlisted as an Infantryman and completed Basic Combat Training at Ft Benning, GA. His duty stations include Ft Campbell; KY, Ft. Benning, GA; Ft Myer, VA; Rose Barracks, Germany; the United States Military Academy; and Ft Jackson, SC. He has held the positions of Grenadier, Radio Telephone Operator, Machine Gunner, Team Leader, Squad Leader, Weapons Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, Tactical NCO, First Sergeant, and Military Science Instructor. In addition to these position he has deployed in support of the War on Terror six times.

Sergeant First Class Aaron L Kirkendall

Military Science Instructor

Sergeant First Class Aaron Kirkendall is a native of Mattawan, MI and entered the United States Army as a Cavalry Scout in 2007. He attended initial military training at Fort Knox, KY.

Sergeant First Class Kirkendall has served in a variety of cavalry assignments at Fort Campbell, KY and Fort Carson, CO. He deployed twice to Afghanistan, once to Jordan, and once to Eastern Europe. His numerous awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal and the Army Achievement Medal.

Sergeant First Class Kirkendall is married to the former Sarah Duekes and they have three children.

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

Program Assistant

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.

Mr. John P Rose, III

Logistics Technician

Originally from Welch, WV, Mr. Rose enlisted in the WV Army National Guard July 1980. He held various assignments and has two combat deployments. He retired from the Guard in March 2010 as a Master Sergeant. Since leaving the Guard, he has served as the Chief of Sterile Processing, Department of Veteran’s Affairs, Hershel Woody Williams VA Medical Center, Huntington, WV and then Vice President of Blue Ridge Scientific Transport, Lynchburg, VA. Mr. Rose is a graduate of Mount View High School, Welch, WV, and subsequently attended Bluefield State College and the University of Charleston. He married Debra Gordon in August 1980, and they have two children, Dana Willis and Ryan Gordon, along with five grandchildren.