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Bay State Battalion Cadet Color at Fenway Park, August 2012.

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Bay State Battalion Cadet Color at Fenway Park, August 2012.

LTC Ciro Stefano

Professor of Military Science

Lieutenant Colonel Stefano assumed command of the Bay State Battalion on 15 July 2011. He serves as the Professor of Military Science, WPI's Army ROTC program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA. He is an expert trainer and leader, having received the Army’s highest award for leadership, the General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award. He comes to WPI with twenty eight years of experience, having served at every level of command and staff assignments in the Army, from Platoon Sergeant to Chief Warrant Officer to Battalion Commander. His assignments include several operational assignments around the globe and four tours of combat including Desert Storm, Afghanistan and Iraq. Overseas assignments include the Republic of Korea, Germany, Central America, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Afghanistan. Most recently he served as the Executive Officer to the General responsible for all operations in the United States Army Europe Headquarters. He is an Airborne Ranger and Senior Army Aviator rated to fly the UH-1 Huey, the UH-60 Blackhawk and CH-47 Chinook helicopters. He also holds all of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ratings one can earn as a civilian aviator. He has earned multiple degrees in Aeronautical Sciences and an MBA. Finally, he is fully fluent in the German language and has a high degree of understanding of European and Middle Eastern cultures. The love of his life is his wife Katie and he adores his two Bulldogs.

Captain Kristina Carney

Executive Officer/Assistant Professor of Military Science

Captain Kristina Carney joined the Bay State Battalion in July of 2013. Originally from Walla Walla, Washington, CPT Carney attended Reserve Officer Training Corps at Washington State University where she was awarded a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice in 2006 and subsequently received her commission as a Military Police Officer. Her military education includes: completion of Airborne School, Military Police Officer Basic Training, The Department of the Army Police Academy, Military Police Captain’s Career Course, and the Warrior Transition Cadre Training Course. She earned her Master’s Degree in Business Organizational Security Management from Webster’s University in 2011. Captain Carney’s initial assignment from 2006 to 2007 was in Camp Humphreys, South Korea where she served as a Platoon Leader of the 557th MP Company, 94th Military Police Battalion. From 2007 to 2009 she was assigned to the 43d Adjutant General Battalion where she served as the Executive officer for Alpha Company and later HHC. She was later deployed in 2010 to Camp Arifjan Kuwait where she served as the Army Central Coalition Forces Land Component Command G36 PMO Chief of Customs Operations. She returned to Joint Base Lewis McChord where she served as the Warrior Transition Battalion Assistant Operations Officer until 2011 where she was assigned as the Commander of Bravo Company, Warrior Transition Battalion until 2013. Captain Carney’s awards include the Army Commendation Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement medal, Meritorious Unit Citation, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (2), Parachutist Badge, and German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (Gold)

Master Sergeant James Torrico

Senior Military Science Instructor

MSG James L. Torrico completed Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. His duty assignments consist of 3 Howitzer Battery, 2ACR Fort Polk; Bravo Battery 3/6 FA, Fort Drum; HHB 434 FA Brigade, Fort Sill; HHB 428 FA Brigade; HQ Detachment, Fires Center of Excellence, Fort Sill; and C 1/78 FA. MSG Torrico has deployed to Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan twice, and Iraq. During his career, MSG Torrico has served in various positions such as Advance Party, Gunner, Ammunition Team Chief, Howitzer Section Chief, Gunnery Sergeant, QAO NCOIC, Post Combative’s NCOIC, Combined Joint Task Force Paladin, RC North NCOIC and First Sergeant for C 1/78 FA. MSG Torrico’s military education includes Warrior Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Senior Leaders Course, Airborne, Air Assault, and Army Combative’s Levels 1-4. He is currently pursuing an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice with Central Texas College. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (1OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (1OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (3 OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (5th Award), National Defense Service Medal (2 Bronze Stars), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. He also has been awarded the Order of the Saint Barbara.

1LT Carson Williams

Operations Officer/Assistant Professor of Military Science

1LT Carson Williams is the Battalion Operations Officer and Assistant Professor of Military Science. He is responsible for the coordination and planning that is necessary in order to conduct operations within the WPI AROTC Battalion. He is also the primary instructor and mentor for the MS1 Cadets during their first year in Army ROTC. 1LT Williams commissioned from the United States Military Academy in May of 2010 where he competed as the starting quarterback for the Black Knights during the 2006, 2007, and 2008 football seasons. His previous assignments include being an Athletic Intern for United States Military Academy Preparatory School where he served as the Offensive Coordinator for the football team and a one year tour in South Korea where he served as the Alpha Battery Executive Officer in the 1-15th FA BN at Camp Casey. Outside of the office, 1LT Williams enjoys spending time with friends and family on the lake, participating in athletic competitions, reading, exploring new cuisines, and learning new hobbies.

Sam Bath

Operations Officer/Assistant Professor of Military Science

University of Massachusetts, Lowell Officer-in-Charge

Sam Bath is the Battalion Operations Officer and is responsible for the conceptualization and implementation of all training for the Bay State Battalion. He is also the primary instructor and advisor for Freshman Cadets at both Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. Mr. Bath enlisted in the Massachusetts Army National Guard in the spring of 2005, and served as a Military Police soldier during college. In May 2007, he commissioned as a Military Police officer and received his Bachelor of Arts in U.S. History from Stonehill College. He has been assigned as a Platoon Leader, an Executive Officer, and a Brigade Assistant S3. He has deployed to al-Anbar Province in Iraq and to Camp As Sayliyah in Qatar. When not working, Mr. Bath enjoys traveling, grilling, and skiing.

Sergeant First Class Travis Blanchard

Battalion Operations NCO/Assistant Professor of Military Science

SFC Travis Blanchard is the Battalion Operations Noncommissioned Officer and Assistant Professor of Military Science. He works hand in hand with the Operations Officer to ensure all Battalion training is resourced planned and equipped. He is also the primary instructor and counselor for the MSII Cadets during their second year in Army ROTC. SFC Blanchard joined the Army in 1994 and attended Basic and Advance training at Ft Benning GA. His previous assignments include Ft Riley Kansas, Camp Casey Korea, Ft Hood Texas, Camp Hovey Korea, Germany, as well as serving as a recruiter in Vineland NJ. SFC Blanchard has been deployed to the Middle East three times, most recently in Iraq during the transition between Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. SFC Blanchard’s military education includes Warrior Leader Course, Advance Leader Course, Combat Lifesaver Course, Total Army Instructor Training, Small Group Leader Training, Recruiting School, and the Senior Maneuver Leaders Course. SFC Blanchard is married to his wonderful wife Sharon and they have one son Tristan. SFC Blanchard enjoys family time, touring historical sites, basketball, and playing the drums.

Darryl Gill

Recruiting Operations Officer

Darryl L. Gill, Command Sergeant Major (Retired), is an Assistant Professor of Military Science who serves at Fitchburg State University. CSM (R) Gill reported for active duty on 26 July 1983 at Fort Benning, Georgia for Infantry One Station Unit Training (OSUT). Mr. Gill has served in every Infantryman leadership position from Team Leader through Battalion Command Sergeant Major; to include Drill Sergeant, ROTC Senior Instructor, Battalion, Brigade and Division Operations Sergeant Major, Command Sergeant Major 215th Brigade Support Battalion and most recently Command Sergeant Major 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 3d Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood Texas. His assignments include tours with 1-38 Infantry, 2ID, Camp Hovey, Korea; 1-39 Infantry, 8th ID (M), Germany; 56th Air Defense Artillery, FT Bliss, TX; 5-9 Infantry (Manchu’s), FT Wainwright Alaska; Ohio University (Bobcat Battalion), Athens, Ohio; 1-32 Infantry, 10th Mountain Division, FT Drum, NY; 1-506th Infantry, 2ID, Camp Greaves, Korea; 2-10 Infantry, 3rd Basic Combat Training Brigade, FT Leonard Wood, MO; Fifth U.S. Army, Emergency Operations Center, Department of Homeland Defense, FT Sam Houston TX; 1-12 Cavalry and 3HBCT, 1st Cavalry Division(OIF 06-08);1st Cavalry Division Headquarters(OIF 09-10), and the 215th Brigade Support Battalion, 3HBCT, 1st Cavalry Division (OIF 09-11). 1-12 Cavalry, FT Hood, TX (Operation New Dawn). CSM Gill earned an Associate’s Degree from the University of Phoenix and his military education includes Warrior Leader Course; Advance Leaders Course; Senior Leaders course; the First Sergeants Course and the Senior Enlisted Academy, United States Navy.His military awards and decorations include 1 Legion of Merit, 3 Bronze Star Medals, 6 Meritorious Service Medals, 2 Army Commendation Medals, 12 Army Achievement Medals, 9 Good Conduct Medals, 2 National Defense Service Medals, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal with 4 campaign stars, the Overseas Service Ribbon with the numeral 7; Multinational Force and Observer Medal, Army Superior Unit Award, 3 Meritorious Unit Awards, the Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Infantry Badge, the Drill Sergeant Identification Badge and 6 Overseas Service Bars. Other honors awarded the Centurion Medal for the Order of Saint Maurice. CSM (R) Gill is a native of Springfield, Ohio and was born on 21 May, 1965.

Ms. Evelyn LaCroix

Human Resoures Technician

Evelyn LaCroix joined the Bay State Battalion in July of 2008. She serves as a Human Resources Technician. Prior to her current position, she worked at US Army Cadet Command First Brigade, Fort Devens, as a Human Resources Specialist Mrs. LaCroix has worked for Army ROTC for almost thirty years.

Sharon Parry

Supply Technician

Sharon Parry joined the Bay State Battalion in January of 2013. She serves as the Supply Technician. Prior to her current position, she worked at the University of Massachusetts Army ROTC Program as the Supply Technician. Mrs. Parry has worked for the Army for almost twenty-seven years, of that fifteen years was with the Army ROTC.

Kim Richardson

Administrative Assistant

Kim Richardson joined the Bay State Battalion in July of 2010. She serves as the Administrative Assistant for LTC Stefano. Ms. Richardson has worked at WPI for more than fourteen years, with expertise in student academic management as well as student support services. Outside of the office, Ms. Richardson is a Certified Holistic Health Coach. She enjoys spending time with loved ones, practicing yoga, dance and hanging out by the lake with her two Golden Retrievers.