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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 Adam Heppe

Department Head and Professor of Military Science WPI Army ROTC

LTC Adam Heppe is a native of Massachusetts and received his commission from the United States Military Academy at West Point.  He has served in a series of command and staff positions and currently serves as the Professor of Military Science at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  After graduating from flight training and the Aviation Officer Basic Course at Fort Rucker, Alabama, LTC Heppe served as an AH-64 Attack Platoon Leader and Company executive officer in Katterbach, Germany where he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with the 1st Infantry Division.  After completing the Aviation Captain’s Career Course, LTC Heppe deployed again to Iraq as an intelligence officer and AH-64 Troop Commander with 4th Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment.  LTC Heppe then served as an Observer, Coach, Trainer (OC-T) at the Joint Multi-national Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany for three years.  After completing the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS, LTC Heppe served as an AH-64 Battalion Operations and Executive Officer and Brigade Operations Officer in the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade at Fort Campbell, KY where he deployed to Afghanistan in support Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. LTC Heppe holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Management and a Master of Business Administration.  Along with numerous awards and decorations, LTC Heppe has earned the Combat Action Badge, the Master Aviator Badge, and the Air Assault Badge. LTC Heppe is married to the former Mariah Herbst of Holden, Massachusetts and has a son, Chase, and a daughter, Claire.

MAJ Joseph R. Irwin

Executive Officer/Assistant Professor of Military Science and MSII (Sophomore Class) Instructor

Entering service as an Army Transportation Corps officer in 2006, Major Irwin deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with the 53rd Movement Control Battalion from Ft Eustis, Virginia.  Major Irwin Served as a Forward Support Company Commander and Battalion Operations Officer with 210th Brigade Support Battalion, 2d Infantry Brigade Combat Team at Fort Drum, New York.  After instructing the Combined Logistics Captains Career Course at Fort Lee, Virginia, Major Irwin continued service with 2d Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade Staff at Camp Carrol, Korea.  Shortly after graduating from Satellite CGSC at Fort Lee, Virginia, Major Irwin served as the Battalion executive officer with the Army Field Support Battalion Hawaii and then as the deputy Support Operations Officer for 25th Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade at Schofield Barracks.  Major Joseph Irwin is a native of Falmouth, Massachusetts and received his bachelor’s degree from Norwich University.  His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters) and the Ranger Tab.

Master Sergeant Alan L. Sutton

Senior Military Science Instructor and MSIII (Junior Class) Instructor

Master Sergeant Sutton was born in California and he entered into the Army Reserves from Houston, Texas in 1998. He was called into active federal service in late 2003 in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. MSG Sutton served in the majority of enlisted leadership positions from Infantry Team Leader to Company First Sergeant. His assignments cover multiple combat deployments between Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom. MSG Sutton is currently serving as the Senior Military Science Instructor in the Bay State Battalion, 2nd BDE ROTC, USACC. MSG Sutton’s military and civilian education consist of the Basic Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, and Senior Leaders Course. His civilian education confers an A.A.S. degree in Fire Science, B.A. English, and a master’s degree in International Relations (Strategic Security Studies) from the prestigious American University and School of International Service in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Arthur Elbthal COL (RET)

Assistant Professor of Military Science/MSI (Freshman Class) Instructor and Military History Instructor

COL Arthur Elbthal teaches Military Science and Military History courses at WPI, Fitchburg State University and UMASS Lowell since 2018. Arthur retired from the United States Army with the rank of Colonel in 2018 after a 30-year career. He served in Infantry assignments from Rifle Platoon Leader to Infantry Battalion Commander in the Army National Guard. Later assignments included advisor to the Afghan National Security Forces, Director of Operations for Joint Force HQ-Massachusetts, and Army Strategist. He also taught Counter-Insurgency and 21st Century Warfare at the Army War College. Colonel Elbthal has a Bachelor Degree in Business and a Master’s Degree in Strategy. He is a graduate of the United States Army War College, the National Defense University Joint Forces Staff College, and The NATO School in Germany. He is a National Security Fellow at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University and he holds a graduate certificate in Leadership from Harvard University JFK School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Sergeant First Class Eric Mejia

Battalion Operations NCO/Assistant Professor of Military Science

Sergeant First Class Erick E. Mejia is a native of Phoenix, Arizona and enlisted in the United States Army as an Infantryman on November 7th, 2002. He received his Basic and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Benning, GA and has served in every leadership position from Fire Team Leader to Platoon Sergeant. His assignments include 1-9 Mechanized Infantry Regiment, Republic of Korea; 1-8 Infantry Regiment, Fort Carson, Co; Drill Sergeant, Bravo Company 1-61 Infantry Regiment, Fort Jackson, SC; Weapons Squad Leader, Bravo Company 2-5 Infantry Regiment, Fort Bliss, TX; and Platoon Sergeant, Charlie Company 1-37 Armored Regiment, Bliss, TX. He currently serves as Operations NCO for WPI, 2nd BDE USACC. SFC Mejia deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 2005-2006 and to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 2011-2012 and 2014. SFC Mejia’s military education includes the Warrior Leaders Course, the Advanced Leaders Course, the Senior Leaders Course, the United States Army Drill Sergeant School, the Combat Lifesaver’s course, Modern Army Combative levels 1, 2 and 3, the Sexual Harassment Assault Response Program and Common Faculty Development-Instructor Course. His civilian education includes an Associate’s Degree in General Studies from American Military University. SFC Mejia’s awards and decorations include Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (4 Oak Leaf Clusters) Army Achievement Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Presidential Unit Citation, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Good Conduct Medal (4th award), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2 Campaign Stars), Iraq Campaign Medal (1 Campaign Stars), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Non Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (numeral 3), Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 4), and the NATO Medal (ISAF Clasp), the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, and the Drill Sergeant Badge.

Mr. Darryl Gill CSM (RET)

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.

Mrs. Fedencia (Den) Fitch LTC (RET)

Human Resource Administrator

Fedencia Fitch was born in the Philippines and in 1973 she immigrated with her family to the United States, settling in Northern California. She attended Santa Clara University and upon graduation in 1989 was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Signal Corps through the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program.

Fedencia completed overseas deployments to Panama in support of Operation Just Cause in 1990, to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm in 1991, to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005, and to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in 2016. She retired as a lieutenant colonel from the Army Reserves in Sep 2017.

She was a Senior Military Science Instructor for Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Fitchburg State University from 2007-2015. Upon return from her deployment, she served as the Director/ Veteran’s Service Officer for Northeast Quabbin Veterans’ Services District. In March 2019, she accepted her current position as Human Resources Assistant for Bay State Battalion.

She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Commerce from Santa Clara University, CA, a Master of Science Degree in School Guidance Counseling from Fitchburg State University, MA.

Sharon Parry

Supply Technician

Sharon Parry was born and raised in Central Massachusetts. She began her civil service career with the Department of the Army in 1987 at Fort Devens, Massachusetts. Prior to working in ROTC, Sharon worked at various agencies to include Civilian Personnel, the U.S. Army Intelligence School, Department of Plans, Training and Mobilization and the Staff Judge Advocate Legal office. In April 1997, Sharon joined US Army Cadet Command (USACC). She initially served in the Headquarters, 1st Brigade, USACC as the Junior Army ROTC Administrator and then served as the S1 until 1st Brigade moved to Fort Knox in June 2008. She remained in Massachusetts and continued to serve ROTC programs while transitioning from the field of human resources to logistics. From 2008-2013, Sharon served as the Supply Technician at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. In 2013, she transferred to WPI in the same position. Sharon earned an Associate Degree from Quincy College and currently resides in Ashburnham, MA.

Mrs. Kim Adams

Administrative Assistant

Kim Adams joined the Bay State Battalion in July of 2010. She serves as the Administrative Assistant for LTC Heppe. Mrs. Adams has worked at WPI for more than twenty years, with expertise in student academic management and student support services.