Based out of the north side of Chicago, the Rambler Battalion is hosted at Loyola University. The satellite schools include DePaul University, Northeastern Illinois University, North Park University, and Northwestern University. Located on the bustling north side of Chicago, the Rambler Battalion cadets have access to nearly unlimited resources for educational and professional development. The diversity of the neighborhood gives a valuable cultural perspective hard to find elsewhere. Our Battalion consists of cadets from all over the country and from many different backgrounds. The cadre assigned to our Battalion are highly experienced, well trained soldiers of the Army with over 60 years of combined time in service. Additionally, the Battalion has several civilian employees who work in support of the program's success. Overall, the Rambler Battalion Army ROTC program provides excellent training in leadership development, military skills, academics, and physical readiness.
Staff Located at Loyola University Chicago:
Lieutenant Colonel Matthew J. Yandura, M.A. - Professor of Military Science
Matthew J. Yandura is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army. He serves as Chair, Professor of Military Science, Loyola University Chicago. His previous assignment was Chief, Leader Development and Education, U.S. Army Cadet Command, Fort Knox, Kentucky. In this capacity, LTC Yandura was responsible for cadet curriculum and faculty development and education. LTC Yandura is an Information Operations Officer and decorated combat veteran in both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan. LTC Has two sons- Logan, 7, and Lukas, 19 months. He is married to Mary Elizabeth Yandura - the best wife in the world. LTC Yandura has a B.A.A. in Interpersonal-Public Communication from Central Michigan University and a M.A. from The Catholic University of America in International Relations. Following his military career, he aspires to become a member of the Avengers or the U.S. Congress- whichever comes first.
Captain Guillermo Romo- Assistant Professor of Military Science
Captain Guillermo Romo was born in Chicago IL and enlisted in the US Army in the summer of 1992 as a Multiple Launch Rocket System Crewmember. He was assigned to 1-12th FA at Ft. Sill, OK and served as a driver and gunner. He left active duty in the fall of 1994 to pursue a bachelor’s degree in English for Secondary Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He graduated UIC in the summer of 2000. During his time in school, CPT Romo served as an Administrative Specialist at the 416th ENCOM, a position that he held through the unit’s deployment in December 2002 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Upon returning from deployment, CPT Romo served as the HHC Supply Sergeant at the 416th ENCOM in an Active Guard Reserve role. CPT Romo applied to Officer Candidate School in the winter of 2006, and was selected for attendance in the summer of 2007. CPT Romo attended OCS and received his commission in March 2008.
CPT Romo attended the Armor Basic Officer Course in the summer of 2008. He was then assigned as a tank platoon leader for first platoon, Cobra Company, 2/69 AR, Third Brigade, Third Infantry Division. He deployed with this unit in support of Operation Iraqi freedom in the fall of 2009. CPT Romo was selected to serve as the Bayonet Company Executive Officer in the summer of 2010 and redeployed the company in the fall of 2010. CPT Romo then attended the Maneuver Captain’s Career Course in the summer of 2011 and was assigned to 1-4 Infantry Regiment, Hohenfels, Germany in the summer of 2012. CPT Romo served as the battalion logistics officer and later took command of Dragon Company in the spring of 2013. CPT Romo transitioned from command to serve as an observer coach trainer at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center, Hohenfels, Germany. CPT Romo served as a Troop OCT and as a team planner for the Calvary Squadron / Reconnaissance Team, Grizzly.
CPT Romo is married to the former Tamera Sue Pettit. They have four wonderful children, three boys, Connor 19, Guillermo 8, and Lucas 1, and one amazing girl, Angela 7. He currently resides in the most amazing location on earth, Highland Park, Illinois and is serving as the Assistant Professor of Military Science at Loyola University Chicago. CPT Romo is a recipient of the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, and the Airborne Badge.
Captain Gregory T. Black- Assistant Professor of Military Science
Captain Gregory T. Black graduated from Ball State University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Criminology and commissioned on to active duty into the Corps of Engineers. Captain Black has deployed twice to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as the Commanding Officer for both the 38th Engineer Company and 539th Explosive Hazards Team. Captain Black is a graduate of the British Joint Operational Planning Course, Engineer Captain’s Career Course, Engineer Basic Officer Course, US Army Jumpmaster School, Explosive Hazards Planner Course, and the Route Reconnaissance and Clearance Course.
His awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2nd Award), Army Commendation Medal (2nd Award), and the Joint Service Achievement Medal. He has also been awarded the Senior Parachutist Badge and the Steel de Fluery Medal for contributions to the Engineer Regiment.
Captain Black currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Military Science at Loyola University Chicago, overseeing training for 70+ cadets in the Chicagoland Area. He is the proud father of an Australian Shepherd named Cutty.
Mr. Djimitri Francois- Recruiting Operations Officer
Mr. Djimitri Francois, a native of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, retired as a Senior Chief from the U.S. Navy on September 30th, 2013 after 26 years of dedicated service to our country. He has deployed to Haiti in support of Operation Uphold Democracy with the 10th Mountain Division; to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom; and to Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom. His personal awards include the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with five gold stars), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (with one gold star) and various unit and campaign awards. Mr. Francois served on 5 Naval Aircraft Carriers; he holds a Bachelor’s degree and is a graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy in Newport, RI. He is currently the Rambler Battalion’s Recruiting Operations Officer, and is responsible for all scholarships and enrollments into the program.
Staff Located at DePaul University:
Captain Mary Kearney - Operations Officer
Captain Mary Ann Kearney serves as an Assistant Professor of Military Science at DePaul University. She commissioned in 2008 as an Engineer Officer and has been stationed at Fort Stewart, Georgia and Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. CPT Kearney deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from 2010-2011. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree from the United States Military Academy and a Master’s Degree from Missouri Science and Technology. CPT Kearney is married to CPT Damian Krebsbach and they have one son, Kilian.
All new military faculty coming to be instructors will attend the 10-week cadre and faculty development course (CFDC). Please see below link on CFDC