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 Christopher Clay- Professor of Military Science
Lieutenant Colonel Chris Clay, an Air Defense Artillery Officer, was commissioned in 1995 through ROTC from Tulane University, and received a Master of Science in Engineering Management from Missouri University of Science and Technology in 2000. He has held leadership positions at various bases in the US and in Germany. In the United States, Lieutenant Colonel Clay has held positions at Fort Bliss, TX; FT Benning, GA; Ft Leonard Wood, MO; Fort Leavenworth, KS; and Schriever AFB, CO. His base locations in Germany include Kitzigen, Wurzburg, and Hohenfels. He has deployed to Kosovo in support of Operation Joint Guardian; to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom; and to Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom.
Master Sergeant Chad King- Senior Military Instructor
Master Sergeant Chad M. King joined the United States Army as an Infantryman in November of 1993. He has served in every enlisted position in an Infantry Rifle Platoon, served as a Rifle Company First Sergeant, as a Brigade Staff section Noncommissioned Officer in charge (NCOIC), Observer/Controller, and now as the Senior Military Instructor and Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Loyola Rambler Battalion. He has served in the 82nd Airborne Division, 10th Mountain Division, United Nations Command Security Battalion, and the Joint Readiness Training Center. He has served two yearlong combat tours in Baghdad, Iraq, along with several short-duration deployments to Central America and the Middle East. He is a recipient of the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with 4 bronze (5th award) Oak Leaf Cluster, Joint Services Commendation Medal, and Army Achievement Medal with 4 bronze (5th award) Oak Leaf Cluster. MSG King has earned the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantry Badge, Basic Parachutists Badge, and has been awarded the level of Centurion in the Order of St. Maurice.
Mr. Djimitri Francois- Recruiting Operations Officer
Mr. Djimitri Francois, a native of Port-au-Prince, Haiti retired Senior Chief from the U.S. Navy on 30 September 2013 after completing 26 years of 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 Rambler Battalion’s Recruiting Operations Officer.
Mr. Kevin Ward- Human Resources Director
Currently resides near Chicago, IL. Employed by U.S. Army Cadet Command, AO North Loyola University Army ROTC Program as Human Resources Director. Education: Bachelor of Science Degree. Retired Army NCO Served 25 years in the following countries: Iraq, Germany, Kosovo, United Kingdom, Japan, and Hawaii.
Staff Located at DePaul University:
Captain Scott Koritz- Operations Officer
Captain Scott Koritz enlisted on active duty in 1996 as a 19D Cavalry Scout. He later attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and went on to Officer Candidate School in 2006 where he was commissioned as a Transportation Officer. Captain Koritz has served with 11th Transportation Battalion, Fort Story, Virginia, as well as 39th Movement Control Battalion in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Captain Koritz has deployed three times in support of Operation Joint Guardian, Kosovo, Operation New Dawn, Iraq and Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan.
Staff Located at North Park University:
Sergeant First Class Marc A. Westenbarger- Military Science Instructor
Sergeant First Class Marc A. Westenbarger is an armor noncommissioned officer and 1997 graduate of One Station Unit Training in Fort Knox, Kentucky. His assignments have included 1-34AR in Fort Riley, Kansas, Directorate of Training Doctrine, Combat Development and Experimentation in Fort Knox, Kentucky, and 1-77AR in Fort Bliss, Texas. He has deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2001 and in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, 2009, and 2011. He is a graduate of the Warrior Leader Course, Advanced Leader Course, Senior Leader Course, M1A1 Master Gunner Course, and M1A2 SEP Master Gunner Course.