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.
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- Scholarship & Enrollment 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 Scholarship & Enrollment Officer.
Mr. Kevin Ward- Human Resources Assistant
Currently resides near Chicago, IL. Employed by U.S. Army Cadet Command, AO North Loyola University Army ROTC Program as Human Resources Assistant. 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: