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.
Captain Dax Burroughs- S-3 Training Officer
Captain Dax Burroughs enlisted in the Wisconsin Army National Guard as a combat engineer in 1998. He later attended the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point where, upon graduation, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Ordinance Corps. In 2008, he transferred to the Military Intelligence Corps, where he has served since. Captain Burroughs has served with the 23rd Area Support Group, Training and Doctrine Command, and the 1st Infantry Division. He has deployed twice in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
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. Tom Pina- Military Science Instructor
Mr. Tom Pina enlisted into the Adjutant General Corps of United States Army Reserves in 1986, completed basic training and advanced individual training at Fort Jackson, S.C. In 1990, Mr. Pina became an instructor teaching PLDC, BNCOC and BF-ITC and later an Observer, Controller/Trainer. His career has taken him to Fort Jackson, Fort Bliss, Fort Polk, Fort Bragg, Fort Meade, Fort Lee, Fort Leavenworth, Fort McCoy, Fort Lewis and deployments to Bosnia and Afghanistan. His current assignment is with Cadet Command as the Military Science I Instructor at Loyola University-Chicago.
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:
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.
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.