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 year-long 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 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.
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 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