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 Nicholas Bugajski - Professor of Military Science
Nick Bugajski is happily married to the love of his life, Regan Elizabeth, and they have four beautiful young boys: Chase Ignatius (6), Cash Raymond (4), Camden Nicholas (3), and Colton Alexander (1). Team Bugajski is expecting their fifth boy in September 2017. We are honored to serve in the city we love and, more importantly, within the Loyola-Chicago community.
Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Nick graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2000 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Military Police Corps. Following graduation from the Military Police Officer Basic Course, he was assigned to the 759th Military Police Battalion where he served as a Platoon Leader in the 984th Military Police Company and Platoon Leader and Executive Officer in the 59th Military Police Company. While at Fort Carson, he deployed in support of Operations Desert Shift and Enduring Freedom, Saudi Arabia, 2001-02.
After completing the Military Police Officer Advanced Course and the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, he was stationed in South Korea from 2003 to 2006 where he served as Assistant S-3, 728thMilitary Police Battalion, Camp Henry; Commander, 552nd Military Police Company, Camp Hialeah and Plans Officer, 8th Military Police Brigade, Yongsan Garrison.
Subsequently, he was selected as a Joint Chiefs of Staff / Office of the Secretary of Defense Intern and earned his masters degree from the Georgetown Public Policy Institute in 2007. Upon graduation he served as the Military Assistant to the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Military Personnel Policy and as the Readiness Officer in the Headquarters, Department of the Army G-1. He then deployed to Iraq from 2009-10 where he served as the Deputy J-5 and Information Operations Officer, Task Force 134, Detainee Operations, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. After redeploying from Iraq, he returned to the Pentagon to serve as a member of the Strategic Initiatives Group and Army Health Promotion and Risk Reduction Task Force, Office of the Provost Marshal General.
After graduation from the Command and General Staff College in 2011, he served as the Executive Officer for the 40th Military Police Battalion, the unit responsible for providing the correctional guard force to the United States Disciplinary Barracks, the Department of Defense’s only maximum security facility. He returned to the United States Military Academy in 2014 to teach organizational leadership in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership and, in 2016, deployed to Afghanistan as the Speechwriter to the Commander of Resolute Support and U.S. Forces – Afghanistan, the general responsible for all NATO and US operations.
B.S., American Politics, United States Military Academy (2000)
M.P.M., Masters in Policy Management, Georgetown Public Policy Institute (2007)
Major Jose Perez- Assistant Professor of Military Science
Master Sergeant Christoper Desierto- Senior Military Instructor
Master Sergeant Christopher Desierto enlisted in the Army in September 2002 from Kahului, Hawaii. He attended One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Georgia where he graduated as an Infantryman. Master Sergeant Desierto has served in many leadership positions, including Team Leader, Reconnaissance Assistant Team Leader, Squad Leader, Reconnaissance Squad Leader, Sniper Section Leader; Platoon Sergeant, Reconnaissance Platoon Sergeant, Infantry Company First Sergeant. He served in the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault); 25th Infantry Division (Light); Ranger Training Battalion, Tarantula Team (Airborne), Operations Group, NTC; 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment.
Master Sergeant Desierto’s education includes PLDC, ALC, M-SLC, First Sergeant/Commander Course, Ranger School, Airborne School, Air Assault School, Pathfinder School, Sniper School, Reconnaissance and Surveillance Leader’s Course and various other professional development courses. He has also earned his Associate of Arts Degree in General Studies, Hawaii Pacific University and currently pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree in National Security.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (1OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (1OLC), Army Commendation Medal (3OLC), Army Achievement Medal (6OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (4th Award), National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2CS), Iraq Campaign Medal (6CS), NCO Professional Development Ribbon (numeral 3), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Army Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, and the Air Assault Badge. He has also been awarded the Italian Parachutist Badge. He is a recipient of the Order of Saint Maurice and the Order of St. George. He was also inducted into the Honorary Rolls of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment (Blackhorse).
Master Sergeant Desierto is happily married and continues to enjoy the company of his wife Ann Marie Torres, formerly of Maui, Hawaii, and their son, Christian.
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.
Sergeant First Class Jorge Sabillon - Military Science Instructor
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