LTC Chad M. Carlson
Professor of Military Science
A native of Big Timber, Montana, LTC Carlson received his commission as an Ordnance Officer from Gonzaga University. His civilian education includes a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from Gonzaga University and Master of Science Degree in Education from Kansas State University.
His Army career began at Fort Carson Colorado, as an Ammunition Platoon Leader and Ammunition Supply Point Control Officer in the 60th Ordnance Company; He then served as Support Operations Ammunition Officer in the 68th Corps Support Battalion. After leaving Fort Carson LTC Carlson attended Explosive Ordnance Disposal School at Eglin AFB Florida and then took command of the 703d Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Company at Fort Knox, Kentucky. While in command he deployed to Iraq in support Operation Iraqi Freedom. Following command LTC Carlson returned to Fort Carson, Colorado and served in the 242d EOD Battalion where he served as the operations officer and later the S3. He moved to the 71st EOD Group where he served as the S4. LTC Carlson then deployed to Iraq as a part CJTF Troy (counter-IED) where he served as the officer in charge of the Combined Explosive Exploitation Cell (CEXC) which was responsible for exploiting all IEDs in Iraq. LTC Carlson’s most recent assignment was as the Chief of the Neutralization Section in the Defeat the Device Branch, NATO Counter-Improvised Explosive Device Center of Excellence (C-IED COE) located in Madrid, Spain. During this assignment he was responsible for providing subject matter expertise in order to support the NATO Alliance, its Partners, and the International Community in the fight against IEDs, and cooperates to increase the security of Allied Nations and Troops deployed in theatres of operations, reducing or eliminating the threats from improvised explosive devices used by terrorists or insurgents.
His military education includes the Ammunition Ordnance Officer Basic Course, the Combined Logistics Officer Advance Course, the Combined Arms and Service Staff School, the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Course, and the Command and General Staff College Intermediate Level Education. In addition LTC Carlson has attended numerous national and international coursed related to IED disposal, IED exploitation and homemade explosives.
His awards include the Bronze Star Medal with OLC, the Joint Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with OLC, the Army Achievement Medal with 2 OLC, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, The Iraqi Campaign Medal with two service stars, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Valorous Unit Award, the Combat Action Badge, and the Master Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge.
LTC Carlson is married to the former Marsha Loyer, of Aberdeen Washington. They have two children, Tanner age 12 and Ellie age 9.
MSG Travis Hambrick
Senior Military Science Advisor & MS III Advisor
MSG Travis Hambrick is a Montana native and a 1992 graduate of Stevensville High School in Stevensville, Montana. He entered military service immediately following high school as an enlisted Infantryman with the Ranger option; and attended One Station Unit Training, Airborne, and the Ranger Indoctrination Program at Fort Benning, GA. MSG Hambrick has had a very diverse and unconventional military career as an Infantryman with numerous years of service within the United States Army Special Operations Command. Past assignments include duty with 2/75th Ranger Battalion, Ft. Lewis, WA; HHC 75th Ranger Regiment, Ranger Reconnaissance Detachment, Ft. Benning, GA; and the United States Army Office of Military Support, Washington DC. Since May 2012 he has been assigned as the Senior Military Instructor at the University of Montana’s Military Science and Leadership Department. MSG Hambrick gained vast leadership experience while serving in numerous operational deployments in support of Operation Uphold Democracy, Haiti; Operation Safe Haven, Panama; Operation Joint Guardian, Kosovo; Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan; and Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq. He has successfully completed all NCO levels of leadership development to include the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy. In 1995 MSG Hambrick married his hometown sweetheart Dawn; who is the Graduate Programs Coordinator at the School of Business Administration, University of Montana. They have two children a son Cody and a daughter Samantha; both currently attend Stevensville High School. Awards include: Bronze Star Medal (3rd award), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2ndaward), Meritorious Service Medal (2nd award), Army Commendation Medal (3rd Award), Army Achievement Medal (2nd award), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Valorous Unit Award (2nd award), Army Good Conduct Medal (6th award), National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal (2ndaward), Afghanistan Campaign Medal – Campaign Star, Iraq Campaign Medal – Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (4th Award), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Overseas Service Bar (3rd award), Ranger Tab, Military Free Fall Parachutist Badge – Jumpmaster, Master Parachutist Badge, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, and Expert Infantryman’s Badge.
MAJ Thomas Luhrsen
MAJ Thomas R. Luhrsen is a 1990 graduate of Fergus High School in Lewistown, Montana. He graduated as an Army ROTC graduate from Montana State University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education-Sports Medicine. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational and Business Security Management from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. Entered service into the National Guard in 1993 and commissioned in 1995 into the Montana Army National Guard as an Armor Officer, he has served in leadership and staff positions from platoon through battalion level. In 2002, he deployed to Bosnia, commanding a mechanized infantry team as part of the 1-14 IN BN. In 2004, he deployed as part of the 1-163rd Mechanized Infantry Battalion (MTARNG) to Hawija, Iraq. MAJ Luhrsen deployed again as the Operations Officer/Deputy Provost Marshal of the 143rd Military Police DET (L&O) to Victory Base, Baghdad, Iraq in 2009 where he also served as the Chief of Police in Bagdad, Iraq and worked closely with the US Embassy and the Joint Area Support Group Commander. MAJ Luhrsen is branch qualified in Armor, Infantry and Military Police. Awards include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, NATO Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, The Global War on Terrorism Service and Expeditionary Medal, and the Combat Infantry Badge. MAJ Luhrsen is married to the former Kristina Bouldin of Belgrade, MT. They have three children: Selena, Evan, and Keeley.
MAJ Tracy A. Mitchell
Recruiting Operations Officer
MAJ Tracy A Mitchell is a 1994 graduate of Jefferson High School in Boulder, Montana. In 2000, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Carroll College in Helena, MT. She enlisted in the United States Army Reserves in 1994 and served in various positions up to platoon sergeant. She received a direct commission into the Adjutant General Corps in 2002. She has served with the 159th Corps Support Group and the 747th Adjutant General Company (Postal) and served as a detachment commander while in Iraq. She currently serves as the Battalion S-4 Logistics Officer for the 379th Engineer Battalion. Her awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal and the NCO Professional Development Ribbon. MAJ Mitchell is married to Timothy F. Mitchell of Missoula, MT. They have two children: Teagan and Fergus.
CPT Kristopher M. Pyette
Operation Officer & MSII Advisor
CPT Pyette was born in Montana on December 26th 1979. He graduated from the University of Montana with a B.S. in Political Science. His military education includes Basic Airborne School, Infantry Officer Basic Course and the Engineer Captains Career Course. CPT Pyette’s first assignment was with 1st Squadron 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment at Vilseck Germany. He served in HHC as an Assistant Operations Officer. He was then assigned to Comanche Company where he deployed to Iraq as a Rifle Platoon Leader. After his time in Germany he was assigned to 191 IN at Ft. Lewis, WA where he served as an AC/RC Team Chief and BN Assistant Operations Officer. CPT Pyette’s awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Navy Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Navy Marine Corp Oversees Service Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Parachutist Badge, the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Expert Infantryman Badge. CPT Pyette is married to Jessica Pyette, and they have a 9 year old son Tristan, and a 6 year old daughter Taylor.
CPT Patrick A. Beckwith
Assistant Operation Officer
CPT Patrick A. Beckwith is a 2003 graduate of Skyline High School in Sammamish, Washington. He is a class of 2008 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York where he received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. CPT Beckwith holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Legal Studies with a concentration in Environmental Law and a minor in Environmental Engineering. He commissioned as an Army Intelligence Officer, assigned to the 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. He deployed to Mosul, Iraq in 2009-2010 as a Multifunction Team Leader and transitioned to serve as a Human Intelligence Company Executive Officer. CPT Beckwith deployed again in 2011 with 2nd Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment to Kandahar, Afghanistan where he served as a Joint Intelligence Officer. Returning to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, he was assigned to 2-3 Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade as the Battalion Intelligence Officer where he deployed again in 2012 to Ghazni and Paktika Province, Afghanistan. CPT Beckwith is married to Lauren, a successful high school biology teacher and passionate horse owner also from the state of Washington and a graduate of the University of Washington with a Master’s in Education and Bachelor’s in Physiology. He and his wife enjoy the great outdoors: hiking, fishing, hunting, and skiing to name a few.
MAJ Dana Barnicoat
Assistant Professor of Military Science, Carroll College OIC
MAJ Barnicoat was born in Butte, MT on 24 January 1968. He grew up in Great Falls, MT and graduated from Great Falls High School in 1986. He joined the Navy in 1987 where he spent four years working active duty completing tours in the Persian Gulf and Diego Garcia before switching to the Navy reserves from 1991-1994. After switching branches, he spent time working for the Montana Army National Guard for Counter Drug Operations and the National Guard Bureau. He graduated from Carroll College in 1996 with a B.A. in sociology and later received his master’s degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry Riddle in 2002. He commissioned in 1999 and held a variety of positions in the National Guard including commander of the 103rd Public Affairs Detachment who he deployed with to Iraq in 2010. Before joining the Saints Company as the APMS, CPT Barnicoat worked as the Officer Strength Manager for the Montana Army National Guard. CPT Barnicoat is married to his wife Georgia and has two children, a boy and a girl.
SSG Robert Cassidy
Military Science Instructor, Carroll College
SSG Robert Cassidy, was born in Champaign Illinois, and later moved to Montana where he grew up in Livingston MT. He graduated from Pak High School in 2000. In 2001 he joined the Montana Army National Guard and was assigned to HHC 1-163 Infantry Mortar Platoon from (2001-2005). He deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in July 2004 - Nov 2005 and served as a gunner and driver during the deployment. SSG Cassidy is married to his wife Amber and has two sons. His military education Warrior Leader Course, Army Basic Instructor Course, Small Group Instructor, RSP Master Cadre Course, BNCOC Phase 1, Training NCO Course, Combatives Level 1, Master Resilience Course, Combat Life Saver Course. SSG Cassidy's Decorations, awards and citations include the Army Commendation Medal (4th Award), Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal (2nd Award), Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (3rd Award), Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal W/M Device, Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Valorous Unit Award, MT Outstanding Unit Ribbon, MT National Guard Campaign Ribbon, MT National Guard Noble Eagle Ribbon, MT National Guard Service Ribbon, MT National Guard Attendance Ribbon, MT National Guard Physical Fitness Ribbon, Combat Infantry Badge, Drivers and Mechanics Badge.
Glory Blood Artis
Glory Blood Artis is a Montana native, born and raised in the exquisite Mission Valley of the Flathead Indian Reservation. She attended both Western Montana College and the University of Montana. Glory has a very strong background in interstate transportation. After 29 years as a Human Resources Manager with a Montana trucking company she chose to join the staff of the University of Montana ROTC program as the Administrative Associate. Her husband and brother served in the Navy. Two other brothers proudly served in Army. Glory loves Grizzly Football and hitting the links for a round of golf. She and her husband, Keith, are the proud parents of a Bozeman nurse daughter and a Kalispell Glacier football coach son.
Mr. Michael A. Musard
Assistant Operation Officer & MSI Advisor
Mr. Michael A. Musard commissioned as Distinguished Military Graduate in ROTC program on December 15, 1989. He received his Bachelor Science degree in Criminal Justice/Pre-Law at Southern Illinois University and later received his Master of Education degree in Training and Leader Development at University of Louisville. After his commissioning, Mr. Musard was assigned to 933rd MP Company as a Military Policeman (95B) and to E Troop 10th CAV as Scout Platoon Leader. Then he was transferred to Fort Stewart Georgia, he served in C/4-64th AR as Tank Platoon Leader and in A/4-64th AR as CO XO. Afterwards, as a newly promoted CPT Musard served in variety of assignments including BN S-1 at 4-64th AR, Action Officer at TSM Force XXI, Company Commander at B/2-81st AR, AC/RC Team Chief at 91st TSB, and Company Commander at A/2-414th at 104th DIV (IT). Following that he got promoted as BN XO in 2-414th IN at 104th DIV (IT), then as OIC Forward Support Element at Fort Hunter-Liggett, and as BDE Plans & Training Officer in 654th ASG-F at Fort Lewis thereafter. Later as LTC Musard he was assigned to BDE S-3 still in 654th ASG-F. During this assignment he deployed to COB Speicher Iraq as CALL LNO to 25th IN DIV (MND-N), then to Monrovia Liberia Africa as BDE Staff Mentor. When he came back to the United States, he served in variety of assignments including DIV Assistant G5 Plans Officer at 104th IN DIV (LT), BN CDR at 2122th MSBN, Watch Officer of Army Operations Center at HQDA G1, Branch Chief of Global Force Management at HQDA G3/5/7, BN CDR of RTC-W at 91st DIV, and Mission Command Master Trainer at 75th TC. Now Mr. Musard is in the IRR (Inactive Ready Reserves). He has completed Army Basic Training, Military Police Advanced Individual Training, Armor Officer Basic Course, Battalion Motor Officer Course, M1A2 Transition Course, Armor Officer Advanced Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Command and General Staff College – Intermediate Level Education Core Program, and Command and General Staff College – Advanced Operational War Fighters Course, Anti-Terrorism Training – Level 2, Battalion Pre-Command Course, and Army Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. Mr. Musard awards and decorations include: Meritorious Service Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Accommodation Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Reserve Component Army Accommodation Medal, The Reserve Medal with Bronze Hour Glass and Mobilization Device, Iraqi Champaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Ribbon with two Gold Stars, Army Service Ribbon, Army Staff Identification Badge, Combat Action Badge, Airborne Badge, and Air Assault Badge.
Mr. Rick Reeves
Richard (Rick) Reeves is a Vietnam War Veteran, having served with the 1/12 Cav Division in Vietnam from 1967-1968. He attended Southern Oregon College from 1969 through 1972. He was an All-American Swimmer in 1970. He retired from the Army in 2002, finishing his military career as a battalion S-4. Since 2002 he has been the Supply Specialist and Pre-Combat Dive Instructor for the University of Montana ROTC. Rick and his wife have two daughters. He enjoys hunting, fishing, boating wood working, shooting, and swimming.
Administrative Associate, Carroll College
Janet Sheehy is a Montana native. She attended classes at both Montana State University and Carroll College. Janet has experience in both the public and private business sector. After spending eleven years as the Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Student Life at Carroll, Janet chose to move to the Carroll ROTC program. She enjoys helping students and cadets look at their future and achieve their goals. Her father was a Korean War veteran, and her brother is currently a Lt. Colonel in the Air Force. She also has two nephews that have gone through Army ROTC programs. She and her husband have a son and a daughter. Janet enjoys spending time with her family in the great outdoors of Montana, traveling, creating stain glass, and painting.