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.
Mr. Travis Hambrick
Human Resources Advisor (HRA)
Mr. 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. Mr. Hambrick retired from Army as a Master Sergeant in 2015 and resides in Stevensville, MT with his wife, Dawn.
MSG Jeremy A. Dose
Senior Military Science Instructor (SMSI)
Mrs. Tracy Mitchell
Recruiting Operations Officer
Mrs. 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 in various positions in the United States Army Reserve and Montana National Guard. 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.
MAJ Kristopher M. Pyette
Assistant Professor of Military Science (APMS)
MAJ 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. MAJ 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. MAJ 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. MAJ Pyette is married to Jessica Pyette, and they have a 12year old son Tristan, and a 8 year old daughter Taylor.
CPT Patrick A. Beckwith
Assistant Professor of Military Science (APMS)
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.
CPT Sean D. Thornton
Assistant Professor of Military Science (APMS)
Captain Sean Thornton grew up in Helena, Montana and graduated from Capital High School. In 1998 he graduated from Wheaton College in Illinois with a Bachelor of Arts in Theology. He enlisted in the Montana National Guard in 1999 as a Field Artilleryman. Already having his college degree prior to enlisting, he commissioned through Montana
National Guard Officer Candidate School in 2003. During this time he obtained his Master’s Degree in Education from Montana State University Billings while concurrently obtaining degrees in History and Broad-field Science. In 2003, he attended Officer Basic Course in Ft. Sill, Oklahoma and became qualified as a Field Artillery Officer. He has also completed the Logistical Captains Career and the Maneuver Captains Career Course and is currently completing Command and General Staff College. CPT Thornton has served in leadership and staff positions from the platoon through the brigade level. His past assignments include; Fire Direction Officer Alpha Battery 1-190th FA, Platoon Leader Alpha Battery 1-190th FA, Materials Management Officer 190th CSSB, Officer Strength Manager RRC, S4 1-163rd CAB, Assistant S3 95th TC BDE, Assistant S4 95th TC BDE, and Commander HHC 95th TC. He is also working on a graduate program in Educational Leadership from both Montana State University and the University of Louisville. Captain Thornton is serving as Assistant Professor of Military Science at the University of Montana.
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.
SFC Bradley G. Watson
Military Science Instructor (MSI)
Sergeant First Class Bradley Watson, is a Washington resident and arrived to the University in June 2015. He began his career as an Infantryman with 3rd Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment, where he served as a Machine gunner and Machine gun team leader. Later he served as a reconnaissance Team Leader with Eco 51st IN (Airborne), Long Range Surveillance (LRS). Following that assignment he arrived to Fort Drum NY where he served as the Sniper section leader, and Platoon Sergeant for the 2-22IN Scout Platoon. He was then moved to Ft. Benning GA, where he served 2yrs as Drill Sergeant with 2-58IN BN. His most recent assignment was with the 2ND Stryker BDE at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in WA. There he filled the role of Operations SGM with 2-17FA BN, Platoon Sergeant and First Sergeant with A-52 anti-tank company, Rifle Platoon Sergeant, and Reconnaissance Platoon Sergeant with 4th BN 23rd IN (Tomahawks). He has deployed Multiple times to both Iraq and Afghanistan. His Military training and education included; Basic Airborne Course, Ranger Indoctrination Program, Combat Life saver, First Responder, Emergency Medical Technician basic course, , Primary Leadership Development Course, Advanced Airborne course (jumpmaster), Long Range Surveillance Leaders Course, Advanced Rifle Marksmanship course, Squad designated Marksmanship course, Basic Non-Commissioned Officer Course, Combatives levels 1&2, Army Instructor trainer course, Drill Sergeant School, Maneuver Senior Leaders Course, Asymmetric Warfare Adaptive Leader Program, as well as numerous other Reconnaissance and marksmanship schools. His Awards and decorations include; Bronze Star Medal (2nd award), Meritorious Service Medal, Army commendation medal (5th Award), Army Achievement Medal (4th award), Army Good Conduct Medal (4thaward), NCO Professional Development Ribbon (numeral 3),National Defense Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon (5th award), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2 stars), Iraq Campaign Medal (3 Stars), Global War On
Terrorism Service and Expeditionary medals, NATO Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation (2nd Award), Valorous Unit Citation, Army Service Ribbon, Drill Sergeant Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Combat infantryman’s Badge, and the Expert Infantryman’s Badge. SFC Watson is single and currently resides in Missoula where he enjoys many outdoor pursuits.
CPT Tyler R. Bryant
Assistant Professor of Military Science (APMS)
Captain Tyler R. Bryant is a native of McCall, Idaho, and graduated from McCall-Donnelly High School in May 2004. He attended the University of Idaho on a Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) scholarship where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Resources and commissioned into the United States Army. Branch detailed from Air Defense Artillery to Armor, CPT Bryant then attended the Armor Officer Basic Course at Fort Knox, Kentucky. CPT Bryant’s first assignment was to 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colorado, where he served as an Armor Platoon Leader in Charlie Company. In July 2010, CPT Bryant deployed as an Infantry Platoon Leader to Kandahar City, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 1011. In February 2011, CPT Bryant moved to Alpha Company to serve as the Targeting Officer. Upon redeployment from Afghanistan in June 2011, CPT Bryant moved to Delta Company to serve as the Executive Officer. Following the completion of Air Defense Artillery Captain’s Career Course, CPT Bryant was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery Regiment, Camp Carroll, Republic of Korea, where he served as the Assistant S3. In February 2014, CPT Bryant took Command of Bravo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery Regiment. After a successful Command, CPT Bryant moved to the University of Montana to serve as an Assistant Professor of Military Science for the ROTC. CPT Bryant’s military education includes the Armor Officer Basic Course, Air Defense Artillery Captain’s Career Course, and the Joint Firepower Controllers Course. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, and the International Security Assistance Force NATO Medal. He and his wife Michelle (Foster) have been happily married for eight years. They are proud parents of two amazing dogs, Keets and Pongo.
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.