ARMY ROTC - GRIZZLY BATTALION
ARMY ROTC - GRIZZLY BATTALION
LTC Micheal Swinson
Professor of Military Science
LTC Micheal C. Swinson enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1990. He served on active duty from 1990-1992, with assignments in the Republic of Korea and 1/509 Parachute Infantry Regiment (OPFOR) Joint Readiness Training Center. After his enlisted commitment he attended East Carolina University. He was commissioned Regular Army in 1996 in the Military Intelligence Corps. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from East Carolina University and later received a Master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College. After his commissioning, 2LT Swinson was assigned to Ft. Bragg, NC where he served in a variety of assignments including; Battalion S2 327th Signal Battalion (AIRBORNE); Executive Officer for Headquarters Company, 319th Military Intelligence Battalion (AIRBORNE) and Tactical Intelligence Officer 1/505 Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division. Following the Armor Officer Advanced course, then Captain Swinson was assigned to Ft Hood, TX. While at Ft. Hood CPT Swinson served as Assistant Brigade S2 for 3rd (GREYWOLF) Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division; Battalion S2 for 1st Battalion (HEADHUNTERS) 9th Cavalry Regiment. He later served as 1st Cavalry Division G2 Assistant Operations Officer. During this assignment he deployed to OIF II with the 1st Cavalry Division. He commanded Charlie Company, 312th Military Intelligence Battalion and later Alpha Company, 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion. From Ft. Hood he was assigned to the Joint Readiness Training Center where he served as the Senior Intelligence Planner for the Operations Group. Later he attended the U.S. Naval War College, College of Command and Staff. After graduation from the NWC in 2009, LTC Swinson was assigned to the Joint Special Operations Command. Here he served as a Troop Commander and Squadron Executive Officer for the Joint Exploitation Squadron, JSOC Intelligence Brigade. While assigned to JSOC MAJ Swinson had operational assignments in Afghanistan and Yemen in support of a Joint Task Force. LTC Swinson has completed Military Intelligence Officer’s Basic course, Armor Captain’s Career Course, 82nd Airborne Division Jumpmaster School, M1A2 Tank Commanders Certification Course, US Naval Command and Staff School, SERE (High Risk) among others. LTC Swinson’s awards and decorations include; Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (1 OLC), the Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), Iraq Campaign Medal w/ 2 Bronze Stars, Afghanistan Campaign Medal w/ 2 Bronze Stars, National Defense Service Medal w/ 2 Bronze Stars, Korean Defense Service Medal, Master Parachutist Badge, Canadian and German parachute badges. He is married to Victoria Swinson and has two daughters, Miranda and Virginia. LTC Swinson and his family live near Missoula, Montana.
MSG Travis Hambrick
Senior Military 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
Executive Officer & MS I Advisor
MAJ Thomas R. Luhrsen is a 1990 graduate of Fergus High School in Lewistown, Montana. He graduated as the 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
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. CPT Mitchell is married to Timothy F. Mitchell of Missoula, MT. They have two children: Teagan and Fergus.
MAJ Dana Barnicoat
Officer in Charge (OIC), Carroll College, Helena, MT
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.
CPT Kristopher M. Pyette
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.
MSG Galen Bisel
Training NCO & MS II Advisor
MSG Galen D. Bisel Jr., a native Pennsylvanian, enlisted in the Army in December of 1998 as an Infantryman. He has spent his career with the 1st Infantry Division, 25th Infantry Division, and 101st Airborne Division. He has served in various levels of leadership from Team Leader through First Sergeant. His deployments include combat tours to Bosnia Herzegovina (2002), Iraq (2004-2005 & 2007-2009), and Afghanistan (2010-2011). His military education includes Combat Life Saver’s Course, Combatives Level I&II, Air Assault, Airborne, Warrior Leader Course, Advanced Leaders Course, and Senior Leaders Course. Sergeant First Class Bisel’s awards include the Bronze Star Medal (2nd award), Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Valor, Army Commendation Medal (3rd Award), Army Achievement Medal (6th award), Army Good Conduct Medal (4th award), Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal – Campaign Star, Iraq Campaign Medal –Four Campaign Stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (3rd Award), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (6th Award), NATO Medal (2), Meritorious Unit Commendation with oak leaf, Valorous Unit Award with two oak leaf clusters, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, and Expert Infantryman’s Badge.
SFC Lawrence DeBoo
NCOIC, Carroll College
SFC DeBoo was born in Browning, MT on November 2nd 1980. He grew up in Dupuyer, MT and attended high school in Valier, MT. He graduated High School in May of 1999, joined the Montana Army National Guard on November 29th of 1999. SFC DeBoo shipped to Basic Combat Training January of 2000 and completed One Station Unit Training at Ft. Benning Georgia Infantry School in May of 2000. He has deployed twice as an Infantry soldier to Bosnia-Herzegovina in 2001 and Iraq in 2004. After returning from Iraq in 2005 he was a recruiter for the MT Army National Guard in Bozeman before joining the Saints Company in 2011. SFC DeBoo is married to his wife Kari and has two children: a boy and a girl.
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.
LTC Michael A. Musard
LTC 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, 2LT 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, 1LT Musard served in C/4-64th AR as Tank Platoon Leader and in A/4-64th AR as CO XO. Afterwards, 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 MAJ Musard, 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 LTC is in the IRR (Inactive Ready Reserves). LTC Musard 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. LTC 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.
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.
SFC Joseph Schleining
Montana Army National Guard Recruiter
SFC Joe Schleining joined the army National Guard in Dec of 2001 in Belgrade Montana where he served in the 1-163rd INF BN. He later served in the 116th Artillery in Tampa, FL before deploying to Iraq in 2003 with the Montana Army National Guard in support of OIF three. He has served as a battalion career counselor for the 190th CSSB proudly before returning to recruiting in 2011. He serves as our University of Montana Army National Guard recruiter and Army National guard liaison. Any questions concerning enlistment in the Army National Guard please call him at 406-850-3337.