Cadet Battalion Commander
Cadet Lieutenant Colonel (c/LTC) Brian Bursley
Cadet Bursley is from Wakeman, OH where he attended Edison High School and graduated in 2012. He enrolled fall of 2012 to the University of Akron with a 3.5 year AD scholarship to the Army ROTC program where he studies Emergency Management. Cadet Bursley will graduate and commission as a second Lieutenant Spring 2017 with a BA degree in Emergency Management and minor in Emergency Medicine.
Cadet Bursley has attended the Basic Airborne Course at Ft. Benning, GA and graduated July 2014. He has also attended Cadet Leadership Camp (CLC) in Ft. Knox, KY and Cadet Troop Leadership Training (CTLT) where he served as 1/509th Dog Troop 4th Platoon Leader at Ft. Polk, LA.
His awards and decorations include: Basic Parachutist Badge, Deans List award, Special Forces Award of Excellence, Ranger Challenge Team Member award, American Legion Gold Academic award, APFT Excellence award, Battalion Commanders Military Award, Ranger Company Officer Cord, Expert Qualification Badge (Rifle).
Cadet Battalion Executive Officer
Cadet Major (c/MAJ) William Lairson
CDT Lairson is a fourth year student in the University of Akron’s Army ROTC program, and has the primary role as the Chief of Staff of the MSIV staff positions. He has served two years in the Army National Guard as a Private and a Cadet. He has been a student at Akron since 2012 and is working towards a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science. CDT Lairson will graduate and commission as a Second Lieutenant in May of 2017.
CDT Lairson was born in Danville, Illinois to the parents of two West Point Military Academy Graduates. He has lived in Illinois and Indiana before settling down in Louisville, Ohio where he graduated Louisville High School in 2012. After joining the ROTC program he enlisted as a private in the Army National Guard where he attended basic training at Fort Jackson, SC with the MOS of a 09R. In 2014 he attended and graduated from the United States Army Airborne School. CDT Lairson is now a Cadet assigned to the 1484th Transportation Company near Canton, Ohio.
His awards include the Army Achievement Medal, the Airborne Badge, and the Ranger Challenge Team Member Award.
Cadet Battalion Command Sergeant Major
Cadet Command Sergeant Major (c/CSM) Charleza Gordon
Cadet Gordon was born and raised in Canton, Ohio and is a Timken Senior High School alumni. She came to the University of Akron in Fall 2012 perusing a bachelor’s degree in Political Science/ Criminal Justice with a minor in Law Enforcement while participating in the Army ROTC Program.
Cadet Gordon enlisted in the National Guard in November of 2012 and attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. She is currently a cadet serving in a Military Police Unit. Cadet Gordon will graduate and commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Spring of 2016.
Her awards and decorations includes Army Service Ribbon, National Defense Service Ribbon, Physical Fitness award.
Cadet S-1 Personnel and Administration Officer
Cadet Captain (c/CPT) Joshua D. Whiting
CDT Whiting has served four years in the Ohio National Guard as both an enlisted Soldier and as a cadet. He came to the University of Akron in the spring of 2013 perusing a bachelor’s degree in Education with a minor in history. CDT Whiting entered the Army ROTC program the same semester. CDT Whiting will graduate and commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Fall semester of 2016.
CDT Whiting was born and raised in Bowling Green and Stow, OH. He attended Stow-Munroe falls High School, graduating in 2012. CDT Whiting enlisted in the Ohio Army National Guard the same year. He attended One Station Unit Training at Fort Leonard Wood, MO and graduated in December with the Military Occupational Specialty of 31 Bravo, Military Police. At his Unit, Cadet whiting attended an Army Honor Guard certification course for the state of Ohio.
His awards and decorations Include Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Ohio Award of Merit ribbon, and the Ohio Basic Training Ribbon
Cadet S-2 Intelligence Officer
Cadet Captain (c/CPT) Jones
CDT Jones was born in Williamsfield, Ohio and graduated from Pymatuning Valley High School in 2011. He contracted into The University of Akron’s Army ROTC program in November, 2013. CDT Jones will graduate from The University of Akron with a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Supervision. He has been accepted to Moody Bible Institute to complete a Masters of Divinity and intends to be an Army Chaplain.
Upon completion of his sophomore year at The University of Akron, CDT Jones participated in Army ROTC’s Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency program (CULP). Through this program, he had the opportunity to travel to Greece and train with Hellenic Military Academy cadets, Greek Army soldiers and officers. CDT Jones has also completed the Cadet Leadership Course (CLC) which is the U.S. Army's largest training exercise where he had the opportunity to develop his leadership skills as a future Second Lieutenant.
CDT Jones has received the following awards: Superior Cadet Award, Deans List, German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (Gold), and American Legion Military Excellence Award. He has also competed on the Ranger Challenge Team.
Cadet S-3 Operations Officer
Cadet Major (c/MAJ) Zachary Gould
Cadet Gould is a graduate of New Brighton High School and entered the Army ROTC program his freshman year. Cadet Gould will graduate with a bachelors in Civil Engineering and will be pursuing an active duty career as an engineer officer.
He has participated on the Ranger Challenge team for three years as well as the cadet "Best Ranger" competition for two years. c/MAJ Gould was the c/1SG for Ranger Company his sophomore year and was the Commanding Officer his junior year. He had the opportunity to participate in the Cadet Troop Leader Training (CTLT) program with the 25th ID, 70th BEB in Ft. Wainwright, Alaska. He was assigned to an engineer recon platoon. He also had the opportunity to attend the Army's largest training event the Cadet Leadership Course (CLC) in Ft. Knox, Kentucky.
His awards and decorations include: German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (Gold).
Cadet Assistant S-3 Operations Officer (Training)
Cadet Captain (c/CPT) Samuel Schaer
CDT Schaer has served five years in the National Guard as an enlisted Soldier and as a cadet. He came to the University of Akron in Fall 2012 perusing a bachelor’s degree in Emergency Management/Homeland Security. CDT Schaer entered the Army ROTC program the same semester. CDT Schaer will graduate and commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Spring 2016.
CDT Schaer was born and raised in North Lawrence, OH and attended Tuslaw High School, he graduated in 2007. CDT Schaer enlisted in the Ohio Army National Guard in 2010. He attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, OK and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Lee, VA where he was awarded the Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) of 92Y supply technician and was the honor graduate of his training class. Once at his unit CDT Schaer attended 91F school, which is small arms repair training and was awarded the MOS.
His awards and decorations Include Army Achievement Metal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Service Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
Cadet Assistant S-3 Operations Officer
Cadet Captain (c/CPT) Nicholas Smith
Cadet Smith was born in Wadsworth, Ohio in 1991, graduating from high school there in 2010. He originally attended Ashland University but transferred to the University of Akron in fall of 2012 in order to pursue his future in the Army. He became a scholarship cadet a semester later in spring 2013. He will graduate and commission as a Second Lieutenant in May 2016 with a Bachelor's of Arts in Criminology and Law Enforcement. This past summer he participated as a mentor/trainer for the freshmen/sophomore cadets at CIET(Cadet Initial Entry Training) following his CLC (Cadet Leadership Course). He has been awarded as part of the deans list and looks forward to his future in the United States Army.
Cadet Assistant S-3 Operations Officer
Cadet Captain (c/CPT) Caleb Brown
Cadet Captain Caleb Brown was born in Akron, Ohio on March 5th, 1993. Cadet Captain Brown is the assistant S-3 (events) for the 42nd OVB. He entered the program in 2014. He graduated from Western Reserve Academy in 2012 and will graduate from the University of Akron in December 2016 with a Bachelor’s of the Arts in Psychology. Cadet Brown is a member of the College of the Arts and Sciences and The National Society of Collegiate Scholars. He earnestly participates in undergraduate psychology research.
Cadet Captain Brown has completed the Army Leadership Training Course, training that helps new cadets grasp concepts from the previous military classes. He has also completed the Cadet Leadership Course, a definitive event in which all cadets are tested on their leadership. He wishes to become an active duty Armor Officer once he commissions.
Cadet S-4 Logistics and Supply Officer
Cadet Captain (c/CPT) Austin Mills
CDT Mills came to The University of Akron in the fall of 2012 perusing a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a sales management major. During his first semester at college he joined the Army ROTC program. CDT Mills will graduate and commission as a Second Lieutenant in the December 2016. CDT Mills was born in Dayton, OH and raised up in Cleveland, OH where he attended and graduated from Mayfield High school in 2012. CDT Mills enlisted in the National Guard in October of 2012. He attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson in South Carolina. Cadet Mills is currently serving in the 145th Armor Regiment where he works with the Platoon Leaders and other Officers in order to prepare himself for his commission.
CDT Mills attended The Cadet Leadership Course (CLC), which is the U.S. Army's largest training exercise where he/she had the opportunity to develop their leadership skills as a future Second Lieutenant. He also attended the Army WHINSEC School down at Fort Benning in Georgia. Which is the Western Hemisphere Institute of Security Cooperation. At this school he was accompanied by 30 other US cadets and 100 Columbian cadets, working through language barriers and different training events.
Cadet Assistant S-4 Logistics and Physical Training Officer
Cadet Captain (c/CPT) Hope Falla
Cadet Hope Falla was born in Orlando Florida on September 5th, 1992. She enlisted into the U.S. Army Reserves on April 3rd2012 as a 91B Four Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic and attended basic training and AIT at Fort Jackson SC that same year.
Cadet Falla is currently serving in the 762nd Trans. Co as an SMP Cadet.
In May, 2017 she will graduate with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing and aspires to be a 2nd LT in the U.S. Army Nursing Corps.
Cadet S-5 Civil Affairs Officer
Cadet Captain (c/CPT) Jessica DeCoursey
CDT DeCoursey is from Rootstown ohio, she entered the program in 2012. She will graduate with a degree in political science homeland security in May 2016. Cadet DeCoursey attended The Cadet Leadership Course (CLC) which is the U.S. Army's largest training exercise where she had the opportunity to develop her leadership skills as a future Second Lieutenant. CDT DeCoursey has achieved the summit rifles tab, as well as marksman Qualification Badge.
Cadet S-6 Information Technology Officer
Cadet Captain (c/CPT) Faaress Parham
Cadet Parham was born in Cleveland Ohio. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2012. In December 2015, he will graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems.
Cadet Parham served with the 145th Armored Regiment, and currently serves with the 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.
His awards and decorations include: National Defense Service Medal; German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (Gold).
Cadet Recruitment Officer
Cadet Captain (c/CPT) Braden Farley
Cadet Braden Farley was born in Syracuse, New York on September 6, 1994. He joined the Akron Army ROTC program his freshman year of college in 2012. He enlisted in the Army National Guard in August 2012 as a 13F, Forward Observer and went to Basic training at Fort Sill in 2012. He is now a cadet with the Scout platoon in the 1-145th Armored Regiment. He will graduate in December 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology/Criminology and Law Enforcement.
While in the National Guard, Cadet Farley has attended Annual Training at Camp Ripley, Minnesota. He will attend War fighter at the National Training Center in California this summer.
His awards include Army Service Ribbon, National Defense Service Ribbon, Ohio National Guard Recruiter’s Achievement Ribbon.