Battalion Commander

Cadet Lieutenant Colonel (c/LTC) Jerry R. Klue

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c/LTC Klue is one of three siblings from the local town of Medina, Ohio where he graduated from Medina Senior High School in 2014 with honors. While in high school, he was a three sport, three year letterman, and captain of the football team. He was fortunate enough to play college football here at the University of Akron, and after a few turn of events eventually received a 3 year Army R.O.T.C. Scholarship. In May of 2018, he is striving to graduate and commission as a Distinguished Military Graduate and as an Infantry Officer with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology and a minor in Military Science.

c/LTC Klue has held various leadership positions within the University of Akron Army R.O.T.C. program. During his MSI year, he served as a Section Leader and the Overall Class Leader for the MSI class. During his MSII year, c/LTC Klue served as the NCOIC for the Cadet Best Ranger Teams. Following his MSII year, he was selected for a CULP mission to Bulgaria, where he worked with the Bulgarian 4th Artillery Regiment in Asenovgrad, Bulgaria. He has been a member of the Ranger Challenge Team, Best Ranger Team, Ranger Company, and Summit Rifles for 3 years. During his MSIII year, c/LTC Klue served as the NCOIC for the Ranger Challenge Team, the OIC for the Best Ranger Team, and the Executive Officer for Ranger Company.

In January of 2017, c/LTC Klue graduated the Air Assault School at Ft. Benning, Georgia as the lone Honor Graduate. U.S Army Air Assault School is a course designed to prepare Soldiers for insertion, evacuation and pathfinder missions that call for the use of multipurpose transportation and assault helicopters. After successful completion, of course and proven proficiency in rappelling and sling load operations, he was awarded his air assault badge.

c/LTC Klue’s awards include: Air Assault Badge, German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (Gold), Superior Cadet Decoration Award (2 awards), Seventh “Bold Warrior” Brigade certificate of achievement, Ranger Challenge Award (3 awards), Best Ranger Award (2 awards), Iron Rifles Award (3 awards), APFT Platinum Award (3 awards), APFT Excellence Award (3 awards), Academic Excellence Award, Ranger Company Officer Cord, President’s List Award for Academics (3 awards), and Dean’s List Award for Academics (3 awards), College of Applied Science and Technology’s Outstanding Student for the 2015-2016 School Year.           

XO- Chief executive officer

Cadet Major (c/MAJ) Ryan Williams

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c/MAJ Ryan Williams was born in Canton, Ohio and lived in Minerva, OH for most of his life. He graduated from Marlington High School in 2014, and came to the University of Akron in the Fall of 2014 to pursue a Bachelors of Science in Nursing. c/MAJ Williams will graduate and commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Summer of 2018. c/MAJ Williams looks to branch Active Duty in the Army Nurse Corps.

c/MAJ Williams participated in the Army CULP program (Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency) during the Summer of 2016. CULP is a month long program designed to place Army cadets into a different countries culture. Through this program c/MAJ Williams went to Poland to train with Polish, Austrian, Romanian, Czech Republic, and Hungarian Cadets and Cadre. In the Summer of 2017, c/MAJ Williams attended Advanced Camp in the 5th regiment, and also trained with a 1LT RN at Trippler Army Medical Center in Hawaii.

c/MAJ Williams awards and ribbons include Superior Cadet, Battalion Commander's Award, and Expert marksmanship

Command Sergeant Major

Cadet Command Sergeant Major (c/CSM) Jacob Boss

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c/CSM Jacob Boss was born and raised in Akron Ohio. He came to The University of Akron in the fall of 2014 pursuing his degree in Mechanical Engineering. c/CSM Boss is a 4 year National scholarship recipient and contracted with ROTC directly out of High School. c/CSM Boss will commission in the spring of 2019. c/CSM Boss looks to branch Active Duty in Signal, Transportation or Engineering corp.

c/CSM Boss was selected to take part in the Army’s CULP program after his second year in 2016 and spent a month abroad in Sao Tome Africa widening his cultural understanding. c/CSM Boss graduated from the Advanced CST course marking the completion of BOLC A this past summer 2017.

His awards and decorations include Army Physical Fitness Badge, National Sojourners award, Deans List, and the Expert Marksmanship Qualification badge.

S-1: Personal Officer

Cadet Captain (c/CPT) Peter Gallo

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Cadet Peter Gallo is from Cleveland, Ohio and is majoring in Supply Chain Operations Management. Cadet Gallo entered into the University of Akron ROTC Program in the Fall of 2014 and contracted in the Spring of 2015. Cadet Gallo has been a member of the Ohio Army National Guard since June 2014 and is currently an acting Platoon leader for a transportation company. Cadet Gallo would like to pursue a military career as an armor officer. He will commission in December of 2018. Cadet Gallo attended CTLT at Fort Sill where he was involved in daily operations with a Multiple Launch Rocket system unit. His achievements include the National Defense Ribbon, The Army Service Ribbon and the Army Commendation Medal.  

Assistant S-1

Cadet 1LT (c/1LT) Savanna Biss

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Cadet Biss is from North Canton Ohio majoring in political science and plans to attend law school to branch as a Judicial Advocate General Officer. She entered the ROTC program in 2016 as an MSIII. And has prior experience in the military serving in the National Guard for over two years as an 88M, earning both her Army Service Ribbon and National Defense Service Medal. Cadet Biss will be commissioned in December of 2018.

Cadet 1LT (c/1LT) Marissa Hammontree

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“For the Fall Semester of 2017 I will hold the position of S1 assistant and educational advisor for the Reserve Officer Training Program at The University of Akron. This past summer I went to Fort Riley Kansas for the nurse’s summer training program. I spent most of my precepting hours on the labor and delivery unit at Irwin Army Community Hospital. I plan to graduate in May 2018 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and hope to go into the Active Duty Army Nurse Corps.”

S-2: Intelligence Officer"

Cadet Captain (c/CPT) Giavanni Braboy”

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c/CPT Giavanni Braboy was born in Chicago Illinois and lived in Richmond, VA for most of his life. He came to the University of Akron in the Fall 2016 pursuing his degree in Business Administration. c/CPT Braboy enlisted in the US Army Feburary 2011. c/CPT Braboy will graduate and commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Spring of 2018. c/CPT Braboy looks to branch Active Duty, Finance or Adjutant General.

His awards and decorations include Army Physical Fitness Badge, Army Achievement Medal with 1 oak leaf cluster, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terroism, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Drivers and Mechanic Badge, and US Army Volunteer Ribbon.

S-3: Operations Officer

Cadet Major (c/MAJ) Eric Soukup

c/MAJ Soukup soukupwas born in Cleveland, Ohio and grew up in Sagamore Hills. He graduated from Nordonia High School in 2012 and attended Ohio University to get his B.S. in Biological Sciences (2016). c/MAJ Soukup came to the University of Akron in the Fall of 2016 pursuing his M.A. in Political Science, while also joining ROTC. He attended and completed Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET) at Fort Knox in the summer of 2016. c/MAJ Soukup will graduate and commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Spring of 2018, and seeks to become a military intelligence officer.

In the summer of 2017, c/MAJ Soukup will be studying Russian as part of a Defense Language Institute Initiative prior to attending Advanced Camp. 

His awards include: Sharpshooter Marksmanship Award, Academic Excellence Award, President's List Award, and the AMVETS ROTC Recognition Award.

Assistant S-3

Cadet Captain (c/CPT) Christian Burke

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c/CPT Burke was born in Fairview, OH and raised in Parma, OH and is an alumni of Parma Senior High. He came to The University of Akron in fall of 2013. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Supervision with a minor in Military Science, where he then plans to get a Master’s in Psychology.

Cadet Burke enlisted in the National Guard in April of 2014 and attended Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training for Military Police at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. He is currently a cadet serving in the 838th Military Police Company. Cadet Burke will graduate and commission as a Second Lieutenant in the spring of 2019. He will be pursuing active duty as an Explosive Ordinance Disposal Officer.

His awards and decorations include: Army Service Ribbon, National Defense Service Ribbon, and Ohio BCT Ribbon.

Cadet Captain (c/CPT) Trevor Burgins

burginsCDT Burgins was born in Belmont County, Ohio and has lived in Akron the majority of his life. After a year of Division II football at Lake Erie College, CDT Burgins transferred to The University of Akron in fall of 2014. CDT Burgins is pursuing his undergraduate bachelors degree in Economics. After a year of enlisted service for the Ohio National Guard as a Combat Engineer (12B), CDT Burgins was contracted as a cadet in The University of Akron’s Reserve Officer Training Corps (UAROTC) program. CDT Burgins will graduate and commission as a Second Lieutenant in the spring of 2018. CDT Burgins is seeking to branch into Infantry or the Corps of Engineers.  

CDT Burgins has been selected to attend Cadet Troop Leadership Training (CTLT) in the summer of 2017 at Fort Polk, Louisiana. CTLT provides the opportunity for cadets to experience leadership in an active duty army unit. He will be working primarily with the soldiers of the elite 10th Mountain Light Infantry Division in mock tactical combat training.

His awards and decorations include Iron Rifles Award, APFT Gold Award, German Armed Proficiency Badge (Gold), National Defense Service Medal, and the Army Service ribbon.

S-3 OIC of Extracurriculars

Cadet Captain (c/CPT) Kyle Eppert

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c/CPT Kyle Eppert was born in Columbus, Ohio and lived in Upper Arlington for most of his life. c/CPT Eppert came to the University of Akron in the Fall of 2014 pursuing a degree in History. c/CPT Eppert entered the University of Akron Army ROTC Program at the start of the 2015 Spring Semester. c/CPT Eppert completed Basic Camp during the summer of 2016 and Advanced Camp during the summer of 2017. c/CPT Eppert will graduate and commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Spring of 2018. c/CPT Eppert looks to branch Active Duty, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD). His awards and decorations include German Armed Forced Proficiency Badge (Gold), and the Special Forces Association Award of Excellence.

S-3 OIC of Events

Cadet Captain (c/CPT) Benjamin Hussing 

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c/CPT Hussing is from Tallmadge, Ohio where he graduated from Tallmadge High School in 2013. A year into undergraduate classes, he entered the ROTC program in pursuit of a commission as an Army Nurse. In May of 2018, he will graduate and commission into the Army Nurse Corps with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a minor in Military Science.

c/CPT Hussing was selected for a Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency program (CULP) mission to Madagascar following his MSII year. Throughout his time in ROTC, he has been an active participant in Ranger Company, Summit Rifles, Color Guard, Cannon Crew, and the Ranger Challenge teams. Following his MSIII year, c/CPT Hussing attended and graduated from Advanced Camp in Fort Knox, Kentucky as well as the Nurse Summer Training Program (NSTP) at Fort Sam Houston Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. 

His awards and decorations include the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (Gold). 

S-4: Supply Officer

"Cadet Captain (c/CPT) Mackenzie Miller

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c/CPT Mackenzie Miller was born in Akron Ohio and has lived there her entire life. She came to the University of Akron in the Fall of 2016 pursuing her degree in Biology with the intention of continuing her education at The University of North Carolina Veterinary School. c/CPT Miller enlisted in the Ohio Army National Guard in April 2017. c/CPT Miller will graduate and commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Spring of 2019. She aspires to branch Active Duty, Quartermaster or Medical Services. 

c/CPT Miller attended the Cultural Understand and Language Proficiency (CULP) program during the summer of 2017. This program is designed to allow cadets to be immersed into other cultures and lifestyles. "

Assistant S-4

Cadet First Lieutenant (c/1LT) Salvatore Valeriano

salc/1LT Valeriano was born in Bellevue, PA and graduated from Northgate High School in 2014. CDT Valeriano is pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering. CDT Valeriano will graduate and commission as a Second Lieutenant in May 2019. CDT Valeriano looks to branch Active Duty in the Engineering or Transportation Corps.

(Cadet Captain (c/CPT) Kathryn Reiss

Reissc/CPT Kathryn Reiss was born in Grapevine, Texas and lived in on a farm in Frazeysburg, Ohio the majority of her life. She came to the University of Akron in the Fall 2015 pursuing her degree in Nursing with the intent to work on a labor and delivery unit. c/CPT Reiss will graduate and commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Winter of 2019. c/CPT Reiss looks to branch Active Duty in the Army Nurse Corps.

c/CPT Reiss attended  Airborne school in the Summer of 2016. In addition to graduating Airborne school at Fort Benning, c/CPT Reiss also earned the Daughters of the America award as well as awards for PT every year enrolled in ROTC).

S-5: Public Affairs Officer

Cadet Captain (c/CPT) Nathaniel DeRenzis

derenzisc/CPT Nathaniel DeRenzis was born in Youngstown, Ohio and lived there his whole life. He joined ROTC as a freshman in 2014 and is now finishing up his degree in Nursing with his BSN. c/CPT DeRenzis is looking to branch into the Army Nursing Corps upon commissioning in Spring 2018. c/CPT DeRenzis has been involved in various programs in ROTC including Ranger Challenge, Ranger Company, Summit Rifles, and Air Rifle. c/CPT DeRenzis is the Current S-5: Public Affairs Officer of the 42 OVB.  

During the Fall of 2016, c/ DeRenzis competed for the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge where he earned the Gold Badge. His awards also include the Gold Army Physical Fitness Badge, Expert Marksmen Badge, and academic excellence award.

Assistant S-5

Cadet 1LT (c/1LT) Ryan LaForge

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Recruiting Operations Officer (ROO)

Cadet Captain (c/CPT) Logan McNally

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c/CPT Logan McNally was born in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania and grew up in Harrisburg all his life.  He came to the University of Akron in the Fall of 2014 looking to earn a degree in the Communications field.  c/CPT McNally entered the ROTC program that same semester and was offered a campus based scholarship the following semester.  c/CPT McNally look to branch Active Duty, Transportation Corps upon commissioning in 2018 spring semester.  

c/CPT McNally awards and decorations include Army Physical Fitness Badge and the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (Gold).

 

Cadet Captain (c/CPT) Brittainy Raines

rainesc/CPT Brittany Raines was born in Canton, Ohio and lived there for her whole life. She joined ROTC as a freshman in 2014 and is now finishing up her degree in Exercise Science: Strength and Conditioning. c/CPT Raines comes from a long line of service members of all branches and wishes to branch Field Artillery. She will commission in the fall of 2018. c/CPT Raines has been involved in various programs in R.O.T.C. including Ranger Challenge, Ranger Company, Summit Rifles, and Air Rifle. During her time she has held the positions of c/CO of Summit Rifles and NCOIC of FLRC Lanes conducted with the College of Business, and Color Sergeant for 2 years. In addition, she graduated from Advanced Camp in Fort Knox, KY in the top ten of her platoon. During the Fall of 2016, c/CPT Raines competed for the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge where she earned the Gold Badge. She has also received the Gold Army Physical Fitness Badge, Expert Marksmen Badge, along with the Color Guard Award.

Fundraising Officer

Cadet Captain (c/CPT) Veronica Smith

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c/CPT Smith is from Brilliant, Ohio where she graduated from Buckeye Local High School in 2013. c/CPT Smith enlisted in the Ohio Army National Guard in January 2014. Upon completion of basic training and transportation advanced individual training, c/CPT Smith was placed at the 1484th Transportation company until she contracted as a cadet in Spring 2016. In May of 2018, she will graduate with her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology. c/CPT Smith hopes to commission active duty as a Medical Services Officer. Her long-term goal is to become a clinical psychologist with a focus in geriatrics.

c/CPT Smith is involved in many groups on campus as well as the community. In May 2016, she went on a 9-day service trip to Haiti where she helped rebuild a playground in a local village. c/CPT Smith is also a Vice President in her sorority Alpha Phi and has completed over 100 hours of community service in her undergraduate career. c/CPT Smith organized the Akron Army ROTC Out of the Darkness Walk Team in Spring 2017 to bring awareness to suicide prevention. Additionally, in Spring 2017, she took a two-day class on Army Suicide Intervention Skills Training and is currently ASSIST certified. Furthermore, c/CPT Smith is a Peer Advisor for Veterans through the University of Akron. She currently holds a part-time job at the military services center.

Her awards include Army Physical Fitness Badge, Army Achievement Medal and Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal. 

Cadet Captain (c/CPT) Dominick Caimona

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Cadet Captain Caimona was born in New Castle Pennsylvania and has lived there his entire life. In the fall of 2014 he came to the University of Akron to pursue in a political science/criminal justice degree. In the spring of 2016 Cadet Caimona decided to enlist in the Ohio National Guard. In the summer of 2016 he completed CIET (Cadet Initial Entry Training) in Fort Knox Kentucky.

He will graduate and commission as a Second Lieutenant in the spring of 2018 with the aspirations of branching active duty Military Intelligence, Military Police, or Field Artillery. His awards and decorations include the Cadet Honors Award Ribbon, Cadet Scholar Award Ribbon, and the Sharpshooter Award Ribbon.

Physical Training Officer (PTO)

Cadet Captain (c/CPT) Christy Graziani

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c. CPT Graziani was born in Steubenville Ohio and lived in Toronto Ohio most of his life. He came to the University of Akron in the fall of 2015 pursuing a degree in Political Science and Criminal Justice with the intent to become a police officer. Cadet Graziani enlisted the spring semester of 2015 and then went to basic camp that summer at FT. Knox Kentucky. Also cadet Graziani is currently a part of the 145th Armor regiment out of Canton Ohio by joining the Simultaneous Membership Program. Cadet Graziani has the National Guard training ribbon and the Army Service ribbon. Cadet Graziani looks to branch National Guard Military Police and to pursue becoming a police officer on the civilian side. Cadet Graziani competed in the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge and achieved
(Silver). Also Cadet Graziani has achieved the Iron Rifles award his sophomore year of ROTC by maxing his PT and doing other exercises to earn the Iron Rifles scholarship. Also Cadet Graziani is the physical training officer of the 42nd Ohio Volunteer Battalion.

Cadet Graziani will graduate and commission as a second lieutenant in the spring of 2018.

Cadet Captain (c/CPT) Tristen Sweitzer

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c/CPT Tristen Sweitzer was born in Kemerovo, Russia and spent most of his life in Akron, Ohio. He came to the University of Akron in the Fall of 2014 pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Emergency Management and Homeland Security. He received a 3 year scholarship and contract from Army ROTC after his first year at Akron. He looks to commission as a Second Lieutenant in May of 2018 and branch Active Duty in Military Intelligence, branch detail Infantry.

c/CPT Tristen Sweitzer’s awards include the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (Gold).