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LTC Donald Kirk, Professor Military Science
Lieutenant Colonel Donald Kirk received his commission in 2001 from the University of Pittsburgh. He was assigned to Aviation branch and graduated as an Honor graduate from Flight School in 2002. He was first assigned as a Platoon Leader in B/2-1 AVN, 4th BDE, Katterbach, Germany. LTC Kirk served three years in Germany completing assignments as a Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, Aviation Liaison Officer, and Assistant S3. Some of the other positions he has held are Aviation Liaison Officer for the 2/25 Stryker Brigade, Schofield Barracks, HI; Chief of Operations for the 25th CAB, Wheeler Army Airfield, HI; the Commander of the B/2-25 AVN, Wheeler Army Airfield, HI; Commander of the A/2-25 AVN, Wheeler Army Airfield, HI; Battalion Operations Officer and Executive Officer for 3-501 AVN, 1AD CAB, Ft. Bliss, TX. He has also served as Assistant Professor of Military Science at Norwich University which is a noted military college. LTC Kirk has deployed in support of operations in Kosovo and Iraq. LTC Kirk’s military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Air Medal, the Senior Aviation Badge, and the Parachutist Badge. LTC Kirk is also a graduate of the Infantry Captain’s Career Course, the Air Command and Staff Course, and holds a Master’s of Military Operational Art and Science from Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL.
Office: (304) 293-7544
MSG Ladisic was born and raised in Southwestern PA and is a lifelong Mountaineer fan. As the senior military instructor, he is responsible for training, operations, discipline and morale of the WVU Mountaineer Battalion. He has served in the Army as a cavalry scout for 18 years and has deployed to Afghanistan (82nd Airborne Division) and Iraq (1st Infantry Division). MSG Ladisic has served in wide variety of leadership positions a Cavalry Non-Commissioned Officer and has the unique experience of having served in all three Brigade Combat Team (BCT) formations -- Infantry BCT (Airborne), Armor BCT, and Stryker BCT. MSG Ladisic is a former Drill Sergeant and Army Recruiter, and is Airborne and Pathfinder qualified. MSG Ladisic's awards include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Meritorious Service Medals. He graduated from WVU with a Bachelor of Arts in December 2018.
Office: (304) 293-7557
CPT Michael Opbroek, Assistant Professor Military Science
CPT Opbroek is a Field Artillery officer with 16 years of service. He has a Bachelor
of Science degree in Environmental Management from South Dakota State University and is
currently working on a Masters in Higher Education Administration through University
of Louisville. His military education includes Air Assault School, Field Artillery Basic Officer
Leader Course, Paladin Commander’s Course, Joint Fires Observer, Joint Firepower
Course, Field Artillery Captain’s Career Course, and the Commander’s and First
Sergeant’s Course. He deployed in 2011 for Operation Enduring Freedom.
Office: (304) 293-7556
CPT Timothy Fairhurst, Assistant Professor Military Science
A Utah native, CPT Timothy Fairhurst serves as an
Assistant Professor of Military Science and Logistics Specialist for the
Mountaineer Battalion. Now assigned to the WV Army National Guard, CPT
Fairhurst has 21 years of combined active and Guard service. He initially
served in the Infantry, but also holds branch school qualifications for the Quartermaster,
Combined Logistics and Adjutant General career fields. He is Airborne, Jumpmaster, Pathfinder and
Rigger qualified and has deployed overseas twice to Iraq (2007-08,
2011). CPT Fairhurst earned a Masters of Business Administration from the
University of Charleston.
Office: (304) 293-7558
CPT Mark Herrick, Assistant Professor Military Science
Responsible for operational planning and teaching the MS 1 level courses, CPT Herrick is a native of Marlboro, Vermont. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY, in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geospatial Information Science (GIS) and is an Ordnance officer. He deployed to Afghanistan (2010-11) with the 101st Airborne Division (2nd BCT). A graduate of the Captains Career Course, CPT Herrick is a officially serving in the Logistics career branch and has successfully completed two company commands.
CPT Joshua Risner, Assistant Professor of Military Science
CPT Joshua Risner has served in the military for eight years in multiple positions. He served as a platoon leader in C/3-501 Assault Helicopter Battalion and deployed as a platoon leader with 1-501 Attack Reconnaissance Battalion to Afghanistan. He was also the company commander with C/2-158th Assault Helicopter Battalion. He has earned the Air Medal, Bronze Star and Meritorious Service Medals. Originally from Indiana, he received his Bachelor of Science from Ball State University in Criminal Justice & Criminology
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Office: (304) 293-7588
SFC William Richards, Military Science Instructor
A native of
Northern California, SFC William Richards has served in the Army for more than 20
years as an Infantryman. He serves as the primary MS 2 instructor for the
Mountaineer Battalion and is also in charge of the WVU Scout Platoon/Ranger
Challenge Team. SFC Richards has earned the coveted Combat and Expert
Infantryman badges with three deployments to Iraq and another to Afghanistan
largely with the 10th Mountain Division. He is working on completing
his bachelor’s while serving at West Virginia University.
Office: (304) 293-7548
SSG Joshua Castillo, Military Science Instructor
Office: (304) 293-7561
Mr. John Dowling, Recruiting Operations Officer
John Dowling brings more than 33 years of military experience as the Recruiting Operations
Officer (ROO) where he has served since 2014. Mr. Dowling is responsible for all facets of recruiting, public affairs, enrollment-scholarship
processing, and mission set management. A product of the Mountaineer Battalion
and a 1989 WVU graduate, retired as a colonel from the Army Reserve in 2018 after serving
as an individual mobilization augmentee with the Military Postal
Service Agency in Arlington, Va.
Mr. Dowling has commanded units at the company and battalion level and has served as a primary, special and personal staff officer for several general officer commands. He has been mobilized four times for contingency operations including overseas deployments to Bosnia (SFOR 12) and Kuwait. Mr. Dowling earned a Master of Public Management degree from Carnegie Mellon University. His military education includes the Engineer Officer Basic & Advanced Courses, Adjutant General Officer Advanced Course, Brigade S-1 Course, U.S. Army Command & General Staff College, and the University of Foreign Military and Cultural Studies (UFMCS) – Critical Thinking Red Team Practitioners Course.
Office: (304) 293-7546
Cell: (304) 894-6641
Mr. Andrew Steimer, Military Science Instructor
Ms. Oletta Cain, Human Resources Assistant
Ms. Charlotte Marbury, Administrative Secretary
Charlotte Marbury has more than 20 years of experience as a WVU employee assigned to the Mountaineer Battalion. She plans and coordinates all special events such as commissioning and award ceremonies. She also works closely with the potential Cadets in scheduling DODMERB physicals and follow-up