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Faculty and Staff
LEARN LEADERSHIP FROM THE BEST
The Army ROTC program is only as strong as its instructors. That’s why we provide such highly qualified faculty and staff for Cadets. See the kind of varied and interesting experiences instructors have had that make them the best ROTC faculty and staff.
LTC Donald Kirk, Professor Military Science
MSG Jeff Ladisic, Senior Military Instructor
MSG Ladisic was born and raised in Southwestern PA and 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 (82D 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 will graduate from WVU with a Bachelor of Arts in December 2018.
Office: (304) 293-7557
CPT Micheal Opbroek, Assistant Professor Military Science
CPT Opbroek is a Field Artillery 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.
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 William Davis, Military Science Instructor
Office: (304) 293-7589
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, he is a colonel in the Army Reserve, 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, 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) 685-7766
Ms. Andrea Brown, Human Resources Assistant
Specialist in all aspects of administrative issues, assisting and advising the Professor of Military Science in completing all Cadet actions. Ms. Brown earned a bachelor's degree in Education from WVU and has been a key member of the battalion for 25 years. She is also a Marine Corps veteran.
Ms. Charlotte Marbury, Administrative Secretary
Plans and coordinates all special events such as commissioning and award ceremonies.
Also works closely with the potential Cadets in scheduling physicals and follow-up