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Lieutenant Colonel James Garrett (Jim) RielyLTC Riely

(410) 617-2277, jgriely@loyola.edu

During his nearly 17 years of active duty service as an Army officer, LTC Riely has had the opportunity to serve in a wide array of command (or executive) positions and staff (or administrative) assignments at stations across the U.S. and overseas. LTC Riely has commanded at the platoon (25-50 personnel) and company (90-120 personnel) levels, and has served in key staff positions up through the BN (400-700 personnel) and the Division / Installation (22,000 personnel) levels. Located in various U.S states, Central America, and the Middle East, these units employed expansive equipment/aircraft fleets and managed sizeable budgets of operating and maintenance funds.

Born the son of Ed and Patricia Riely, Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Jim Riely was raised with his siblings (Beau (Georgetown ’94), Dan (CUA ’00), and Dorothy (Loyola’06)) in Croton-on-Hudson, New York. He was a 1992 graduate of Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, New York. In 1996, he was commissioned into the Army Engineer Regiment after graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point. Following the Engineer Officer’s Basic Course at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, LTC Riely was assigned to Fort Stewart, Georgia where he served in the 92nd Engineer Battalion (Combat Heavy) as a Vertical Construction Platoon Leader. LTC Riely then joined the 3rd Infantry Division’s, First Heavy Brigade Combat Team and the 11th Engineer Battalion (Combat). In the 11th EN BN, he served as a Combat Engineer Platoon Leader, Assault and Obstacle (A&O) Platoon Leader, and a Sapper Company Executive Officer. Following the Engineer Career Course at Fort Leonard Wood, he was stationed at Joint Task Force – Bravo at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, Central America. During this assignment, LTC Riely served as the Chief Construction Project Officer for the Task Force’s Southern Joint Operational Area (JOA) comprised of Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Honduras. After this tour in Central America, LTC Riely was assigned to the 4th Infantry Division’s Third Brigade Combat Team and the 4th Engineer Battalion (Combat) at Fort Carson, Colorado. In the 4th EN BN, he served as the Battalion Maintenance Officer and then as Commander of Alpha Company, 4th Engineer Battalion. LTC Riely commanded this combat engineer line company both in Iraq during the first year of Operation Iraqi Freedom and back at home-station in Colorado. Following command, LTC Riely joined the Military Science Department at Rutgers University and served as Battalion Executive Officer and Assistant Professor of Military Science for freshmen and juniors (MSI & IIIs). Following an assignment to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, LTC Riely re-joined the 3rd Infantry Division and served as a Division G5 Plans Officer. He served the Division Headquarters in this capacity both in Iraq and at home-station in Georgia. Before joining the Loyola-Towson Army ROTC Program as the Department Chair and Professor of Military Science, LTC Riely served as the Battalion S3 Training and Operations Officer for 1-3 BSTB in the 3rd Infantry Division’s First Heavy Brigade Combat Team.

LTC Riely was a Dean’s List graduate from West Point with a Bachelor of Science degree and concentrations in Systems Engineering and Human Geography. He holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Missouri-Rolla, a Master of Arts degree from Rutgers University, and a Master of Military Arts & Science Degree from the US Army Command and General Staff College.

His military education consists of the Engineer Officer’s Basic and Advanced Courses, the Combined Arms & Services Staff School, the Command & General Staff College (ILE), the Joint Forces Planner’s Course, and the US Army’s School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS) as well as the Airborne, Air Assault, and Rappel Master courses. His hobbies include running, lacrosse, football, scuba diving, and reading.

LTC Riely’s awards include the Bronze Star Medal (with 1 Oak Leave Cluster (OLC)), the Meritorious Service Medal (with 2 OLC), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal (with 2 OLC), and the Army’s Combat Action Badge (CAB).

LTC Riely is married and blessed with three children.

 

Master Sergeant James L. Gentile, Senior Military Instructor

MSG Gentile

(410) 617-5169, jgentile@loyola.edu

MSG Gentile is a native of Buena, N.J. and entered the Army on September 14, 1994.  He attended OSUT Training at Fort Knox, Kentucky and graduated as an Armor Crewman and enrolled in the Excellence in Armor Program for his exceptional performance. MSG Gentile has served in multiple enlisted leadership positions including Gunner, Team Leader, Cavalry Scout Section Leader, Cavalry Scout Platoon Sergeant, HHT First Sergeant, and Reconnaissance Troop First Sergeant. MSG Gentile joined the Greyhound Battalion as a Senior Military Instructor in August 2013.

His assignments include 2-8 Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, TX, 1-37 Armor, 1st Armor Division, Friedberg, Germany, 1-32 Armor, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, WA, 1-14 Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, WA, 191st Infantry Brigade, First Army Division, Fort Lewis, WA, 8-1 Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, WA, and Greyhound Battalion, 4th Brigade, US Army Cadet Command.

His military education includes Warrior Leader Course, Advanced Leader’s Course, Senior Leader’s Course, First Sergeants Course, USASMA-Battle Staff Non-Commissioned Officers Course, Joint Fire Power Course, Army Basic Instructor Course, and University Senior Leader Course.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Valor Device, Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service ribbon, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the Army Valorous Unit Award,  Army Superior Unit Award, and the Combat Action Badge.

He is married and has two children.

 

Mr. Joseph A. Mucci, Recruiting Operations Officer / Executive OfficerCPT Mucci

(410) 617-5179, jmucci@loyola.edu

Captain Joseph A. Mucci was born and raised in New Jersey. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and commissioned as a second lieutenant from the Drexel University ROTC program in 2004.

 

CPT Mucci’s assignments include Scout Platoon Leader, C/5-117th Cavalry; Rifle Platoon Leader, A/1-114th  Infantry; S-4, HHC/1-114th Infantry; Commander, C/1-114th Infantry; and Assistant S-3 and Plans Officer, HHC/1-114th Infantry. He deployed to Iraq as a Scout Platoon Leader in support of OIF 06-08.

CPT Mucci’s military education includes the Armor Officer Basic Course, Maneuver Captain’s Career Course, Unit Movement Officer’s Course, Support Operations Course and the Unit Mobilization Planner Course.

 

CPT Mucci’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (2nd Award), the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon (2nd Award), the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal and the Combat Action Badge.

 

CPT Mucci currently serves as the Loyola University Maryland ROTC Battalion Recruiting Operations Officer. He is responsible for recruiting, enrollment and managing scholarships. He lives in Baltimore and his hobbies include CrossFit, running, and reading.

 

Captain Hayden D. Scardina, Training Officer CPT Scardina

(410) 617-2179, loyola.rotc.s3.ops@loyola.edu

Captain Hayden Scardina was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and commissioned as a second lieutenant in 2005.

 

CPT Scardina’s assignments include Platoon Leader, C/1-40th Cavalry; Executive Officer, C/1-40th Cavalry; Squadron Adjutant, 1-40th Cavalry; Brigade Assistant Operations Officer 4/2 SBCT, Commander, HHT/2-1st Cavalry. He deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom from 06-07 and 09-10.  Additionally Captain Scardina served as a Mechanized Company Trainer at the National Training Center from 2011-2012.

 

CPT Scardina’s military education includes the Armor Officer Basic Course, Maneuver Captain’s Career Course, Army Reconnaissance Course, Cavalry Leader Course and the Basic Airborne Course.

 

CPT Scardina’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2 OLC), the Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (2 OLC), the National Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Overseas Service Ribbon.

 

CPT Scardina currently serves an Associate Professor of Military Science the Loyola University Maryland ROTC.  He lives in Baltimore with his wife and son.  His hobbies include running, fishing and reading.

 

Sergeant First Class Pedro J. Quinones, Operations NCOSFC Quinones

(410) 617-2387, pjquinones@loyola.edu

SFC Quinones was born and raised in Carolina Puerto Rico. He earned his Associates degree in Hospitality Management Specialized in Culinary Arts in 1996. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1999.

SFC Quinones graduated from One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Benning, GA, as an Infantry rifleman. He has served in multiple enlisted leadership positions including Infantry Squad Team leader, Squad Leader, Mechanized Platoon Sergeant, Command Security Detail Platoon Sergeant, Base Defense NCOIC, and S3 Operations Sergeant. SFC Quinones joined the Greyhound Battalion as a Military Science instructor/ Training NCO in February 2011.

SFC Quinones’ assignments include Infantry Team Leader, BCO 3/15 IN, 3ID (FWD BK) Fort Stewart, GA (2000-2001) where he deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina in support of SFOR 8; Squad Leader, BCO 3/15 IN, 3ID (FWD IZ) Fort Stewart, GA (2001-2006) where he deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom I, and III; Operation Sergeant, 3 BSTB, 3ID (FWD IZ) Fort Benning, GA (2006-2007) where he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom V; Command Security Detachment Platoon Sergeant, 3BSTB, 3BDE, 3ID (FWD IZ); Mechanized Platoon Sergeant, ACO, 1/15 IN, 3ID (FWD IZ) Fort Benning, GA (2007-2009), where he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom V; Base Defense Operations Center NCOIC, HHC 1/15IN, 3ID (FWD IZ) Fort Benning, GA (2009-2010) where he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom transitioning into Operation New Dawn.

SFC Quinones’ military education includes Senior Leaders Course, Fort Benning GA; Advanced Leaders Course, Fort Benning GA; Primary Leadership Development Course, Fort Stewart GA; Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Defense Course, Fort Stewart GA; Sapper Leaders Course; Fort Leonard Wood MO; Combat Life Savers Course.

SFC Quinones’ Awards include the Bronze Star Medal with V devise, Bronze Star Medal 3OLC, ARCOM 2OLC, AAM 1OLC, AGCM 4th award, NDSM, ICM-CS 3, GWTSM, GWTEM, NATO MDL, OSR 4th award, CIB, EIB, Sapper Tab.

SFC Quinones is married and has one child.

 

Sergeant First Class Valentin Vildosola, Operations NCO

SFC Vildosola

(410) 617-2387, vvildosola@loyola.edu

SFC Vildosola was born in Salinas California. He earned his Associates degree in General Education in 2011 and is currently finishing up his Bachelor’s degree in Homeland Security. He enlisted in the United States Army in August of 1999.

SFC Vildosola graduated from Advanced Individual Training at Fort Jackson South Carolina as a Light Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic. After two years as a mechanic, SFC Vildosola then reclassified to serve the Army as an Infantryman.  SFC has served in multiple leadership positions including Infantry Fire Team Leader, Infantry Squad Leader, Stryker Platoon Sergeant and Infantry Company First Sergeant.  SFC Vildosola joined the Greyhound Battalion as an assistant Military Science Instructor and Training NCO in August 2013.

SFC Vildosola’s assignments include Senior Mechanic 2-67th Chemical Company Camp Carol Korea (2000-2001) Infantry Fire Team Leader, A Company 2nd Battalion 22nd Infantry Regiment, Fort Drum New York (2002-2004) where he deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  Infantry Squad Leader A Company 1st Battalion 23rd Infantry Regiment Fort Lewis Washington (2004-2008) where he deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Senior Drill Sergeant Fort Benning Georgia (2008-2010). Infantry Stryker Platoon Sergeant and Company First Sergeant C Company 1st Battalion 17th Infantry Regiment Fort Lewis Washington (2010-2013) where he once again deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

SFC Vildosola’s military education includes Senior Leaders Course, Fort Benning Georgia; Advanced Leaders Course, Fort Benning Georgia; Warrior Leaders Course, Fort Lewis Washington; Drill Sergeant Course, Fort Jackson South Carolina; Airborne School, Fort Benning Georgia; Air Assault Course, Fort Drum New York; Combat Life Savers Course.

SFC Vildosola’s Awards include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (4 OLC) Army Achievement Medal (3 OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (4th Award),  NDSM, ICM-CS 2, GWTSM, GWTEM, NATO MDL, Drill Sergeant Badge, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Airborne Wings and Air Assault Wings.

SFC Vildosola is married with three kids.

 

Sergeant First Class Kevin E. McCluskey, MDARNG Liaison and RecruiterSFC McCluskey

kevin.e.mccluskey.mil@mail.mil

Sergeant First Class Kevin E. McCluskey was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He first enlisted in the United States Army at 17 and left for basic training a week after graduating from high school. He is currently finishing his degree in Criminal Justice. He has joined the Greyhound Battalion as the Maryland Army National Guard Embedded Recruiter and U.S. Military History Course Instructor.

SFC McCluskey’s assignments include Operator, Scout Platoon HHB 4-5 ADA 1st Cav, Ft Hood, Texas (1999-2001); Team Chief and Section Sergeant Scout Platoon HHB 1-4 ADA 1st AR McCully Barracks, Germany (2001-2004) where he deployed as a Team Chief to Kosovo, KFOR 3B, (2001-2002) and as a Section Sergeant in support of OIF 01 (2003-2004); Training Instructor D Battery 2D 6th BDE Ft Bliss, Texas (2004-2005); Ambulance Crew Leader 224th Area Medical Company MDARNG (2005-2006); Team leader Scout Platoon HHC 1-141st INF (Light) TXARNG (2006-2007); Fire Support Sergeant B Co 1-175th INF (Light) MDARNG (2007-2009) where he deployed in support of the OIF 04 (2007-2008); Recruiting and Retention NCO MDARNG (2009-Present).

SFC McCluskey military education includes BNCOC Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania; PLDC Grafenwoehr, Germany; Air Assault School Ft Benning, GA; Rappel Master Course Ft Pickett, VA; U.S. Military History Course Instructor Ft Leavenworth, KS; Army Combatives Course Level I and II APG, MD; Army National Guard RRNCO Course Camp Robinson, AR; 79T Conversion Course Camp Robinson, AR; 11B Infantryman transition Course Fort Indiantown Gap, PA; 13F Fire Support Specialist Course, Ft Sill, OK; 14J Tactical Operator/ Maintainer Course Ft Bliss, TX; Emergency Medical Technician Basic Course Camp Fretterd, MD; Combat Lifesaver Course Camp Fretterd, MD; Army Basic Instructor Course, Camp Fretterd, MD.

SFC McCluskey's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal (3rd Award), Army Achievement Medal (3rd Award), and Army Good Conduct Medal (3rd Award).

 

Mr. Thomas Alexander, Human Resource TechnicianMr. Alexander

(410) 617-2403, talexander1@loyola.edu

Mr. Thomas Alexander is from Baltimore, MD. He has been working the Greyhound Battalion at Loyola University Maryland.

Mr. Alexander’s assignments include the 708th Maintenance Battalion, GE (Federal Republic of Germany) from Feb 1978 –Feb 1980; HHB 3/70 Armor Ft Polk, LA 1980 from Feb 1980 until June 1980; USAG, Ft Detrick, MD from June 1980 until Aug 1982; HHB 3/61 ADA, and Büdingen GE from Aug 1982 – Aug 1984. His last tour on active duty was 15 AG Co 1stCAV, Ft Hood, TX from Aug 1984 – Jul 1985.

In July 1985, Mr. Alexander went into the United States Army Reserves and was assigned to the 100th Station Hospital Baltimore, MD. 100 Stationed Hospital deactivated, and he was reassigned to the 4214th Army Hospital. He was promoted from the 4214th Army Hospital and was assigned to HQ, 80th Division OSUT, Fort Meade, MD. He retired on 10 December 2001 from HQ 80th Division Richmond, VA 23237 at Fort Mead, MD.

Mr. Alexander’s military education includes the Standard Installation Division Personnel System Course, the Primary Leadership Course, and the Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course.

Mr. Alexander’s awards and decorations include the Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 1), the Army Commendation Medal (w/ 1 OLC), the Army Conduct Medal (w/Bronze 2 loops), the Marksman Badge (Rifle), and NCO Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 1).

 

Mr. Lemar Williams, Supply TechnicianMr. Will

(410) 617-2401, lwilliams@loyola.edu

Mr. Williams is the Supply Tech (PBO) for this Battalion; he has been at Loyola since November 1988. He entered the DOD civil service in 1984 after four years active duty as Unit Supply Specialist.

Mr. Williams came to Loyola from Ft. Meade DOC, where he worked in the small purchase section. Mr. Williams has a wife and four sons.