Loyola University Maryland

Army ROTC: Greyhound Battalion

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Lieutenant Colonel Ammilee Oliva

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

Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Ammilee Oliva currently serves as the Department Chair and Professor of Military Science at Loyola University in Baltimore, MD. LTC Oliva grew up in Canton, Massachusetts and attended Northeastern University in Boston, MA. She received a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice and commissioned as a Distinguished Military Graduate into the Army through the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) in 2001. 

LTC Oliva’s first assignment was as a Platoon leader in the 66th Military Intelligence Company, 3rd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment Fort Carson, Colorado. She deployed with her Platoon to Iraq in 2003 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and while deployed was assigned as the Support Squadron S2 (Senior Intelligence Officer).

After completing the MI Captains' Career Course in 2005, LTC Oliva was assigned to NORAD/USNORTHCOM as a Counterterrorism Watch Officer. In 2007 LTC Oliva was selected to be the B Company, 743rd MI Battalion Company Commander at Buckley Airforce Base in Aurora, Colorado. Following Company Command she deployed to Afghanistan as the Signals Intelligence Terminal Guidance Officer-in-Charge. Upon return LTC Oliva attended the Command and General Staff College (CGSC) and the School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS) at Leavenworth, Kansas. Following graduation, LTC Oliva was assigned to 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. LTC Oliva served as an Intelligence Planner in the G5 and as the Division Deputy G2.

In June 2012, LTC Oliva relocated to Fort Meade, Maryland, to assume her new role as a strategic planner in the 902d MI Group S3; she served in this position for four months prior to selection for 310th MI Battalion Executive Officer (XO). Following her time as XO she was assigned back at the Group as the S3 (Operations Officer). After a year as the Group S3, she assumed her duties as the Group Deputy Commanding Officer (DCO) in June of 2017.  LTC Oliva was recently selected as the Department Chair and Professor of Military Science for the Loyola-Towson Army ROTC Greyhound Battalion in Baltimore, Maryland. LTC Oliva earned a Masters of Arts from Webster University in Management and Leadership, and a Masters of Military Arts and Sciences in Theater Operations from CGSC.

Awards and Decorations:

Her awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (2nd Citation), Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (1st Citation), the Army Achievement Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, NATO Medal, and the Parachutist Badge.

LTC Timothy M. Mitroka

(410) 493-4593, tmitroka@loyola.edu

Assignment History:

Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Timothy M. Mitroka is a 2004 graduate of the United States Military Academy, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management.  During theEngineer Basic Officer Leader Course, he made the selection to attend the Basic Dive Officer Course at the Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center (NDSTC) in Panama City Beach, FL. After completing the Dive Officer and Sapper Leader courses, he reported to Fort Eustis, VA, where he served as the Team Leader for The Mighty 86th Dive Team and then Executive Officer for the 569th Engineer Dive Company (Provisional).

His first combat deployment from 2007-2008 was on a Military Transition Team, augmented with British and Royal Scots forces, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He served as the team’s XO and Staff Maneuver Advisor responsible for coaching, teaching and mentoring multiple Iraqi Army Battalion staffs on counterinsurgency operations throughout Baghdad and Diyala Provinces.

Upon returning from Iraq, LTC Mitroka assumed command of A Company, 169th Engineer Battalion (The U.S. Army Engineer Dive School) located at the NDSTC in Panama City Beach, FL.  He worked with Navy and Coast Guard leaders in the maintenance and development of the
school-house’s diver training programs across all skill levels from initial entry to Master Diver qualification.  Afterwards, while at the Engineer Captain Career Course, he earned a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from the Missouri University of Science and Technology. 

His second combat deployment took him to Afghanistan from 2011-2012 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  Assigned to the NATO Training Mission’s Infrastructure Training Advisory Group, he served as a Site Leader in Qala-e-Naw, Baghdis Province, where his small team of three U.S. personnel (Army and Air Force) partnered with a Spanish Provincial Reconstruction Team to transition all facility maintenance operations to the 3/207th Afghan Army Garrison Command.

LTC Mitroka re-deployed and attended the University of Virginia to earn a Masters in Education in Kinesiology for a utilization tour as an Instructor in the Department of Physical Education at the United States Military Academy from 2013-2016.  The two core curriculum courses he taught were Survival Swimming and Army Fitness Development. While assisting with the SCUBA elective lifetime fitness course, he earned the Instructor qualification under the sanction of the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI). 

He then joined the 1st Cavalry Division’s 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team (Black Jack) at Fort Hood, TX, where he soon experienced a National Training Center rotation as his brigade’s Chief of Plans and Assistant Brigade Engineer.  He also led the panning effort for his Brigade’s deployment to Korea for a 9-month rotation.  Prior to this deployment, he assumed the duty of S3 for the 8th Engineer Battalion (Trojan Horse).  He worked closely with Korean military forces and civil authorities developing counter weapons of mass destruction training exercises and establishing non-combatant evacuation operational procedures.  He then took over as the BN’s XO where he made a positive impact on the Army’s readiness of its fleet of Assault Breacher Vehicles (ABV).

LTC Mitroka continued his time at Fort Hood by transitioning to the III Corps Headquarters’ Engineer Cell in early 2019.  He assisted the Corps’ efforts to provide engineer resources at the South-West Border to improve defensive measures at points of entry and reinforce over 120 miles of border wall/fencing.  He also assumed the role of Lead Planner for the Corps’ mission to resource all the U.S. Army Forces Command assets supporting the U.S. Army Cadet Command’s ROTC Cadet Summer Training 2019.

LTC Mitroka joined the Greyhound Battalion at Loyola University Maryland in 2019 as an Assistant Professor of Military Science.  He is the Military Science and Leadership 300-level curriculum manager and instructor while overseeing the development and execution of all training operations within the battalion.

He and his wife, Kathleen, of 16 years have four daughters (14-year old twins Elizabeth and Emily, 10-year old Katherine, and 5-year old MaryClaire).  The two stay busy as parents supporting their children's multiple sports, musical interests, family hobbies (winter sports and outdoor activities), and vacationing throughout the year. They also enjoy reuniting with lots of family living along the East Coast. 

Awards and Decorations:

Throughout 16 years of military service, LTC Mitroka earned the following awards and decorations: Bronze Star Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC)), Meritorious Service Medal (1OLC), Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Superior Unit Award,Valorous Unit Award, Engineer Regiment’s Bronze Order of the de FleuryMedal, German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (Gold), Norwegian Foot-March Skill Insignia (2nd Bronze Award), Basic Dive Officer insignia, Sapper Leader Course Tab,  and the Parachutist Badge.

Mr. Joseph A. Mucci, Scholarship and Enrollment Officer / Executive Officer

(410) 617-5179, jmucci@loyola.edu

Mr. Joseph 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. He is an Army Civilian within the ROTC Department and a Major in the Maryland Army National Guard.

Mr. Mucci’s assignments include Scout Platoon Leader, C/5-117 Cavalry; Rifle Platoon Leader, A/1-114 Infantry; Rear Detachment Commander, A/1-114 IN; Battalion Training Officer, HQ/1-114 IN; S-4, HQ/1-114 Infantry; Commander, C/1-114 Infantry; Assistant S-3 and Plans Officer, HQ/1-114 Infantry; Operations Officer, HQ/58 BFSB; Assistant S-3, HQ/58 BFSB; Plans Officer, 1-110th IO; Deputy Chief of Operations, HQ/29 DIV; and Branch Chief for Collective Training and Evaluations, G3/MDARNG. He deployed to Iraq as a Scout Platoon Leader in support of OIF 06-08 and to Kuwait as the Deputy CHOPS in support of OSS in 2016-2017.

Mr. Mucci’s military education includes the Armor Officer Basic Course, Maneuver Captain’s Career Course, Unit Movement Officer’s Course, Support Operations Course, Unit Mobilization Planner Course, the SOCC Instructor Trainer Course, the Recruiting Operations Officer Course, the Supervisor Development Course, the CNO/CAO Course, and the FA30 Information Operations Officer Qualification Course.

Awards and Decorations:

Mr. Mucci’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (3rd Award), Army Achievement Medal (2nd Award), Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon (2nd Award), Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal (w/ two Campaign Stars), and the Combat Action Badge.

Mr. Mucci currently serves as the Loyola University Maryland ROTC Battalion Scholarship and Enrollment Officer. He is responsible for recruiting, enrollment and managing scholarships. He lives in Baltimore with his wife, two dogs, cat, and horse. His hobbies include CrossFit, reading, and Netflix.

Captain Deshon Sims, Assistant Professor of Military Science

dmsims@loyola.edu

Captain Deshon Sims currently serves as one of the Assistant Professors of Military Science at Loyola University in Baltimore, MD.  CPT Sims grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas and attended the University of North Texas.  He received a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice in 2007 and Masters of Education in 2011 from TUI University in California.  In 2009, he attended Officer Candidate School (OCS) and commissioned as Second Lieutenant in the Army Branch of Air Defense.  

CPT Sims’ first assignment was a Short Range Air Defense (SHORAD) Platoon leader in Echo Battery, 4th Battalion 5th Regiment, 69th Air Defense Brigade at Fort Hood, Texas.  He deployed as the Battery Commander in 2012 to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  

After completing Air Defense Captain’s Career Course in 2014, CPT Sims was assigned to 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade at USAG Humphrey’s, South Korea as the Air Defense Airspace Manager (ADAM) Cell Officer In Charge (OIC). After his overseas deployment, CPT Sims served as an Air Defense Observer Coach Trainer (OCT) in Fort Stewart, GA as part of the 1st Battalion, 346th Regiment Air Defense, 188th Infantry Brigade.   In 2018, he was assigned as an Associate Professor of Military Science at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith. Following this assignment, in 2020 CPT Sims joined the Greyhound Battalion as the newest Associate Professor of Military Science.  

 

Awards and Decorations:

His awards and decorations included the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (1OLC), the Army Commendation Medal (2OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (3OLC), Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Superior Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Korean Defense Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 2 Device) and the NATO Medal. 

CPT Sims has two amazing daughters, Zoe age 16 and Jordan age 15.

Master Sergeant Gabriel Cota

Master Sergeant (MSG) Gabriel Cota was born in Portales, New Mexico and enlisted in the New Mexico National Guard as a light wheel vehicle mechanic in 1997. MSG Cota was released from the National Guard and transferred to active duty in September of 2001 where he was assigned to 578th Signal Company in Darmstadt Germany. While serving with the 578Th Signal Company he was deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom I. Upon returning from Iraq MSG Cota changed his MOS to a Cavalry Scout and attended one station unit training at Fort Knox Kentucky. Upon Graduation MSG Cota was assigned to F Troop 9th Cavalry Regiment at FT Hood TX. F Troop was later reflagged to B Troop 6th squadron 9th Cavalry Regiment where he served as a Bradley Gunner, Bradley Commander, and Section Leader. In 2009 MSG Cota was moved to HHT of 6/9 CAV where he served as the assistant operations sergeant. While assigned to 6/9 CAV MSG Cota deployed in support of OIF 06-08, and OIF 09-11. After leaving 6/9 CAV MSG Cota was assigned to 2/16 CAV where he served as an Armor Basic Officer Leadership Instructor from 2010-2012. After leaving 2/16 CAV MSG Cota was assigned to 3/1 CAV at Fort Benning Georgia as a Scout Platoon Sergeant from 2012-2015. Following his Platoon Sergeant time MSG Cota was assigned to 2-289 IN BN at Camp Atterbury, IN where he served as a Cavalry OC/T and Senior Cavalry OC/T from 2015-2018. MSG Cota was then assigned to 2nd BN 34th Armor Regiment in August of 2018 where he is served as the First Sergeant for Headquarters and Headquarters Company from Aug 2018 to Nov 2019. While assigned to 2/34 AR MSG Cota deployed on a nine-month rotation to Poland in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. MSG Cota was then assigned to 1/4 CAV where he served as the First Sergeant for C TRP from Nov 2019 to Jul 2020. MSG Cota is currently assigned as the Senior Military Science Instructor for Loyola/Towson Army ROTC Greyhound Battalion in Baltimore Maryland.

Awards and Decorations:

MSG Cota’s awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal w/1OLC, the Army commendation Medal w/4OLC, the Army Achievement Medal w/ 1SOLC, the National Defense Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal w/2stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Driver/Mechanic Badge, and the Combat Action Badge.

MSG Cota is married to the former Geraldine Maria Gonzales of Portales, NM. They have three children: Julianna-15 years old, Isabella- 12 years old, and Daniella- 7 years old.

Sergeant First Class Autry Long

Sergeant First Class Autry Long enlisted into the US Army Infantry in July of 2000. He attended Basic Training and AIT at Ft. Benning, GA.

 

SFC Long has served in various Light, Stryker, and Airborne Infantry Units. His most recent assignment was at the 25th Infantry Division (ID) as the Senior Instructor for the division’s Pre-Ranger Program at Schofield Barracks, HI. During this time, SFC Long trained, prepared and assessed Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors, Marines, Non-commissioned Officers and Officers from the US Army Pacific Command on small unit tactics and techniques so that they may be successful at Ranger School. He was a Platoon Sergeant at 3rd BDE, 25th ID. During this time, he deployed to Australia, Indonesia, and Malaysia as part of the 25th ID’s Pacific Pathways

Deployment. This is an expedition-styled deployment that has units conduct several stops in the region and train with foreign militaries. He was a Ranger Instructor and Dive Locker NCOIC while he was assigned to 4th RTBN, 4th ARTB at Ft. Benning GA. SFC Long was assigned to 2nd BD, 25th ID. During this time, he held every enlisted position in a Light Infantry Platoon and remained with the unit during its transition from a Light unit to Stryker unit. He deployed to Iraq in support of OIF 1-2 and OIF 7.

 

SFC Long’s military education includes Basic Leader Course (BLC), Advanced Leader Course (ALC), Seniors Leader Course (SLC), Common Faculty Development Instructor Course (CFD-IC), Ranger School, Airborne School, Air Assault School, Combat Diver Qualification Course, Combat Dive Supervisor Course, Stryker Vehicle Commanders Course, and Jungle Operations Training Course.

Awards and Decorations:

SFC Long’s awards and decorations include Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Overseas Service, Presidential Unit Citation, Joint Meritorious Unit award, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Rifleman’s Badge, and Expert Driver’s Badge.

 

SFC Long is married to his wife Amanda Long. SFC and Mrs. Long have four children, Taniel, Aubry, Auz, and Oliver.

Sergeant First Class Daniel Everett, Operations NCO

(410) 617-2648, deverett@loyola.edu

Sergeant First Class (SFC) Daniel Everett was born in Philadelphia, PA.  He enlisted in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard in 1998 and was assigned to the 282nd Personnel Services Detachment as a Personnel Services Specialist.  During his time with the National Guard he served as Administrative and logistics support, Narcotics Postal Inspector support team member with the Counterdrug Joint Task Force, Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) operator with the 281st Personnel Services Battalion, and as a Human resources Technician at the Headquarters for the Pennsylvania Army National Guard located at Fort Indiantown Gap.   

In 2004 SFC Everett enlisted with the Active Duty Army.  He was assigned to both the 652nd Air Defense Artillery Battalion in Ansbach, Germany prior to serving with the 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade in Wurzburg, Germany.  SFC Everett then served as the Human Resources NCOIC with the 441st Military Intelligence Battalion located in Camp Zama, Japan.  In 2010 SFC Everett was selected to serve as a detailed Recruiter for the United States Army with the Richmond Recruiting Company in Richmond Virginia.  In 2014 he was assigned to 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team in Camp Hovey, Korea where he served as the Platoon Sergeant for the Support Platoon and as a Strength Manager for the Brigade S-1.

In 2015 SFC Everett was selected to assist in the formal activation, commissioning, and deployment of the 4-6 Heavy Attack Reconnaissance Squadron on Joint Base Lewis McChord while serving as the Squadron S-1 NCOIC.  Following a deployment to Erbil, Iraq, he served as the S-1 NCOIC for the 46th Aviation Support Battalion.  SFC Everett was recently selected as a Military Science Instructor for the Loyola-Towson Army ROTC Greyhound Battalion in Baltimore, Maryland.

SFC Everett’s is married to his wife Heather Everett.  Both he and Mrs. Everett have five children Gabriel (11), Isabel (9), Michael (7), and the twins Janelle and Nathaniel (1).

Awards and Decorations:

SFC Everett’s awards include Army Commendation Medal (4 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (6 OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (5 OLC), Amy Reserve Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal,  Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Army Forces Reserve Medal with (M) Device, the NATO Medal, the Recruiter badge, and the Drivers badge. 

Mr. Thomas Alexander, Human Resource Technician

(410) 617-2401, talexander1@loyola.edu

Mr. Thomas Alexander is from Baltimore, MD. Prior to his time as the Human Resources Technician at the Greyhound Battalion, his assignments include the 708th Maintenance Battalion, GE (Federal Republic of Germany) from February 1978 to February 1980; HHB 3/70 Armor Fort Polk, LA 1980 from February 1980 until June 1980; USAG, Fort Detrick, MD from June 1980 until August 1982; HHB 3/61 ADA, and Büdingen GE from August 1982 to August 1984. His last tour on active duty was 15 AG Co 1stCAV, Fort Hood, TX from August 1984 until July 1985.

In July of 1985, Mr. Alexander joined the United States Army Reserves. He was assigned to the 100th Station Hospital Baltimore, MD. When this hospital deactivated, Mr. Alexander was reassigned to the 4214th Army Hospital, and was promoted here. He was then assigned to HQ, 80th Division OSUT, Fort Meade, MD. He retired on December 10th, 2001 at Fort Meade.

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

Awards and Decorations:

Mr. Alexander’s awards and decorations include the Army Service Ribbon, the 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 the NCO Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 1).

Mr. Lemar Williams, Supply Technician

(410) 617-2403, 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.

Mr. Thomas Brendlinger, Training and Operations/ Assistant Instructor

(410) 617-5813, tsbrendlinger@loyola.edu

Mr. Thomas Brendlinger was born in Washington D.C. and graduated from Northeastern High School in York, Pa. He then enlisted in the Army in 1995. His assignments include Bravo Battery 2 nd Battalion 110 th FA, Charlie Battery 2nd Battalion 110th FA, Alpha Battery 2nd Battalion 110th FA. Mr. Brendlinger re-classed to the Chemical Corps in 2007. His first assignment after graduating was as a CBRN NCO with the 29th Military Police Company, his subsequent assignments include serving as a Squad Leader for the 231 st Chemical Company, CBRN Staff NCO for the 58 th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade/ Expeditionary Military Intelligence Brigade, CBRN Staff NCO for the 29 th infantry Division, Company First Sergeant for the 231 st Chemical Company, and currently serving as an Assistant Operation NCO for the 58 th Troop Command.

Mr. Brendlinger has deployed several times while enlisted in the Maryland Army National Guard. His deployments include Hurricane Katrina/ Rita relief efforts in 2005, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in 2006-2007, Kuwait in 2016-2017 in support for Operation Inherent Resolve, and several State Missions across Maryland.
Mr. Brendlinger’s military education includes Non-Lethal Weapons Instructor, Battle Staff, Joint Mission Assurance Assignment, Senior Leaders Course, CBRN Technical Escort, Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education. 

Mr. Brendlinger Currently lives in Parkville, Md with his wife and three children. He enjoys riding his motorcycle, volunteering at his Son’s Scouts Troop/Pack, and spending time with family since April 2019.