Loyola University Maryland

Army ROTC: Greyhound Battalion

Cadre

LTC Timothy M. Mitroka, Professor of Military Science

(410) 617-5710, tmitroka@loyola.edu

Assignment History:

Mitroka

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 the Engineer 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 Executive Officer 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 Master of Education degree 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. Next, he assumed the duty of Operations Officer (S3) for the 8th Engineer Battalion (Trojan Horse) and deployed to Korea for an eight-month rotation. He worked closely with Korean military forces and civil authorities developing counter weapons of mass destruction training exercises and supporting non-combatant evacuation operational procedures. He then took over as the Battalion’s Executive Officer where he made an impact on the Army’s readiness of its fleet of Assault Breacher Vehicles (ABV). He spearheaded the publishing of the Tank and Automotive Command’s (TACOM) Maintenance Action Message which reduces the ABV’s operational lane marking system (LMS) requirements in support of initial breaching operations. This solution enables armored engineer units to cross-level functioning LMS’s and report fully mission capable status for previously deadlined ABVs.

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 support 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 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 instructed the Military Science and Leadership 300-level curriculum and oversaw the development and execution of all training operations within the battalion. He was then selected for and assumed command as the Department Chair and Professor of Military Science in May 2021. He instructs the 400-level curriculum to the senior class of Cadets while managing the ROTC program’s involvement with the host and cross-town universities. He is grateful for the dedicated and hard-working Army and civilian cadre that make up the Greyhound Battalion family. The cadre does a tremendous job in coaching, teaching, mentoring, and resourcing the outstanding Cadets we are privileged to have.

He and his wife, Kathleen, have four daughters (twins Elizabeth and Emily, Katherine, and MaryClaire). The two stay busy as parents supporting their children’s multiple sports and other interests, family hobbies (winter sports and outdoor activities), vacationing and family visits throughout the year.

Awards and Decorations:

LTC Mitroka earned the following awards, 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 Fleury Medal, 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.

MAJ Jennifer Trevino, Assistant Professor of Military Science

jtrevino@loyola.edu

Assignment History:

Major (MAJ) Jennifer Trevino spent most of her time between Lake Charles, Louisiana and Honolulu, Hawaii. She received a Bachelor’s of Science in Supply Chain Management and commissioned as an Engineer Officer through Army ROTC at Kansas State University 2008. Before beginning Engineer Officer Basic Course, she conducted duties as a Gold Bar Recruiter with the Kansas State University Army ROTC program.

MAJ Trevino’s first assignment was a Platoon leader in the 299th Engineer Multi Role Bridge Engineer Company, Fort Belvoir, VA.

Following that, she spent time as the 282nd Engineer Horizontal Company Executive Officer (XO), Fort Carson, CO. During this time, she was selected for Company Command of the 282nd, the first female commander. During her assignment, MAJ Trevino’s team accomplishment various mission including numerous horizontal construction missions with DPW Fort Carson, CO, Fort Irwin, CA and Hohenfels, Germany.

She broadened her resume in deploying as the J4 (Logistics Officer in Charge) for Task Force Beyond the Horizon Panama 2013, Fort Sherman, Panama. Her team simultaneously supported three construction sites and three medical and dental sites throughout Panama. In addition, she managed the movement of containers and rolling stock from the U.S. to Central America as well as flights for all personnel.

In 2015, MAJ Trevino joined the 645th Regional Support Group (RSG) as the Engineer Officer, Southfield, MI. She balances these duties with a civilian career as a commodity buyer for a global Tier 1 auto supplier. She helped launched vehicle programs with OEMs such as Ford, GM and Chrysler for suspension components and tracked supply chain shortages as well as quality issues.

In 2017, MAJ Trevino joined the 209th Regional Support Group (RSG) as the Engineer Officer, Kansas City, MO. She transferred her skills from the cooperate sector to state level as a Purchasing Agent for Kansas State University. During this time, she was responsible supporting over 150 university departments. Managed purchases and contracts pertaining to construction, facilities and MRO.

MAJ Trevino joined the Greyhound Battalion at Loyola University Maryland as an Assistant Professor of Military Science in 2021.

She is married with two small children.

MAJ Trevino’s military education includes Basic Training, AIT 42A Human Resource Management, Engineer Basic Course, Movement Officer’s Course, Mobilization Planner’s Course, Pay Agent Officer Course, Engineer Captain Career Course, Contracting Officer Representative, Contracting Operations Support Officer

Awards and Decorations:

Awards and Decorations includes Army Commendation Medal (2nd Award), Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (2nd Award), National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (2nd Award), Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon (2nd Award, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

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; Branch Chief for Collective Training and Evaluations, G3/MDARNG; S-3, HQ/1-175 Infantry; and Executive Officer, HQ/1-175 Infantry. 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 Anthony Goodman, Assistant Professor of Military Science / Recruiting Operations Officer

apgoodman@loyola.edu

Assignment History:

CPT Anthony Goodman was born in Pennsylvania. He joined the Army Reserves in 2004. He deployed to OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM from 2006 to 2007. Upon his return, he attended Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania from 2008 to 2012 and earned his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. He joined ROTC and Commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in 2012.CPT Goodman graduated from the Military Police Officer Basic Course in April 2013 and was assigned to the 300th MP Company, in Fort Riley, Kansas.

CPT Goodman led 1st Platoon through a law enforcement cycle and multiple green cycles in preparation for JRTC rotation 02-14. After 12 months, he moved to 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division where he served as Platoon Leader for the 4-1 BSTB. CPT Goodman led his Platoon through multiple gunneries and law enforcement missions before their de-activation in April 2015.

CPT Goodman transferred back to the 97th MP Battalion where he served as the Executive Officer for the 73rd MP Detachment & 523rd Military Working Dog Detachment. CPT Goodman coordinated EXEVALs, FTXs, and served as the SRT OIC for Fort Riley. After his XO time, CPT Goodman became the Law & Order Officer for the 97th MP BN. He supervised the law enforcement cycles and developed a new law enforcement academy POI. He then served as the Battle Captain for Operation Griffin Strike during the 89th MP Brigades warfighter exercise in November 2016.

CPT Goodman attended the Military Police Captains Career Course in January 2017, where he was the class leader for 36 CPTs and 6 IMOs. Simultaneously, CPT Goodman completed his Master’s degree in Business and Security Management. After MPCCC, CPT Goodman was assigned to Fort Carson, Colorado. Where he served as the Battalion S4, providing logistical support for the 759th MP Battalion and Operation Griffin Watch during the 89th MP Brigade exercise at Fort Bliss, Texas.

CPT Goodman took command of the 984th MP Company on 18 June 2018 and deployed to OPERATION SPARTAN SHIELD. Assuming the law enforcement mission for US Army Central, serving in 3 geographically separated countries in four locations throughout the Middle East. Upon redeployment, the 984th MP Company assumed the law enforcement and access control commitment for Fort Carson. After serving 17 months as a Military Police combat support Company Commander, he was assigned to the Jacksonville Army Recruiting Company, USAREC. Where he served as the Commander for 19 months. His current assignment is at Loyola University Baltimore as the Assistant Professor of Military Science.

Awards & Decorations:

CPT Goodman’s schools and awards include Special Reaction Team phase 1 & 2, the Anti-Terrorism Officer Course, and Intermediate Incident Command 300/ 400 (FEMA). The Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (4 OLC), the Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (M device), Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, and Overseas Service Ribbon (2). His badges include the Military Police Badge, German Armed Forces Badge (Gold), and Recruiter Badge.

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 and Jordan.

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 Gene Zhang, Military Science Instructor

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

Sergeant First Class (SFC) Gene Zhang enlisted in the United States Army in July 2008 and graduated One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Benning Georgia as an 11B Infantryman. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science from the University of Maryland Global Campus in 2017 and is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration. SFC Zhang currently serves as a Military Science Instructor at Loyola University Maryland.

SFC Zhang has served in various positions as an Infantryman, to include SAW Gunner, Gunner, Team Leader, Bradley Gunner, Bradley Commander, Squad Leader, Senior Sniper, Sniper Section Leader, Drill Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant, and First Sergeant. SFC Zhang has deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (2009-2010) with Division Special Troops Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Spartan Shield (2011-2012) with 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, and Operation Faithful Patriot (2019) with 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry). SFC Zhang has been assigned to various units at Fort Hood, Texas, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Fort Polk, Louisiana, and Baltimore, Maryland.

SFC Zhang’s military education includes the United States Army Sniper Course, Reconnaissance and Surveillance Leaders Course, Pathfinder School, Airborne School, Air Assault School, Drill Sergeant School, Master Fitness Trainer Course, Master Resilience Trainer Course, Combatives Level 2, Basic Leader Course, Advanced Leader Course, and Senior Leader Course.

Awards and Decorations:

SFC Zhang’s awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (2nd Award), Army Commendation Medal (2nd Award), Army Achievement Medal (7th Award), Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Good Conduct Medal (4th Award), National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal (2 Campaign Stars), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (2nd Award), Drill Sergeant Identification Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and Pathfinder 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.