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The Professor of Military Science is the Department Chair of the Military Science Program.  The PMS is also the lead instructor for the final year of the Cadets' program.  The Professor of Military Science oversees all program operations.

LTC Laura Bellot
 
Prof. of Military Science
CPT Russel Salavec
Executive Officer
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     The Assistant Professor of Military Science (APMS) position is the program’s primary military science curriculum instructor. Additionally, the APMS is assigned a cadre role for Cadet Summer Training, and also supports the program’s staff lead for on-campus recruiting, retention, and Cadet administrative and logistical tasks.

CPT Thomas Strickler
 
Asst. Prof. of Military Science and S3 Officer-in-Charge
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The Senior Military Science Instructor (SMSI) is the program’s senior enlisted Soldier and advisor to the PMS. Additionally, the SMSI is assigned a cadre role for Cadet Summer Training, and also supports the program’s staff lead for on-campus recruiting, retention, Cadet administrative and logistical tasks. The SMSI is responsible for the Color Guard and all ceremonies.

MSG Alvin Cook
 
Senior Military Science Instructor
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The Military Science Instructor is an expert tactician and expert military instructor, charged with leading the third year Cadets as they prepare for their culmination exercise, Advanced Camp.  The MSI is a Combat Arms MOS trained Non- Commissioned Officer, who also coordinates all training for the Cadets.

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Military Science Instructor
and S3 NCO

The Recruiting Operations Officer (ROO) is the program’s senior civilian. As directed by the PMS, the ROO synchronizes and integrates the program’s marketing, outreach, recruiting, retention, incentives and scholarship processes and activities in order to enroll and contract Cadets to enable the program’s mission.

Mr. Kyle Stewart
 
Recruiting Operations Officer (ROO)
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The Logistics Technician (LOGTECH) is the program’s logistics specialist and the program’s primary hand receipt holder. The LOGTECH is responsible for the ordering and fielding of Cadet and ROTC equipment, transportation requests, and any physical security/key control matters. The LOGTECH may also support a portion of the CST.

Mr. Raymond Hatcher
 
Logistics Technician (LOGTECH)
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The Human Resources Assistant (HRA) is the program’s primary personnel and administrative specialist for Cadet and cadre actions. The HRA controls all packets for accessions, contracts, commissioning, and deferments. The HRA also handles normal administrative actions such as records updates, leaves and passes, and awards. The HRA may support a portion of CST if so required.

 
Human Resources Assistant (HRA)

     The ROTC Administrator is responsible for all aspects of Army ROTC administration management. This position consists of oversight of an Army Cadet Battalion of approximately 100 Cadets and 9 Cadre covering six universities in the Philadelphia region. Daily tasks include budgetary oversight, administrative date input, liaison with six universities, and record management.

Mr. Jason Kushner
 
ROTC Administrator
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LTC Laura Bellot - Professor of Military Science

Branch: Engineering

Component: Active Guard Reserve

Phone: (267) 359-6308

Email: lb3293@drexel.edu

Lieutenant Colonel Laura Bellot is the Professor of Military Science of the Drexel University Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Program.  In this capacity, she is responsible for developing cadets to serve our Nation as United States Army Second Lieutenants.  She is an Engineer Officer in the United States Army Reserve with over twenty years of service.

Laura is a native of Hudson, New Hampshire.  She began her military career as an Enlisted Soldier in the Army Reserve in May 1988.  She received a direct commission as a Second Lieutenant November 2000.

Detailed to the Engineer Corps, Laura began her commissioned career at Fort Belvior, Virginia as the Battalion S1 with 249th Engineer Battalion (Prime Power).  She was the first Active Guard Reserve assigned to Prime Power, a versatile power generation battalion under Headquarters United States Army Corps of Engineers.  During Operation Noble Eagle in 2003, she served as a Platoon Leader, then the Headquarters and Headquarters Company Commander with the 841st Engineer Battalion, Miami, Florida.  She was then assigned as an Environmental Staff Officer and Facility Engineer with the 81st Regional Support Command, Birmingham, Alabama in 2004.  She managed the maintenance and repairs of 257 facilities within 8 states.

In support of Operations Enduring Freedom in 2006 she served as a Company Commander, Task Force Guardian, Bagram, Afghanistan.  Upon return Laura served as an Operations and Training Officer with First Army, Fort Gillem, Georgia.  She was responsible for the Training Readiness Oversight and Mobilization Training for Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom, Army Reserve and Nation Guard Soldiers.  She was then assigned as the Mobilization officer with the 335th Signal Command (Theater), Forest Park, Georgia.  The 335th Signal Command is an operational and functional command with Active and Reserve Soldiers, providing Signal and Cyber direct support to Third Army/United States Army Central Command in Southwest Asia and Homeland Defense missions throughout the United States.

She received a nominative assignment in 2013, as an Army Secretariat Board Recorder, Department of Army Selection Boards, Human Resource Command, Fort Knox, Kentucky.  She was selected for resident Command General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas with a follow on assignment as the Engineer Planner for the Army Reserve Engagement Team, Eighth Army, Yongsan, Korea.  Upon return she served as the Operations Officer/S3 for the United States Army Corps of Engineers, Contingency Response Unit, Washington, DC.  She then joined the Headquarters Department of the Army Staff in October 2019 where she served as the Operations, Reserve Integration and Talent Management Branch Chief for the Office of the Chief of Engineers, Washington, DC.

Laura was awarded the Joint Women's Leadership Meritorious Service Award in 2019.  She has earned a Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medals, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal, the Army Superior Unit Award and Army Staff Badge among others.  She received her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from the University of Western New England and a Masters in Management from American Military University.

Laura is married to Lucius Reese, her children are sons, Paul (20) and Jacob (16) Reese.

 
 
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CPT Russell Salavec- Executive Officer

Branch: Engineering

Component: AGR

Phone: (267) 359-6307

Email: rjs459@drexel.edu

CPT Russell J. (RJ) Salavec was born at Keller Army Hospital in West Point, NY. He graduated from Plattsburgh State University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History. CPT Salavec was commissioned through the Officer Candidate School, Ft. Benning Georgia in 2011. CPT Salavec met his wife Sydney while stationed in Colorado in 2012 and were married in February of 2017.

Upon earning a Commission at OCS and completion of EBOLC at Fort Leonard Wood, MO in 2012. CPT Salavec accepted a position into the USAR Active Guard Reserve (AGR) Program and was assigned as a Platoon Leader in the 409th EN CO (V) in Fort Collins, Colorado. A year later CPT Salavec would serve as the Executive Office of the 409th. In 2015 he was assigned as the USAR Operations Officer of the Northern California Recruiting Battalion in Sacramento, California. Following that assignment CPT Salavec PCS’d to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri to attend Engineers Captain’s Career Course in 2018. Upon completion of ECCC he was assigned to USARCENT as the Engineer Planner in the Army Reserve Engagement Cell at Shaw AFB where he successfully increased the engineer presence and efficiency across the CENTCOM AOR. CPT Salavec is now assigned as the Assistant Professor of Military Science and Executive Officer at Drexel University ROTC in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (2), Army Achievement Medal (2), National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and Army Reserve Overseas Training Ribbon(3).

CPT Salavec’s Military Education includes Engineer Captain’s Career Course (2018); Antiterrorism Officer Basic Course (2016); USAR Unit Mobility Planner Course (2014); Physical Security Basic Course (2013); USAR Company Pre-command Course (2013); Engineer Basic Officer Leaders Course (2011

 
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MSG Alvin Cook - Senior Military Science Instructor

Branch: Field Artillery

Component: Active Duty

Phone: (267) 359-6309

Email: arc432@drexel.edu

     Master Sergeant Alvin R. Cook is the Senior Military Science Instructor for the Drexel University Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Program.  In this capacity, he is responsible for developing cadets to serve our Nation as United States Army Second Lieutenants.  He is a Field Artillery Senior Leader in the United States Army and a twenty-year veteran.   

 

     MSG Cook is a native of Garland, Texas. He has served every position in the Artillery from Platoon Forward Observer to First Sergeant. He began his career in 2nd Battalion 82nd Field Artillery Regiment as Platoon Forward Observer and ended as a Company Fire Support NCO. He was assigned to 1st Battalion 9th Cavalry Regiment in Fort Hood, Texas where he served as Infantry Platoon Forward Observer from 2002-2005. While he was assigned to Blackhawk Company he was deployed to Habbaniyah, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was then assigned to 1st Battalion 12th Cavalry Regiment at Fort Hood, Texas as a Fire Support Team Chief 2005-2008. While in Apache Company he was deployed again to Baquba, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Shortly following that he was DA selected to become a Recruiter in Beaverton, Oregon. Once his Recruiter detail was completed, he was assigned to 1st Battalion 23rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team at Fort Lewis, Washington, where he served as Battalion Fire Support Sergeant from 2011-2014. While assigned to Hawkeye Company, he deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom to Panjwai. Afghanistan as a Battalion Fire Support NCO where he was responsible for coordinating and conducting over 500 surface to surface and air to surface engagements. After that he was assigned to HHBN, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina where he served as the Division Fire Support NCO. He deployed with the 82nd Airborne Division headquarters to Baghdad, Iraq from 2014-2015 in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. He was then assigned to Headquarters Company, 1st Special Forces Group at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington where he served as the Group Fire Support NCO. After completing his assignment with 3rd Special Forces Group he was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion 94th Field to serve as a First Sergeant. After completing his Battery First Sergeant obligation he was selected by the 17th Field Artillery Brigade Commander and Command Sergeant Major to be Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 17th Field Artillery Brigade First Sergeant.

 

     MSG Cook has earned the Combat Action Badge, Airborne wings and the German Army Gold Schutzenschnur. Additionally, he has earned a Bronze Star for Combat Action with the 23rd Infantry Regiment. He has earned a Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, four Army Commendation Medals, and five Army Achievement Medals in his career. MSG Cook is married to SGM Sandra Cook from Buckley, Washington, and they have three children, Jadyn (18), Bryce (13), and Isabella (9).

 
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CPT Thomas Strickler- Assistant Professor of Military Science and S3 Officer-In-Charge

Branch: Logistics

Component: Active Army

CPT Thomas F. Strickler is from Newtown, PA and is a graduate of Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas. Upon graduation and commissioning, CPT Strickler attended the Ordnance Basic Officer Course followed by an assignment to Fort Bliss, TX. While at Fort Bliss, he served as a Maintenance Platoon Leader, Maintenance Control Officer and Executive Officer with the 147th Support Maintenance Company, 1st Armored Division Sustainment Brigade. As the Executive Officer, CPT Strickler deployed with the 147thth Support Maintenance Company in 2017 in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. Upon graduation from the Combined Logistics Captains Career Course at Fort Lee, CPT Strickler was assigned to the 526th Brigade Support Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (AASLT), Fort Campbell, KY and served as the Assistant Operations Officer. On November 27th, 2018, CPT Strickler assumed command of Fox Forward Support Company, attached to the 1st Battalion 320th Field Artillery Regiment for 13 months. Post Command, CPT Strickler served as the Deputy Support Operations Officer for seven months.

 
 
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SFC Andrew Acuna - Military Science Instructor and S3 NCO

Branch: Infantry

Component: Active Duty

Phone: (267) 359-6302

Email: aca79@drexel.edu

Sergeant First Class Andrew C. Acuna is the Military Science Instructor of the Drexel University Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Program.  In this capacity, he is responsible for developing cadets to serve our Nation as United States Army Second Lieutenants.  He is an Infantry Senior Leader in the United States Army and an eighteen-year veteran.   

SFC Acuna is a native of Arizona. He has served in every leadership position from Team Leader to Platoon Sergeant while deployed in support of combat operations. SFC Acuna has deployed twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn, and was one of the first ground combat troops to deploy in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. SFC Acuna has served as an Equal Opportunity Advisor General Staff, 13th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, the Pathfinder Platoon Sergeant for the 10th Mountain Division, a Light Infantry Platoon Sergeant for the 2nd Battalion 22nd Infantry Regiment, and a Platoon Sergeant in the Personal Security Detachment for the Multi-National Forces Baghdad’s Commanding General, and the 25th Infantry Division’s Operations Center NCOIC. SFC Acuna is a graduate of the Master Educator’s Course, Master leader’s Course, Equal Opportunity Advisor’s Course, Senior Leader’s Course, Advanced Leader’s Course, and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Western Kentucky University.

 

SFC Acuna has earned the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Pathfinder’s Badge, Parachutists Badge, and Air Assault Badge. Additionally, he has earned a two Bronze Stars for Combat Action in Iraq. He has earned two Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, four Army Achievement Medals, four Meritorious Unit Citations, a Joint Meritorious Unit Citation, and a Valorous Unit Citation in his career. SFC Acuna has one son, Armani, who is eight years old.

 
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Mr. Jason Kushner - ROTC Administrator

Phone: (267) 359-6300

Email: jk3679@drexel.edu 

     Mr. Kushner is the ROTC Administrator for the Drexel University Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Program.  In this capacity, he is responsible for all aspects of Army ROTC administration, consisting of numerous responsibilities in the oversight of Task Force Dragon, our Army Cadet Battalion of approximately 100 Cadets and 9 Cadre across six universities in the Philadelphia Region.  Mr. Kushner Retired as a Senior Noncommissioned Officer on 1 April 2015 with 22 years of Active Duty service

 

     Mr. Kushner enlisted in June 1993 as a Human Resources Manager.  He attended Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Jackson, SC.   He served in numerous personnel management positions at almost every command echelon during his career, company level to division.   His notable assignments include – First Sergeant, Warrior Leader Course (WLC), Camp Buehring Army Base in Udari, Kuwait (first WLC established in CENTCOM theater of Operations), Jul-Oct 2009; U.S. Army Instructor, Advanced Leader Course & Senior Leader Course, Noncommissioned Officer’s Academy, Ft. Jackson, SC, Apr 2007 – April 2010; Platoon Sergeant, HHC, Third Corps Support Command, Wiesbaden, Germany, Sep 2005 – Sep 2006; Senior Operation Noncommissioned Officer in Charge (NCOIC) for the Political Advisor to the Commanding General, United States Forces-Iraq, Camp Victory, Iraq, Apr 2010 – April 2011.  Mr. Kushner has completed six deployments while serving as an enlisted Soldier and Senior Noncommissioned Officer.  He has Deployed in Support of Operation “Restore Hope”, Somalia (1993-1994), two deployments to Iraq in support of Operations “Iraqi Freedom & “Enduring Freedom (2005-2006 & 2010-2011), and 3 deployments to Kuwait (1996, 2009, & 2012).   He has served at various duty stations both CONUS and OCONUS to include Ft. Jackson, Ft. Stewart, Korea, Germany, & Honduras.  He retired from active duty while serving as the Senior human Resources Manager at Defense Logistics Agency, Troop Support, Naval Support Activity, Philadelphia, PA

 

     After retiring from the Army, Mr. Kushner has worked in various leadership and management positions in both the public and private sectors.  He was selected by United States Army Cadet Command to serve as a human Resources Administrator for Valley Forge Military College in January 2018 until March 2019 when he was selected by both Drexel University and the Military Science Department leadership to serve as your ROTC Administrator.

 

     Mr. Kushner’s military and professional education includes Primary Leadership Development Course, Advanced and Senior Leadership Courses, U.S. Army First Sergeant Course Equal Opportunity Leaders Course; he has earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Project Management from Trident university International and his Master of Science Degree in Human Resources Development from Villanova University.

 
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Mr. Kyle Stewart - Recruiting Operations Officer (ROO)

Phone: (267) 359-6304/(215) 910-6746

Email: kts68@drexel.edu 

     Mr. Stewart is the Recruiting Operations Officer of the Drexel University Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Program.  In this capacity, he is responsible all recruiting efforts to include: outreach, marketing, advertising, incentives negotiation, and scholarship management for the consortium of Task Force Dragon (Drexel University, La Salle University, University of Pennsylvania, St. Joseph's University, Thomas Jefferson University, and University of the Sciences).   He is a Retired Army Veteran, serving as a Civilian in the Department of the Army.

 

   Mr. Stewart enlisted in 2004 as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician. He attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson, SC and Advanced Individual Training Phase I at Redstone Arsenal, AL, and Phase II (NAVSCOLEOD), Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal in Eglin AFB, FL.  He served in the 767th Ordnance Company (EOD) in Ft. McNair and the 707th Ordnance Company (EOD) in Joint Base Lewis McChord, WA.  He deployed in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom, serving in combat operations for 15 months, where he was a part of the highly decorated unit, responsible for over 2,000 Improvised Explosive Device missions.  Mr. Stewart became a certified EOD Team Leader, and reached the Enlisted rank of Staff Sergeant, serving 7 years in the Enlisted Service.

     Mr. Stewart was selected to become a Commissioned Army Officer, and participate in the Active Duty Green to Gold program in 2009.  He attended and completed his Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2011, graduating as a Distinguished Military Graduate, and a George C. Marshall Leadership Award recipient.  Upon graduation, Mr. Stewart earned the rank of 2LT in the United States Army branched Medical Service Corps, and served for 2 years as the Operations Officer for his Alma Mater’s ROTC Program.

 

     After retiring from the Army, Mr. Stewart has worked as the Recruiting Operations Officer for Johns Hopkins University Army ROTC, an Explosives Expert for the Department of Homeland Security in Los Angeles, and currently serves as a Recruiting Operations Officer for Task Force Dragon.  Mr. Stewart earned a Masters Degree in Business Administration and a Masters Degree in Public Policy.  He is married to his wife Jennifer, and has two children.

 
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Mr. Raymond Hatcher - Logistics Technician (LOGTECH)

Phone: (267) 359-6305/(267) 359-6303

Email: rmh64@drexel.edu 

Mr. Hatcher is the Supply Technician of the Drexel University Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Program.  In this capacity, he is responsible for supply program utilizing a good working knowledge of Army and University supply procedures and requirements to coordinate the internal activities of the supply section with other sections of the Senior Reserve Officers Training Corps.  He is a Retired Army Veteran, serving as a Civilian in the Department of the Army.

Mr. Hatcher enlisted in 1972 and held various positions while in the Military.  He served as 11B Infantryman, 19D Cavalry Scout, 92Y Unit Supply Specialist as well as food service and dining facility manger.  With his background in supply, he has been working in Logistics for Drexel University’s Senior Army ROTC since 2008.

 
 

- Human Resources Assistant (HRA)

Phone: (267) 359-6306

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