Task Force Blue Ridge Cadre and Staff

Lieutenant Colonel Mark Houston

Professor of Military Science (PMS)

  • LTC Mark Houston was commissioned in 1995 from the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he was the Army Athletic Association’s Distinguished Graduate.
  • He holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from West Point, a Master of Business Administration from Texas A&M University, and a Post-Graduate degree in Strategic Management and Leadership from the Chartered Management Institute of the United Kingdom.
  • Prior to becoming the Professor of Military Science, LTC Houston served in U.S. Army Airborne & Air Assault Infantry units across the globe. Assignments included the 1/509th Parachute Infantry Battalion at Fort Polk, Louisiana, the 25th Infantry Division (Light) in Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, and the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
  • More recently he served in combat on the Eastern border of Afghanistan as the Executive Officer for 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne (Air Assault) – Task Force White Currahee (OEF X / XI).

Lieutenant Colonel Bret Hamilton

Assistant Professor of Military Science (APMS)

  • LTC Bret Hamilton was commissioned in 1999 from Morehead State University, Kentucky.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology from Morehead State and a Master’s Degree in Adult and Continuing Education from Kansas State University.
  • Prior to becoming the Assistant Professor of Military Science, LTC Hamilton served in various U.S. Army Infantry units. Assignments included the 2/187th Infantry, 5th Ranger Training Battalion in Dahlonega, Georgia, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (both 1-28 Infantry and 1-4 Cavalry Squadron) in Fort Riley, Kansas, and Iraq.
  • Most recently he served in Africa and Fort Riley with 1-18 Infantry (Vanguards) as the Battalion Executive and Operations Officer.

Sergeant First Class Adrian E. McGill

Military Science Instructor

  • SFC Adrian E. McGill is a native of Daytona Beach, Florida. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1998 as a 13B Cannon Crew member. He completed Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill and has held a wide variety of leadership position in the Army from Ammunition them Chief, Gunner, Howitzer Section Chief, Gunnery Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant, Chief of Firing Battery, Battalion Intel Sergeant, and Battalion Master Gunner.
  • SFC McGill’s military and civilian education highlights  includes the Field Artillery Master Gunners Course,  Anti-Terrorist Officer Basic Course, Master Resilience Trainer Course, Battle Staff, Senior Leaders Course, Drill Sergeant School, Air Borne School, Air Assault School, Combatives Level 1 and 2, Small Group Instructor Course, and Total Army Instructor Training. He has earned an Associate’s Degree in Business Management from Grantham University and pursuing a Bachelor’s in Business Administration.
  • SFC McGill’s memberships include the Honorable and Ancient Order of Saint Barbara, Field Artillery Association, and Sergeant Audie Murphy Club.

Mr. Christopher Rhoades

Christopher Rhoades

Senior Military Science Instructor

  • Mr. Christopher Rhoades is originally from Missouri where he graduated from Southwest Missouri State with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science.  He also commissioned as a United States Army officer and served 8 years on active duty. After separating from the Army, he served as Chief Trainer, Operations with Vinnell Arabia and as an Advanced Situational Awareness Instructor with Orbis Operations.
  • While in the Army, Mr. Rhoades served as Executive Officer, Team Leader, Plans Officer and Platoon Leader in both the Civil Affairs and Military Police branches.  He is a graduate of the Military Police Officer Basic Course, Military Police Captains Career Course, Civil Affairs Qualification Course, and a variety of other Army schools.
  • He currently possess a Master of Arts in Business and Organizational Security Management through Webster University and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Central Missouri State University. Mr. Rhoades’ research work has included illicit drug production, andragogy, human behavior analysis, and assessment center methodology.


Mr. Rickey Alexander

Rickey Alexander

Human Resources Administrator

  • Rickey Alexander serves at Liberty University as a contractor, instructing ROTC cadets. Prior to this, he served as an enlisted soldier and noncommissioned officer for 19 years in the U. S. Army. He has served in a number of Field Artillery related jobs throughout his career.
  • He has served as a Battery Fire Direction NCO, a Battalion Fire Control NCO, an Operations Sergeant, an Operational Test NCOIC, and as a Combined Effects Synchronization Planning NCOIC. Rickey has served in locations throughout the United States, Germany, and the Republic of Korea.
  • He is a graduate of the Primary Leadership Development Course, the Basic and Advanced NCO courses, the Battle Staff School and a variety of other army schools. He is currently working to complete his B.A. in Education.