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Cadre and Staff

Lieutenant Colonel Kelly D. Montgomery

Military Science Instructor

A Southern Illinois native, LTC Kelly D. Montgomery was commissioned in 2001 as a Military Intelligence Officer through the Reserve Officer Training Corps at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL, where he was a Distinguished Military Graduate and recipient of the GEN George C. Marshal leadership award. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Administration of Justice from Southern Illinois University and is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College with a Master of Arts in International Relations from Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri.

Prior to commissioning, LTC Montgomery enlisted in the US Army in 1994 as an Infantryman, serving in the 3rd US Infantry (The Old Guard) until 1998. Upon leaving active duty he transferred to the Illinois National Guard, serving with B Company, 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry Division. Assignments as an Officer include various intelligence and leadership positions with the 525th Military Intelligence Brigade, Fort Bragg, NC; 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division; 1st and 3rd Brigades, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC; Joint Special Operations Command Intelligence Brigade, FT Bragg, NC; National Ground Intelligence Center, Charlottesville, VA; and Special Operations Command Central, Tampa, FL. He has multiple combat deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Inherent Resolve.

LTC Montgomery’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (3 OLC), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (1 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (3 OLC), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (1 OLC) and various other decorations. His awards include the Combat Action Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and the Bronze German Parachutist Badge.

Major Jason A. Winkelmann

Military Science Instructor

MAJ Winkelmann is from Huntsville, Texas and commissioned as an Engineer Officer from Texas A&M University in 2002. He was a Distinguished Military Graduate and recipient of the GEN George C. Marshall award. He holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M, an MS in Civil Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology, and an MS in Construction Engineering and Project Management from the University of Texas. He holds a Professional Engineer license in Missouri and a Project Management Professional certificate.

He has served as a Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, Company Commander, Battalion staff officer, Assistant Brigade Engineer, Battalion Executive Officer, and within the US Army Corps of Engineers. His duty assignment locations include Fort Polk, LA; Fort Leonard Wood, MO; Fort Hood, TX; Carlisle, PA; Austin, TX; Savannah, GA; and Fort Stewart, GA. Army units he’s served with include the 2nd Cavalry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, 36th Engineer Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, and the Corps of Engineers Savannah District.

MAJ Winkelmann has 5 combat deployments between Iraq and Afghanistan and 1 operational deployment to Germany. He has numerous military awards and completed Ranger, Sapper, and Airborne schools. He competed in the Army’s Best Sapper competition in 2007 and 2008.

Captain Karl P. Thompson

Military Science Instructor

CPT Thompson commissioned from the United States Military Academy at West Point as a Transportation Officer, completed the Transportation BOLC course at Fort Lee, Virginia and was stationed at Fort Stewart, Georgia in the Spartan Brigade.

While at Fort Stewart, CPT Thompson served as the Transportation Platoon Leader, Distribution Company Executive Officer, Assistant S3, the Battalion S4, and the Support Operations Officer’s Service and Support OIC.

Following his time with the 3rd Infantry Division, CPT Thompson completed the Combined Logistics Captain’s Career Course at Fort Lee, Virginia and came to Fort Bliss Texas where he has served as the Stryker Brigade’s S4 Logistics Planner and as the Hotel Forward Support Company Commander for 26 months.

Master Sergeant Anthony Fusco

Military Science Instructor

MSG Anthony Fusco was raised in Avon, New York and enlisted in the Army in July of 2000 as a Combat Engineer. He attended basic training at Fort Leonard Wood Missouri. He has held a wide variety of leadership positions in the Army from Team Leader, Squad Leader, Sapper Platoon Sergeant, Brigade Engineer and the First Sergeant of a Sapper Company.

Before becoming a Military Science Instructor, MSG Fusco has served in Mechanized and Light Infantry units. His assignments include 3rd Infantry Division Mechanized, 1st Engineer Brigade, 10th Mountain Division Light Infantry.

MSG Fusco’s military and civilian training include Counter Explosive Hazard Planner, Drill Sergeant School, Urban Mobility Breach Course, Sapper Leader Course, Unit Search Advisor, Combatives Level 1 & 2, SHARP Course, Basic Leader Course, Advanced Leader Course, and the Senior Leader Course.

Master Sergeant Joseph L. Carrillo, Jr.

Military Science Instructor

MSG Carrillo is from Riverside, California and enlisted as a 13B Cannon Crewmember in 2002. He completed Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and has held a variety of Leadership positions in the Army from Ammunition Team Chief, Gunner, Howitzer Section Chief, Gunnery Sergeant, Drill Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant, and DIVARTY Master Gunner.

MSG Carrillo has served in the 18th Field Artillery Brigade and 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, 434 Field Artillery Brigade at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, 25 Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, and the 4th Infantry Division DIVARTY at Fort Carson, Colorado.

MSG Carrillo’s military and civilian education highlights include the Field Artillery Master Gunner’s Course, Master Leader’s Course, Senior Leader’s Course, Advanced Leader’s Course, Warrior Leader’s Course, Drill Sergeant School, Combative Level I and II, Army Basic Instructor’s Course. He currently holds a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science and is pursuing his master’s degree in teaching.

Sergeant First Class Juan Hernandez

Military Science Instructor

SFC Juan Hernandez was born and raised in Brownsville, TX and enlisted in the Army in May of 2006 as a Combat Engineer. He attended basic training at Fort Leonard Wood Missouri. He has held a wide variety of leadership positions in the Army from Team Leader, Squad Leader, Drill Sergeant, Operations Sergeant, Route Clearance Platoon Sergeant, Sapper Platoon Sergeant, and Assistant S3 Operations Sergeant.

Before becoming a Military Science Instructor, SFC Hernandez served in Mechanized and light infantry units. His assignments include, 3rd Infantry Division (MECH) 92nd Engineer BN, 1st Cavalry Division, 35th Engineer BN, 1st Engineer Brigade, 4th Infantry Division Headquarters and Headquarters BN, and 52nd Brigade Engineer Battalion.

SFC Hernandez military and civilian education include Route Recon/clearance sapper, Drill Sergeant School, Air Assault School, Combatives level 1, Master Fitness Trainer, Basic leader Course, Advance leader Course, and Senior leader Course. SFC Hernandez also has an Associate degree of general arts from Central Texas College.

Mr. Turner


A Pennsylvania native, Mr. Turner commissioned as a Transportation Officer through the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program at Slippery Rock University and entered active duty in 2008. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Entrepreneurship from Grove City College and a Master of Arts Degree in Emergency and Disaster Relief Management from American Public University. During his ten years of active duty service, Mr. Turner held a variety of leadership positions in the Army including Mobility Officer, Platoon Leader, Battalion Logistics Officer, Commander, Company Executive Officer, Battle Captain, and Fires Cell Director.

Mr. Turner initially served in the 39th Transportation Battalion, Kaiserslautern, Germany. Operational Assignments include numerous combat deployments to the Middle East in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Inherent Resolve.

Mr. Turner’s military schools include the Transportation Officer Basic Course, Airborne School, Army Ranger School, Combatives Levels I and II, and the Maneuver Captains’ Career Course. Mr. Turner’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and the Joint Service Achievement Medal, among others. He has been awarded the Ranger Tab, Parachutist Badge, and Canadian Parachutist Badge.

Rickey Alexander

Human Resources Administrator

Rickey Alexander serves at Liberty University as a DV Civillian, Human Resources Administrator. He has served in Liberty’s Army ROTC program since 2005. Prior to this, Rickey 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 including Battery Fire Direction NCO, Battalion Fire Control NCO, Operations Sergeant, Operational Test NCOIC, and 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. Rickey graduated Cumma Sum Laude with a B.S. degree from Liberty University and is certified as a Professional in Human Resources through HRCI.

Susan P. Kellett ForsythSusan P. Kellett-Forsyth

Recruiting Operations Officer

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Susan Puanani Kellett-Forsyth made history in 1976 when she became a member of the first class to include women in the United States Military Academy’s 178-year history. She graduated from USMA on 28 May 1980, as one of the 62 women amongst a class of 859 men. As a Commissioned U.S. Army Signal Corps officer, Susan spent years honing her skills as a military leader with assignments in Germany, Fort Bragg, and Campbell University where she served as an Assistant Professor of Military Science.

After attending the elite School of Advanced Military Studies, she served as a planner for the First Infantry Division and was instrumental in developing the first U.S. – Russian Peace Keeping exercise on American soil. In January 1996, she deployed to Bosnia in support of Peace Keeping Operations during Operation Joint Endeavor.

After she retired from military service, she earned her Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from the University of Oklahoma in 2003 and applied her expertise at the secondary school level in Stuttgart, Germany. She spent six years working with the non-profit group, Americans Working Around the Globe (AWAG), serving as Chairperson for two years. Her passion for AWAG’s mission resulted in her efforts to work with a talented team to train, strengthen and connect volunteers in military communities in Germany, Italy, the U.K., Belgium and the Netherlands. As a Department of the Army Civilian, she was a part of United States Africa Command in Stuttgart Germany where she worked in J5 Plans and J3 Operations.

Susan is on the Board of Directors for the newly established non-profit organization, American War Memorials Overseas. She is married with three children.