LTC Gary Thompson
Professor of Military Science
LTC Gary Thompson enlisted in the US Army in 1987 and served as a broadcast journalist at Fort Stewart, Ga., and the American Forces Korea Network in Seoul, Korea. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia College, Ann Arbor, Mich., and a Master of Arts in Strategic Communication and Leadership (MASCL) from Seton Hall University, South Orange, N.J. He received his commission through the Wisconsin Military Academy's Officer Candidate School in 1995. LTC Thompson's service to the Wisconsin Guard has included assignments as 426th Regiment Training Officer, Recruiting Command's Officer Strength Manager, Commander of the 112th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, UWSP Assistant Professor of Military Science, and the 426th Regiment’s Administrative Officer. He is married to the former Debra Swinford of North Canton, Ohio.
MAJ (Ret) Robert Kehoe
Assistant Professor of Military Science
Mr. Robert Kehoe enlisted in the Army as a Signal Intelligence Specialist after completing high school in Chicago. He then earned a commission from the New Mexico Military Institute and transferred to the Wisconsin Army National Guard as an Armor officer. After serving in a variety of junior officer assignments, Mr. Kehoe accepted successive company commands of an M1 Abrams Tank Company, a Tank Battalion Headquarters Company, and an Infantry Brigade Headquarters Company. More recently Mr. Kehoe served as the Operations Officer for TF 1-128 during OIF III and as a Plans Officer in State Emergency Management. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mr. Kehoe retired from military service and currently resides in Plover with his wife and two sons.
Mr. Jared Siverling
Scholarship and Enrollment Officer
Mr. Jared Siverling enlisted into the Wisconsin Army
National Guard as a Combat Engineer in 2002 during his senior year of high
school at Bloomer, Wis. In 2008, he commissioned into the WIARNG as an
Engineer Officer through the University of Dubuque ROTC program. He is a
graduate of the Sapper Leader Course, the Engineer Explosive Ordnance Clearance
Agent (EEOCA) course, and the Engineer Captain’s Career Course. Mr. Siverling
served as a Route Clearance Platoon Leader with the 273rd Sapper
Company of Medford, Wis., during a deployment in support of Iraqi Freedom
2010-11. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the
University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 2008. Mr. Siverling is currently
assigned to the 724 Engineer Battalion of Chippewa Falls, Wis., and resides with
his wife Vanessa in Bloomer, Wis.
SFC Christopher Smith
Training Operations NCO
Sergeant First Class Smith enlisted in the Army in June of
1995 as an Airborne Infantryman. He has
spent a majority of his career assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division stationed
at Fort Bragg, N.C. He has deployed in
support of combat and humanitarian operations to Panama, Afghanistan, Haiti and
Iraq. During his deployments to Iraq he
participated in both Operations Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn as a
member of the last Brigade Combat Team to serve in Baghdad, Iraq. He has also served an overseas assignment to
the Republic of Korea. He has held and
performed every duty and leadership positions within a rifle platoon from
rifleman to platoon sergeant during both training and deployments. He has performed instructor and advisor
positions as a Drill Sergeant at Ft. Jackson, S.C., and as a combat advisor to the
Iraqi Counterinsurgency School. Sergeant
First Class Smith is originally from Onalaska, Wis.
SFC Alex Quade
Recruiting Operations NCO
First Class Alex Quade enlisted into the Wisconsin Army National Guard in 1998 as a 12B, Combat Engineer. In 2002 he re-classed as a 11B, Infantryman. In August 2005 he deployed to Iraq with C Co 2-127th INF, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In May of 2007 he supported Operation Jump Start in the Tucson/Nogales sector with WIARNG/Border Patrol. Shortly afterwards in 2007 SFC Quade joined the Recruiting and Retention Command. Between 2007-12, he served multiple roles in the Recruiting and Retention Battalion. From May 2012 until August 2014 SFC Quade served as the Assistant NCOIC of a Recruiting and Retention Team as well as Readiness Non-Commissioned Officer for a Recruit Sustainment Program. He earned his Bachelor of Science in History with a political science minor from University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2002 and a Master of Arts in Instruction from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota in 2003. SFC Quade currently resides in the Montello area with his wife and two daughters.
SGM Richard England
Military Science Instructor
Mr. England enlisted in the Army as an Army
Bandsman in June of 1976 and served with the 283rd Army Band, Fort
Benning, Georgia. He holds a Bachelor of
Arts in Music and Biblical Studies from Northwest University in
Kirkland, Washington. He subsequently
attended Fuller Theological Seminary, Seattle Campus and earned his
Teaching Certificate in Secondary Music Education from Rio Salado College in
Tempe, Arizona. He enlisted in the Army
Reserves in 1984 and served in various units as a Chaplain Assistant, Bandsman,
Engineer, Instructor and Training/Operations Sergeant. He mobilized in 2003 in support of Operation
Iraqi Freedom as the Senior Chaplain Assistant, Army Central Command and in
2013-14 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as the Theater Religious
Support Sergeant Major, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan. His current Reserve assignment is Personnel
Management Sergeant Major (DIMA), Headquarters Department of the Army, Office
of the Chief of Chaplains, Fort Belvoir, Virginia. He is a graduate of Primary Leadership Course,
Basic Non-Commissioned Officer’s Course, Advanced Non-Commissioned Officers
Course, the Basic Airborne Course, Total Army Instructor’s Training Course,
Small Group Instructor Training Course and the Sergeants Major Academy. Mr. England is married to the former Sandra
Lee Keller and they have four adult children and 10 grandchildren.
1SG (Ret) Michael Butcher
Human Resources Assistant
Mr. Michael Butcher enlisted in the U.S. Army in November, 1983, attended Basic Training at Fort McClellan, Ala., and graduated as Distinguished Honor Graduate of his Multiple Launch Rocket System Crewmember (MLRS) Course at Fort Sill, Okla., in April of 1984. He has served in CONUS, Germany, Korea, and two combat tours in Kuwait and Iraq. Master Sergeant Butcher was assigned as Battery First Sergeant of Bravo Battery, 2/4th FA. Then First Sergeant Butcher deployed his battery to Kuwait in February 2003 to support Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Bravo Battery became the first Land component to fire during OIF and provided continuous fires while moving through over 800 km of enemy territory. Mr. Butcher was assigned to Cadet Command at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in November 2003 where he, along with his wife and son, currently reside. Mr. Butcher chose to continue serving the cadets of the Pointer Battalion after his retirement from active military service.
MSgt (Ret) David Ratz
Mr. David Ratz entered the US Air Force in 1982 after graduating from High School in Milwaukee and completed his 20 year Air Force career in 2003. Mr. Ratz received his Associates degree in Applied Science-Logistics from the Community College of the Air Force in 1994 and spent the majority of his Air Force career in the logistics field. In 2005, Mr. Ratz became the Army ROTC Logistics Technician at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He is responsible for all supply requirements; cadet uniforms, training aids and equipment.
Ms. Judy Yenter
Ms. Judy Yenter graduated from Stevens Point Area Senior High School and worked for a short time at Sentry Insurance. She then attended Mid-State Technical Institute and graduated in 1975 as a Licensed Practical Nurse. She then worked for the Veterans Home in King before coming to work for the university in 1977. She currently lives in Stevens Point and has two sons.