Department Staff

LTC Gary Thompson

Professor of Military Science

ThompsonLTC 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

Kehoe_Web2013.jpgMr. 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

Siverling.jpgMr. 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

Sergeant 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

ButcherMr. 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
Supply Management

RatzMr. 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
Office Manager

YenterMs. 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.