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 is a
graduate of the Wisconsin Military Academy's Officer Candidate School Class 37,
receiving his commission 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. They have two adult children, Katherine and Dylan, and they call
Dylan’s bride Depi their second daughter.
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. Josh Beyerl
Scholarship & Enrollment Officer
Mr. Josh Beyerl enlisted in the Wisconsin Army National Guard in February of 2002 as a 21B, combat engineer. While attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison he joined the Army ROTC program and received his commission in 2005. After graduating from UW-Madison, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Soil Science, Mr. Beyerl completed the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course at Ft. Sill, Okla. Mr. Beyerl then served in Yuma, Ariz., in support of Operation Jump Start as a Forward Operating Base Mayor in 2006. He returned to Wisconsin in 2007 in order to deploy to Iraq with Echo Troop, 105th CAV where he served as a Platoon Leader. Most recently Mr. Beyerl graduated from the Field Artillery Captain's Career Course. Mr. Beyerl is currently a Captain in the Wisconsin Army National Guard with 1-120th FA and joined the Pointer Battalion in September 2008.
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 Chad Nimmer
Recruiting Operations NCO
Sergeant First Class Chad Nimmer enlisted into the Wisconsin Army National Guard in 2002 as a 13M, Multiple Launch Rocket System Crewmember. In April 2006 he deployed to Iraq with Bravo Battery, 1-121 Field Artillery, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom Shortly after returning from Iraq in 2007, SFC Nimmer joined the Recruiting Command. Between 2008 and 2012, he re-classed into the Infantry and became Airborne, Air Assault, Rappel Master and Drill Instructor qualified. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Business Management from Post University in 2012. SFC Nimmer currently resides in Neenah with his wife.
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.