Commanding Officer - Professor of Military Science
Lieutenant Colonel Ryan S. Atkins
Lieutenant Colonel Ryan S. Atkins was commissioned in 2002 as an Aviation Lieutenant following his graduation from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. His first assignment was to 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, Fort Bragg, North Carolina where he served as a Platoon Leader, Executive Officer and numerous Staff positions which included a deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-07.
After attending the Aviation Captains Career Course, Lieutenant Colonel Atkins was then assigned to the 3rd Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, Fort Campbell, Kentucky where he served as an Assistant Operations Officer until he assumed command of Delta Company 7th Battalion, 101st General Support Aviation Battalion (GSAB) and deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 08-09. Following command, Major Atkins served as a Brigade Aviation Maintenance Officer (BAMO) and Combat Aviation Training Team Chief for the 21st Cavalry Brigade in Fort Hood, Texas.
Upon graduation from the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas,
Lieutenant Colonel Atkins assumed command of Bravo Company 603rd Aviation Support
Battalion, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia as well as Executive
Officer for 3rd Squadron 17th Cavalry Regiment. He most recently served as an Aviation
Maintenance Officer and Executive Officer for the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command
Logistics Center, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.
Lieutenant Colonel Atkins is a graduate of the Aviation Officer Basic Course, Captains Career Course and Command and General Staff College. He has a Master's of Science in Adult Education from Kansas State University. He is a Senior Army Aviator rated in the AH-64D and E Attack Helicopters. His military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC), Air Medal for Valor, Air Medal (with numeral 3), Army Commendation Medal (3 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (3 OLC), Armed Forced Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, and is authorized the wear of the Parachutist Badge and Combat Action Badge.
Executive Officer - Assistant Professor of Military Science
Major Richard C. Harrelson, III
MAJ Richard Harrelson enlisted in the Army Reserve in February 1998 and attended Basic Training with 787th Military Police Battalion in Fort McClellan, AL. MAJ Harrelson served as a Military Policeman with the MP Detachment of the 2145th Garrison Support Unit in Jacksonville, FL until August 2001 when he received his commission as a Military Police Lieutenant from Georgia Military College. MAJ Harrelson served as a Platoon Leader and Rear Detachment Commander for the MP Detachment until August 2003 when he reassigned to be the Executive Officer of the 489th Transportation Company.
MAJ Harrelson entered the Active/Guard Reserve (AGR) Program in November 2003, with his first duty assignment as the Assistant S-3 of the 327th Military Police Battalion, Arlington Heights, IL. MAJ Harrelson deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in February 2005 as the Plans and Force Protection Officer for Task Force 134, Detainee Operations, Camp Victory, Iraq. Upon completion of his deployment and the Captain’s Career Course, MAJ Harrelson was reassigned to the Army Reserve Medical Command, Pinellas Park, FL and served as the Antiterrorism/Force Protection Officer, Deputy Provost Marshal, and later assumed command of the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, AR-MEDCOM. MAJ Harrelson was reassigned back to the 327th MP BN in September 2009 to serve as the BN S-3; responsible for all aspects of Battalion-level training and subordinate unit mobilizations and deployments. In April 2010, MAJ Harrelson was designated as the OIC for a 57-Soldier MP Detachment responsible for providing security to US Armed Forces Personnel and Equipment in support of Operation Flintlock (Burkina Faso, Africa) with Special Operations Command-Africa (SOCAFRICA).
MAJ Harrelson most recently served as the MP AGR Assignment Officer and National Capitol Region (NCR) Account Manager at the Army Human Resources Command (HRC) in Fort Knox, KY and currently serves as the Executive Officer and Assistant Professor of Military Science for the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) Program at the University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
MAJ Harrelson's military education includes the Military Police Officer Basic and Captain's Career Courses, Intermediate Level Education, the Master Fitness Trainer’s Course, and he is Anti-terrorism/Force Protection Level III and Combatives Level II certified. MAJ Harrelson holds a Master's Degree in Business and Organizational Security Management from Webster University and a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Saint Leo University.
MAJ Harrelson's Military decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (w/2 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (w/2 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (w/5 OLC), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army Superior Unit Award, the German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency in Gold, the Combat Action Badge, and the Parachutist Badge.
Senior Military Instructor
Master Sergeant Jaime R. Castro
MSG Jaime Castro is a native of San Antonio, Texas. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in October 1996 from Fredericksburg, Virginia and attended Basic Training at Fort Leonard Wood Missouri where he graduated from One Station Unit Training as a Combat Engineer.
MSG Castro’s assignments and leadership positions include Alpha Company 44th Engineer Battalion, Camp Howze Korea; 911th Rescue Engineer Company, Fort Belvoir Virginia; Team Leader in Bravo Company 27th Engineer Battalion (Combat Airborne), Fort Bragg North Carolina; Team Leader in 67th Engineer Mine Detection Dog Detachment; Squad Leader / MDD Trainer / and Kennel Master in 94th Specialized Search Dog Detachment; Squad Leader / MDD Trainer / and Kennel Master in 49th MDD Detachment at Fort Leonard Wood Missouri; Drill Sergeant in Bravo Company 35th Engineer Battalion; Senior Drill Sergeant in Bravo and Echo Company 31st Engineer Battalion Fort Leonard Wood Missouri; Platoon Sergeant in 509th Engineer Company 5th Engineer Battalion, Fort Leonard Wood Missouri; Observer Controller / Trainer in 3-410th Engineer Battalion, Fort Bliss Texas; First Sergeant in HHC 16th Brigade Engineer Battalion; Intelligence Sergeant in 16th Brigade Engineer Battalion, Fort Bliss Texas; Brigade Operations Sergeant in 36th Engineer Brigade; First Sergeant in 509th Clearance Company 20th Engineer Battalion; Battalion Operations Sergeant in 20th Engineer Battalion, Fort Hood Texas.
MSG Castro has deployed to Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) in 2004 as a Mine Detection Dog Handler and Team Leader. He later deployed during ‘11-12 as a Route Clearance Platoon Sergeant.
MSG Castro’s military education includes: Basic Leader Course; Advance Leader Course; Senior Leader Course; Company Commander/ First Sergeant Pre-Command Training Course; Pregnancy Postpartum Physical Training (P3T) Course; Digital Training Management Systems Course; Battle Staff; Observer Coach/Trainer; R2C2 Sapper; Urban Master Breach Course; Drill Sergeant School; Combatives Level I/II; Combat Mine Detection Dog Handler Course; Patrol Dog Handler Supervisor Course; CBRN Defense Course; Air Assault; Airborne; Armorer School.
MSG Castro’s civilian education: Associate’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Liberty University; Beretta Corp Factory Armorer Training Program.
MSG Castro’s awards include: the Bronze Star Medal (1OLC); Meritorious Service Medal (4OLC); Army Commendation Medal w/ Valor; Army Commendation Medal (1OLC); Army Achievement Medal (3OLC); Meritorious Unit Citation (1OLC); Army Good Conduct Medal (7th Award); National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2nd Award); Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terror Service Medal; Korean Defense Service Medal; Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 3); Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 2); NATO (ISAF) Medal; Combat Action Badge; Parachutist Badge; Air Assault Badge; Engineer Bronze Order of De Fluery Medal; German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency in Gold.
Assistant Professor of Military Science
Captain Matthew Coulthard
CPT Matthew Coulthard was raised in Tripoli, Iowa and attended The United States Military Academy in West Point, New York where he graduated with a B.S. Degree in Systems Management. He was commissioned on May 29, 2010 and has over 12 years of service on Active Duty.
CPT Coulthard first enlisted into the Army in July of 2002 where he trained as a Cavalry Scout (19D) in One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Knox, Kentucky. His first assignment was with the 2nd Brigade Reconnaissance Troop (BRT) with the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Hood, Texas. He deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from April 2003 to April 2004. In July of 2005, he transitioned to Fort Monmouth, New Jersey where he attended the United States Military Academy Preparatory School. He was accepted to attend West Point following successful completion of the USMA Prep School.
Upon graduation from West Point in 2010, CPT Coulthard was commissioned as a 2LT Armor Officer and attended the Armor Basic Officer Course at Fort Knox, Kentucky. His first assignment as an Officer was as a Scout Platoon Leader with 4th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. He deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom XII from February to September 2012. After 24 months as a Platoon Leader, CPT Coulthard served as an Executive Officer for Golf Troop, 5th Squadron, 15th Cavalry Regiment at Fort Benning, GA. He next Served for 10 months as the Fox Troop, 5-15 CAV Troop Commander.
In 2016, CPT Coulthard transitioned to Fort Carson, Colorado. He served for 8 months as the Assistant Plans Officer (AS3) for 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment for the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. On February 22, 2017, CPT Coulthard assumed command of Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 1SBCT, 4ID where he commanded for 17 months to include 3 months forward deployed in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel in Afghanistan.
In August 2018, CPT Coulthard transitioned to Florida to assume an instructor position with the Army ROTC program at the University of South Florida. He is accompanied by his wife Erin, 6-year-old son Jameson, and 4-year-old daughter Jovie.
Assistant Professor of Military Science
Captain Ivan J. De La Rosa
CPT Ivan J. De La Rosa was born on 28 June 1983 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Upon graduating high school in West Palm Beach, FL he enlisted in the U.S. Army as a Medical Laboratory Specialist on August 2001. He was assigned to Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington D.C. On March 2003, he deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with the 86th Combat Support Hospital, Fort Campbell, KY.
CPT De La Rosa then entered the Army’s Green to Gold program in August 2007. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology on December 2009 from American University, Washington, D.C. He received his commission as a Chemical Officer on December 2009 as a graduate of the Georgetown University Reserve Officer Training Corps program in Washington, DC.
CPT De La Rosa’s military education includes: CBRN Basic Officer Leaders course; CBRN Captains Career course; Technical Escort course; and the Mass Casualty Decontamination course.
CPT De La Rosa’s assignments include: Platoon Leader, 63rd Chemical Company, Fort Campbell, KY; Executive Officer, 63rd Chemical Company, Fort Campbell, KY; Executive Officer, 6/1 Security Force Advisory and Assistance Team, 1-506th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Paktia Province, Afghanistan; Company Commander, Bravo Company, 84th Chemical Battalion, Fort Leonard Wood, MO; Company Commander Alpha Company, 84th Chemical Battalion, Fort Leonard Wood, MO.
CPT De La Rosa’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (1 OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (4 OLC), Good Conduct Medal, and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal (1 CS), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary, and NATO Medal. He has been awarded the Combat Action Badge, Air Assault Badge, and Pathfinder Badge.
Military Science Instructor
Sergeant First Class Jacob A. Mutter
SFC Jacob Mutter is a native of Smyrna, Delaware and joined the United States Army at the age of 20 in February, 2003 as an Infantryman and completed training at Fort Benning, Georgia in May, 2003.
He has served in the following positions throughout his career in the Infantry; Rifleman, Grenadier, Automatic Rifleman, Squad Designated Marksmen, Team Leader, Squad Leader, Weapons Squad Leader, and Platoon Sergeant.
His military education encompasses the Basic Leader Course, Advanced Leader Course, Senior Leader Course, Air Assault, Rough Terrain Evacuation Course (RTEC), Equal Opportunity Course, Master Resilience Trainer, and Combatives Level I.
Military Science Instructor
Sergeant First Class Jerell W. Williamson
SFC Jerell W. Williamson assumed responsibility as a Military Science Instructor at the University of South Florida on 10 September 2017. His previous assignment was serving as an Assistant Operations Sergeant and a Platoon Sergeant in the 25th Infantry Division. Williamson has held every enlisted leadership position up to Platoon Sergeant during his career.
From Barbourville, Kentucky, SFC Williamson enlisted in the Army on July 16, 1999 and attended One Station Unit Training as an 11B (Infantryman) at Fort Benning, Georgia. SFC Williamson has also completed three tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Six months at Sato Cano Air Base in Honduras supporting counter narcotics operations, and three months in Thailand, Korea, and the Philippines supporting Pacific Pathways.
SFC Williamson’s education includes the Maneuver Senior Leader Course (Commandant’s List), the Advanced Leader Course the Basic Leader Course (Commandant’s List), the Basic Anti- Terror Officer Course, Equal Opportunity Leader Course, SHARP Course, Master Resilience Trainer Course, Combatives level I, Combatives level II, Drill Sergeant School, Combat Life savers Course, Basic Instructor Training, Pathfinder Course, Air Assault Course, Pre- Ranger Course, Airborne School, Malaysian Combat Tracking School, and the Jungle Operation Training Course. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree at American Military University.
SFC Williamson’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3rd award), Army Commendation Medal (4th award), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (7th award), Valorous Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Citation (3rd award), Army Good Conduct Medal (6th award), National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal (three campaign stars), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (3rd award), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (5th award), Certificate of Achievement, Drill Sergeant Identification Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Jungle Tab and The Order of Saint Maurice (Centurion).
SFC Williamson and his wife Brittany have four children, Cameron, Miley, Ryann, and Chevy.
Military Science Instructor
Sergeant First Class (Promotable) Cassius. J. Wilson
SFC Cassius J. Wilson was born in Opp, Alabama. SFC Wilson enlisted November 2000 and completed Cavalry One Station Unit Training at Fort Knox, KY.
SFC Wilson has successfully held leadership positions at all levels from Team Leader to First Sergeant. His military education includes the Warrior Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, and Senior Leaders Course.
Military science instructor
Robert P. Isabella, MPA
Mr. Isabella instructs Military Science classes and the Military History course. A retired Army Officer, he graduated from The Citadel with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and History, and he has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from The University of Washington in Seattle, WA.
His military education includes the JFK Special Warfare Center and School's Civil Affairs Officer Advanced Course, The U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College, The George C. Marshall Center for European Security Studies and The NATO Defense College in Rome, Italy. He has also completed the Combat Studies Institute's Military History Instructors Course at Fort Leavenworth, KS.
His military experience and assignments include: Headquarters, U.S. Army Europe's International Operations Division, HQ, FIFTH ARMY Operations-G3, HQ, Training and Doctrine Command with attachment as a Liaison Officer to U.S. Army Central’s International Military Affairs Division-G5, and HQ, Central Command’s Security Cooperation Division-J5.
He is a Veteran of the conflicts in Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq, and he was awarded a Bronze Star for service as the Brigade S5 of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division in Tikrit, Iraq during OIF-1. He is also a member of the Army and Navy Club and the Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States.
military science instructor
Master Sergeant (RET) Jason Hall entered the Army in September 1993 from Sarasota, FL. He completed basic training at Fort Knox, KY as a tank crewman.
MSG (RET) Hall’s first assignment was to 1-64 Armor in Friedberg, Germany serving as an M1 Abrams tank crewman. He was then assigned to 1-12 CAV in Fort Hood Texas serving as a tank gunner and deploying to Bosnia. After a tour as an Army recruiter in Stillwater, OK he was assigned to 1-64 AR in Fort Stewart, GA. serving as a tank commander and Platoon Sergeant. MSG Hall Deployed with the 3rd Infantry Division in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom twice in 2002 and 2005. In April of 2002 MSG (RET) Hall was a member of the first American forces to enter Baghdad seizing key terrain in what is now known as the “Thunder Run”.
MSG (RET) Hall returned to Fort Knox in 2006 serving as an instructor training new tank crewman. In 2009 he returned to Iraq for a 3rd time, serving in transition team training Iraqi police forces in Mosul, Iraq. Upon redeployment from Iraq MSG Hall was assigned as a First Sergeant in 1-30 Infantry with the 3rd Infantry Division. In 2011 he deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom operating in northern Afghanistan’s Balkh province.
In 2014 MSG (RET) Hall was assigned to the Cornell University ROTC program serving as the Senior Military Instructor. In 2016 he was assigned as an instructor at the University of South Florida ROTC program. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star medal with “V” device and the Purple Heart medal with oak leaf cluster. He is married to the former Dana Singer of Sarasota, FL. They have a 19 year old daughter Nicole and a 15 year old Son Andrew.
Military Science Instructor
Scholarship and Enrollment Officer
Mr. Jeff Livingston
MAJ (Ret) Jeffrey Livingston entered the Army on 17 October 1988 at Ft. Benning Georgia as an enlisted Infantryman. Upon completion of Basic and AIT he was assigned as a grenadier in the 1/508 Airborne in Ft. Kobbe Panama; “Operation Just Cause”. His next assignment was with the 2/504 Parachute Infantry Regiment in Ft. Bragg North Carolina where he served as a Squad Leader.
While assigned to the “White Devils” he deployed to Kuwait and Saudi Arabia for Operation ‘Desert Watch’. His next assignment was with 1/72 Armor Battalion in the Republic of South Korea where he served as a sniper team leader. He then PCS’d to Ft. Benning Georgia as an Instructor in the United States Army Airborne School. While stationed at Ft. Benning he attended Officer Candidate School earning his commission on 23 November 2000 as a Quartermaster 2LT.
MAJ (Ret) Livingston’s assignments were as the General Equipment Platoon Leader of the 565th Quartermaster Company, Company Commander and Battalion S4 in the 704th DSB 4th Infantry Division where he deployed in support of OIF I. He was the Brigade S4 for the Air Traffic Services Command (ATSCOM) in Ft Rucker AL, where he deployed in support of OIF 5. Upon redeployment he served as Echo Company Commander (Riggers) 1st 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Ft. Benning. While stationed at Ft. Stewart Georgia he served as the Brigade Support Operations (SPO) Transportation Officer for the 3rd Sustainment BDE, Special Troops Battalion S3 (OIF-10 and Operation New Dawn) and his culminating assignment as Special Troops Battalion Executive Officer.
MAJ (Ret) Livingston’s military education: Basic Airborne Course, Air Assault Course, Light Leaders Course, Jumpmaster Course, Air Movement Operation, Pathfinder Course, PLDC, BNCOC, Arial Delivery Material Officers Course (ADMOC), Officer, Candidate School, Quartermaster Officer, Basic Course and Officer Advanced Course. He is a graduate of Troy State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, MSM 3OLC, ARCOM 5OLC, AAM 9 OLC, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Rigger Badge.
Mr. John Baldetti
Mr. John Baldetti is a native of Dunedin, Florida where he graduated from Dunedin High School in 1986. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1988 as a Fuel and Electrical Systems Repairer. His first assignment was with 2nd MST, 2 ACR in Bamberg Germany, during which he deployed in support of Operation Desert Shield and Storm. In 1992, he was assigned to Fort Lewis Washington with 542nd Maintenance Company as a Senior Electrical Systems Supervisor. In 1997, Mr. Baldetti then transferred to 702nd MSB in Camp Casey Korea.
In 1998, he then relocated to Fort Campbell Kentucky as a Mechanical Maintenance Supervisor, Technical Inspector, and Platoon Sergeant. He was next assigned to the Noncommissioned Officer Academy in Aberdeen Proving Ground Maryland from 2000 through 2004 as a Small Group Leader/Instructor for the Basic and Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course. He then proceeded to Schofield Barracks Hawaii where was assigned to 536th Maintenance Company as a Maintenance Team Leader. He then transferred to HHC 17th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion at Schofield Barracks Hawaii as the Battalion Operations NCOIC where he deployed to Iraq in support of the global war on terrorism from 2004 to 2005. Upon redeployment, 17th CSSB was relocating to Fort Richardson Alaska in 2006 and Mr. Baldetti volunteered to be a member of the small cadre that executed the move. Upon arrival in Alaska, the 17th CSSB deployed for 15 months to Iraq and Mr. Baldetti supervised the Battalion Tactical Operations Center as the Battalion Operations Sergeant. He retired from the Army on 1 September 2009 after serving 21 years of continuous active duty.
Mr. Baldetti’s military schools include Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course, Equal Opportunity Leaders Course, Air Assault Course, Battle Staff NCO Course, Support Operations Course, Total Army Instructor Training Course, and Systems Approach to Training Course.
Mr. Baldetti’s Awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (3 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (2 OLC), Valorous Unit Award, Good Conduct Award (7th Award), National Defense Service Medal w/Bronze Star, Southwest Asia Service Medal w/Bronze Service Star (3rd Award), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal w/Campaign Star, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (3rd Award), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (5th Award), Kuwaiti Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), Kuwaiti Liberation Medal (Kuwait), Air Assault Badge, and Driver and Mechanic Badge (Mechanic).
Human Resources Assistant
Ms. Debbie Dilley
Ms. Debbie Dilley was born and raised in Atlanta, Ga. She graduated High School. From May 1979 to May 1992 served in the US Army. In January 1994 to Present, started working for the government as a government federal employee.
She has one son and one grandson
Program Assistant/ Human Resources Technician
Mr. Albert (Casey) J. Guest
Mr. Casey Guest, retired from a 20 year career in the U.S. Army on 31 Oct 2008 as a Master Gunner. In February 2010 to present he has worked for Cadet Command in both 7th and 6th Brigade.