Meet the Cadre

Meet the cadre and staff from the Department of Military Science and Leadership at Central Michigan University.

Closeup image of LTC Ryan Greening wearing a military uniform with a U.S. flag and CMU flag in the background.LTC Ryan J. Greening

Professor of Military Science, Lieutenant Colonel
Phone: 989-774-7682
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Lieutenant Colonel Ryan Greening is originally from Bowie, Maryland. His military career started as a 11B Infantrymen with the Maryland Army National Guard and attended BCT/AIT in Ft. Moore (Benning), Georgia in 1999. In 2001 Ryan was award a four-year ROTC scholarship to Towson University in Towson, MD.  He graduated in December 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Field Artillery. Ryan completed Officer Basic Course in Ft. Sill, OK in September 2004. 

LTC Greening’s Company grade and platoon Leader time included a tour in Korea with 210 Fires BDE in C-BTRY 6-37 MLRS. Then a tour in Iraq in support of OIF as Platoon Leader and Training Officer with 4th BDE 1st Calvary Division. Following completion of Field Artillery Captains Career Course in October 2008, he then would complete a second tour in Iraq with the 1st Cavalry Division Headquarters. Upon returning in 2010, Ryan would take command of C-BTRY 1-21 Field Artillery of the 41st Fires Brigade in Ft. Cavazos (Hood), TX, and completed a first tour to Afghanistan in support of OEF in 2011. After returning from OIF, he was selected to resident Command and General Staff Officer Course in Ft. Leavenworth, KS, and graduated in December 2014.

As a Field Grade Officer, he first served with the NATO Special Operations Component Command in Afghanistan is support of OEF in 2015. Ryan was then assigned to JBLM in Washington state serving as a Battalion Executive officer then Brigade Executive Officer with the First Army’s 189th Combined Arms Training Brigade. Ryan has also served with the Mission Command Training Program in Ft. Leavenworth, KS, and his most recent assignment was at First Army Headquarters in Rock Island, IL, as the Current Operations Chief. 

LTC Greening’s military and civilian education includes Bradley Fighting vehicle course, Company Commanders course, Joint Fire Power Course, Combatives, Collateral Damage and Precision Fires Course and Certified Faculty Development Instructor course (CF-DIC). Ryan also received a Master’s in Sociology with Florida METRO Univ.  

LTC Greening’s decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Defense Meritorious Service Medal), Meritorious Service Medal (3 Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Commendation Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Iraq Campaign Medal (3 Stars), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2 Stars), Korea Service Medal, and NATO Service Medal.

Ryan is married to his wife Christine and has two daughters Karis and Keira.

Major Nicholas AndrychowskiMajor Nicholas Andrychowski

Assistant Professor of Military Science
Phone: 989-774-3149
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Major Nick Andrychowski was born in Enfield Connecticut. He enlisted in March 2005; graduating BCT from Ft. Sill OK and was assigned to 71st CSB in Bamberg Germany. During this assignment, he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF 05-07). Upon return to Germany in 2007, Nick was selected for the Army’s Green to Gold program (ADO). He joined the Minuteman Battalion and graduated from the Westfield State University (UMass ROTC) in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Field Artillery.Upon completion of Field Artillery Officer Basic Course in 2010. 

Major Andrychowski served as Platoon Leader and Executive Officer for Bravo Battery and as Battalion S4, 3-16th Field Artillery, 2 BCT, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson Colorado. During this assignment Major Andrychowski deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF 11-12) as light infantry Platoon Leader before moving to Battery Executive Officer.

Following completion of Filed Artillery Captains Career Course in May 2013; he then served as Operations Officer, G33, US Army Central (USARCENT) within the Combined Operations Integration Center at Camp Arifijan Kuwait. From 2014-2016, Nick was nominative selection to command Madison Recruiting Company, Milwaukee Recruiting Battalion, 3rd Brigade. From 2016-2019, he served as senior Battery Observer, Coach/Trainer (OC/T) for 3-314 FA, 174th Infantry Brigade, 1st Army at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst NJ. Major Andrychowski was nominatively selected for a second command of HHC 174th Infantry Brigade from May 2019 to July 2020. From 2020-2021, Major Andrychowski served as Senior Artillery Advisor for the Saudi Arabia Ministry of the National Guard under the Office of the Program Manager - Saudi Arabia National Guard (OPM-SANG)

Major Andrychowski’s military and civilian education includes the Warrior Leaders course, Field Artillery Officer Basic course, Captain Career course, Paladin & Bradley Commanders course, Unit Movement Officer Course, Company Commander Course, Certified Faculty Development Instructor course (CF-DIC), Combat Lifesavers Course, Observer and Controller Academy and Joint Air/Ground Integration Course (JAGIC). Nick is currently enrolled in Command and General Staff College (DDE) and was selected to attend University of Louisville Master Educator Course (MEC). 

Major Andrychowski has completed four combat deployments and his awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2 Oak Leave Cluster), Army Commendation Medal (2 Oak Leave Clusters), Army Achievement Medal (3 Oak Leave Clusters), Iraq Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Valorous Unit Award, Combat Action Badge and Recruiting Badge.

Nick is married to his wife Maisha.

Image of SFC Joseph A. Capen wearing military uniform.SFC Joseph A. Capen

Military Science Instructor/Operations
Phone: 989-774-7442
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SFC Capen was born in Spooner, Wisconsin. He entered the United States Army on 8 August 2006 and completed One Station Unit Training (OSUT) in November 2006 at Fort Benning, Georgia, to become an 11B, Infantryman.

SFC Capen has served in various positions of Leadership that include Team Leader, Squad Leader, Advanced Airborne School Instructor, Anti-Tank Platoon Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant.

SFC Capen's assignments include Headquarters and Headquarters Company 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion 82nd Airborne Division, as a Radio Telephone Operator, Medium Machine Gunner, and Heavy Machine Gunner, Alpha "Bone" Company 1 st battalion 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment 82nd Airborne Division, as a Rifleman, Grenadier, Light Machine Gunner, Medium Machine Gunner, Heavy Machine Gunner, Assistant Machine Gunner, Radio Telephone Operator, Team Leader, and Squad Leader, Delta "Dog" Company 1st Battalion 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment 82nd Airborne Division, as an Anti-Tank Platoon Sergeant, The United States Army Advanced Airborne School 82nd Airborne Division, as an Air Movement Operations Instructor, Transportations of Hazardous Material Instructor, Unit Movement Operations Instructor, and Jumpmaster Instructor, Charlie "Comanche" Company 2nd Battalion 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment 82nd Airborne Division as a Platoon Sergeant.

SFC Capen's military education includes the Warrior Leaders Course, Advanced Leader Course, Senior Leader Course, Foundation Instructor Facilitator Course, Combat Lifesavers Course, Combatives Level I and II, Unit Movement Officer Deployment Planner Course, Air Load Planner Course, Air Movement Operations Course, Technical Transportation of Hazardous Material Course, XM135 Common Remotely Operated Weapons Station Operator Course, Basic Airborne School, Jumpmaster School (T-10D and T-11 ATPS), and Pathfinder School. 

SFC Capen's awards and decorations include the Purple Heart Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (1st Award), Army Commendation Medal (5th Award), Army Achievement Medal (4th Award), Good Conduct Medal (5th Award), National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal (2nd Campaign Star), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (Num 3), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (Num 3), Valorous Unit Award (2nd Award), Meritorious Unit Award, Navy Unit Commendation Award, NATO Medal, Expert Infantry Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, and the Combat Infantry Badge. He also earned Colombian Jumpmaster wings, French Parachutist wings, and Cambodian Parachutist wings.

SFC Capen and his wife Courtney have been married for nine years. They have two beautiful daughters, Mckinleigh and Meredith.

SSG Nicholas KingNicholas King

Michigan Army National Guard ROTC Liaison NCO
Staff Sergeant
Phone: 989-774-7446
Cell: 989-289-9495
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SSG Nicholas King is originally from St. Louis, Michigan, where he joined the Michigan Army National Guard as a 17-year-old Junior at St. Louis High School on 8 February 2011.  He completed his Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, OK, in the summer between his Junior and Senior year of high school.  After graduating from St. Louis High School, he attended his Advanced Individual Training as a 13B (Cannon Crewmember) back at Fort Sill, OK.  After returning from AIT, SSG King attended Mid-Michigan Community College while serving as a 13B one weekend a month and two weeks each summer.

SSG King served as a 13B (Cannon Crewmember) for six years and was stationed at B Battery 1-119th Field Artillery out of Alma, Michigan. After completing his initial contract, SSG King changed from a 13B to a 12R (Interior Electrician) and was stationed at the 1434th Engineer Company out of Grayling, Michigan. Two years later SSG King transitioned from a 12R to a 79T (Recruiting and Retention NCO). Before coming to CMU on 1 November 2020, SSG King was the Recruiting and Retention NCO out of Alma, Michigan.

In his free time, SSG enjoys renovating houses and spending time with his wife and three children.

Arnaldo Huertas

Contract ROTC Instructor
LTC (Retired), LG
Phone: 989-774-3161
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Last Military Occupation:

Served from Sep 2015 to Aug 2016 as CENTCOM Deployment and Distribution Operations Center (CDDOC) Future Operations Deputy Team Chief with three months as the Liaison Officer (LNO) for Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command- Iraq (CJFLCC-I). LNO responsible to the CDDOC Rear Admiral (RADM) in Kuwait and assigned Directorate within the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Land & Maritime. Monitored, prioritized, coordinated, planned logistical support focusing on Air Assets usage within theater. Wrote/briefed reports to one and cc'd ten General Officers three times a week. 

Civilian Education:

  • Graduate Certificate in Logistics Management (Land and Maritime), American Military University, Fort Campbell, KY in 2017
  • MAS (Human Factors) Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Fort Bragg, NC in 2013
  • BA (Psychology) University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, PR in 199

Previous Duty Assignments:

  • Project Officer, DLA Land and Maritime, Columbus, OH, Aug 14-Apr 18
  • G-4 Maintenance Officer, USACAPOC , Fort Bragg, NC Apr 13-Aug 14
  • Deputy Team Chief G-4 Administration And Resource Division, USARC Fort Bragg, May 12-Mar 13
  • Operations Officer, 210th RSG, 1st MSC, July 08-Apr 12
  • Plans Officer, G-5, 13th ESC/103 ESC, JBB Iraq, Dec 09-Aug 10
  • Standard Assurance Div. Chief/Personnel Sec. Manager, 95th Div (IT), G2/3/5/7, Jul 04-Jun 08
  • XO, 5/3 QRF ETT ANA, Kabul Afghanistan, Feb 05-Feb 06
  • Operations Officer/ S-4/HQ Co. CDR, Reserve Support, Fort Irwin, CA, Sep 01- Jun 04
  • Co CDR and XO, 973rd QM (Laundry & Shower Svc), 393rd BN, 1st MSC, PR Mar 97-Aug 01
  • Platoon Leader/XO, 266th OD (Ammo),394th BN, 1st MSC, PR Sep 95-Feb 97

Military Education: 

  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (1X ASI) 2013
  • Army Force Management Course (3R ASI) 2012
  • Anti-Terrorism Officer (2011)
  • Intermediate Level Education (ILE) 2009
  • Combined Arms and Services Staff School (CAS3) 2003
  • Officer Advanced Course 2002
  • Ordnance Officer Basic Course 1992

His interests include going to the gym, reading, and spending time with his wife and three daughters.

Closeup image of Bryan P. Boykin wearing dark coat in front of American flag and Central Michigan University flag.Bryan P. Boykin

Supply Technician
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Mr. Bryan P. Boykin is originally from Phoenix, AZ where he joined the Army on 25 August 2000. He completed One Station Unit Training at Fort Moore, GA Maneuver Center for Excellence, graduating as an Infantryman. SFC Boykin has honorably and faithfully served 21 years in the United States Army.  

Mr. Boykin served in most Infantry positions to include Anti-Armor Specialist, Team Leader, Bradley Fighting Vehicle Gunner, Squad Leader, Section Leader, Platoon Sergeant for an Infantry Rifle Platoon, Platoon Sergeant for an Anti-tank Guided Missile Platoon (ATGM). He also held positions as Battalion Operations Sergeant, Senior Drill Sergeant, Senior Observer Controller/Trainer, Military Science Instructor at both CMU and Ferris State University, Recruiting Operations Officer for FSU Army ROTC and is currently serving as the Supply Technician at Central Michigan University ROTC.   

Mr. Boykin’s assignments include Fort Riley, KS (1-41 Infantry, 1-16 Infantry), Camp Casey, Korea (2-9 Infantry), Fort Irwin, CA (1-11 Cavalry Regiment), Fort Bliss, TX (4-6 Infantry), Fort Moore, GA (2-58 Infantry), Rose Barracks, Germany (4-2 Cavalry Regiment). He served two deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and One Deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Mr. Boykin’s military education includes the following NCOES schools: Warrior Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, and Senior Leaders Course. Mr. Boykin is also a graduate of Bradley Leaders Course, USAP Retention Noncommissioned Officers Course, Drill Sergeant School, Modern Army Combative Course. 

Mr. Boykin’s awards and decorations include the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Meritorious Service Medal (2nd Award), Army Commendation Medal (7th Award), Army Achievement Medal (5th Award), Meritorious Unit Citation, Army Good conduct Medal (6th Award), National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal (3 Campaign Stars), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (3rd Award), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (4th Award), the Drill Sergeant Identification Badge.

Antoinette Torres TuckerAntoinette Torres Tucker

ROTC Human Resources Assistant 
Phone: 989-774-3157
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Antoinette Torres Tucker joined the Military Science staff as Executive Secretary in June of 2021. She has been with CMU over 15 years - having worked in other university departments/colleges.  She is thrilled to be advancing her career within the ROTC program as their new Human Resource Assistant – through the Army - effective August 2023.  She has worked both in academia and corporate business and brings with her more than 20 years of administrative experience. Mrs. Tucker holds a master's degree in Music from the University of Illinois, and a bachelor's degree in Music from The Florida State University. She has been married more than 33 years to her college sweetheart and has two pretty awesome daughters; both of whom are CMU Alumna – Fire Up Chips!

Closeup image of Lorie Olson wearing a black suit jacket and patterned shirt.Lorie Olson

Executive Secretary
Phone: 989-774-3049
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Stepping into the role of Executive Secretary for the ROTC Military Science & Leadership at CMU, Lorie Olson brings more than two decades of dedicated office experience and holds an associate degree in applied science.  As a proud Navy veteran Ms. Olson’s journey has been shaped by the values of service, discipline, and teamwork instilled during her military service.

“I am honored to be an integral part of the ROTC Military Science & Leadership program.  This role is not just a job for me; it’s a commitment to nurturing the next generation of leaders.  I look forward to collaborating with the ROTC cadre, faculty, and students to create an environment that not only meets but exceeds the high standards set by the military heritage at CMU.”

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

Randy Wright stands in front of a United States flag and Central Michigan University flagRandy Wright

Recruiting Operations Officer
Phone: 989-774-7440
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The Chippewa Battalion welcomed Mr. Randy Wright in June 2022 as the Recruiting Operations Officer. Mr. Wright has been, and continues to be a Military Science Instructor at Ferris State University. He brings with him 29 years of active duty service, with leadership positions ranging from Team Leader to Brigade Command Sergeant Major. Mr. Wright has a vast knowledge on the Army and our ROTC program, and will bring on the next generation of leaders.