Meet the Cadre

​​LTC Robert L. MayRobert May -Military Science.jpg
Professor of Military Science
Lieutenant Colonel
400 Level Instructor
Phone: 989-774-3049

Lieutenant Colonel Robert L. May is a native of Ohio, where he graduated magna cum laude from Wright State University and was commissioned as an ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate in June 1998.


Prior to his commission Lieutenant Colonel May was enlisted in the Ohio Army National Guard as a Combat Engineer. Branch detailed to Field Artillery as a Lieutenant and assigned to Fort Drum, NY, he served with the 10th Mountain Division in the 3-6 Field Artillery Battalion. His jobs there included Infantry Company Fire Support Officer, Firing Battery Fire Direction Officer, and Battalion Intelligence Officer. After promotion to Captain, he was assigned to Schweinfurt, Germany where he served with the 1st Infantry Division in 1-26 Infantry Battalion as their Intelligence Officer during a deployment to Samarra, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Upon redeployment, he moved to Wurzburg, Germany to serve in the 101 Military Intelligence Battalion and command Bravo Company while leading it stateside as part of the 1st Infantry Division redeployment to Fort Riley, KS. After his command he remained at Fort Riley to serve with the First Aviation Brigade as their Intelligence Officer until his promotion to Major, when he returned overseas. At Heidelberg, Germany, he served with V Corps as an Intelligence Operations Officer and Collection Manager during a deployment to Kabul, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Upon redeployment, he served in US Army Europe as the Executive Officer to the G2. Subsequently he moved to Wiesbaden, Germany to serve with the Intelligence Security Command (INSCOM) in the 2nd Military Intelligence Battalion as their Operations Officer. After a stateside assignment to complete his Intermediate Level Education at Fort Leavenworth, KS he returned overseas to Vicenza, Italy to serve in United States Army Africa as the Deputy Inspector General.


Lieutenant Colonel May’s education includes a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master of Education from Wright State University in Dayton, OH and a Master of Arts in Security Studies from Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS. Major May's military education includes Combat Engineer One Site Unit Training, the Field Artillery Officer's Basic Course, the Military Intelligence Transition Course, the Military Intelligence Captain's Career Course, the Electronic Warfare Course, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the US Army Command and General Staff College, and the Inspector General Course. In addition, he has completed the Army Ranger, Airborne, and Air Assault Schools.


Lieutenant Colonel May’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Reserve Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.


He is married to the former Eva Krapf. They are the proud parents of a five year old son- Niklas, a three year old daughter- Emma, and a three year old terrier-Miley.

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Senior Military Instructor
Master Sergeant
Phone: 989-774-3138

Master Sergeant Timmy W. Files was born in Winter Haven, Florida. He graduated Kathleen High School in 1992 and joined the United States Army on 20 August 1992 as a Field Artilleryman.  He has spent the last 22 years on active duty.   

Key assignments have included MLRS Maintenance NCOIC, 1 /30th FA, Fort Sill, Oklahoma; Launcher Section Chief, 1 /77th FA Fort Sill, Oklahoma; Launcher and Ammunition Section Chief, 1 /94th FA, Baumholder, Germany; HIMARS Platoon Sergeant, 3 /27th FAB, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; MLRS Senior Enlisted Instructor, 1 /78th FA, Fort Sill, Oklahoma; First Sergeant, C Battery, 6 /37th FA, Camp Casey, Korea; Battalion Ammunition Officer, 6 / 37th  FA, Camp Casey, Korea; First Sergeant for C Battery and Headquarters Battery, 2/4TH  FAR, Fort Sill, Oklahoma; First Sergeant for HHB, 214th Fires Brigade, Fort Sill Oklahoma.  

Master Sergeant Files’ awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (4OLC), Army Achievement Medal with Silver Oak Leaf and (3 OLC), Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal seventh Award, Valorous Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Service Star, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal,  Noncommissioned Professional Development Ribbon with Numeral 3, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with Numeral 3, NATO ISAF Service Medal, and the Gold German Marksmanship Badge .

Master Sergeant Files has been married to his wife Tanya and together they have three children.  Son Trent, daughter Kalista and their youngest daughter Arowyn.

MAJ Jake Cornett
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Phone: 989-774-3127

MAJ Cornett was commissioned through OCS in 1999.  After completing the Field Artillery Basic Course, his first duty assignment was as a Fire Support Officer with 1-7 CAV Fort Hood, Texas.  Additional duties while at Fort Hood included HQ Battery Executive Officer and Platoon Leader with 1-21FA (MLRS)

In 2003, He was assigned to the 1st Armored Division Headquarters were he served as the Division Battle Captain during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF-I). Upon his return from Iraq, he was assigned to 4-27FA where he served as the Fire Support Officer with 1-6IN, 2BDE, in Baumholder, Germany.  In 2005, Major Cornett deployed with 4-27FA during (OIF-II) where he served as the Battalion Maintenance Officer.

Major Cornett later deployed with 1st BDE, 3rd Infantry Division (OIF-III) where he served as an Operations Advisor for a stability transition team.  After completing Intermediate Level Education (ILE), Major Cornett was assigned to the 1st Armored Division Fires Cell Fort Bliss, TX.  Major Cornett was responsible for the coordination and execution of logistical and administrative support for the Division Command Post.

Prior to his commission, Major Cornett served as a Military Policeman from 1994-1999, serving in 785th MP Battalion Fort Carson, Colorado.  His next duty station was in Vicenza, Italy (Caserma Ederle) where he was with the 13th MP Company.

Major Cornett’s education includes a BS in General Studies from Excelsior College New York, and a Masters in Business from Webster University, St Louis, MO.  Major Cornett is also a graduate of Intermediate Level Education at Fort Leavenworth, KS.  His awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (5th OLC), Army Achievement Medal (2nd OLC), Overseas Ribbon with numeral 6, Army Good Conduct Medal, and NCO Professional Development Ribbon.

Major Cornett is married to the former Stephanie Jacobi; they are the proud parents of their dog Jack.

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Training NCO/Instructor

(989) 774-3149


SFC Jason Person is originally from Gaithersburg, MD where he joined the Army on 14 June 1988. He completed OSUT at Fort Leonard Wood, MO graduating as a Combat Engineer (12B).  In 1993, he changed his Military Occupational Specialty to Infantry (11B).  SFC Person served 16 years in the Army National Guard before coming on active duty in 2004.

SFC Person served in most infantry positions to include Rifleman, Grenadier, Squad Automatic Rifleman, Machine Gunner, Team Leader, Squad Leader and Platoon Sergeant.  He also held positions as a Senior Drill Sergeant and Battalion Assistant Operations Sergeant.  He is currently serving as the Training NCO and Instructor for Central Michigan University.

SFC Person’s assignments include Fort Bragg, NC (HHC DIV, C 2-508 PIR), Fort Benning, GA (A 2-58 IN), and Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson, AK (D and HHC 1-501 IN (ABN)). In the Maryland Army National Guard he served with B Co 1-115 IN.  He served two deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

SFC Person’s military education includes the following NCOES schools: Warrior Leader Course, Advanced Leader Course, and Senior Leader Course.  SFC Person is also a graduate of Basic Airborne Course, 82d Airborne Division Jumpmaster Course, Pathfinder School, Combatives Level 1, Combatives Level 2, Drill Sergeant School, Total Army Instructor Training Course, and Equal Opportunity Leader’s Course.

SFC Person's awards and decorations include the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Army Commendation Medal (6th Award), Army Achievement Medal (5th Award), Valorous Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal (4th Award), Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (4th Award), National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2 Campaign Stars), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal (2nd Award), Armed Forces Reserve Medal (Mobilization and 10 year device), NCO Professional Development Ribbon (3rd Award), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (2nd Award), Army Reserve Overseas Service Ribbon (4th Award), NATO Medal, Canadian and Australian parachutist badges, and the Senior Parachutist Badge.

SFC Person has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and is seeking to complete a Master in Business Administration Degree.  He lives in DeWitt, MI with his wife the former Jeannette Peralta.

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Human Resources Technician
Phone: 989-774-7440


Brian was born and raised in Burlington, NC.  After graduating high school, he attended Auburn University.  He joined the Army on Dec. 18, 1984, as a member of the Delayed Entry Program and started basic training at Fort Dix, NJ on Jan. 25, 1985. He attended AIT at Fort Gordon, GA for training as a Multichannel Communications Equipment Operator. He reclassified in 1989 at Fort Benjamin Harrison, IN, receiving training as a Personnel Information System Management specialist.

Brian was stationed in Mannheim, Germany (1985-1987), Fort Lewis, WA (1987-1989), Bamberg, Germany (1989-1992) with a 5-month stint in Saudi Arabia (1990-1991), Fort Eustis, VA (1992-1996), Mt. Pleasant, MI (1996-1997), and Fort Knox, KY (1997-2001). After leaving active duty in April 2001, Brian joined the US Army Reserve, serving as an instructor with the 84th Division at Fort Custer and a regional instructor for the State of Michigan with the 100th Division. In 2007 until his retirement in 2009, he worked in the S-3 and as First Sergeant in the Headquarters Company, 2nd Brigade, and 104th Division.

Brian lives in Farwell with his wife Charann and their dog, Dani.

Shawn Fries
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Sergeant First Class
Phone: 989-774-7446
Cell: 616-893-2152

SFC  Shawn Fries is a Michigan Army National Guard ROTC Liaison NCO at CMU, with 15 years of service in the Michigan Army National Guard.  His home town is Greenville Michigan.  He has graduated from the following schools.  BCT at Ft. Knox KY, AIT at Aberdeen Proving Grounds as a Small Arms specialist. Attended Recruiting and Retention school in 2003.  He was honor graduate of PLDC, BNOC PH I and II, 11B (Infantry) reclassification school, and Army Basic Instructor School.  

During his career he earned the following awards: 4 Army Commendations, 4 Army Achievement, 1 Legion of Merit, and Master Recruiting Barge. Assignment history: various positions throughout the state of Michigan, most recently as the MS I Instructor and ROTC Liaison NCO at Ferris State University ROTC. SFC Fries has been married to his wife Molly for 10 yrs, and has 2 daughters, Skyler and Cooper.

Joseph Garvie
National Guard ROTC Liaison NCO
Phone: 989-774-3149

SSG Garvie is a Michigan Army National Guard ROTC Liaison NCO at CMU, with 13 total years in the National Guard. His home town is AuGres, MI. He graduated from the following military schools, IADT at Fort Leonardwood, MO, from Military Police School, WLC, ALC, Recruiting and Retention Course, and Combat Life Saver Course.  During his career he earned the following awards: 1 Meritorious Service, 2 Army Commendation, 4 Army Achievement, Senior Recruiting Badge, Combat Action Badge.  Assignment history: various locations throughout the United States and overseas to include Baghdad, Iraq during operation Iraqi Freedom.  SSG Garvie has 2 daughters, Leah and Kendall, and 1 son Kameron.

Kim M. BaileyKim M. Bailey
Executive Secretary
Phone: 989-774-3049

Kim Bailey began working in the Military Science Department Office on August 1, 2007. She has worked in various offices at CMU since 1989. She is married to Bruce and they have three children and four grandchildren. Kim enjoys, crafts, traveling, spending time with family. 



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Kevin Babcock is the Recruiting Operations Officer for Central Michigan University's Army ROTC Program, assuming this position on December 16, 2013.  Kevin is a graduate of Spring Arbor University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management and Organizational Development.  He retired a Major with the Michigan Army National Guard on September 30, 2013 after serving 34 years of Active / Army National Guard experiences, of which 22 ½ years was active guard reserve duty.  His duty experiences are: Ordnance and Logistics Officer with duties at Ft Campbell, KY, and numerous locations with the Michigan Army National Guard as Ordnance Platoon Leader, Executive Officer, Camp Grayling Range Operations Officer, Battalion and Bridge level S3 Operations Officer, Brigade Maintenance Officer, Associate Professor of Military Science with Ferris State University, Michigan Army National Guard State Officer Strength manager, Washington D.C. Pentagon Special Projects, Latvia and Kaiserslautern Germany.