Meet the Cadre

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LTC Greg R. Thayer
LTC Greg R. ThayerProfessor of Military Science
Lieutenant Colonel, Logistics Corps
400 Level Instructor
Phone: 989-774-3049
thaye1gr@cmich.edu

 
LTC Greg Thayer was commissioned through ROTC in 1995. After completing the Quartermaster Officer Basic Course, his first duty assignment was with the 528th Special Operations Support Battalion (Airborne), United States Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina where he served as a Fuel & Ammo Platoon Leader, and Forward Support Company Executive Officer. 

In 1999, He was assigned to the 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division (Friedberg, Germany) where he served in the 501st Forward Support Battalion as the Operations Officer, Forward Support Company Commander, 284th BSB Area Support Team Commander, and as the Brigade Logistics Officer during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF-I) in 2003.

LTC Thayer later deployed in support of OIF-3, as an Iraqi Army Advisor under the Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq where he served with the Iraqi Army's 2nd Motorized Transportation Regiment. After attending the Command and General Staff College, LTC Thayer was stationed in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (2008-2009) where he served as the Senior Logistics Advisor to the Saudi Arabian National Guard. Upon returning from Saudi Arabia in 2009, he served as the Battalion Executive Officer of the 1st Battalion, 383rd Regiment, 166th Aviation Brigade.

Prior to his commission, LTC Thayer served honorably as an Infantryman from 1985 to 1989, serving in the 2nd and 24th Infantry Divisions. Highlights of his enlisted service include a tour of duty in Korea's sensitive demilitarized zone mission, and special duty with the Army Marksmanship Unit, competing in the 18th Airborne Corps rifle, pistol, and light machinegun championships. Upon his discharge from active duty and before he began his ROTC training he was a Police Officer for the City of Savannah, Georgia (1989-1990).

LTC Thayer's education includes double majors in Geography (B.S.) and Criminal Justice (B.A.), from Western Michigan University and a Master of Health Sciences in Emergency Response and Disaster Management from Touro University. LTC Thayer is also a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3rd OLC), Joint Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (2nd OLC), Army Achievement Medal (4th OLC), Overseas Service Ribbon with numeral 4, Army Good Conduct Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Combat Action Badge, Expert Infantryman's Badge, Senior Parachutist's Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Parachute Rigger Badge, as well as parachutists wings from Thailand and Australia.  He is married to the fabulous Karla Jo Dudgeon of Muskegon, MI, and they have two children, Kalia and Gavin. 


 
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Senior Military Instructor
Master Sergeant - Field Artillery
Phone: 989-774-3138
dorma2m@cmich.edu

 

MSG Matthew Dorman hails from Sunbury, Pennsylvania and joined the Army on 4 May 1995. He completed BCT at Fort Leonard Wood, MO and AIT at Fort Sill, OK as a 13M, Field Artillery Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS) Crewmember.

MSG Dorman has served in a variety of duty positions to include MLRS/High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) Section Chief, Small Group Leader PLDC Instructor, Battery Air Movement Officer, Platoon Sergeant,  Battalion Intelligence Sergeant, Battalion S-2 Officer, Battalion Operations Sergeant Major, First Sergeant,  Security Forces Advisor Team (SFAT)Sergeant Major, Field Artillery Proponent Office Career Management NCO and is currently serving as the Senior Military Science Instructor for Central Michigan University

MSG Dorman's assignments include Fort Sill (1-77th FA), Korea (C 6-37th FA), Fort Bragg (C 3-27 FAR and  XVIII ABN Corps NCOA), Korea (B 1-38th FA), Fort Bragg (A, C, and HHB 3-27 FAR), Fort Sill (1-14 FAR, 2-4 FAR, HQ Detachment 214th Fires Brigade, and HHB 428th Field Artillery Brigade). He has served three deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

His military education includes the following NCOES schools: Warrior Leader Course, Advanced Leader Course, and Senior Leader Course. MSG Dorman is also a graduate of Small Group Instructor Training Course, Total Army Instructor Training Course, Basic Airborne Course, US Air Force AMC Cargo Preparation Course, US Air Force Air Movement Officer Course, Air Movement Operations HAZMAT Course, 82d Airborne Division Jumpmaster Course, Battle Staff NCO Course, First Sergeant Course, and the Senior ROTC Pre Command Course.

MSG Dorman's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (2nd award), Meritorious Service Medal (3rd Award), Army Commendation Medal (5th Award), Army Achievement Medal (10th Award), Army Good Conduct Medal (6th Award), National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award), Afghanistan Campaign 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 (2nd Award), NATO Medal , Meritorious Unit Commendation (2nd award), Driver's Badge (Wheel and Track), Egyptian, Jordanian, Chilean and German parachutist badges, and the Master Parachutist Badge. MSG Dorman is also a recipient of the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara's Medal and a member of the Fort Sill Chapter of the prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy Club.

MSG Dorman is currently completing his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. He lives in Mount Pleasant, MI with his wife the former Nicole Gemberling.


 


MAJ Jake Cornett
Cornett -MIlitary Science.jpgAssistant Professor
Phone: 989-774-3127
corne1jy@cmich.edu

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
Perso2j@cmich.edu


 

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.

Mary BrewerMary Brewer
Human Resources Technician
Phone: 989-774-7440
brewe1mp@cmich.edu

Mary was born in Roslyn, Pennsylvania. When she was 13 she moved with her family to Parchment, Michigan, and graduated from Parchment High School in 1983. Mary is married to SFC (Retired) Michael R. Brewer. They have two children, Andrew and Sara. 

As a career military spouse, Mary has traveled to many different places and served in a number of different positions. Her civil service career began in 1989 as a Budget Assistant for the Department of Engineering and Housing, New York Area Command Budget Office, Ft. Dix, NJ until June of 1990. She then received a promotion and transferred to the Walson Army Community Hospital and served as a Budget Clerk until May 1991. She then moved to Hawaii in June 1991 and worked as a Secretary for the Department of Pediatrics, Tripler Army Medical Center, working in both the Administration office as well as the Department of Neonatology. She then transferred to Schofield Barracks and worked as a secretary for Veterinary Services until June 1995. After moving to Mt. Pleasant, MI in the summer of 1995, she began the duties of Human Resource Technician at Central Michigan University Army ROTC Program.

She is a graduate of Central Michigan University with a degree in Entrepreneurship and a minor in Business Administration. Her hobbies include maintaining a small hobby farm with her husband and making various types of crafts. Her civil services awards include a Commanders Award for Civil Service, Achievement Medal for Civilian Service, Special Act/Service Awards, various on-the-spot cash awards, and quality step increases. 

 

 
Shawn Fries
National Guard ROTC Liaison NCO2014-161-006  SFC Shawn Fries -MIlitary Science.jpg
Sergeant First Class
Phone: 989-774-7446
Cell: 616-893-2152
fries1sm@cmich.edu

 
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.

 
 
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National Guard ROTC Liaison NCO
Sergeant - Field Artillery
Phone: 989-774-3149

 
SSG Rasmussen is a member of the Michigan Army National Guard.  He works as a ROTC Liaison and assistant MS1 instructor for the program.  He has served in both the Army Reserves and National Guard so far in hi​s career. He has deployed for both organizations; Taji, Iraq in 2004 for AR & Kuwait in 2010 for NG.  SGT Rasmussen has 13 years of experience in the armed forces.  Medals earned include Meritorious Unit Commendation,  two Army Commendation medals, three Army Achievement medals, Iraq Campaign medal, Global War On Terrorism medal, Drivers badge and several others included with his service in NG and AR. Currently he is a member of the 1/182nd Field Artillery Battalion out of Detroit, MI.  He is married to Pauline Rasmussen and has two children, Aaron & Kaylee.

 
 
 
 
Kim M. BaileyKim M. Bailey
Executive Secretary
Phone: 989-774-3049
baile1km@cmich.edu

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 and being at their cottage at Higgins Lake. 


 

 

 
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989-774-7440

 
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.    


 

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Supply Technician
989-774-7442
tanen1y@cmich.edu

Yosef Tanenbaum is a native of Los Angeles, CA who enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1998, after serving 6 years as both an infantryman and a recruiter he then enlisted in the Army and served another 10 years before entering government service as a logistician. During his time in the military he served in multiple theaters and deployed in many different capacities. As a Federal Civilian he has also served under multiple prestigious commands throughout the Department of Defense.

 

Mr. Tanenbaum’s military education includes; United States Army Quarter Masters School, (Supply / Logistics) MOS 92Y; United States Army Signal School, (Information Technology) MOS 25B; United States Army Human Resources School, (HR) MOS 42A; United States Marine Corps Recruiting School, (Recruiter) MOS 8411, and United States Marine Corps School of Infantry, (Infantry) MOS 0311

 

Mr. Tanenbaum’s military awards span two branches of service and include, Army Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Achievement Medal, Global War on Terrorism medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Humanitarian Medal, Good Conduct Medal 3rd award, Sea Service ribbon with one star, Combat Action Ribbon, and a few others.

 

Mr. Tanenbaum is a graduate of Colorado State University with a bachelor’s degree in business management.



 


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