LTC John R. BaconLTC John R. Bacon

Professor of Military Science
Lieutenant Colonel
Phone: 989-774-7682 

Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) John Bacon joined Central Michigan University's Army ROTC program in August 2020 as the program's Professor of Military Science.  Growing up in both the towns of Flat Rock and Milan, Michigan, LTC Bacon was commissioned in 2000 into the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers upon graduating from the University of Toledo with a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Engineering Technology.  In addition, he holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from Missouri University of Science and Technology and a Master of Science degree in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  He is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) in the State of Ohio and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

LTC Bacon has served in a variety of assignments from Platoon to Corps levels.  He spent his Lieutenant assignments in the 44th Engineer Battalion (Combat) at Camp Howze, Korea and the 41st Engineer Battalion (Combat)(Light) at Fort Drum, NY.  As a platoon leader, he deployed to Bagram, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) serving as a platoon leader for a Mine Clearing Unit.  As a Captain, he served in the 37th Engineer Battalion (Combat)(Airborne), Fort Bragg, NC as an Assistant Battalion Operations Officer and Battle Captain where he deployed to Forward Operating Base (FOB) Sharana as part of Task Force Eagle in support of OEF with the mission of conducting assured mobility through route clearance, road construction, and FOB construction/security. He then went on to command Bravo Company, and subsequently, selected to command Headquarters and Headquarters Company, each in the 37th Engineer Battalion (Combat)(Airborne).  As a Major, he served as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the United States Military Academy (USMA), West Point, NY where he taught Mathematical Modeling and Calculus I.  Following that assignment, he served as an Operations Officer in the Engineer Section, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, NC where he deployed a third time to Afghanistan in support of OEF serving in Kabul as the Deputy for Engineer Development of the Afghanistan National Security Forces / Afghanistan National Army as part of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Joint Command (IJC).  Upon redeployment, he served as the Surge Ready Force Commander, 307th Airborne Engineer Battalion (Rear)(Provisional), 82nd Airborned Division and as the Battalion Operations Officer, 27th Engineer Battalion (Combat)(Airborne) each at Fort Bragg, NC.  He was selected for a return assignment in the Mathematics Department at the United States Military Academy where he was the recipient of the BG Jack "Murph" Pollin Award for Teaching Excellence having taught Mathematical Modeling, Calculus I & II, Probability & Statistics, Math for the Social Sciences, and Officership.  He most recently served in Wiesbaden, Germany as the Deputy Commander for the Europe District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) overseeing support offices responsible for delivering a $7B military construction program performing projects in 40+ countries across Europe, Africa, and Israel.

LTC Bacon's military education includes: the Engineer Officer Basic Course, the Engineer Captain's Career Course, the Command & General Staff College, Air Command & Staff College, Joint Engineer Operations Course, Ranger Course, Sapper Leader Course, Advanced Airborne School, and Air Assault School.  LTC Bacon's awards and decorations include: the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Award, Meritorious Unit Citation, Army Superior Unit Award, and is the recipient of Army Engineer Regiment's Bronze Order of the de Fleury Medal. He was awarded the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (Gold) and has earned both German and Canadian Parachutist Wings.

LTC Bacon and his wife Julie have been married for over 18 years.  Together, they have three children – Christopher, Emily, and Ava.

CPT Patrick O'Neil

CPT Patrick O'Neil

Assistant Professor of Military Science
Phone: 989-774-3138 

Captain Patrick O'Neil is originally from Trumbull, Connecticut. He entered military service in December 2010 when he direct commissioned into the United States Army. He attended Direct Commissioning Course at Fort Benning, GA and Ordnance Corps Basic Officer Course Fort Lee, VA.

 CPT O'Neil's assignments include: Automotive Maintenance Platoon Leader, Executive Officer, and Maintenance Control Officer 542nd Support Maintenance Company, 13th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, Fort Lewis, WA; SPO Ammunition Officer 602nd Heavy Aviation Support Battalion, Camp Humphrey, South Korea; Commander Bravo Company 703rd Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, GA.

 CPT O'Neil's Awards and Decorations include the Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (1 OLC), National Defense Service Medal, Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, and the Basic Army Instructor Badge.

 CPT O'Neil's Military Education includes Ordnance Corps Basic Officer Course, Combined Logistics Captains Career Course, Unit Movement Officer Course, CBRN Defense Course, Combative Level 1, Theater Sustainment Planners Course, Company Commanders and First Sergeants Pre-Command Course.

His civilian education includes M.A. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Louisville, B.S. in Aviation Management from Daniel Webster College, Airline Transport Pilot Certificate, Flight Instructor Certificate, graduate of the US Airways Pilot Training Center Charlotte, NC and Flight Safety International Pilot Training Center Saint Louis, MO. 


SFC Bryan P. BoykinImage of SFC Bryan Boykin

Training NCO/Instructor

(989) 774-3149 

SFC Bryan Boykin is originally from Phoenix, AZ, where he joined the Army on 25 August 2000.  He completed OSUT at Fort Benning, GA, graduating as an Infantryman (11B).  SFC Boykin has served 18 years in the Army.

SFC 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 Battalion Operations Sergeant, Senior Drill Sergeant, and Senior OC\T Instructor. He is currently serving as an Instructor for Central Michigan University.

SFC 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 Benning, 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.

SFC Boykin's military education includes the following NCOES schools:  Warrior Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, and Senior Leaders Course.  SFC Boykin is also a graduate of Bradley Leaders Course, USAP Retention Noncommissioned Officers Course, Drill Sergeant School, Combatives Level 1.

SFC Boykin's awards and decorations include the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Expert Infantryman's Badge, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (7th Award), Army Achievement Medal (4th 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, CNO Professional Development Ribbon (3rd Award), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (4th Award), the Drill Sergeant Identification Badge.

SFC Boykin is seeking to complete his Associate's in Liberal Arts. 

Nicholas KingImage of Nicholas King

Michigan Army National Guard ROTC Liaison NCO
Staff Sergeant
Phone: 989-774-7446
Cell: 989-289-9495

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 childen.

Arnaldo HuertasImage of Arnaldo Huertas

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

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
gym, reading, spending time with my wife and three daughters.

Aaron D. Stephens

Supply TechnicianImage of Aaron Stephens

Aaron is originally from Flint, Michigan.  He joined the United States Marine Corp on June 15, 2009.  He completed recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, California, and graduated on September 11, 2009.  Aaron was then sent to Enlisted Warehousing Basic Course in Jacksonville, North Carolina.  He was certified as a 3051 Inventory Management Specialist.  He served nine years and eight months in the Marine Corps.

Aaron served in most Supply positions to include Warehouse Chief, Warehouse Assistance Chief, Warehouse Clerk, Base Property Liaison, DRMO Chief, Hazmat NCO, Tires NCO, Bins NCO and DTS Representor for Marine Air Group Twelve Squadron.  He is currently serving as a Supply Technician for the United States Army ROTC at Central Michigan University.

Aaron's previous assignments include Iwakuni, Japan (MSG-12 HQ), Camp Pendleton (x2), California (1st Supply Bn), USS Peleliu (15th MEU), Okinawa, Japan.  He served a deployment in support of Operation New Dawn and participated in support of Operation Tomodachi.

Aaron's military education includes the following: Corporals Course, Lean Six Sigma CPI Yellow Belt, United States Military Apprenticeship Program, Leading Marines, Ground Safety for Marines, TCPT Operator Course, CLC2S Operator Course, Enlisted Supply Intermediate Course, Fire Warden Training Program, and Sergeant Course Non-Resident.

Aaron's awards and decorations include Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (2nd award), Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal (3rd award), National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (3rd award), Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon (2nd award), Certificate of Appreciation, Letter of Appreciation (x3), Meritorious Mast (x2), Expert Rifle Qualification Badge (2nd award consecutive), and Sharpshooter Pistol Qualification Badge.

Aaron is seeking to complete his Bachelor's degree in East Asian Studies.
Image of LouAnn FitzpatrickLouAnn Fitzpatrick
Executive Secretary
Phone: 989-774-3049

LouAnn joined the Military Science team in October 2016. Prior experience includes seventeen years as a school secretary for Mt. Pleasant Public Schools, and most recently in CMU's Global Campus Student Enrollment Department. LouAnn and her husband Joel have three children and five grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with her family, farming with her husband, and running.

Brian JonesImage of Brian Jones

Human Resources Technician
Phone: 989-774-3157

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.

Keith LinvilleImage of Keith Linville

Recruiting Operations Officer
Phone: 989-774-7440

Keith was born and raised in Newport News, Virginia.  After graduating high school, he enlisted in the Army National Guard on April 20, 2010, as an Indirect Fire Infantrymen completing basic training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Benning, GA, on September 9, 2010, while attending The University of Virginia's College at Wise, located in Wise, VA, where he would later graduate with a Bachelor's of Science and commission as an Ordnance Officer in the Army National Guard. 

Before arriving at Central Michigan University, Keith most recently served as the Assistant Recruiting Operations Officer at The University of Kentucky, where he completed the Recruiting Operations Officer course at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Previously, he worked as a contractor at The University of North Georgia as the Assistant Operations Officer.

Keith's military service includes: Indirect Fire Infantrymen, C Co, 1-116th IBCT Christiansburg, VA, Maintenance Platoon Leader G Co 429th BSB Norfolk, VA, Division Maintenance Officer 29th Infantry Division Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Theater Maintenance Officer Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Executive Officer 2112 Transportation Company, Bulington, KY, Transportation Officer, SPO, 103rd BSB, Harrodsburg, KY.

Keith's Military Awards include: Army Commendation Medal (2nd Award), Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserves Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal (w/campaign star), Army Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Mobilization (M) Device, Overseas Service Ribbon.