Three Rivers Battalion Cadre

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LTC Brian Knieriem

Professor of Military Science

LTC Knieriem is a graduate from the University of Southern Mississippi where he was commissioned through the Golden Eagle Army ROTC program. LTC Knieriem served as a platoon leader, company XO, and served as a staff officer for the 485th Corps Support Battalion and the 16th Corps Support Group where he deployed in support of (OIF I). LTC Knieriem served with 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment (3d ACR) for five years where he deployed to Iraq and commanded the Maintenance Troop while deployed in Tal Afar. Following troop command, he was assigned as the 3d ACR S4 and later commanded the Regimental Headquarters and Headquarters Troop (Rear). LTC Knieriem’s awards include the Bronze Star Medal w/ 3 OLC, the Meritorious Service Medal w/ 4 OLC, the Army Commendation Medal w/ 3 OLC, the Army Achievement Medal, and various other recognitions. He has earned the Army Aircraft Crewman Badge, the Basic Parachutist Badge and the Rigger Badge. He is married to the former Ms. Priscilla Anne Kelley and they have two children.

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MSG Matthew Young

Senior Military Science Instructor

MSG Young joined the Army on 15 October 2003 and went to One Stop Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Benning, GA as an Infantryman. Upon graduation, he was assigned to the 1-508th Infantry (Airborne) in February 2004, and then the 1-503rd Infantry Airborne in Caserma Ederle, Italy. He was assigned as a Grenadier, M249 SAW Gunner, Machine Gunner, Team Leader and Squad Leader. MSG Young deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) VI in 2005, OEF VIII in 2007 and OEF X in 2009 during his assignment to the 173rd Airborne Brigade. MSG Young was then assigned as a Ranger Instructor at the 4th Ranger Training Battalion at Fort Benning, Georgia in February 2011. He also performed the duty of the Battalion Master Breacher. MSG Young was reassigned to the 1-501st Infantry (Airborne) in August 2014 as a Platoon Sergeant. MSG was reassigned to Fort Hood, TX in September 2017 and served as a First Sergeant in both 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment and 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment as part of the 1St Armored Bridge Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. He deployed to Poland in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve in May 2018.

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LTC Stephen Lucas

Battalion XO, Assistant Professor of Military Science

LTC Lucas is a gradaute of Pennsylvania State University, and earned a degree in MBA in business. He then attended Officer Candidate School to become an officer. In his career he has had three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, and served as the S3 and XO of 19th Engineer Battalion at Fort Knox, Kentucky prior to joining the cadre of Three Rivers Battalion. LTC Lucas is a graduate of the Engineer Officer Basic Course, Engineering Captain’s Career Course, graduated from the Institute for Defense & Business Strategic Studies Fellows Program in 2013 and ILE in 2015.

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Mr. Christopher Boissonault

Scholarship and Enrollment Officer

LTC Robert Tarr

Assistant Professor of Military Science


MAJ Nicki Wade

Assistant Professor of Military Science


MAJ Kara Brinks

Assistant Professor of Military Science


MAJ Walter Level

Assistant Professor of Military Science


SFC Filemon Mendez

Military Science Instructor


SFC Marc Lawrence

Military Science Instructor


Mr. Dan Hart

Military Science Instructor


Mr. Robert Johnson

Human Resources Assistant


Mr. Alexander Mitchell

Human Resources Assistant