LTC Brian M. Knieriem is the Professor of Military Science (PMS) and Military Science Department Chair for the University of Pittsburgh, Three Rivers Battalion Army ROTC program. He previously served as the Senior Sustainment Observer Coach Trainer (OC/T), at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center (JMRC) while stationed in Hohenfels, Germany. LTC Knieriem deployed and commanded the 401st Army Field Support Battalion-Afghanistan. LTC Knieriem was also the PMS and Military Science Department Chair for the University of California, Davis and California State University, Sacramento.
LTC Knieriem spent three years in a previous assignment at JMRC as the Operations Group S4 and as the BSB, XO Sustainment OC/T. He was assigned to Fort Carson, Colorado as the 3BCT, 4ID Brigade Logistics Support Team (BLST) Chief where he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation New Dawn.
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 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 is a graduate from the University of Southern Mississippi where he was commissioned through the Golden Eagle Army ROTC program. He is a graduate of the United States Air Command and General Staff College (ACSC), the Combined Arms and Staff Service School (CAS3), the Combined Logistics Officer Advance Course (CLC3), and the Quartermaster Officer Basic Course. He holds a Master’s degree in Military Operational Art and Science.
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.
MSG Matthew Young was born in Nashua, NH. He 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 which eventually was re-assigned as the 1-503rd Infantry Airborne as part of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team 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) as part of the 4th Brigade, 25th Infantry (Airborne) at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, AK 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. He was reassigned to the Three Rivers Battalion, 2nd Brigade in August 2020 and is currently serving as the Senior Military Science Instructor.
MSG Matthew Young’s awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (2 OLC), Army Commendation Medal with Valor Device, Army Commendation Medal (9 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (9 OLC), Valorous Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation Award, Army Superior Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal (5th Award), National Defense Service Medal, Afghan Campaign Medal (3 CS), Global War or Terrorism Service Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (4th Award), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (6TH Award), National Defense Service Medal, International Security Assistance Force NATO Medal, Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge and Driver’s Badge.
Master Sergeant’s Military Education include Combat Lifesavers Course, Ranger School, Basic Leader Course, Combatives Level 1 Certification, Unit Movement Officer Course, Safety Officer Course, Army Basic Instructor Course, Tactical Certification Course, Advance Leader Course, Jumpmaster School, Senior Leader Course, Air Assault School, Pathfinder School, Heavy Weapon Leaders Course, Equal Opportunity Leaders Course and Nation Training Center Observer/Controller Course.
MAJ Walter Level was born and grew up in Wichita, Kansas. He enlisted in the US Army in June 1986 and served until 5 August 2007. He received a direct commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers on 6 August 2007. He re-branched to Logistics 11 August 2011. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Master of Business Administration, both from the Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri.
MAJ Level’s previous assignments include Operations Officer, 301st Regional Support Group, Butler, PA; Career Management Officer, Army Reserve Careers Group, Fort Knox, KY; Company Commander, 733rd Support Maintenance Company, Canton, IL; Current Operations Officer/Battle Captain, 3rd Medical Command (Deployment Support), Gillem, GA; Platoon Leader and Executive Officer, 317th Engineer Company, Kankakee, IL; Career Counselor; Army Reserve-Retention and Transition Division, Kansas City, MO and Los Angeles, CA; Army Recruiter, Kansas City Recruiting Battalion, Kansas City, MO; Military Pay NCO, 368th Finance Battalion, Wichita, KS; and Tactical Satellite/Microwave Systems Operator, B Company, 34th Signal Battalion, Ludwigsburg, Germany.
MAJ Level’s previous operational tours include one tour in Iraq with 317th Engineer Company and one tour in Germany with 368th Finance Battalion.
MAJ Level is a graduate of the Engineer Officer Basic Course, Army Training Requirements and Resources System Operators Course, Unit Movement Course, Unit Mobilization, Course, Unit Mobilization Planners Course, Logistics Captains Career Course, Company Commander/First Sergeant Course, Support Operations Course, USAR Force Management Course, Operational Contract Support Course, Intermediate Level Education – Common Core, and Common Faculty Development Course.
MAJ Level’s military awards and decorations include: the Meritorious Service Medal (with three bronze oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal (with silver oak leaf cluster and two bronze oak leaf clusters), Army Achievement Medal (with silver oak leaf cluster), Army Good Conduct Medal (3rd Award), Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (with bronze oak leaf cluster), National Defense Service Medal (with bronze oak leaf cluster), the Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with “M” and “2” device), NATO Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation, Army Superior Unit Award (with one oak leaf cluster), Army NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Career Counselor Badge, Army Recruiting Badge (Gold), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Iraqi Campaign Medal.
MAJ Level is married to the former Natara L. Johnson of Kansas City, Mo and has four children: Aliyah, Alissyah, Ayah, and Wynn.
MAJ Kara E. Brinks is an Associate Professor of Military Science (APMS) for the University of Pittsburgh, Three Rivers Battalion Army ROTC program. She was previously was assigned as the Executive Officer of the Medical Battalion Training Site at Fort Indiantown Gap Pennsylvania; a TRADOC organization tasked with the training and sustainment of combat medics.
MAJ Brinks has served in a variety of positions in both traditional Army National Guard roles as well as in the AGR program. She completed her company command in HHC, 328th Brigade Support Battalion out of Elizabethtown, PA where she was responsible for the feeding operations of the 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team (56 SBCT) as well as managing the Battalion HQ staff functions and training. She also served at the Medical Operations and Medical Logistics officer for that battalion, supporting the 56 SBCT. While serving within the BSB as a traditional guardsman, MAJ Brinks simultaneously served four years as Pennsylvania’s AMEDD Officer Strength Manager on AGR. In this role she was responsible for the staffing and education of all AMEDD officers within the state.
MAJ Brinks served with 128th Brigade Support Battalion for 2nd Brigade Combat Team (2IBCT) 28th Infantry Division upon commissioning as the Brigade Medical Supply Officer (BMSO). She additionally served as the C Company Headquarters platoon leader responsible for medical logistics planning for 2 IBCT.
MAJ Brinks is a graduate from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania where she was commissioned through the Fighting Scots Army ROTC program. She is a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College (CGSOC), the Medical Operations, Plans Intel and Security Course, The Medical Logistics Officer Course, The AMEDD Captains Career Course, the AMEDD Basic Officer course, the Army Air Assault Basic Course, and the Army Airborne Basic Course. She holds a Master’s degree in Science and Leadership with an emphasis in business ethics from Duquesne University.
MAJ Brinks’s awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal w/ 2 OLC, the Army Achievement Medal w/ 1 OLC, and various other recognitions. She has 2 children a daughter Jordyn and a son Charlie.
1LT Ufomadu enlisted in the Army on 17 November 2013 as a medical logistics specialist (68J) and went through basic training and Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and Fort Sam Houston, TX respectively. Upon graduation he was assigned to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany where he served as a biomedical equipment contracting specialist. In 2016, 1LT Ufomadu was accepted into the Green to Gold Active Duty Option Program. He returned to the United States where he commissioned as an Armor officer, and graduated from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University with a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in Aviation.
Upon gaining his commission, he went to Fort Benning, GA for Armor Basic Officer Leader Course (BOLC) and Bradley Commander and Gunner Course (BCGC). After graduation, he was assigned to 1-64 AR (Desert Rogues), 1 Armored Brigade Combat Team (1ABCT), 3rd Infantry Division (3ID) at Fort Stewart, GA. There he served as a tank platoon leader in 2nd Platoon, Blacknight Company. He led his platoon through the National Training Center, California and one rotation in support of Korean Defense at Camp Casey, South Korea. While in South Korea, he also served in the Company Executive officer, Battalion S4, and Battalion Assistant S3 positions. On June 6, 2021 he was assigned to Three Rivers Battalion, University of Pittsburgh as an Associate Professor of Military Science (APMS).
1LT Ufomadu’s awards include Army Commendation medal (1OLC), Army Achievement Medal (2OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal, Korean Defense medal, Overseas Service medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism medal, Noncommissioned officer Professional Development Ribbon, and Army Service Ribbon.
1LT Ufomadu’s Military Education include Combat Lifesaver Course, Warrior Leader Course, Basic Officer Leader Course, Bradley Commander and Gunner Course, Common Faculty Development Instructor Course. 1LT Ufomadu’s civilian education include a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting and Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Aviation. He is also a self-taught Python programmer.
1LT Ufomadu is a first generation immigrant from Nigeria. He is married to Ravon Ufomadu and together they have two sons – Chuka Jr and Kelechi.
SFC Marc D. Lawrence is originally from Greensburg, PA. He enlisted in the United States Army in October 2002. He attended One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Benning, GA where he was awarded the Military Occupation Specialty of Infantryman (11B).
SFC Lawrence’s assignments and duty positions include: D Company, 1st BN 327th Infantry Regiment, Ft Campbell, KY (Driver, gunner, and Squad Leader), E Company 2nd BN 11th Infantry Regiment Fort Benning, GA (OCS PLT Trainer), E Co 2nd BN 19th Infantry Regiment Ft. Benning, GA (Senior Drill Sergeant), A Co 1st BN 327th Infantry Regiment Ft. Campbell, KY (Platoon Sergeant), HHC 1st BN 327th Infantry Regiment Ft. Campbell, KY (OPS NCOIC), D Company, 1st BN 327th Infantry Regiment (Platoon Sergeant), the Chief Instructor of The Sabalauski Air Assault School, 101st ARBN DIV (Air Assault) and currently is a Military Science Instructor at the University of Pittsburgh.
SFC Lawrence’s deployments include: Operation Iraqi Freedom 2003-2004, 2005-2006, 2007-2008 (OIF); Operation Enduring Freedom 2013 (OEF); Operation Freedom Sentinel 2015 (OFS).
SFC Lawrence’s military and civilian education includes: Combat Life Savers Course, Basic Leaders Course, Advance Leaders Course, Senior Leaders Course, Drill Sergeant School, Master Resilience Trainer Course, Air Assault School, Pathfinder School, and Rappel Master Course. SFC Lawrence is currently enrolled at The Pennsylvania State University Bachelor Degree program in Organizational Leadership.
SFC Lawrence’s awards and decorations include: Meritorious Service Medal; Purple Heart; Bronze Star Medal; Army Commendation Medal (4 OLC); Army Achievement Medal (1 OLC); Valorous Unit Citation (2 OLC); Meritorious Unit Citation (4 OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (5th Award); National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal (1 campaign star); Iraqi Campaign Medal (4 campaign stars); Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon with Numeral 3; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon numeral 2; NATO Medal; Drill Sergeant Identification Badge; Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Air Assault Badge, Airborne and the Pathfinder Torch.
SFC Lawrence is married to the former Jamie Green from Madisonville, KY. They have three sons, Jaymes, Jason and Jimmy.
SFC Greggory Space was born in Erie, PA. He joined the Army on 6 July 2006 and went to One Stop Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Benning, Georgia as an Infantryman. After graduating, he was assigned to the 1-17th Infantry Battalion as part of the 2nd Infantry Division’s 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT) in Fort Lewis, WA. He was assigned as an M203 Grenadier, M249 SAW Gunner, M240B Machine Gunner, Rifle Team Leader, Rifle Squad Leader and a Reconnaissance Team Lead. SFC Space deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) X in 2009. His Brigade was later re-assigned as 2-2 SBCT where he deployed in support of OEF XII in 2011. SFC Space was then assigned as a Ranger Instructor at the 5th Ranger Training Battalion at Camp Merrill, Georgia in July 2013. His duties included Instructor/writer and the Battalion Mountaineering SME. SFC Space was then reassigned in June 2018 to the 1-503rd Infantry (Airborne) as part of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team in Caserma Ederle, Italy. He served as a Rifle Platoon Sergeant, Heavy Weapons Platoon Sergeant, and Battalion Operations Platoon Sergeant. He was reassigned to the Three Rivers Battalion, 2nd Brigade in July 2021 and is currently serving as a Military Science Instructor.
SFC Greggory Space’s awards include: Meritorious Service Medal (2 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (5 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (9OLC), Meritorious Unit Commendation Award, Army Superior Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal (5th Award), National Defense Service Medal, Afghan Campaign Medal (3CS), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (3rd Award), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (5th Award), International Security Assistance Force NATO Medal, Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Ram’s Head Device
Sergeant First Class Space’s Military Education include: Ranger School, Airborne School, Jumpmaster School, Basic Military Mountaineering Course, Advanced Military Mountaineering Course, Rappel Master Course, Chilean Mountain Warfare School, Field Sanitation Course, Combat Lifesavers Course, Emergency Medical Technician Basic Course, Combatives Level 1 Certification, Warrior Leader Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Senior Leaders Course, Police Transition Team Course, Army Basic Instructor Course, Tactical Certification Course and Additional Duty Safety Officer Course.
SGM (R) Scott Sears was born in Greensburg, PA. He joined the PA Army National Guard on 23 January 1984 and went to One Stop Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Benning, GA as an Infantryman. Upon graduation, he was assigned to Combat Support Company 1-110th Infantry in October 1984. He was assigned as a Scout Observer, M60 Machine Gunner, Team Leader, Squad Leader, and Platoon Sergeant. SGM (R) Sears deployed to Kosovo in support of Operation Enduring Freedom KFOR 5A in 2003-2004, OIF in 2005-2006 during his assignment to the 1-110th IN. SGM (R) Sears was then assigned as Operation Sergeant 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion in 2008. In January 2009 SGM (R) Sears was promoted to First Sergeant and assigned to HHC 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion. In January 2014 he was promoted to Sergeant Major and assigned to 1-109th IN (CAB). SGM (R) Sears was reassigned in September 2016 to serve as Operation Sergeant with the 1-112 IN (Stryker). SGM Sears (R) final assignment was with 1-110 IN until 31 August 2021.
SGM (R) Scott Sears awards include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (1 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (4 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (6 OLC), Navy Unit Commendation, Army Superior Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal (5th Award), Army Reserve Components Achievement (1 OLC), National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal (2 BS), Global War or Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Personal Development Ribbon (5th Award), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal (1 BS), Kosovo Campaign Medal, NATO Medal, PA Meritorious Service Medal, and Combat Infantryman Badge.
SGM (R) Sears Military Education include Phase I & II USASMA, First Sergeant Course, USAF/ACC Antiterrorism Force Protection Level II, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Unit COM & Staff LDR, ARNG Physical Security Inspectors Course, Battle Staff NCO ASI 2S, Total Army Instructor Training, Reserve Component Advanced NCO Course (ANCO), MOS 11B, Cavalry Scout (HMMWV) Reclassification, MOS 19D, Reserve Component Basic NCO Course, MOS 11B (BNCO), and Primary Leadership Development Course (PLDC).
Mr. Zito retired from military service on 1 August 2020 after serving 21 years in the Army and PA Army National Guard. He served primarily as a percussionist in the Army Band Field while on Active Duty from May 1999-May 2007. His first duty assignment was Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD with the 389th (AMC’s Own) Army Band from March 2000-March 2004. During his time with the 389th, Mr. Zito performed countless retirement, change of command and various other ceremonies in the Maryland and Washington D.C. areas as well as concert tours to AMC installations throughout the United States. Mr. Zito then PCS’d to Mannheim Germany and was assigned to the V Corps Army Band from March 2004-May 2007. As a member of the V Corps Band, Mr. Zito was Percussion Section Leader, Squad Leader, Unit Librarian, Training NCO, Unit Movement Officer and TC-AIMS Operator. Again, Mr. Zito performed countless concerts, retirement and change of command ceremonies throughout Germany and Europe. Notable performances include a concert tour in the Czech Republic and ceremonies in Bastogne, Belgium to commemorate the Battle of the Bulge. In 2006, the V Corps Band deployed to Iraq in support of OIF to perform for troops at various FOBs throughout Iraq to boost morale.
Mr. Zito separated from Active Duty in May 2007, and in June 2007 enlisted in the PA Army National Guard, where he reclassed to Human Resources Specialist. Mr. Zito was assigned to the BN S1 with HHC-128th Brigade Support Battalion (BSB) from June 2007-Feb 2013. While with the 128th, he served as an Admin Clerk, Unit Administrator, PSDR Clerk, and Squad Leader. He was responsible for the MOS training of a 12 member section and led small teams to perform SRPs for the BN. Mr. Zito was then assigned as Unit Administrator for both A-Co. and B-Co. PA Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion from Feb 2013 until his retirement in 2020. In this assignment, he was responsible for providing administrative support for the National Guard Recruiters for half the state. He also provided supply and training support as well as conducted Red Phase Training Classes to RSD Soldiers.
Mr. Zito is now enjoying civilian life and working as the Program Coordinator for the University of Pittsburgh Army ROTC Department. He has been in the position since 25 Jan 2021. He serves as the liaison between the ROTC and the University of Pittsburgh as well as the other satellite schools that have students enrolled in ROTC.
Mr. Alex Mitchell (Sergeant First Class Retired) was born in Chicago, IL. He joined the Army on 20 May 1981 and served until 31 December 2001. His job of choice was as a Personnel Administrative Specialist with an assignment to Fort Carson, Colorado (Colorado Springs). While serving in the Human Resources field in the Army, Mr. Mitchell was assigned to Istanbul, Turkey, Fort Riley, Kansas, Baumholder, Germany, and Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. It was there he was selected for Recruiting duty with assignments in Hornell and Norwich, NY, Chesapeake, VA, and subsequently Pittsburgh, PA. After retiring from the Army, Mr. Mitchell accepted Federal employment as a Human Resources Technician for the Army Medical Detachment (AMEDD) in Pittsburgh. He moved the Pittsburgh Recruiting Battalion as Human Resources Specialist. Alex was promoted to a Program Analyst in 2007 and when the battalion deactivated, moved to a similar position in Richmond, VA. I guess you couldn’t keep the ‘Burgh of him as he moved back to Pittsburgh in 2010 to take a Human Resources Technician again with AMEDD. In May of 2020, he joined the Three Rivers Battalion, and is currently serving as a Human Resources Assistant.
Mr. Mitchell has been awarded Meritorious Civilian Service Medal, Achievement Medal for Civilian Service (2nd Award), Army Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (5th Award), Army Achievement Medal (4th Award), Army Good Conduct Medal (6th Award), Army Recruiter Ring, and Associate Professional in Human Resources Certification.
His education both civilian and military include Human Resources Assistant Course, Civilian Leadership Basic Course, Army Comptrollers Accreditation Course, Anti-Terrorism / Force Protection Officer Course, Missioning and Marketing Analyst Course, Fort Knox, KY (2007), B.S. in Business Management, University of Phoenix, Advanced Sales & Marketing Course, Fort Jackson, SC, Army Management Course, Army Recruiter Course, Equal Opportunity Representative Course, Army Pre-commission Course, Personnel Administrative Specialist Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, Primary Leadership Development Course.