Wildcat Battalion Staff
MSG Alfonso Valdez
Senior Military Instructormilitary@nmu.edu
LTC Scott Little
LTC Scott Little, Professor of Military Science
LTC Scott Little was born in Dallas, Texas but spent the majority of his life in Canada prior to enlisting as a Combat Medic in 2002 after graduation from Providence College. While serving as an enlisted member of the Army while deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with the 25 th Infantry Division, LTC Little was selected for a Green to Gold Scholarship to Texas Christian University. Upon graduation in 2007, LTC Little earned a commission in the U.S. Army as a Quartermaster Officer.
As a Lieutenant, LTC Little was assigned to the 506 th Quartermaster Company in Fort Lee, VA where he served as a Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. LTC Little was promoted to Captain during this deployment and was assigned as the 49 th Quartermaster Group Chief of Operations upon his return. After completion of the Logistics Career Course, he moved to Fort Irwin, CA where he served as the Squadron Logistics Officer for the 11 th Armored Cavalry Regiments Support Squadron prior to taking command of Maintenance Troop.
After a successful command tenure, LTC Little moved to attend graduate school at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. Upon earning his MBA, LTC Little was assigned to Fort McCoy, WI where he served as the Operations Officer of the 1-338th Training Support Battalion. During this assignment, he was selected for promotion to Major and attendance at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth.
After graduation from Fort Leavenworth, LTC Little was assigned as the Executive Officer for the 840th Transportation Battalion in Camp Arifjan, Kuwait followed by a three year assignment as the Executive Officer for the Los Angeles Recruiting Battalion. Four years of Kuwait and California proved to be too much year-round summer, so LTC Little was selected in 2022 as the Professor of Military Science at Northern Michigan University in the beautiful Upper Peninsula.
LTC Little’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (two awards), the Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), the Army Commendation Medal (two awards), the Army Achievement Medal (two awards), the Combat Medical Badge, the Army Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge, and multiple campaign/service decorations. He holds Bachelor Degree’s from Providence College and Texas Christian University and a Master of Business
Administration from Pepperdine University.
In the summer, you will find LTC Little with his family on the golf course, baseball diamond, lake, beach, or mountain biking trails that make Marquette a special place to call home. In the winter, he will be found at NMU hockey games, the pool/gym, or on the rink trying to find his lost hockey skills. LTC Little has been happily married since 2007 and has three amazing children.
CPT Thomas L. Bowe
CPT Thomas L. Bowe
CPT Bowe was born in Minnesota and raised in the Midwest. He graduated from Illinois State University with a bachelor’s of science in construction management and received a commission as an Infantry Officer through the ROTC program.
CPT Bowe spent a year at FT. Benning, GA where he completed IBOLC and Ranger School. His first duty assignment was at Schofield Barracks, HI with st Battalion 21st Infantry Regiment where he served as a heavy weapons platoon leader, rifle company
executive officer, and battalion assistant operations officer. During his time in Hawaii CPT Bowe earned his Expert Infantryman’s badge, air assault badge and deployed on pacific pathways rotations to Korea, Thailand and the Philippines.
CPT Bowe is a graduate of the maneuver captains career course at FT. Benning, GA and simultaneously earned his master’s degree in organizational leadership from Columbus State University.
CPT Bowe served at FT Wainwright, AK in the 1st Battalion 5th infantry Regiment of the 1 th Airborne Division. CPT Bowe served as the battalion assistant operations officer then quickly took command of Charger Company 1st Battalion 5th Infantry
Regiment from March 2021 to May 2022 and then Hatchet Company 1st Battalion 5th Infantry Regiment from June 2022 to June 2023.
CPT Bowe’s awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (three awards), Army Achievement Medal (three awards), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Korea Defense Service Medal, Oversea Service Ribbon, Ranger Tab, Army Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and the Expert Infantryman Badge.
CPT Bowe is married to the former Courtney Ballard of O’Fallon, IL and have one child, James (4mo). CPT Bowe is a licensed skydiver and he enjoys weight lifting, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family in the outdoors.
MSG Alfonso Valdez
Master Sergeant Alfonso Valdez, Senior Military Instructor
Master Sergeant Alfonso G. Valdez was born in Los Alamitos, CA. He entered the United States Army on 19 June, 2003. He attended Basic Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Bliss, TX. as 14T, Patriot Launching Station Enhanced Operator/Maintainer.
MSG Valdez’ assignments and duty stations include: D 5-7 ADA Babinhusen, Germany; TF 5-7 ADA Hanau, Germany; B 2-43 ADA Fort Bliss, Texas; B 3-4 ADAR Fort Bragg; North Carolina; A 2-1 ADA Kunsan Air Force Base, South Korea; The Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Hawaii; C 1-43 ADA Fort Bliss Texas and Northern Michigan University . MSG Valdez has deployed twice in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, once in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, once support of Operation Spartan Shield and once in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
He has served in numerous leadership positions which include: Team Leader, Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, Battery Equal Opportunity Leader, Battery Victim Advocate, Battalion Victim Advocate, Small Group Leader, Senior Small Group Leader at the NCO Academy Hawaii, Battery First Sergeant and Senior Military Science Instructor.
MSG Valdez’ schools and military training include: Warrior Leader Course, Advanced Leader Course, Senior Leaders Course, Master Leaders Course, Unit Armorer Course, Unit Movement Officer Course, Integrated Computerized Deployment System Course, Master Resiliency Trainer Course, Equal Opportunity Leader Course, Sexual Harassment/ Assault Response and Prevention Course, Small Group Instructor Training Course, Army Basic Instructor Course, Army Basic Instructor Evaluator Course, Common Facilitated Development – Instructor Crouse and Master Educator Course.
MSG Valdez’ awards and decorations include: Bronze Star Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (1 SOLC), Army Achievement Medal (4th OLC), Meritorious Unit Award, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal (4th award), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Service Medal (1 Campaign Star), Iraqi Campaign Service Medal (2 Campaign Stars), Operation Inherent Resolve (2 Campaign Star), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 4), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 5), Combat Action Badge and the Drivers Badge.
MSG Valdez is single with two sons and one daughter.
SFC Joshua Jenkins
Sergeant First Class Joshua Jenkins, Military Science Instructor
Sergeant First Class Joshua Paul Jenkins was born in Athens, Ohio on June 10th, 1986. He graduated from Trimble High School in 2004, where he completed the Home Builders Institute for Carpentry and was awarded the Academic Achievement Honorable Mention. Shortly after, he graduated High School Joshua went on to work in construction before joining the Steel Workers Union. After a few years of working for the Union, Joshua decided to join the Army in 2010. He attended Basic and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and graduated as a 13F Fire Support Specialist.
Upon Graduation, Sergeant First Class Jenkins was assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team Headquarters Company at Camp Casey, South Korea, where he served as a Fire Support Specialist. From there Sergeant First Class Jenkins PCSed to the 101st Airborne Division serving in 1st Brigade 1st Battalion 327th Infantry Regiment for just over 6 years. During this time he deployed to the eastern province of Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, serving as his platoon leaders MATV gunner while simultaneously performing the duties of a platoon Forward Observer. Upon redeployment to Fort Campbell, Kentucky SFC Jenkins was promoted to Sergeant and subsequently Staff Sergeant where he served as a Fire Support NCO for Alpha, Bravo and Charlie Company 1-327 Infantry Battallion.
Following SFC Jenkins went on to serve with the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat team of the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Georgia. He served as the Fire Support NCO and Platoon Sergeant for Bravo troop 6th Squadron, 8th Calvary Regiment. Here on a Bradley Fire Support Vehicle SFC Jenkins was named 2nd Brigade’s BFiST “Top Gun” recording the highest distinguished score during his initial Bradley Gunnery. Upon completion of the Fire Support Senior Leaders course, Joshua promoted to Sergeant First Class where he took over as the Squadron Fire Support NCO. Currently SFC Jenkins is Serving as an ROTC Military Science Instructor at Northern Michigan University in the Military Science Department.
Sergeant First Class Jenkins’s military education includes the Basic Leaders Course, the Raven UAV operators course, Lightweight Forward Entry Device Course, Pocket-sized Forward Entry Device Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Precision Strike Suite for Special Operations Forces, Air Assault School, Army Combative's Level 1 Course, Combat Life Savers Course, Target Mensuration Only Course, and the Joint Firepower Course.
Sergeant First Class Jenkins has been awarded the Army Commendation Medal (3rd award), Army Achievement Medal (3rd award), Army Good Conduct Medal (3rd Award), National Defense Service, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Medal (Numeral 2), Noncommissioned Officer Professional Service Ribbon (Numeral 3), Afghan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NATO ISAF Medal, Certificate of Achievement, and the Combat Action Badge.
Sergeant First Class Jenkins is married to the former Brianna Davis of Saint Louis, MO. They have four children, William (6), Kaley (4), Matthew and Madelynn (2 months).
Mark Blumenthal, Scholarship and Enrollment Officer
Mark is a retired U.S. Marine with over 30 years of both enlisted and commissioned service. Mark served as an enlisted infantryman and, after graduation from the Ohio State University with a Bachelor's of Psychology degree, was commissioned and selected as a military police officer.
Mark's assignments include: Marine Corps Security Forces, Norfolk, VA; 1st Battalion/3rd Marine Regiment, Kaneohe Bay, HI; Officer Candidate, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH; Platoon Commander, Security Battalion, Quantico, VA; Operations/Executive Officer, Recruiting Station Indianapolis, IN; Operations Officer/Flightline Security Officer, Security Department, Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point, NC; National Training Team, Marine Corps Recruiting Command, Quantico, VA; Deputy Provost Marshal, Security Battalion, Quantico, VA; Regional Coordinator, Security Cooperation, Education and Training Center, Marine Corps Training Education Command, Quantico, VA, and, upon retiring from the Marine Corps, Chief of Police/Antiterrorism Officer, Naval Station Great Lakes, IL.
Mark is a graduate of Marine Corps Recruit Training, the School of Infantry, Infantry Squad Leader Course, Jungle Environment Survival Course, SNCO and Officer NBC Course, the Air Force Security Officer Course, Army Military Police Officer Advanced Course, FBI Firearms Instructor Course, Marine Recruiting Management Course, Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School, Mountain Warfare School, Department of Defense Anti-Terrorism Officer Course, FEMA Emergency Operation Course, USA Intelligence in Combating Terrorism Course, the FBI National Academy, Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Department of Defense International Security Assistance Management Course and the FBI Crisis Negotiators Course.
Mark’s military awards and decorations include two Meritorious Service Medals, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, two Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medals, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, two Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medals, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Navy Unit Citation, three Meritorious Unit Citations, three Marine Corps Good Conduct Medals, two National Defense Medals, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and two Marine Corps Recruiting Ribbons.
Mark is originally from Mount Clemens, MI and resides with his wife in the Northern Michigan wilderness near Manistique, MI.
LTC (Ret.) John Moschetti
LTC (Ret.) John Moschetti, Contingent Senior Instructor of Military History (Instructor for MS 279, 280 and 290)
Lieutenant Colonel Moschetti was born in Richmond Virginia on 30 July 1952. he earned a Bachelor of Arts in History form the Virginia Military Institute in 1975 and a Master of Arts in Education from George Washington University in 1980. Commissioned an Infantry Second Lieutenant in 1975, he is a graduate of the Infantry Officers Basic and Advance Courses, the Quartermaster Supply Management Course and the Command and General Staff College. In 2006, he attended the Military History Instructors Course offered by the Army's Combat Studies Institute at Fort Leavenworth.
He currently is serving as an adjunct instructor for the American Military History course, MS 290, and the Leadership Analysis, MS 279 and Battle Analysis, MS 280 courses.
His assignments include Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer in the 1st Battalion 31st Infantry in Korea (1976-1977), Education Specialist at the Army Training Support Center, Fort Eustis, Virginia (1977-1980), Training Specialist at the Seventh Army Training Command, Grafenwoehr, Germany (1980-1982), Commander C Company, 1st Battalion 36th Infantry, Friedberg, Germany (1982-1983), Aide-de Camp to the Deputy Commanding General Second Army, Fort Gillem, Georgia (1983-1985), Director of Logistics (1985-1987) and Director of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security for the U.S. Military Community, Bad Toelz, Germany (1987-1989), Brigade S-4 (Logistics) for the 1st Brigade 101at Airborne (Air Assault) Division and Battalion S-3 (Operations and Training) 2nd Battalion 327th Infantry, Fort Campbell, Kentucky (1990-1992), Chief of the Plans and Operations Division, V Corps, G-4, Heidelberg, Germany (1992-1995), and Professor of Military Science and Commander of the Northern Michigan University Reserve Officers Training Corps Battalion, Marquette, Michigan (1995-1999).
His decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, The Meritorious Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Commendation Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), The Army Achievement Medal, the Nation Defense Service Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal (with two Battle Stars), the Kuwait Liberation Medal (from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia), the Kuwait Liberation Medal (from Kuwait), the Silver Cross of Honour (from the Federal Republic of Germany), the Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.
Lancer Gilliam, Human Resources Assistant
Mr. Lancer Gilliam was born on 29 June, 1970 in Flint, Michigan. He is a 1988 graduate of Swartz Creek High School, Swartz Creek, Michigan and he holds 2 Community College of the Air Force degrees. One in Electronic Systems Technology and the other as an Instructor of Military Science and Technology.
Mr. Gilliam Joined the United States Air Force on 12 October, 1988 when he attended basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas. After completing Basic Military Training, he attended four months of technical training for Aerospace Ground Equipment (AGE) Mechanic at Chanute AFB, Illinois. As an AGE Mechanic Sergeant Gilliam served at Clark AB, Philippines from 1989 – 1991 and Wurtsmith AFB, Michigan from 1991-1992. Due to career field saturation Mr. Gilliam was forced to cross-train where he selected Ground Radio Maintenance and he proceeded to Keesler AFB, Mississippi for six months of technical training for his new career choice. Mr. Gilliam’s first assignment in the Ground Radio career field was at K. I. Sawyer AFB, Michigan where he served from 1992 until it closed in 1995. After closing down K. I. Sawyer AFB, sergeant Gilliam was assigned to Fairchild AFB, Washington where he worked in the fixed radio shop. After a year of working on fixed radios he transferred over to the Mobile Communications section. He later worked in the Maintenance Support and Land Mobile Radio sections. In 2005 Mr. Gilliam was assigned to Moody AFB, Georgia where he did a 4 year tour with the 820th Security Forces Group. Finally in 2009 Mr. Gilliam arrived at Keesler AFB, Mississippi for his final assignment where he served as an Instructor Supervisor and Flight Chief of the Radio Frequency Transmissions Flight in the 338th Training Squadron.
Mr. Gilliam is the recipient of two Air Force Meritorious Service Medals, Joint Service Commendation Medal, two Air Force Commendation Medals, four Air Force Achievement Medals, Army Achievement Medal, Combat Readiness Medal, eight Air Force Good Conduct Medals, and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal. He has also received numerous quarterly awards and letters of appreciation.
Mr. Gilliam is married to the former Melissa Jean Osantowski of Cass City Michigan. They currently reside in Marquette, Michigan and have two children: Alexander and Melanie.