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ROTC Contact

Department Chair:

LTC Kenneth Hutchison

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Contact Person:
MAJ Eric Hollingsworth

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Phone: (620) 235-4859
Fax: (620) 235-4862

Pittsburg State University
1701 South Broadway
Pittsburg KS 66762
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Over 100 Cadets are currently enrolled in the Gorilla Cadet Battalion, these young men and women are learning the skills required in today's Army. Currently over two dozen of these Cadets receive full tuition scholarships from the Army. Pitt State has commissioned over 1,250 Army Officers over the past 65 years. Former Cadets have gone on to all branches of the Army and whether they only serve a few years, or go on to become career Officers, these alumni continue to make the Gorilla Cadet Battalion proud.

Gorilla Cadet Battalion Leadership 2017-2018

View the Company Leadership

Cadet Battalion Commander, C/LTC Jacob J Brown

The Battalion Commander (BN CDR) is directly responsible for the operations of the Gorilla Battalion. The BN CDR approves and oversees all battalion operations and reports directly to the Professor of Military Science. Along with the Battalion Executive Officer (BN XO) and the Command Sergeant Major (BN CSM), the BN CDR guides the Battalion towards success. The BN CDR leads from the front by being the highest ranking Cadet officer and setting the example for the rest of the Cadet battalion.

Battalion Command Sergeant Major, C/CSM Chantz Yager

The BN CSM is the senior enlisted adviser to the BN CDR on the state of morale, discipline, and training of Cadets within the gorilla battalion. The main responsibility of the CSM is to set the standard for all training events and to be an example to follow. The CSM leads from the front by supervising battalion physical fitness, labs, the mentorship program, and other Cadet training programs.

Battalion Executive Officer, C/MAJ Stephen Buch

The BN XO is second in command of the gorilla battalion and oversees the operations and plans of all specialty shops. He also prepares subordinate units for future taskings by organizing and scheduling weekly battalion leadership meetings. The BN XO also is tasked to monitor battalion readiness in all planned events and to ensure all key leaders are doing their duties to standard.

Battalion S1, Human Resources Officer, C/CPT Jacob Zortz

The BN S1 is the primary staff officer responsible for all matters concerning human resource management at the battalion level. The S1 is responsible for recording attendance for battalion events, to keep track of all personal qualifications and accomplishments of individual Cadets, and to advise and offer solutions to the BN CDR on personnel issues and readiness.

Battalion S2, Intelligence and Security Officer, C/CPT Chelsea Oliphant

The BN S2 is the principle staff officer responsible for all matter pertaining to unit security and enforces the provisions of security requirements for the battalion. The S2 provides terrain analysis, weather data, and threat information for battalion planning, and serves on event staffs for conducting and planning battalion training events.

Battalion S3, Operations and Training Officer, C/MAJ Jacob Qualls

The BN S3 is the principal staff officer responsible for the planning and coordination of all battalion events, both present and future. He is responsible for managing and leading future and current operations. The S3 utilizes the (administration and logistics operation center) ALOC to delegate battalion responsibilities and to ensure deadlines are met in accordance to the battalion long range training calendar.

Battalion S4, Logistics Officer, C/CPT Savannah Mitchell

The BN S4 is the principle staff officer that is responsible for battalion logistics. The main responsibility of the S4 is to ensure all Cadets are supplied with the proper equipment and to ensure that resources such as food, water, and ammunition are readily available for training. The S4's tasks consist of overseeing the maintenance and issue of sensitive items such as weapon systems and training aids, writing memorandums for future battalion expenses, and monitoring the Cadet fund budget throughout the year.

Battalion S5, Information Operations Officer, C/CPT Chrystal Lowe

The BN S5 is the principal staff officer for all matters concerning the Positive Information Campaign. The S5 helps establish a positive and continuous relationship with alumni and outside organizations to help build a strong and lasting support system for the battalion. The S5's main responsibility is to ensure that all battalion events and accomplishments are documented and presented in a professional manner.

Battalion S6, Signal and Communications Officer, C/CPT Tam Tran

The BN S6 is the principal officer for all matters of command, control, communications, and computer operations. The main responsibility of the S6 is to develop and perform modifications to the PSU Army ROTC webpage and to oversee the maintenance and issue of radios during training events. The S6 is also responsible for maintaining the operation of the Cadet Training Office as well as assisting the S5 in updating the battalion's social media websites.