Maurader Battalion Cadre

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Professor of Military Science

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Lieutenant Colonel Samuel Dallas Jr.

LTC Samuel Dallas Jr. hails from Orlando Florida. He enlisted in the Army, under the delayed-entry program, as a 12C-Combat Engineer in 1988 located in Fort Leonard Wood (FLW), Missouri. As a Soldier, he served in numerous units holding positions of increasing responsibility up through the rank of Sergeant First Class. LTC Dallas was selected for Officer Candidate School (OCS) Dec 2000 and commissioned an Engineer Officer upon graduation in April 2001. LTC Dallas holds a MA degree in in Public Administration from Webster University, a BS in Business Management from the University of Maryland, and an AA in Liberal Arts from the Central College of Texas.

Previous assignments include: Chief of Operations, Operations Group Delta, Mission Command Training Program (MCTP), Engineer OC/T (Operations Group Bravo), MCTP, Fort Leavenworth Kansas; Executive Officer, Headquarters & Headquarters BN, 2ND INF DIV, Brigade Engineer/Planner, 1ST Armored Brigade Combat Team, G3 Protection Chief, 2ND INF DIV, South Korea; Chief of Engineers, U.S. Forces Afghanistan, Kabul International Airport Afghanistan; Exchange Officer/Observer Control Trainer (OC/T), National Training Center w/ duty in the United Kingdom; Brigade S3 Planner for Headquarters, U.S. Army Evaluation Command, Echo Company Commander, 2ND INF BN, 5TH INF RGT,1ST Armored DIV, Fort Bliss Texas; Alpha Commander Company, 46TH EN BN, AS3 46TH EN BN (Heavy), Fort Polk Louisiana; AS3, 3RD BDE, 3RD INF DIV, PLT Leader, C317TH Engineer (EN) Battalion (BN) (CBT), 3RD Brigade (BDE), 3RD INF DIV, Assistant S3 (AS3) Operations Officer, 317TH EN BN (CBT), 3RD BDE, 3RD INF DIV, Fort Benning Georgia.

LTC Dallas’ military education includes: Airborne School, Officer Candidate School, the Engineer Officer's Basic and Advanced Courses, Combatives Level 1, Sapper Leader Course, Joint Engineer Operations Course, Joint Planner’s Course, and Command and General Staff College.

LTC Dallas’ awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal (4 Oak Leaf Clusters), Air Force Achievement Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Navy Unit Commendation, Army Superior Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters), National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award), Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal (2nd Award), Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Service Ribbon (2nd Award), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 5), NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge, Parachute Badge, French Commando Badge, German Proficiency Badge (Silver), Drill Sergeant Instructor Badge and Driver Badge.


Senior Military Instructor

MSG Geriah McAvin

MSG McAvin joined the Army in October of 2000. After completing training he was stationed at Fort Knox, KY in March 2001 where he was assigned to 1-16 CAV. While assigned to 1-16 CAV; he held various positions which included driver, gunner, and Squadrons Operations NCO. In October 2003, MSG McAvin PCS’d to South Korea and was assigned as a Team Leader in 1-72 AR. In October 2004 he PCS’d from South Korea to Fort Bragg to the new 5th Squadron 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 82PndP Airborne Division. MSG McAvin participated in the ground-up construction of the Squadron and standing up all Squadrons in 73rd CAV. During his tenure with the 5-73 CAV, he served as a Section Sergeant in B Troop from 2004-2007, Platoon Sergeant in A Troop 2007-2008, Operations Sergeant in A Troop from 2008-2010, and as a Platoon Sergeant in B Troop from 2010-2013. In February 2013 he was selected and assigned as a Jumpmaster Instructor and Air Movement Operations Instructor at the United States Army Advanced Airborne School. In March 2015 he was assigned as a First Sergeant in HHT 5-73rd CAV, and in October 2015 as a First Sergeant in B Troop 5-73 CAV.

MSG McAvin’s deployments include; Operation Helping Hands in 2005, Iraq in 2006-2007, and again to Iraq in 2009.

MSG McAvin’s military education includes PLDC, BNCOC, M-SLC, Combat Life Savers Course, Air Assault, Airborne, Airborne Leaders Course, Jumpmaster, T-11 Jumpmaster, Master Jumpmaster Course, Rappel Master Course, Air Movement Operations Course, Technical Transportation of Hazardous Material (AMO 62), Unit Movement Operations Course, Battle Staff Non-Commissioned Officers Course, Pathfinder, Cavalry Leaders Course, Army Instructor Course, Human Resources Assistance Course, Environmental Compliance, Tae Kwon Do train the trainer, and Long Range Scout Surveillance System Course.

MSG McAvin’s awards and decorations include; Meritorious Service Medal, Army Achievement Medal (3 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (6 OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (6th Award), Nation Defense Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal (3 CS), Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (Number 3) Humanitarian Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, and Air Assault Badge.

Assistant Professor of Military Science

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Captain Matt Fleming

CPT Matthew Fleming is a native of Burrillville, Rhode Island. He graduated from Norwich University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in The Study of War, Peace, and Diplomacy and was commissioned as an Army Aviation officer in May 2007.

CPT Fleming’s first assignment was with 3rd Battalion, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division Fort Hood, TX from June 2009 until November 2011. He served as an Air Assault Platoon Leader and the Battalion S4, deploying in 2010 to Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan with TF Mustang in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. From 2011-2012, CPT Fleming served as an Aviation Basic Officer Leadership Course Instructor at Fort Rucker. July 2013 through September 2015, CPT Fleming was assigned to the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade where he served as the Battalion Assistant S3 and the Alpha Company Commander within 5-158th AVN REGT (GSAB). His most recent assignment was an Aviation Unit Observer Coach, Trainer at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany from October 2015 to June 2017. His military education includes Airborne School; the Aviation Officer Basic Course; the Initial Entry Rotary Wing Course; the UH-60A/L Blackhawk Course; Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) school; the Army Basic Instructor Course, the Master Resiliency Trainer Course, and the Aviation Captain’s Career Course.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2 OLC), Air Medal (NUM 2), Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), Valorous Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2 Star), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon (NUM 3), ISAF NATO Medal, Aviator badge and the Parachutist badge.


Assistant Professor of Military Science

First Lieutenant Matthew Barber

1LT Matthew Barber is a native of Denver, Colorado. He graduated from The United States Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and was commissioned as an Infantry officer in May 2014.

1LT Barber’s first assignment was with 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina from March 2015 until May 2017. He served as a Rifle Platoon Leader, Mortar Platoon Leader, and company Executive Officer, deploying in 2015 to Baghdad, Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

His military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Air Assault School, Airborne School, the Infantry Mortar Leader Course, Jumpmaster Course, and Ranger School. His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal (1 OLC), Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Ranger Tab, Expert Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Polish Parachutist Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.


Recruiting Operations Officer

Mr. Steve Harmon

Steve Harmon earned a Regular Army commission in the Corps of Engineers at Morehead State University on 14 May 1982 after being designated the Distinguished Military Graduate for his class.

Steve served 22 years on active duty with the United States Army in a variety of traditional and non-traditional jobs in the Corps of Engineers and the Cavalry.  He has multiple tours and deployments overseas to include Europe, Southwest Asia and Africa.

After his Officer Basic Course at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, he reported to Kornwesthiem, Federal Republic of Germany where he served as a Bridge Platoon Leader in the 563rd Engineer Battalion, 38th Engineer Company, Medium Girder Bridge.  He was then transferred to the 275th Engineer Company, Atomic Demolition Munitions where he served as a Platoon Leader, Operations Officer, and the Executive Officer.

Upon his return to the United States he was again assigned to Fort Belvoir where he worked at the Atomic Demolition Munitions School and graduated from the Engineer Officer Advanced Course.  Following EOAC, he moved to Fort Riley, Kansas and assumed duties as the Battalion Motor Officer, 1st Engineer Battalion, 1st Infantry Division.  While at Fort Riley he commanded Charlie Company 1st Engineer Battalion.  Following his command, he was asked to serve as the S-4 in the 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment.

Steve’s next assignment took him again to Fort Belvoir, Virginia where he was the Course Coordinator for the Mapping, Charting, and Geodesy Officer’s Course at the Defense Mapping School, Defense Mapping Agency.

He then moved to Fort Irwin, California where he served as the Regimental Engineer for the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment and concurrently as the Division Engineer for 60th Guards Motorized Rifle Division OPFOR.

After the NTC he was stationed in Grafenwoehr, Germany where he served as the Director of Public Works for the Grafenwoehr-Vilseck Military Communities. Following this assignment, he served as the S-3 Operations Officer for the 409th Base Support Battalion and later as the Secretary to the General’s Staff, 7th Army Training Command, 7th Army Europe.

Following Europe, Steve accepted an assignment as the Assistant Professor of Military Science at Wright State University.  Upon his retirement from 22 years of active duty service, he continued to teach ROTC at Central State University as a contractor.

Steve then started a small business but stopped to accept a position as the Superintendent of Maintenance at the Ohio Reformatory for Women.  Steve stayed in this position until he again returned to ROTC as the Recruiting Operations Officer at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. During his eight years at Xavier he was recalled to active duty for two additional years and allowed to remain at Xavier as the Recruiting Officer.  Steve then transferred to his current position as the Recruiting Operations Officer at Central State University.

His awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Meritorious Service Medal and the Valorous Unit Citation.

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