MAJ MELVIN E. KINDLE
Professor of Military Science
Major Melvin E. Kindle enlisted in the Army Reserve in 1994, as a Combat Engineer (12B) from the ranks of Private thru Sergeant. He transferred to become a Calvary Scout (19D) in 1999 from the ranks of Sergeant to Staff Sergeant. He earned a Commission as a Second Lieutenant as a Military Police (MP) Corps Officer as a Platoon Leader through Direct Commission in 2002. In 2002, he served as the Calvary Scout Troop Executive Officer, D Troop, 3rd-397th Calvary Regiment, Frankfort, KY. In 2004, the Troop mobilized to FT. Knox, KY for 19 months to run 19D One Station Unit Training (OSUT). In 2006, he took Command of B Troop, 2nd-397th Regiment in Lexington, KY as a First Lieutenant. In 2007 he was mobilized to FT Knox, KY and Commanded an Active Duty training unit, B Company, 3-81st Armor Regiment which was a multi MOS unit controlling all the crew serve and explosive type training for Basic Training, 19D, and 19K OSUT. In 2009, while still mobilized he transitioned from Commander to the Battalion (BN) Operations Officer (S3) for 3-81st Armor Regiment. In 2009 he went from being mobilized on Active Duty to Active Duty Operational Support (ADOS) within First Army Division East, 3rd BN, 337th Regiment, 4th CAV BDE at FT. Knox, KY as the BN Operations Officer (S3) with additional duty as an MP observer-controller-trainer (OC/T). In 2011 he transitioned into the Active Guard/Reserve program (AGR) and served as the Project Officer for the Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD) Scholarship for Headquarters Cadet Command, FT Knox, KY. In 2013 he accepted an Individual Mobilization Augmentation (IMA) mission to Afghanistan where he served as the Afghanistan National Police (ANP) Assessment Officer for Campaign and Transition Assessment Group (CTAG) within International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Joint Command (IJC) for 9 months then transitioned to become the IJC Deputy in both the Provost Marshall Office and Force Protection Office for the next 4 months. Upon returning to Cadet Command in 2014 he was assigned as the Operations Officer (S3) for the 304th MP BN, Nashville, TN. He was asked to move to the 290th MP Brigade (BDE) in April 2015 and filled in as the BDE Operations Officer until reporting for resident Command and General Staff College (CGSC) in July 2015. In July 2016, MAJ Kindle was assigned to the Nashville Recruiting BN as the Executive Officer (XO). In June 2018, MAJ Kindle was assigned as the Professor of Military Science (PMS) at Tuskegee University.
MAJ Kindle earned an Associate of Science Degree in Physical Education from Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA; a Bachelor of Arts Regents Degree (Social Work) from West Virginia State University, Institute, West Virginia; and a Master of Science Degree in Justice Administration from the University of Louisville, Louisville, KY. He was a certified Police Officer and Investigator for Lexington, KY Police Department (PD) and Jeffersontown, KY PD for a combined 9 years prior to transitioning to AGR.
MAJ Kindle’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3), Army Commendation Medal (2), Army Achievement Medal (4), Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (2), National Defense Service Medal (2), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal (2), Armed Forces Reserve Medal w/M Device (2), Armed Forces Reserve Medal, and the NATO medal. Served in Afghanistan (2013-2014).
MAJ Kindle has been married for 19 years to the former Summer Koslow of Huntington, West Virginia and they have three sons’.
MSG ZACHARY BALANCIER
Senior Military Instructor
Master Sergeant Zachary N. Balancier joined the Army in February of 1998 and attended One Station Unit Training (O.S.U.T.) at Fort Knox, Kentucky, graduating as a 19 Kilo Armor Crewman.
MSG Balancier is a graduate of The Basic, Advanced and Senior Leader Courses. He has also completed The Army Recruiters Course, Small Group Instructor Training Course, The Equal Opportunity Leaders Course, and numerous others.
His previous assignments include 1st Battalion, 37th Armor Regiment, 1st Armor Division, at Ray Barracks in Friedberg, Germany from 1998-2001 where he served as a M1A1 Tank Gunner; The New Orleans Recruiting Battalion, in New Orleans Louisiana, from 2001-2005 where he served as an U.S. Army Recruiter; 2nd Battalion, 12th Calvary Regiment, 1st Calvary Division, Fort Bliss, Texas from 2005-2008 where he served as a M1A2 Tank Commander; Fort Knox NCO Academy, Fort Knox Kentucky from 2008-2010 where he served as a Small Group Instructor for the Advanced Leaders Course; 4th Battalion, 70th Armor Regiment, Baumholder, Germany from 2010-2012 where he served as a Tank Platoon Sergeant; Operations Group, Joint Maneuver Readiness Center, Hohenfels Germany from 2012-2015, where he served as an Observer/Controller Trainer (O.C.T.); and most recently 2nd Battalion, 70th Armor Regiment, 1st Infantry Division in Fort Riley, Kansas where he served as a First Sergeant from 2015-2017.
MSG Balancier’s combat experience includes a tour in Iraq, where he served as a Tank Commander from 2006-2008 in Baghdad during the height of the surge. His unit was one of the first to build and operate out of combat outpost in the heart of Baghdad. MSG Balancier also deployed to Afghanistan from 2011—2012 where he served as a Tank Platoon Sergeant in the Kandahar Province. He and his platoon patrolled their area of operation to prevent enemy forces from moving personnel and equipment between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
1SG Balancer’s awards and decorations include two Bronze Stars, three Meritorious Service Medals, four Army Commendation Medals, four Army Achievement Medals, six Army Good Conduct Medals, The National Defense Service Medal, The Kosovo Campaign Medal, The Afghanistan Campaign Medal (two Campaign Stars), The Iraq Campaign Medal (two Campaign Stars), The Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, The NCO Professional Development Ribbon (3rd Award), The Army Service Ribbon, The Army Overseas Service Ribbon (4th Award), The NATO Medal, The Recruiter Badge, The Combat Action Badge. He is also a recipient of the prestigious Order of Saint George as well as a Armor & Cavalry Leadership Award Winner.
CPT WESLEY SUMMERS
APMS/ S3/ MS II & III LIAISON
CPT Wesley B. Summers earned a commission in the United States Army in May of 2014 as an Infantry Officer (11A). In October of 2014, he began active duty service at Fort Benning, GA where he attended Infantry Basic Officer Leader’s Course (IBOLC), graduating in March of 2015. Upon completion of IBOLC, he went on to graduate US Army Ranger School and Airborne School before his PCS to Fort Stewart to join his first unit. On September 11, 2015, he reported to the “Can Do” Battalion, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division (3-15IN BN, 2IBCT, 3ID). He earned command of 1st Platoon, Bravo Company immediately upon the Battalion’s return from the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC), where he served in that capacity for the next 16 months. In January of 2016, he deployed to Camp Lemonier, Djibouti in support of Operation Enduring Freedom – Horn Africa, where he and the rest of Bravo Company assumed responsibility as the East Africa Response Force, tasked with the primary mission of providing a Quick Reaction Force (QRF) to any one of 17 US Embassies in the region. Within two months of being on the ground in Africa, his Company Commander, Battalion Commander, and Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) Commander hand-selected him to command a mission providing force protection to a Special Operations Task Force at a remote outstation in Somalia. He commanded a 40-man Light Infantry Rifle Platoon for four months at the outstation and led 23 joint service combat patrols. He redeployed in October of 2016, where he remained a Platoon Leader for another two months. Following his Platoon Leader time, he served as the Company Executive Officer (XO) for Charlie Company, 3-15IN, and HHC, 3-15IN where he aided in the Company and Battalion’s transition from Light Infantry to Mechanized Infantry. In April of 2018, he accepted a position as an Assistant Professor of Military Science at Tuskegee University where he is currently employed.
CPT Summers earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Criminal Justice) from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina in Charleston, SC where he graduated magna cum laude; he is also a Distinguished Military Graduate of The Citadel.
CPT Summers’ awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal (2), Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expedition Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Ranger Tab, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and Expert Infantryman Badge.
SFC WILLIAM D. PUTHOFF
MS II Instructor
SFC William D. Puthoff joined the United States Army on 27 October, 2005 where he attended One Station Unit Training at Ft Benning, GA graduating as an Infantryman with follow on training at the United States Basic Airborne School to become certified as a Paratrooper.
SFC Puthoff is a graduate of Basic, Advanced, and Senior Leader Courses. He has completed The United States Army Drill Sergeant School, Army Basic Airborne Course, Emergency Medical Technician Training, Urban Mobility Breachers Course, and numerous other courses.
Upon completion of Basic Training SFC Puthoff was initially assigned to the 2ND Battalion, 503rd PIR, 173rd ABCT in Vicenza, Italy in May 2006. He served as a “Rock Paratrooper” doing jobs ranging from SAW gunner to Fire Team Leader to Weapons Squad leader and finishing as a Platoon Sergeant in 2011. He then PCS’d to FT Lewis to serve as a Squad leader in 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, 3 SBCT, 2nd Infantry Division in early 2011. He served as a Weapons Squad Leader and Platoon Sergeant in “Patriot” Battalion until 2013 when he received orders to attend Drill Sergeant School and follow on as a Drill Sergeant at Sand Hill on Ft Benning, GA in 2013. SFC Puthoff “walked the trail” in 1st Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment, 198th Infantry Training Brigade finishing a long two years in 2015. He then PCS’d to the center of the military universe in Ft Bragg, NC to serve in the 82nd Airborne Division. SFC Puthoff served as a Platoon Sergeant and Assistant Operations NCO in 3rd Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st BCT. In 2018 he PCS’d to Tuskegee University.
SFC Puthoff’s combat experience includes four deployments to Afghanistan. His first deployment was with the 173rd Airborne Brigade to Kunar Province, Afghanistan from 2007-2008 where he conducted kinetic combat missions in support of ISAF. His second Combat deployment was with the 173rd Airborne Brigade to Kunar Province and Wardak Province from 2009-2010 conducting Counter Insurgency Operations. His third deployment was with 2nd Infantry Division to Kunar province during 2012 where he embedded with 3rd SFG to conduct Village Stability Operations. His final deployment was with the 82nd Airborne Division to Kabul, Afghanistan in 2017 where he conducted Personal Security for General Officers in support of Operation Resolute Support.
SFC Puthoff’s awards and decorations include two Bronze Stars, one Meritorious Service Medal, one Army Commendation Medal with “V” Device, seven Army Commendation Medals, three Army Achievement Medals, four Army Good Conduct Medals, one National Defense Service Medal, the Afghan Campaign Medal with 4 stars, one GWOT Service Medal, the NCO Professional Development Award (3rd Award), the Army Service Ribbon, five Overseas Ribbons, and four NATO Medals.
Units that SFC Puthoff served with have earned three Unit Awards; the Presidential Unit Citation, the Valorous Unit Citation, and the Meritorious Unit Citation.
Finally SFC Puthoff has earned the Prestigious Combat Infantrymen’s Badge, Airborne Wings, and the Drill Sergeant Identification Badge.
MR. MICHAEL BENTON
SENIOR MILITARY SCIENCE INSTRUCTOR
Captain Michael Benton was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan to the proud parents of Marvin Benton and Gina Jones. He is the middle child of seven. Michael had the privilege of attending Davis Aerospace Technical High School, where he discovered his passion for engineering. While in high school Michael completed one year of JROTC where he served as class leader. Prior to graduating from high school in 2009, Michael was awarded the prestigious Army ROTC National Scholarship, which afforded him the opportunity to attend Tuskegee University.
Michael graduated from Tuskegee University in May 2014, where he received a Bachelors Degree in Aerospace Engineering and commissioned into the United States Army as a Second Lieutenant. He maintained a 3.3 GPA while participating in organizations such as the Michigan Club and National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). His accomplishments include Battalion Commander for the Golden Tiger Battalion 2012, graduate of Leadership Development Assessment Course (LDAC) in Fort Lewis, Washington, Cadet Troop Leader Training (CTLT) at Fort Stewart, Georgia, Ranger Challenge, and Color Guard. His awards and decorations include the Superior Cadet Decoration Award, APFT Gold Award, and Cadet of the Month Award.
After graduating from Tuskegee, Michael served as a Recruiting Officer for the Army ROTC program until he reported to the Basic Officer Leader Course. Upon graduating from the Officer Leader Course in December 2014, Michael was stationed in Fort Polk, Louisiana, where he served as an Engineer Officer for four years. He deployed to Afghanistan in September 2015 where he served as a combat engineer platoon leader. As a result of Michael’s courage and tenacity during his deployment, he was awarded the Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge. Michael now lives in Montgomery, Alabama and is happily married to Dr. Brooke Robinson Benton, a family physician and former student of fort Deposit Elementary School. He enjoys inspiring the youth and looks forward to getting involved in the Montgomery community. Michael now serves in the United Army Reserve as an Engineer Officer and is the Company Commander of the 718th Engineer Construction Company out of Fort Benning, Georgia.
MR. RODERICK O. MACK
Recruiting Operations Officer/Instructor
Telephone: (334) 727-8379
Mr. Mack is a native of Birmingham, Alabama. He currently serves in the US Army Reserve as a Major under the 84th Training Command, Atlantic Training Division. Mr. Mack is a graduate of Alabama A&M University with a degree in Telecommunications/TV Production. He received his commission into the Army in May of 2006.
Mr. Mack’s duty assignments have included being a Platoon Leader for Co D 279th Signal Battalion, Jasper, AL; (2006-2007), Signal Detachment Commander 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Group Support Battalion, Gadsden, AL (2007-2009), Company Commander 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Group Support Battalion, Gadsden, AL (2010-2012), Support Operations Officer (SPO) 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Group Support Battalion, Gadsden, AL (2013-2015), Operational Contract Support Officer 167th Theater Sustainment Command, Anniston, AL (2015-2016), Observer Controller Trainer 3rd Brigade, 75th Training Command, Gulf Division, Hoover, AL (2016 – present).
His military education includes Signal Basic Officer Leaders Course, US Army Airborne School, US Army Special Operations Command Jumpmaster Course, Army Logistics University, Combined Logistics Captains Career Course, US Army Joint Special Operations Task Force Course, US Army Air Assault School. Mr. Mack’s awards include the Army Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal x 2, Army achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Ribbon with Bronze Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with ‘M’ Device, Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Service Ribbon, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Basic Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Jordanian Parachutist Badge.
During his career, Mr. Mack has served as the Company Commander for the Logistics Task Force under 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) while deployed to Balad, Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn. He served as a Plans Officer and Jumpmaster for an Airborne operation for 250 paratroopers from 13 different countries in support of the ‘Eager Lion’ exercise mission in Amman, Jordan. Mr. Mack has performed duties as an Assistant Professor of Military Science, Assistant Recruiting Operations Officer, & Assistant S3 at The University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL) Roll Tide Battalion. Senior Military Science Instructor, Assistant Recruiting Operations Officer at Furman University (Greenville, SC) Paladin Battalion. Mr. Mack has worked in the Birmingham City School System as a Teacher, JROTC Instructor, Football Coach, & mentor for at risk teens. Mr. Mack has a Modern Army Combatives Program (MACP) level 2 certification. He is an active member in his church, Mount Hebron Baptist Church in Bessemer, AL.
MRS. BRENDA MCDADE
Human Resources Technician
Telephone: (334) 727-8789
Mrs. Brenda McDade was born in Tuskegee, Alabama, at John A. Andrew Memorial Hospital, the facility now home to the U.S. National Bioethics Center on the campus of Tuskegee University; she was reared in Montgomery, Alabama. She is a graduate from Alabama A & M University, Normal, Alabama, in 1984, with a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Management.
Mrs. McDade has been employed by the Department of Defense and with the Army ROTC program for over 29 years as a Human Resource Assistant. She began her career with the Auburn University “Tiger” Battalion in 1984, and transferred to Tuskegee University's “Golden Tiger” Battalion in 1994.
Mrs. McDade is a member of the Mt. Meigs Church of Christ where her husband serves as the Assistant Pastor and Youth Minister. Mrs. McDade and her husband Anthony have six children: Vinson, Anginetta, Breanna, Antonia, Anthonese, and Anthony II.
MR. JIMMY DAVIS
Supply Technician/ MS I Instructor
Telephone: (334) 727-8649
Mr. Jimmy Davis is a native of Montgomery, Alabama. He earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration in Management from Trinity College, Metairie, Louisiana, in 2004. Mr. Davis enlisted in the June 1978. He completed Basic Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and graduated from 76P Materiel Control and Accounting Specialist Advanced Individual Training (AIT), Fort Lee Virginia.
Mr. Davis's first duty station was the 24th Infantry Division Materiel Management Center (DMMC), Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia. His overseas tours of duty include Holland, Netherlands; Hawaii, two in the Republic of Korea, and two tours in Germany. Stateside, he served at Anniston Army Depot, Alabama; Fort Benning, Georgia, and Fort Riley, Kansas. Mr. Davis held positions from Squad Leader to Sergeant Major.
Mr. Davis’s military education includes the Basic and Advanced Non-Commissioned Officer Academies, Master Fitness Coursel, and the Sergeant Major's Academy.
Mr. Davis's military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (2nd Award), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (7th award), Army Achievement Medal (8th award), National Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, and the Overseas Service Ribbon.
After retiring as a Master Sergeant with 24 years of service, Mr. Davis was employed with AAFES. He also worked for the Department of State in Al Hilas, Iraq, as an Assistant Project Manager.
Mr. Davis currently lives in Montgomery, Alabama, and has two sons, Jimmy, Jr. and Jamal.