Lieutenant Colonel Jason M. Pape graduated from Michigan State University in 1995 with a B.S. in Computer Engineering and commissioned as an Armor Officer through the MSU Army ROTC program. From 1996 until now, he has served in various leadership and staff positions in both Armor and Cavalry units, as well as Light Infantry, from platoon to division-level. His military education includes the Armor Officer Basic Course and Maneuver Captains Career Course at Fort Knox; the Combined Arms Service and Staff School (CAS3), the Command and General Staff Officers Course (CGSC), and the School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS) at Fort Leavenworth. While attending SAMS, he earned a Masters Degree in Military Arts and Sciences. Additionally, LTC Pape participated in the Eisenhower Leadership Development Program (ELDP) at the United States Military Academy where he completed a M.A. in Social-Organizational Psychology at Columbia University.
His military assignments include the following: 2-69 Armor at Fort Benning, Georgia, where he served as a tank platoon leader and deployed to Jordan for Operation Eager Light, a scout platoon leader and assistant battalion S3, and a tank company executive officer deployed to Kuwait for Intrinsic Action; Combat Support Coordination Team #2 in Taegu, Republic of Korea where he served as the HHD Commander; 1-13 Armor and 3rd BCT, 1 AD at Fort Riley, Kansas, where he served as a battalion maintenance officer, assistant battalion S3, a tank company commander in OIF 1, and a brigade reconnaissance troop commander in OIF 3. Most recently, LTC Pape served as a division G5 planner in the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas, and deployed again to Iraq where he then joined the 1-28 Infantry to become the battalion XO. He returned to Fort Riley with the Black Lions in August, 2010, and continued to serve with them until May 2012 when he joined the Fighting Eagles at Eastern Washington University as the Professor of Military Science.
LTC Pape's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star (3rd award), Meritorious Service Medal (2nd award), as well as the Joint Service Commendation Medal and Army Commendation Medal (3rd award). Additionally, he has earned the Basic Parachutist Badge and the Combat Action Badge.
LTC Pape and his wife Tamara have three children: Lance (9), Alexis (7), and Luke (4). They live in Cheney, WA.
Master Sergeant (MSG) Joseph Martinez was born in Honolulu, Hawaii graduating from Kaimuki High School in June of 1986. MSG Martinez entered the Hawaii Army National Guard under the delayed entry program and completed OSUT training at Fort Benning Georgia on 28 October 1988 and was awarded the MOS of 11B1O, Infantry. In 1989 he entered into the United States active Army.
MSG Martinez's previous assignments were Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th ID (Mech) Fort Carson, Colorado Springs Colorado; Bravo Company, 6th Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment Berlin Brigade; Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment 2nd ID (Mech.) Fort Lewis Washington; 2nd Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment (Mech.) Camp Casey Korea; 2nd Battalion, 58th Infantry Training Brigade Fort Benning, Georgia; the Henry Caro NCO Academy Drill Sergeant School; Alpha Company and Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 1- 25 Stryker Brigade Combat Team; 1st Battalion, 357th Infantry Regiment, 91st Infantry Brigade; Bravo Company, 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, and Charlie Company, 52D Infantry Regiment Anti-Tank Company, 3-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal (2 oak leaf clusters), the Army Commendation Award (4 oak leaf clusters), the Army Achievement Medal (5 oak leaf clusters), the Army Good Conduct Medal (6 knots), the National Defense Service Medal (2 oak leaf clusters), the Korean Defense Service Medal, the South West Asia Medal (1 bronze star), the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal (3 oak leaf clusters), the Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon (numeral 3), the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon( numeral 4), the Kuwait-Kuwaiti Liberation Medal, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Army Service unit Award, the Drill Sergeant Badge, the Ranger Tab, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Expert Infantryman Badge, and the Parachutist Badge.
During his career, MSG Martinez attended several military schools such has First Sergeants Course, Senior Leadership course, Combatives level 1 and 2, Javelin Training, Airborne School, Drill Sergeant School, Equal Opportunity Leaders Course, Advance Leadership Course, Ranger Course, Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle Training, Warrior Leaders Course, and Combat Life Saver Course.
Major (MAJ) Von P. Astudillo is originally from the Philippines, but grew up in Seattle, WA. He joined the military, enlisting on Sept. 11, 1990, as a 13B-Cannon crewmember. He attended Basic Training at Fort Sill, OK and was assigned with 4-29th FA in Baumholder, Germany, and 2-8th FA in Fort Lewis, WA. In 1994, he reclassified as a 75H-Personnel Record Specialist and attended AIT in Fort Jackson, SC. He was then stationed in Fort Polk, LA, and in Okinawa, Japan. He attained the rank of Sergeant First Class (SFC) and his enlisted career culminated as the Chief of Military Personnel in Okinawa. MAJ Astudillo received his commission as an armor officer through Officer Candidate School (OCS) at Fort Benning, GA, in September 2002. He then attended Armor Officer Basic Course and Scout Platoon Leaders Course at Fort Knox, KY. His first assignment as an officer was at Fort Lewis, WA as a Scout Platoon Leader with 2-14th Cavalry Squadron and Anti-Tank Platoon Leader with 1-24 Infantry. MAJ Astudillo deployed with 2-14 CAV to Iraq in October 2004, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2006, he transferred to the Adjutant General Corps and attended the AG Captain Career Course at Fort Jackson, SC. He then served as the Operations Officer for the Spokane Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) in Spokane, WA. In 2008, MAJ Astudillo volunteered to be part of a Military Transition Team and trained at Fort Riley, KS. He then deployed to Afghanistan as part of an Afghan Police Mentor Team in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. MAJ Astudillo joined EWU's Fighting Eagle Battalion in March 2010. He has served as an Assistant Professor of Military Science teaching Military Science (MLSC) I courses both at Eastern Washington University and Spokane Falls Community College and as EWU ROTC Enrollment and Retention Officer. In April 2012, MAJ Astudillo took a break from EWU's ROTC program and once again deployed to Iraq as a member of the Office of Security Cooperation - Iraq. He returned from deployment in March 2013. He is currently the MS I (Freshman) Advisor & Instructor.
MAJ Astudillo has a Master of Arts Degree in Human Resource Management from Webster University, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from the University of Maryland, College Park. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (3OLC), the Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (4OLC), the Iraqi and Afghanistan Campaign Medals, Overseas Service Ribbon (6), the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Medal and the Combat Action Badge.
Major Robert Riedel is a native of Virginia. He received his commission as an Infantry Second Lieutenant on May 7, 1990. MAJ Riedel earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. Enroute to his first assignment, he completed the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Ranger School and the Bradley Leader's Course at Fort Benning, Ga.
His first assignment was in Korea with the 2nd Infantry Division where he served as both a Bradley Rifle Platoon Leader and Executive Officer in 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Battalion (Mechanized). MAJ Riedel then served two years in the 3rd United States Infantry (The Old Guard) as a Rifle Platoon Leader and Support Platoon Leader. After graduation from the Infantry Officer Advance Course and Light Leader's Course in March 1995, MAJ Riedel returned to the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea where he served as an S3 Air and Company Commander in the 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Battalion (Air Assault).
In the summer of 1998, MAJ Riedel was assigned to Middle Tennessee State University ROTC where he served as Operations and Training Officer and the MS III instructor. He separated from active duty in 2000, and joined the Tennessee Army National Guard where he served for five years as a TAC Officer and Company Commander. He then moved to Washington state where he joined the 205th Leadership Regiment, Camp Murray, within the Washington Army National Guard and held a temporary position at the University of Washington ROTC.
MAJ Riedel deployed to Afghanistan in 2006, as a member of the OEF Embedded Team Trainers to the Afghanistan National Army. He then served on active duty with 2nd Battalion, 357 Infantry Regiment at Fort Lewis, Wa., as part of the Operation Warrior Trainer Program where he was the Operations Officer for convoy post-mobilization training. MAJ Riedel retired from the Washington Army National Guard in January 2011, but returned to active duty through the Individual Retiree Recall (RR) Program to serve as an instructor at Eastern Washington University ROTC.
Sergeant First Class (SFC) Donny Thornton entered the Army in October of 1999, from Klamath Falls, OR. He attended Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Leonard Wood, MO.
Upon completion of training he was assigned to his first duty station, A Co, 168th Engineer Battalion, at Fort Lewis, Washington from February 2000 to September 2000. SFC Thornton was then reassigned to 18th Engineer Company, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Stryker Brigade Combat Team, from October 2000 to May 2008.
While serving in the 18th EN Co, SFC Thornton deployed to Iraq from November 2004 until October 2005 serving as a Combat Engineer Team leader. He was deployed a second time from June 2006 to February 2007 serving as a Combat Engineer Squad leader. In May of 2008, he was reassigned to the 37th Engineer Battalion, 20th Engineer Brigade at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. During service with the 37th ENG BN, SFC Thornton deployed for a third time to Iraq from July 2009 to June 2010, serving as a Combat Engineer Platoon Sergeant. He is currently serving as a military science instructor at Eastern Washington University.
SFC Thornton's awards and decorations are as follows: Bronze Star Medal(2), Army Commendation Medal(3), Army Achievement Medal(3), Meritorious Unit Citation, Army Superior Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal(3), National Defense Service Medal(2), Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon(3), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon(3), Military Outstanding Voluntary Service Ribbon, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge.
During his career, SFC Thornton attended several military schools such as Senior Leadership Course, Airborne School, Air Assault School, Advance Leadership Course, Route Recon Leaders Course, Unit Prevention Leader Course, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Course (Raven), Warrior Leaders Course, and Combat Life Saver Course.
Roy L. Hood (Master Sgt. USAF Retired) is the cadet personnel manager for the Fighting Eagle Battalion at EWU. He is retired from the U.S. Air Force, where he served in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Korea and the Republic of China. His state-side assignments included the HQ Strategic Command in Nebraska and the 4th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing in California. Mr. Hood is a graduate of the Noncommissioned Officers Academy, Kapaun Air Base, Germany. He earned a BA from Whitworth College, Spokane, Wash., and a master's of public administration from Eastern Washington University.
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