Faculty and Staff
Our military cadre have over 70 years of combined Army, Army Reserve, and Army National Guard service. They are knowledgeable and can answer any question you may have.
Additionally, our civilian cadre keep the Fighting Hawks Battalion running strong! Our office/supply staff combine to have over 40 years of experience in supporting the heartbeat of the battalion; our cadets.
Professor of Military Science; MS IV Instructor
LTC Jason J.F. Murphy
Bio LTC Murphy
Jason Murphy is a native of Grand Rapids, Minnesota. He enlisted in the United States Army Reserve in February of 1990 and attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. In May of 1991, he was awarded a four-year Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) scholarship and attended the University of North Dakota (UND). In May of 1996 he received a Regular Army Commission as a Transportation Officer.
Jason is a Cum Laude graduate of the University of North Dakota with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering, a Distinguished Military Graduate of the University of North Dakota ROTC program with a minor in Military Science, a Sum Cum Laude graduate of Webster University with a Masters of Arts degree in Business Administration, and a graduate of the Command and General Staff College School of Advanced Military Studies with a Masters of Military Arts and Science degree. He participated in the US Army's Training with Industry Program where he spent a year with the FedEx Corporation in Memphis, TN.
Lieutenant Colonel Murphy's previous assignments include: Platoon Leader, A Company, 46th Support Battalion (Fort Wainwright, Alaska) and Brigade Transportation Officer, 172d Separate Infantry Brigade (Fort Wainwright, Alaska); Company Commander of B Company, 58th Transportation Battalion (Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri); Operations Officer, 3rd Chemical Brigade (Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri); Team Chief, Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (Fort Eustis, VA); Detachment Commander, 831st Transportation Battalion - Afghanistan Detachment (Begram Afghanistan); SAMS Logistics Planner, XVIII Airborne Corps (Fort Bragg, North Carolina); Executive Officer, 189th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion (Fort Bragg, North Carolina); Support Operations Officer (FWD - Iraq), 189th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion (Fort Bragg, North Carolina); SAMS Logistics Planner, HQ United States Special Operations Command (Fort Bragg, North Carolina), NATO staff planner for International Security Assistance Force-Afghanistan & Resolute Support in Kabul, Afghanistan, and Assistant Professor at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.
Jason's decorations include Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout, the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, five Meritorious Service Medals, four Army Commendation Medals, three Army Achievement Medals, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, and two National Defense Service Medals.
Jason and his wife, Sashaa of Monticello, Minnesota, have been married for 25 years, and have two sons: Jeremiah (22) and Jacob (18).
Assistant Professor of Military Science; MS I Instructor
CPT David Ayers
Bio CPT Ayers
Captain David L. Ayers was born 18 March 1986 in Dallas, TX. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin on 30 May 2009, commissioning into the Ordnance Branch. He attended the Ordnance Basic Officer Leader Course (BOLC) at FT Lee, VA in September 2009. He graduated the Naval School EOD (NAVSCOLEOD) Phase II at Eglin AFB, FL on 5 April 2011. Upon graduation from EOD School, CPT Ayers was assigned to the 752nd Ordnance Company (EOD) at Fort Hood, TX as an EOD Platoon Leader and deployed in June of 2011. After he returned from deployment in 2012, he was transferred to the 75th OD CO (EOD) as the Operations Officer. CPT Ayers was selected to take command of the 759th OD CO (EOD) at Fort Irwin, CA from 2014 - 2016. CPT Ayers has been stationed at FT Lee, VA, Fort Sill, OK, Redstone Arsenal, AL, Eglin AFB, FL; Fort Hood, TX, and Fort Irwin, CA.
His military experience includes being an EOD Platoon Leader and Operations Officer. His military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and the Senior EOD Badge. CPT Ayers' military education includes Ordnance BOLC, Fort Lee, VA; EOD School Phase I, Redstone Arsenal, AL; NAVSCOLEOD Phase II, Eglin AFB, FL; and the Logistics Captain's Career Course, Fort Lee, VA. He has a Bachelor's Degree in History from the University of Texas at Austin.
CPT Ayers is married to Katie R. Ayers and has one child, Grace.
Assistant Professor of Military Science; Operations Officer
CPT Jonathan Scholberg
Bio CPT Scholberg
Born Ortonville, on June 22, 1983. Homeschooled my whole life, until I attended University of North Dakota, I was fascinated by the outdoors - canoeing, hiking, biking, and just taking life a little slower pace than most of my peers. Living in a small town, there wasn’t much I grew to love staying up at night to watch the aurora borealis, or the Leonid meteor showers.
Growing up on the edge of the Minnesota prairie, one thing I do recall was a growing desire and an unquenchable passion to be in the sky. I credit this dream to my grandfather who flew B-26’s in World War II. I enrolled in Civil Air Patrol, and when I was old enough, I started building hours in a Cessna 172SP. I made my first solo flight just after my sixteenth birthday.
I graduated from UND with a Bachelor’s of Science in Aeronautics, Commercial Aviation, emphasis Rotary-wing Aircraft and commissioned as a 2LT from the Army ROTC program. Graduated in the top of my BOLC II class at Ft. Benning, GA in summer 2006. I then found myself at Ft. Rucker, AL. Received an almost unheard of 100% on my final BWS check ride. Selected above my peers as class leader for our group of 14 officers who selected the amazing CH-47 Chinook. Graduated SERE-C in June 2007, stationed at Ft. Bragg, NC, and promptly deployed to Afghanistan for 5 months where I served as a maintenance platoon leader in charge of up to 140 Soldiers in the General Support Aviation Battalion. We redeployed in February 2008.
During the summer of 2008, I met my wife, Jamie, through mutual church friends, and after courting for 3 months, I proposed at the Kitty Hawk monument at sunset. Three months after that we were married, and four months later I completed the F-model NETT at Ft. Bragg, and once again deployed to Afghanistan. Pinned CPT in June 2009, and quickly moved from my Company XO and platoon leaders position in Kandahar to Bagram in order to fill the mission essential air battle captain position on the Combined Joint Task Force staff. My time on Division staff was a wonderful experience, working with some of the most professional people I’ve ever encountered. After we redeployed, I continued working as the 82nd Airborne Division’s assistant S3 Air, managing AMR’s and special use airspace.
In April 2011, my wife and I were blessed with our first child, Lucy, and completed a DITY move to Ft. Rucker for the Aviation Captains Career Course when she was only 5 weeks old. After graduating in the top 30% of my class, my family and I set off for a 3 year tour of South Korea. Assigned to the GSAB there, I was put in the S3 shop, creating a long-range training calendar, and keeping the operations officer on task for the 5 meter targets. I became the OIC for the Battalion’s move from 7 buildings into one, new, large “Super-hangar”. After the move, I quickly transitioned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company Commander, where I was blessed with 18 months of command time - during which, my wife gave birth to our second, Elijah. I transitioned out of command into the 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade Assistant S3 and planner position a few months before PCS’ing to my dream job as the Operations Officer and Instructor at the University of North Dakota.
Awards and decorations: Meritorious Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 2 stars, Global War on Terror Ribbon, Korea Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with numeral 2, Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and the NATO-ISAF ribbon.
Senior Military Instructor; MS III Instructor
MSG Jon Clark
Bio MSG Clark
Master Sergeant Jon Clark was born in Rexburg, Idaho. He graduated from Madison High School in 1998. He enlisted in the United States Army in August of 1998, completed Basic Combat Training and Advance Individual Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and was awarded the 13E MOS (Canon Fire Direction Control Specialist). In 2001 MSG Clark changed career fields and attended Advanced Individual Training at Fort Benning, Georgia and was awarded the 11B MOS (Infantryman).
MSG Clark has held a variety of duty positions to include Fire Direction Control Specialist and Fire Direction Control Computer while serving in the Artillery. While serving in the Infantry MSG Clark held the positions of Team Leader, Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant Drill Sergeant, and First Sergeant and currently the Senior Military Science Instructor here at UND.
His military schooling includes: Cadre Faculty Development Course, Foundation Facilitator Instructor Course, Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) course, Equal Opportunity Leaders Course, Airborne Course, Jumpmaster Course, Air Assault School, Total Army Instructor Course, Drill Sergeant School, Unit Movement Officers Course, Combat Lifesaver Course, Combatives Level 1, Air Loaders Planners Course, and the Hazardous Material Course. MSG Clark's NCOES Schools include: Senior Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, and the Warrior Leaders Course.
MSG Clark has four deployments including two deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom totaling 24 months and two deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom totaling 15 months.
His awards and decorations include the Combat Infantryman's Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Bronze Star Medal (2OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (2OLC), Army Commendation Medal (4th OLC), Army Achievement Medal (7OLC), Good Conduct Medal (5th Award), National Defense Service Medal w/bronze star, Iraq Campaign Medal, NATO Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, The Non-commissioned Officer Development Ribbon (Numeral 3), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas (1OLC), and the Meritorious Unit Citation Award.
MSG Clark has also been inducted into the prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy Club.
MS II Instructor
SFC Jared Gass
Bio SFC Gass
Sergeant First Class Jared Gass enlisted in the United States Army as an 11Bravo (Infantryman) in January of 2002; completed One Station Unit Training (OSUT) in Fort Benning, Georgia.
Upon successful completion of OSUT, he was assigned to Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) from 2002 - 2009. His duty positions included Rifleman, Grenadier, Automatic Rifleman, Assistant Machine Gunner, Machine Gunner, Fire Team Leader, Rifle Squad Leader, and Weapons Squad Leader. In 2009 he was assigned to 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division based out of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. His duty positions included Weapons Squad Leader, Operations NCO, and Platoon Sergeant.
His military schooling includes: SOCC Instructor Trainer Course, Rappel Master Course, Jungle Operations Training Course, Australian Jungle Warfare School, Maneuver Senior Leader Course, Advanced Leader Course, Warrior Leader Course, Air Assault School, and Combat Lifesaver Course.
He deployed three times in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003-2004, 2007-2008, and 2010-2011.
His awards and decorations include the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Air Assault Badge, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (5OLC), Army Achievement Medal (4OLC), Good Conduct Medal (4th award), National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal (5CS), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 3), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 4), Valorous Unit Award, and Meritorious Unit Citation (3OLC).
Recruiting Operations Officer
Mr. Chester Carnevale
Bio Chet Carnevale
Mr. Chester J. Carnevale, Jr is from El Paso, Texas and enlisted in the U.S. Army in February 1986. He completed Basic Combat Training at Ft Jackson, SC and his Advanced Individual Training at Ft Gordon, GA as an Avionics Mechanic. His assignments included Hanau, Germany (1986-1989), Fort Campbell, KY (1989-1992), Mannheim, Germany (1992-1995), Fort Eustis, VA (1995-1998), El Paso, TX (1998-2001, 2004-2006) and Bullhead City, AZ (2001-2004). His last three assignments were as a U.S. Army Recruiter where he earned the coveted Glenn E. Morrell Order of Recruiting Excellence award. Mr. Carnevale retired from the U.S. Army in February 2006.
Upon his retirement, Mr. Carnevale worked for the U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery School at Fort Bliss, TX as the Air Defense Artillery Branch Marketing Officer. He then relocated with his family to Grand Forks and worked as an Avionics Mechanic supporting Customs and Border Protection for three years before returning to federal service at the Grand Forks Air Force Base as a Unit Program Coordinator. He is now the Recruiting Operations Officer for the U.S. Army ROTC department at the University of North Dakota.
Mr. Carnevale is married to Tara (Hodnefield) Carnevale and has five children; daughters Celina (18), Regan (7), Summer (5) and Addison (4) and son Blake Felch (13).
Human Resource Assistant
Mr. Joseph Normandin
Bio Joe Normandin
Mr. Joe Normandin was born in Crookston, Minnesota and graduated from East Grand Forks Senior High, in May 1990. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in October 1990, and completed the Personnel Specialist Course at Keesler AFB, MS in Dec 1990.
His assignments include the 319th Mission Support Squadron, Grand Forks Air Force Base, ND (1990-1994), The Dean of Faculty, U.S. Air Force Academy, CO (1994-1999), where he received the Distinguished Graduate Award while attending Airman Leadership School. Headquarters Air Force Personnel Center, Randolph Air Force Base, TX (1999-2005), 51st Fighter Wing, Osan Air Base, South Korea (2005-2006), 37th Mission Support Squadron, Lackland Air Force Base, TX (2006-2009) and Headquarters United States Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein Air Base, Germany (2009-2014).
His two deployments include Operation Enduring Freedom in 2004 (Karshi-Khanabad Air Base, Uzbekistan) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (Balad Air Base, Iraq) in 2007. On 1 Nov 2014 he retired from the Air Force after 24 years of service. He now is the Human Resource Manager at UND Army ROTC.
Joe married YunKyong Kim in July 2008 and made their home in East Grand Forks, MN.
Bio Trudy Soli
On 6 Oct 1986 Trudy was hired as Secretary III at Army ROTC, Univ of North Dakota and has been there ever since. She started out doing DoDMERB physicals and security clearances and has worked herself up to the Office Manager. She does not plan on retiring any time soon.
In May 1993, she received the Univ of North Dakota Meritorious Service Award; Mar 2001 was presented with the Commanders Award for Public Service; Mar 2012 was awarded Commanders Award for Civilian Service and again May 2014 was awarded the UND Meritorious Service Award.
Trudy has volunteered in numerous positions to include: Elementary teacher's assistant, Girl Scout Leader, Soccer coach, baseball coordinator, Sunday School & Confirmation instruction, Volunteer & Wedding Coordinator, and Church Council. She keeps in contact with a number of Commissioned alumni and when notified of an overseas tour of duty (Iraq, Kubal, Afghanistan, etc), tries to send a package of goodies.
Trudy married Mike Soli July 1979 and made their home in EGF, MN. They have three grown children, Jason (Amber), Sr. System Analyst, Sioux Falls, SD, they have one child (Lucy); Nicole (Nathan), GFCVB Sales & Services Coordinator, EGF, MN, they have four children (Nolan, Addison, Asher and Harper) and Tyler, Rehab Assist/Yorhom Medical Essentials, Grand Forks, ND.
Mrs. Cindy Brinkley
Bio Cindy Brinkley
Mrs. Cindy R. Brinkley is from Mayville, North Dakota and enlisted in the U.S. Army in February 1977. She completed Basic Combat Training at Ft. McClullen, AL and her Advanced Individual Training at Ft Lee, VA as a Supply Specialist.
Her assignments included Ft. Carson, CO., Gelhausen, Germany, Ft. Sill, OK, Laundstuhl, Germany, Hanau Germany, and Fort Riley, KS. Her last assignment was as a U.S. Army NCOIC of 1st Battalion 1st Aviation. She retired from the US Army June 1995.
In March 2003, Ms. Brinkley joined the Cadet Command Team. Her assignments were at University of Kansas, Army ROTC, Mar 2003 to Feb 2013; Creighton University, Army ROTC, March 2013 to Oct 2014 and recently relocated with her family to Grand Forks and is working at University of North Dakota, Army ROTC as a Supply Technician.
Mrs. Brinkley is married to Robert (Bob) Brinkley and has two step children, three grandchildren, and three-four legged family members: Gus, Rufus, & Harley.