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Cadet Battalion Commander - Matthew Nino

  • Matthew Nino is a Senior at Belmont University. As the Battalion Commander, Matthew is responsible for everything that the Battalion does or fails to do. He will commission as an active duty Ordnance  Officer (with a specialty in Explosive Ordnance Disposal) in May.

Cadet Executive Officer - Vanessa Jackson

  • Vanessa Jackson is a Senior nursing student at Belmont University. As the XO, Vanessa is responsible for the management of day-to-day activities, freeing the commander to concentrate on strategy. She will commission as an active duty Nurse Corps Officer in May.

Cadet Company Commander - Rebecca Anderson

  • Cadet Beca Anderson is a senior biology student at Lipscomb University.  As company commander, she is responsible for supervising, organizing, and training of all cadets.  She will be an active duty military intelligence officer upon graduating and commissioning this May.

Cadet S1/S2 - Tressa Fell

  • Tressa Fell is a Senior nursing student at Belmont University. As the S1, Tressa is the principal staff officer for personnel support, and as the S2 she is the unit's security officer. She will commission as an active duty Nurse Corps Officer in May.

Cadet S3 - Darrell Williams

  • Darrel Williams is a Senior graduate student at Tennessee State University. As the S3, Darrell is responsible for training every aspect of a battalion's operations. He will commission as an active duty Medical Services Officer in May.

Cadet S4 - Claire Bautch

  • Claire Bautch is a Senior nursing student at Belmont University. As the S4, Claire is in charge of the supplies of the battalion. She will commission as an active duty Nurse Corps Officer in May.

Cadet S5 - Jake Peevy

  • Jake Peevy is a senior at Vanderbilt University studying economics and is the battalion S-5. As S-5, Jake is in charge of recruiting and acts as the liaison between the battalion and Vanderbilt University for coordinating external events. He is assigned to active duty and will commission as a Field Artillery officer in May 2020.

Cadet S6 - James Haley

  • James Haley is a senior at Vanderbilt University studying economics and is the battalion S-6. As S-6, James is in charge of running the battalion social media platforms as well as maintaining outreach through the use of the Newsletter and website. He is assigned to active duty and will commission as a Transportation officer in May 2020.

Cadre and Staff


Lieutenant Colonel Dustin Mitchell

LTC Mitchell was commissioned as an Infantry Officer in 1998 following graduation from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering.  His first assignment was with the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, Fort Campbell, Kentucky from 1999 to 2002, including a deployment to Kosovo. While in the battalion, he served as a Rifle Platoon Leader, Support Platoon Leader, and Company Executive Officer.

Upon graduation from the Infantry Captains Career Course, LTC Mitchell served as an assistant operations officer in both the Headquarters, 1st Infantry Division and 2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division where he deployed from Germany to Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004. Upon return from the deployment, he assumed command of Echo Troop, 4th Cavalry (Brigade Reconnaissance Troop) and deployed the Troop to combat in 2006 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Following command, LTC Mitchell served as a Small Group Instructor, Team Chief, and Course Manager of the Maneuver Captains Career Course at Fort Knox, Kentucky from 2008 to 2011. He then attended the Command and General Staff College where he completed studies as an Art of War Scholar. In 2011, he also completed a Master in Business Administration at Western Kentucky University.

After graduation, LTC Mitchell rejoined the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas as the Operations Officer for 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade, where he deployed to Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2012. Following the deployment, LTC Mitchell served as the Brigade Operations Officer for 4th Brigade, 1st Infantry Division.

LTC Mitchell’s next assignment was at the Pentagon where he served in the third cohort of the Chief of Staff of the Army’s Strategic Studies Group and subsequently served as a special assistant to the Chief of Staff of the Army.

In 2016, LTC Mitchell began his command of 4th Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, Fort Bliss, Texas where he again led Infantrymen in combat in Afghanistan in 2017. Following battalion command, LTC Mitchell was assigned to Vanderbilt University as the Professor of Military Science.

LTC Mitchell’s military training and education includes the Basic Airborne Course, Air Assault School, Ranger School, the Infantry Basic and Captains Career Courses, the Cavalry Leader’s Course, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the Joint Firepower Course, and the Command and General Staff School.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (3 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (3 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (2 OLC), Ranger Tab, Army Staff Badge, and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge.


MountLieutenant Colonel  Matthew Mount

LTC  Mount is currently serving as the Assistant Professor of Military Science for Vanderbilt AROTC. He can be reached by phone at (615) 322-8554, or by email at

LTC Matthew Mount was born and raised in the northern suburbs of Chicago.  He began his military training right out of high school, attending ROTC Basic Camp at Fort Knox, KY in 1978.  He then went to Brigham Young University to study and later received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, where he also was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant, Field Artillery, with the Indiana National Guard.  He later received his Master’s Degree from Webster University in Business and Organizational Security Management, graduating with honors. 

LTC Mount’s military education includes the Field Artillery Officer’s Basic Course, Airborne School, Military Police Captain’s Career Course, and Command General Staff College.

While serving as an officer in the National Guard and later United States Army Reserve, he also served as a police officer with the City of Indianapolis.  He was discharged from the USAR in 1998 and was later reappointed as a captain with the Military Police Corps with the USAR.  He was assigned in September 2010 to serve with the 310th ESC, with which he deployed to Iraq in January 2011.  Upon his return from Iraq, he retired from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and was hired into the Active Guard Reserve to serve at the Human Resource Command at Fort Knox, KY. While there, he worked as the Branch Manager for Infantry/Armor AGR officers, and was later made an Account Manager in the Officer Personnel Management Directorate where he managed the positions of 101 major commands.  In March of 2016 he was moved to Nashville, TN to serve as the Assistant Professor of Military Science for Vanderbilt University.

During his career as a police officer, he worked in a variety of positions, to include, motorcycle officer, narcotics detective, police academy instructor, public information officer and spokesman for the chief of police and the department.  He had been promoted to the rank of lieutenant and working as a shift commander when he retired. 

His military career included postings as a fire direction officer, executive officer, fire direction control officer, company commander, mobilization officer, battle captain, Infantry/Armor AGR assignment officer, USAR Command Account Manager, and now APMS.

LTC Mount’s awards include the Bronze Star, two Meritorious Service Medals, the Army Commendation Medal, two Army Achievement Medals, among others.

MSG SimsMaster Sergeant Jeremy C. Sims

Master Sergeant (MSG) Sims is the Senior Military Science Instructor at Vanderbilt University Army ROTC.

Master Sergeant Sims is from Cleveland, Mississippi and entered the United States Army on 20 Feb 1998. He completed One Station Unit Training as a 19D, Cavalry Scout, at Fort Knox, Ky.  He transitioned to the Air Defense branch as a 14J, after a 16-month break in service in 2004.

Master Sergeant Sims’s assignments include the following: First Sergeant, 11th Missile Defense Battery; Operations NCOIC for US Northern Command - J3; Operations Sergeant, 14th Missile Defense Battery, JBPH-H, Hawaii; Detailed Recruiter -Station Commander, Martin, Tennessee; Operations Sergeant, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Assistant Operations Sergeant, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Assistant Operations Sergeant, I CORPS G3 AMD, Fort Lewis, Washington.

Master Sergeant Sims has deployed in support of the following operations: Operation Joint Forge (Bosnia-Herzegovina); Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and “Other” Named Operations.

Master Sergeant Sims has completed numerous military schools and courses to include Space 200, Sensor Manager Leader Development Course, Army Recruiter Course, Airborne School, USMC Scout Swimmer Course. His Non-commissioned Officer Education  includes the United States Naval War College – Primary Enlisted  PME course, the Joint Special Operations University – Enterprise Management Course, Senior Enlisted Joint PME 1&2, and the Senior Leaders Course.

His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (2OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (4OLC), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (3 OLC), Combat Action Badge, Basic Parachutist Badge, Army Basic Space Badge, Army Recruiter Badge. 

Mr. ThompsonMr. Darrell Thompson

Mr. Darrell Thompson is currently serving as Recruiting Operations Officer for Vanderbilt University AROTC, he can be reached by phone at (615) 343-7616 office, (615) 389-3247 cell or by email at

Mr. Thompson joined the “Go Gold” Battalion in May of 2018 after serving as the Marketing and Advertising manager for 7th Brigade Army ROTC HQ.  Mr. Thompson has been with cadet Command for ten years since his retirement from active duty (US Army) with 21 years of service to his country. During his career he achieved the rank of Master Sergeant (MSG). 

Mr. Thompson’s duty positions while on active duty included: Senior Military Science Instructor, Army ROTC (Tennessee Tech University), Platoon Sergeant, US Army Recruiter, TOW Anti-Tank Missile crew instructor, Equal Opportunity Officer, TOW Master Gunner Course Instructor, Squad Leader and Track Vehicle Operator. Mr. Thompson’s assignments included 1/327th IN, and 1/502nd IN, Fort Campbell, KY, 2/29th IN, Fort Benning, GA, 1/503rd IN, Camp Casey Korea, 1/15th IN, Kitzingen, Germany, Iraq and Wichita, KS. 

Mr. Thompson, is a graduate of the Recruiting Operations Officers Course, Human Resources Assistant course, Advanced NCO Course, Equal Opportunity course, US Army Recruiting/Retention course, Basic NCO Course, Primary Leader Development course, TOW master Gunner course, Instructor Trainer Course, Master Fitness Course, US Army Airborne School, and US Army Air Assault School.  Mr. Thompson is a graduate of the University of Louisville with a Bachelor’s degree in education.  He is currently pursuing his Master’s in Organizational Development and Leadership.  

Mr. Thompson has been awarded the Bronze Star medal, Meritorious Service Medal; Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; Army Good Conduct Medal; Recruiter Ring; National Defense Service Medal; Korean Defense Service Ribbon; Global War on Terrorism Medal; Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Infantry Badge (CIB) and earned the Expert Infantry Badge (EIB).

Mr. Thompson’s Civilian awards include, 2014 Brigade Civilian of the Year and the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service.

Mr. HuletteMr. Robert Hulette

Mr Hulette is a native of Franklin, TN, and has held a Commission in the Medical Service Corps,  U.S. Army Reserve for the past 16 years. He is a graduate of Montgomery Bell Academy, and has degrees in both Biological Science and Environmental Policy from the University of Tulsa and attend graduate schools in Public Health and Epidemiology at the George Washington University, and completed his Master of Business Administration from Columbia Southern University. He is Board-certified in Biological Safety Microbiology, is a Registered Sanitarian, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Project Management, as well as being a FEMA-Certified Continuity of Operations Planner and Advanced EMT. He completed the ISDA/Johns Hopkins Infection Control Fellowship and was a Volunteer Research Fellow in Microbial Ecology at the NIH.

He began his military career as a Field Medical Officer for the 429th MEDEVAC BN in Savannah Georgia, and then on the Brigade Special Staff of the 332nd Medical BDE. He then took command of the 452nd PM Detachment (ENTO) in Perrine, FL leading its activities through hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Mr Hulette was then selected as special projects officer to stand-up the Southeast Medical Area Readiness Support Group (SE-MARSG), the first unit of its kind. After the stand-up of the unit was complete, Mr Hulette Served as the Commander, HHD, SE-MARSG. 

Mr Hulette was then assigned as staff epidemiologist at the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center in Silver Spring, MD working on both global infectious disease and mental health problems for the Department of Defense. 

Following this assignment, Mr Hulette was assigned to Support Operations for U.S. Army Public Health Command, at APG, MD where he was the Global Continuity of Operations Planner for all Army Public Health Operations.

Mr Hulette is presently assigned as OIC, CTAC3 for the USAR Consequence Management Unit, part of the DoD's primary response to any CBRNE incident Worldwide.

Mr Hulette has served in Ecuador, Korea, Canada, and the UK and is a graduate of numerous military schools including the Military History Instructor Course, the Medical Care for Chemical and Biological Casualties course, the Continuity of Operations train-the trainer course, Introduction to Medical Intelligence Course, Introduction to Military Preventive Medicine Course, the Diseases of Military Importance Course, The Unit Safety Management Course, The Deployment Occupational and Environmental Health Surveillance Course, The Military Operations Other Than War course (MOOTW), the Junior Officer Leadership Development Training Seminar, Risk Communication Course, the Environment al Officer Course, the Company/Detachment Pre-command course, AMEDD Officer Basic Course, and holds a basic Nuclear weapons certification and a incident management certification, as well as numerous other courses

His Military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, The Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), The Army Achievement Medal (1OLC) The Military Outstanding Volunteer Achievement Medal, and 6 ODT ribbons as well as others, and has received two citations form the Army of the Republic of Korea and one from the Republic of Ecuador.

As a civilian Mr Hulette has worked in corporate, government and consulting contexts primarily in healthcare and R&D. He holds academic appointments at Vanderbilt and Meharry Medical College and has published numerous academic articles.

Mr. BradleyMr. Bruce D. Bradley

Mr.  Bradley is currently serving as the Supply Technician for Vanderbilt AROTC. He can be reached by phone at (615) 322-8556, or by email at

His previous assignments include: Logistics Management Specialist, Logistics Management Specialist (Ammo), and Squad Leader, C Company, 1st Battalion, 3d US Infantry Regiment, The Old Guard (TOG). 

Mr. Bradley is a graduate from Ammo Hazmat Course, Six Sigma, Advance Noncommissioned Officer's Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officer's Course, Unit Supply Specialist Course, Primary Leadership Development Course, Unit Prevention Leader Course, Leadership Development Course, Airborne School, Jungle Survival Course, Ranger Indoctrination Program, Infantry Combat Basic Course. 

Additionally, he graduated with an Associate's Degree in Business from Calhoun College, and a Bachelor's Degree in Management Information Systems from Columbia College, Columbia MO.

walden photoMr. Kenneth Walden

Mr. Kenneth W. Walden is currently serving as the Administrative Assistant for Vanderbilt AROTC. He can be reached by phone at (615) 322-8550, or by email at

Mr. Walden joined the “Go Gold” Battalion as an Administrative Assistant in March of 1997 after his retirement from active duty military with 22 years of service to his country. During his career he achieved the rank of Sergeant First Class (SFC). 

He began his career in the Army as an enlisted Soldier in the branch of Field Artillery and after his initial enlistment changed his branch to administration. SFC Walden entered the Army in 1975. He attended Basic Training at Fort Knox, Kentucky and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.  

SFC Walden's  assignments include Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, Fort Campbell, Kentucky; United States Army Detachment, Izmir, Turkey; Headquarters and Headquarters Company Division Support Command, Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Headquarters Company, 8th United States Army, Yongsan, Korea; 86th Evacuation Hospital, Fort Campbell, Kentucky; United States Army MEDDAC, Fort Campbell, Kentucky; 23rd Area Support Group, Camp Humphreys, Korea and Vanderbilt University Army ROTC Detachment, Nashville, Tennessee.    

His military schooling includes the Inspector General Orientation Course; Advanced Noncommissioned Officer's Course; Senior Leadership Refresher Course; Primary Leadership Development Course; Battalion Training Management Course; SIDPERS Unit Level Training Course and Field Artillery Basic Course.

His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal 8th Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Achievement Medal 2nd Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Good Conduct Medal 7th Award.