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

MAJ 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. 

MAJ 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.

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

MAJ Mount was married for 17 years to his late wife before her passing in 1999.  They had five children.  He remarried and has now been married to his current wife for almost 18 years.  He is a devout husband and proud father and very active with his church family.


Professor of Military Science
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Lieutenant Colonel Rusty G. Rhoads started his military career as an Infantry Soldier in 1994 with Company B, 1st Battalion, 161st Infantry Regiment, Washington Army National Guard. In 1997 he earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Washington State University along with a commission in the Corps of Engineers as a Distinguished Military Graduate. He is a graduate of the Engineer Officer Basic Course, Engineer Captain’s Career Course, Joint Engineer Operations Course, and the Army Command and General Staff College. He has earned a Master of Business Administration from Webster University, is a licensed Professional Engineer and is certified as a Project Management Professional by the Project Management Institute.

From 1997 through 2006 LTC Rhoads worked in the private sector for Granite Construction Company, Inc. as a Project Engineer on the $1.5 billion Interstate 15 reconstruction contract in Salt Lake City, Utah; Robison Construction, Inc. where he was Project Manager for several multi-million dollar pipeline contracts on Oahu, Hawaii; and Project Manager for Infrastructure Services, Inc. building freeway and city arterial contracts in the Houston, Texas area. 

His previous assignments include Platoon Leader in the 116th Construction Support Engineer Company; Civil Engineer Officer in the 115th Engineer Group (Construction); Company Executive Officer for Company C, 1th Battalion, 415th Infantry Regiment; Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer in the 411th Engineer Combat Battalion (Heavy), Honolulu, Hawaii; Commander, Headquarters and Support Company, 980th Engineer Combat Battalion (Heavy), Austin, Texas; Operations Officer, 980th Engineer Battalion; Chief Engineer, Regional Support Command – North, NATO Training Mission – Afghanistan; Engineer Branch Assignments Officer at Army Human Resources Command, Fort Knox, Kentucky; and Director of Public Works for the U.S. Army Reserve Theater Support Group - Pacific.

His combat experience includes tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2004 and 2005 he was deployed to Iraq in the 411th Engineer Combat Battalion (Heavy) where he performed Combat and General Engineering in support of the 1st Cavalry Division. In 2011 he was assigned as Chief Engineer for Regional Support Command – North, NATO Training Mission – Afghanistan where he was the senior Engineer for the northern region of Afghanistan composed of nine provinces; he was responsible for the construction of all tactical infrastructure to sustain the Afghan National Security Forces and for serving as the northern region executive agent of NATO Training Mission – Afghanistan in matters pertaining to the strategic basing of the Afghan National Security Forces.

His military awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Award, Army Superior Unit Award, Iraq Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, NATO Medal and the Combat Action Badge. He is also a recipient of the U.S. Army Engineer Regiment’s Bronze de Fleury Medal.

 Senior Military Instructor
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 Telephone: (334)727-8379

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.

Executive Officer/MSIII Instructor
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Telephone: (334)727-8378

CPT Rodney G. Bolden Jr. is a native of Brandywine, Maryland. He entered the United States Army as a Second Lieutenant in December 2006. He completed the Basic Officer Leaders’ Course and Field Artillery Officer Basic Course at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. After successfully completing his obligation as a Field Artillery Officer, in 2011 CPT Bolden then transitioned to the United States Army Signal Corps. 

CPT Bolden’s previous assignments include: 1-15th Field Artillery Battalion as a platoon Fire Direction Officer (2007-2008), Camp Hovey, Korea; 1-9 Infantry Battalion as a company Fire Support Officer (2008-2008), Camp Casey, Korea; 2-12 Infantry Battalion as a company Fire Support Officer (2008-2009) Fort Carson, Colorado; 2-77 Field Artillery Battalion as a Battalion Fire Direction Officer (2009-2011) Fort Carson, Colorado; and 2-3 Brigade Special Troops Battalion as the Signal Company Commander (2011-2013) Fort Stewart, Georgia; 3rd Infantry Division G6 (2013-present) Fort Stewart, Georgia.

His military education includes the Airborne Course, M109A6 Paladin Leaders Course, Signal Officer Branch Qualification Course, Signal Officer Advance Course, and the Signal Captain’s Career Course. CPT Bolden’s awards include the Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Unit Citation, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Service Medal with one Bronze Star, Global War on Terrorism, Korean Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with Numeral 2, National Defense Service Medal, Combat Action Badge, and the Airborne Badge. 

CPT Bolden has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in World History from Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is currently working on his Master’s Degree in Network Security Management. 

Recruiting Operations Officer/Instructor
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Telephone: (334) 727-8379

Mr. Mack is a native of Birmingham, Alabama. He currently serves in the US Army Reserves as a Major under the 3BDE, 75th Training Command, Gulf 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) Roll Tide Battalion. Senior Military Science Instructor, Assistant Recruiting Operations Officer at Furman University (South Carolina) 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 where he works in the production department. He also plays semi-professional football. He is working to complete a Master of Fine Arts Degree in TV Production. 

Recruiter/Instructor/Army National Guard Liaison
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Telephone: 334-728-5230    

SFC Pedro C. Broomes was born in Barbados, West Indies, and reared in Bronx, New York. He joined the United States Army on 12 January 1996, and attended Basic Training and Advance Individual Training at Fort Knox, Ky. He enlisted as a Bradley Turret Mechanic. He joined the Alabama Army National Guard in July 2000.

SFC Broomes has served in multiple units including HHC 1-29 Infantry Regiment, Fort Benning, Ga.; Alpha Company, 1-167 Infantry Battalion, Valley, Alabama. During his tenure in Alpha Company, SFC Broomes served in a CONUS Deployment and three hurricane duty assignments. He also served in 167th Forward Support Company, Oxford Alabama; and most recently with the 22nd Recruiting and Retention Battalion in Montgomery, Ala.

SFC Broomes has served in a variety of positions such as Brigade Bradley Turret Mechanic, Alpha Company Bradley Turret Mechanic (SL), Alpha Company Motor Sergeant (PSG), Detachment 08 Recruiting Sustainment Program (RSP) Admin NCO, Battalion Recruiting NCO, Officer Strength Management (OSM) Team NCO (Tuskegee University) and, 22nd R&R Battalion Recruiting NCO (TL).

SFC Broomes’ military education includes Air Assault School, Combat Life Saver (CLS), Primary Leadership Development Course (PLDC), Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course (BNCOC), Recruiting and Retention School, Instructor Training Course (ITC), Recruiting Operations Officer (ROO) Course, Officer Strength Management Course (OSM) and Senior Leaders Course (SLC).

SFC Broomes’ awards and badges include the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal (3rd Award), the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the NCO Development Ribbon, the Good Conduct Medal, the Recruiter Ribbon, the Armed Forces Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, Reserve Achievement Medal (2nd Award), Driver’s Badge Track, Mechanic’s Badge Track, and Master Recruiter’s Badge.

SFC Broomes holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Troy University. He is a member of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and the National Guard NCO Association. SFC Broomes is married to the former Syretta Jones of Smiths, Alabama; they have three children, Pedro, Xavius and Alexius.

Human Resources Technician
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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 graduated 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 23 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, and one adopted daughter, Krya McGill.

Supply Technician/ MS I Instructor
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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.


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