Cadre & Staff

UNH ROTC Cadre and Staff in conference room

The Wildcat Battalion Cadre are experienced U.S. Army Officers and NCOs who have been all over the world, and collectively represent 148 years of military service. their expertise ranges from Special Forces and Infantry, to Transportation, Military Intelligence and Medical Service. These men and women are teachers, mentors, and role models who guide the cadets through their college years and prepare them to confidently take a commission, and lead soldiers as Officers in the United States Army.

  • LTC Andrew Ruszkiewicz graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh where he earned a Bachelor’ degree in History and was commissioned as a Field Artillery Officer.  His first duty assignment was in the 6-37 Field Artillery Battalion at Camp Casey, Korea where he served as a Battery Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer.  After serving one year in Korea, he was assigned as a Fire Support Officer to the 82d Airborne Division. During his time in the 82d Airborne Division, he served…
  • SFC Alexander enlisted in the United States Army from Charlotte, NC in 2008. He completed One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Benning, Georgia as an Infantryman. Serving in various enlisted leadership positions from Team Leader, Squad Leader, Weapon’s Squad Leader, Drill Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant, and First Sergeant. SFC Alexander’s previous assignments include 1st Battalion 28th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion 1st Infantry Regiment, 3rd Battalion 15th Infantry Regiment, 1st Battalion…
  • CPT Blankenship is from Winter Park, FL. He attended Virginia Tech, where he graduated with a BA in History and minor in Leadership. Upon Graduation in May 2011 he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Field Artillery.      CPT Blankenship was assigned to 2nd Cavalry Regiment, stationed in Vilseck, Germany. While assigned to the Regiment, Captain Blankenship served as a Fire Direction Officer and Platoon Leader in Bulldog Battery, Field Artillery Squadron. In September 2013 he…
  • Recruiting Operations Officer
    Recruiting and Retention
    CSM (RET) Joseph LaPlante Jr. was born in Worcester, Massachusetts. He completed Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and Fort Sill, Oklahoma, from January 1977 to September 1977. He served as a Fire Support Specialist, Armorer, and Career Counselor for B Battery, 1st Battalion, 29th FA from 1978 to 1980 at Fort Carson, Colorado. In October 1981, he completed the Army Recruiter Course and was assigned as a Field Recruiter to the New Bedford,…
  • CPT Pat Mitchell was born and raised in Foxboro, Massachusetts and graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2013 with a B.S. in Economics. Upon graduation, CPT Mitchell commissioned as a Transportation Officer and attended the Basic Officer Leadership Course at Fort Lee, VA. He served as a Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, and Battalion S4 in the 593rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command at Fort Lewis, WA. After graduating from the Logistics Captain’s Career Course, CPT…
  • MAJ James Moats arrived to the University of New Hampshire 01 March 2021. Prior to this assignment, MAJ Moats served as Field Artillery and TRADOC advisor to the Royal Saudi Land Forces with Unites States Military Training Mission, CENTCOM December 2019 – February 2021. As a Captain MAJ Moats Commanded the New Hampshire Recruiting Company, USAREC December 2016 – November 2020. MAJ Moats served as the Assistant Operations Officer for 1-9 Field Artillery June 2015 – November 2016.  MAJ Moats…
  • Military Personnel Tech.
    HR & Office Management
    Brenda is the personnel and administrative expert here at UNH Army ROTC. She is responsible for the handling of all cadet records and fielding all technical questions related to the program and military benefits.
  • Captain Luke Rand is from Derry, New Hampshire, and graduated from Norwich University in 2015 where he earned a Bachelor’ degree in Criminal Justice and was commissioned as a Quartermaster Officer. His first duty assignment was in 1-319th Airborne Field Artillery Brigade, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, where he served as a Maintenance Control Officer and Executive Officer. He was then assigned as the Executive Officer for Headquarters and Headquarter Company, 82nd Brigade…
  • Career Counselor
    Major Sanders started his higher education at Missouri State University with a degree in Public Administration, Urban & Regional Planning. He later received his M.S. degree in Economic Development, Community, and Regional Planning from University of Southern Maine. He began his Military Career branching into the Infantry as an enlisted soldier and achieved the rank of Sergeant First Class. Choosing to continue his career in the Officer Corp, he attended Officer Candidate School (OCS) and…
  • MSG Wagner enlisted in the United States Army from Gainesville, Florida in 2003. He completed One Stop Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Knox, Kentucky as a Cavalry Scout. Serving in various enlisted leadership positions from Team Leader, Squad Leader, Section Sergeant, Instructor, Observer-Controller-Trainer, Platoon Sergeant, Platoon Leader, First Sergeant, and Career Manager. MSG Wagner’s previous assignments include V Corps G3, 5th Squadron 15th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Squadron 2nd Cavalry…
  • Supply Technician
    David Zylman received a BS degree in business administration from SNHU, an AS degree in security administration from Community College of the AF, and was a 1975 graduate of Mona Shores HS in Muskegon, MI. He began his military career in the USAF, spending 20 years as a security policeman, with assignments in Europe, Asia, and CONUS. In addition to basic training and technical school at Lackland AFB, TX, David attended assorted schools from Albuquerque, NM to Wiesbaden, GE. David has performed…