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Over 100 Cadets are enrolled in the Pitt State ROTC Gorilla Battalion, these young men and women are learning the skills required in today's Army. Currently two dozen of these Cadets receive full tuition scholarships from the Army. With an annual mission to produce 14 Officers for the Army, Pitt State has commissioned 1,225 Army Officers over the past 61 years. Former Cadets have gone on to all branches of the Army and whether they only serve a few years, or go on to become career Officers, these alumni continue to make the Pitt State Gorilla Battalion proud to have been part of their lives. GORILLAS ALWAYS!
Battalion Commander (BN CDR) CDT LTC Decker
The Battalion Commander (BN CDR) is directly responsible for the operations of the gorilla battalion. The BN CDR approves and oversees all battalion operations and reports directly to the Professor of Military Science. Along with the Battalion Executive Officer (BN XO) and the Command Sergeant Major, the BN CDR guides the Battalion towards success. The BN CDR leads from the front by being the highest ranking cadet officer and setting the example for the rest of the cadet battalion.
Battalion Executive Officer (BN XO) CDT MAJ Denton
The BN XO is second in command of the gorilla battalion and oversees the operations and plans of all specialty shops, e.i. , S-1, S-2, S-3, S-4, S-5, S-6. He or she also prepares subordinate units for future employment by organizing and scheduling weekly or daily battalion leadership meetings. The BN XO also is tasked to monitor battalion readiness in all planned events and to ensure all key leaders are doing their duties to standard.Under special conditions or missions, the BN CDR may give the BN XO temporary command of a portion of the force and act on his or her behalf.
Command Sergeant Major (BN CSM) CDT CSM Fatkin
The BN CSM is the senior enlisted personnel and is the principal adviser to the BN CDR on the state of morale,discipline, and training of cadets within the gorilla battalion. The main responsibility of the CSM is to set the standard for all training events and to be an example to follow. The CSM leads from the front by managing the battalion physical fitness program and by ensuring that all cadets maintain a professional appearance in uniform.
Battalion S1, Human Resources Officer, CDT CPT Leiker
The BN S1 is the primary staff officer responsible for all matters concerning human resource management at the battalion level. The S1 is responsible for recording attendance for battalion events, to keep track of all personal qualifications and accomplishments of individual cadets, and to advise and offer solutions to the BN CDR on personnel issues.
Battalion S2, Intelligence and Security Officer, CDT CPT Ibenthal
The BN S3 is the principal staff officer responsible for the planning and coordination of all battalion events, both present and future. He or she is responsible for managing and leading two staffs, future operations (FUOPS) and current operations (CUOPs). The BN S3 utilizes the two staffs to delegate battalion responsibilities and to ensure deadlines are met in accordance to the battalion long range training calendar (LRTC).
Battalion S3, Operations and Training Officer, CDT MAJ Mindez
Battalion S4, Logistics Officer, CDT CPT Edwards
The BN S4 is the principle staff officer that is responsible for battalion logistics. The main responsibility of the BN S4 is to ensure all cadets are supplied with the proper equipment and to ensure that resources such as food, water, and ammunition are readily available for training. The S4's tasks consist of overseeing the maintenance and issue of sensitive items such as weapon systems and training aids, writing memorandums for future battalion expenses, and monitoring the cadet fund budget throughout the year.
Battalion S5, Information Operations Officer, CDT MAJ Nolen
The BN S5 is the principal staff officer for all matters concerning the Positive Information Campaign. The BN S5 helps establish a positive and continuous relationship with alumni and outside organizations to help build a strong and lasting support system for the battalion. The BN S5's main responsibility is to ensure that all battalion events and accomplishments are documented and presented in a professional manner.
Battalion S6, Signal and Communications Officer , CDT CPT Caskey
The BN S6 is the principal officer for all matters of command, control, communications, and computer operations. The main responsibility of the BN S6 is to develop and perform modifications to the PSU Army ROTC webpage and to oversee the maintenance and issue of radios during training events. The BN S6 is also responsible for maintaining the operation of the Cadet Training Area (CTA) and office supplies, as well as assisting the BN S5 in updating the battalion's social media websites.