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Successful Alumni

 Learn How People Have Gained from ROTC

One of the best ways to see if Army ROTC is right for you is to learn how alumni have benefited from the experience. See how the skills they learned in ROTC have helped them build successful and satisfying careers.


BG James K. Gilman (Biology, Class of 1974)
Commanding General, Brooke Army Medical Center, Ft. Sam Houston, Texas.

Brigadier General Gilman is a 1974 graduate of Rose-Hulman in Biology, and went on to study medicine at Indiana University Medical School.  He has specialties of internal medicine, cardiology, and clinical cardiac electrophysiology.  General Gilman is currently serving as the Commanding General, Brooke Army Medical Center, at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.


LTC Jeff Trang
Army Experimental Test Pilot

LTC Trang is a 1983 Distinguished Military Graduate of Rose-Hulman, with a degree in electrical engineering.  He has over 3,000 flight hours in more than 50 different models of U.S. and foreign rotary and fixed-wing aircraft, and is currently assigned as an experimental test pilot, testing emerging technologies, at Fort Eustis, Virginia.


LTC (Ret) Eric Dietz
Director, Indiana Department of Homeland Security

A chemical engineering graduate of Rose-Hulman, Mr. Dietz holds a Ph. D. in chemical engineering from Purdue University.  After completing a 22 year career in the active duty Army, LTC Dietz was named as the first Director of the newly formed Indiana Department of Homeland Security by Gov. Daniels, in May 2004.


Thomas Rude '92
S3, Executive Officer

I graduated in 1992 with a degree in Computer Engineering.  After graduation, I attended the Army's Flight School and over the last 16 years have flown Bell UH-1's, OH-58A/C's, the Boeing AH-64A Apache and now the AH-64D Longbow Apache.  I've served in a variety of command and staff positions with the 101st Airborne Division, 6th Cavalry Brigade, and the 229th Attack Helicopter Regiment.  I am currently on my second tour in Iraq serving as the Executive Officer for the Combat Aviation Brigade in 1st Infantry Division out of Fort Riley, KS.

I've been married to my lovely wife, Tina, for 13 years and we have two sons, Zachary (7) and Ryan (5).

Thanks to the Rose-Hulman community and alumni for the continued support. We fight every day to help make this a more peaceful region and world in which to live. May God Bless the United States.


Michael Noonan '02

Before I begin with my military career, I would like to thank the key to my success, Laura Jean Noonan (Carlson), my wife. She is a fellow Rose graduate of 2002 (Mechanical Engineer / Chemical Engineer). The life of a military spouse is a very demanding and challenging journey. We have been blessed with two sons, Patrick in 2005 and Thomas in 2006.

I graduated in 2002 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. After graduation, I attended the Army's Flight School. Over the last 6 years I have flown TH 67s Bell Jet Rangers, OH-58A/C's, and the Sikorsky UH-60L Blackhawk. I've served at Fort Lewis WA, Fort Polk LA, and Fort Rucker AL in a variety of positions ranging from platoon leader of an Aviation maintenance section of over 100 soldiers to flight platoon leader of sixteen soldiers and four UH-60L and, most recently, Rear Detachment Executive Officer. My current station is Fort Riley KS. I am working at Camp Funston scheduling Army, Navy, and Air Force Transition Team Training. Transition Teams (advisers) are critical to the future stability of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Thank you for your unwavering support while this great nation is at war.



Jeff Montgomery '96

I graduated from Rose in 1996 as an Electrical Engineer. I was commissioned into the Texas National Guard as an Armor Officer and joined Co A 1-112AR in Wylie, TX.  I have served as a Tank Platoon Leader, Support Platoon Leader, Tank Company Commander (deployed for 12 mos on Operation Noble Eagle II), HHC Company Commander (deployed for 1.5 mos to New Orleans for Katrina / Rita), S3 Operations Officer for 3-124CAV, and am currently in Afghanistan as part of JTF Paladin in the counter-IED fight. 

My wife Lisa (SMWC, 1998) and my two children have supported this "second career" the whole time, as well as my traveling for my civilian job.



Chuck Marr
Lieutenant Colonel

Commissioned as an Armor Officer and served in the OPFOR at NTC, Company Command in the 101st Airborne Division. Selected for the acquisition corps and completed a M.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Louisville in 2000.  Recently served as the Science Advisor and Force Modernization Officer for TF Paladin at Bagram, Afghanistan. Currently at Fort Bragg preparing to be the Science Advisor to the Multi-National Corps-IRAQ Commander.


Jim Neal '91

Commissioned through the Army ROTC in 1991. Currently assigned as Battalion Engineer for a Military Police Battalion preparing for deployment to Iraq. Previously served all of my time in the reserves, most recently with Facility Engineer Team #5 (Indianapolis), 416th ENCOM.

I was awarded the Bronze Star for my service as the Operations Officer for my battalion (310th Military Police Battalion) at Camp Bucca, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08.

Neal is pictured with the Bronze Star Medal and certificate.

 MAJ Allen  

R. Ethan Allen '96
Major (Ret.)

I received my BS in Civil Engineering and Consulting Program Certificate From Rose-Hulman, and was commissioned in March of 1997 as an Infantry Officer in the Army National Guard.  After 4 years, I applied for active duty and reported to Fort Drum, NY in February of 2001.  My deployments and overseas service follow:

Kosovo, November 2001 – May 2002.  Rifle Platoon Leader, 1-32 IN, 10th Mountain Division

OEF, August 2003 – December 2003.  Brigade Plans Officer, 1st Brigade, 10th Mountain Division

OIF, August 2005 – July 2006.  Commander, D/1-87th Infantry, 1/10th Mountain Division.  Combat Advisor to 2/1/6 Iraqi Army Battalion in western Baghdad.

OIF, March 2010 – March 2011.  Operations and Intelligence Advisor to the Basra Provincial Police, then Chief of Operations for 3rd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division.

OEF, March 2012 – June 2012.  Commander, Security Forces Assistance Team 42 / Combat Advisor to 6/2/205 Kandak, Afghan National Army.

Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, August 2014 – August 2015.  Joint Operations and Exercises Advisor to the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Defense Operations Officer (J3), United States Military Training Mission – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Awards and Decorations:

Bronze Star (3), Purple Heart, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2), Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (3), Kosovo Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, NATO Medal (2), Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Infantry Badge, Basic Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge.

I am a graduate of the Command and General Staff College, DISAM Security Cooperation Management Course, and the Defense Strategy Course.  I hold an MA in Military Studies – Land Warfare, and am currently pursuing as MS in Project Management.

My education from Rose-Hulman contributed in a very important way to my success as an Infantry Officer.  Obviously, Rose-Hulman is a stressful but rewarding environment.  It taught me from the first day of class that no matter what was thrown at me I could prioritize, make a plan, and accomplish whatever tasks I had been given.  It also taught me that when things got very tough there was someone around to help me out – fellow cadets, classmates, and faculty.

Specifically, my Civil Engineering studies made me a better Infantry Officer in a way I would never have foreseen.  In combat, terrain means everything to an Infantryman; it dictates where you go and what you can do.  My civil engineering degree from Rose-Hulman trained me to quickly analyze terrain – open, wooded, rolling, or urban – and use that terrain to gain a tactical advantage.  



Jakob Bruhl '96

Commissioned through the Rose-Hulman ROTC program into the Corps of Engineers following graduation in 1996. Have served at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, Fort Polk, Louisiana, Kuwait, and Iraq. Currently pursuing a graduate degree in civil engineering at the University of Illinois. Will graduate in May 06 and report to the United States Military Academy at West Point for a 2-year tour teaching civil engineering to cadets.
Career Highlights:
 -- U.S. - Mexico border in summer 2000 as the logistics officer for an engineer battalion. Built anti-vehicular fences and roads for border patrol agents to assist in both the war on drugs and controlling illegal immigration.
 -- Kuwait in Feb 2003 as a Combat Heavy Engineer (Army-speak for construction) Company Commander. Our company did construction projects throughout Kuwait in support of forces building up for the invasion of Iraq in Mar 03.  Followed 3ID into Iraq and built a logistics base on an old Iraqi air base as well as a small enemy prisoner of war processing facility. Also worked with several other companies to build Camp Bucca - a large prisoner camp in southern Iraq.

On Rose-Hulman connections: It's always fun to meet an alum also serving in the military. In Kuwait, I ran into "Bubba" Puryear at the port. He was assisting with the port operations and I was receiving my equipment. I recently served in the same unit as Greg Gondeck. We served together for nearly a year in the 46th Engineer Battalion at Fort Polk. Also, while serving at Fort Polk, I crossed paths with Joel Magsig and Chris Safer. Small world.


Joel S. Magsig

Major Joel S. Magsig is the son of Col (Ret.) Charles W. Magsig and Jennifer C. Magsig of Deland, Florida. A '94 ME grad, Joel was commissioned in the Aviation branch of the U.S. Army. His initial assignment was to Ft. Rucker, AL where he completed Initial Entry Rotary Wing (IERW) training and subsequently completed the AH-64 (Apache) Aircraft Qualification Course in May, 1996. Joel's first operational assignment was to the 2-101 AVN at Fort Campbell, KY. There he served as a platoon leader in B Co. and as the Bn S2. Joel served in the 11th Aviation Regiment at Illesheim, Germany from 2000 to 2003. There he was the Regiment's S3 plans and the commander of A troop, 2-6 Cavalry. He commanded A troop during the initial combat phase of operations in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Major Magsig served as an Observer/Controller in the mock war fought at the Joint Readiness Training Center from 2003 until 2005 and is currently serving as a student in the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS.

Major Magsig's military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star and the Air Medal for combat operations, and the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and the ArmyAchievement Medal for service. He has earned the Combat Action Badge, the Senior Army Aviators Badge, the Parachutists Badge, and the Air Assault Badge, and has over 1600 flight hours in Army Aircraft.

In July, 1997 he married the former Miss Amy Rice of Naples, Florida. They have three sons, Luke Samuel (1999), James Andrew (2001), and Paul Philip (2005).



Rick Schwaiger '90

I was commissioned through the Army ROTC program at Rose-Hulman (BSME '90) and served on active duty as my initial assignment. I then entered the IRR, joined the civilian world, started a family with my wife, Sarah, and we now have two children. After completing my MBA and then the events of 9/11, I joined the IN ARNG in February 2003. I'm currently the Base Operations Commander of Forward Operating Base Jalalabad Airfield in eastern Afghanistan. It's a long way from Fort Wayne, IN and my job at International Truck and Engine Corp., but it's a very satisfying experience to help this country and its people while serving the United States.


Scott Wright '86
Lieutenant Colonel

I was an ROTC scholarship student at Rose-Hulman and graduated with a degree in Chem E. in 1986. Since then, I've been very fortunate in my military career and have had a great balance of overseas assignments and additional education opportunities. The Army has sent me back for 2 M.S. degrees at Stanford University and my Ph.D. at Colorado University (Boulder). Additionally, I've lived in Japan (3 years), Korea (1 year), Australia (2 years), Germany (1 year), and now...Iraq (for a 1 year combat tour). I work in the Medical Service Corps as a preventive medicine sciences officer (environmental engineering). 

Most of my work is using engineering skills to ensure that drinking water is safe, domestic and industrial wastewaters are treated to minimize adverse public health outcomes, and environmental quality monitoring for long-term health studies. Currently, we are conducting air quality monitoring in Iraq to assess the impact of particulate matter on Soldier and civilian health. It is the largest ambient air quality study done in this region of the world. I'm always grateful to the faculty and staff at RHIT for giving me a great academic experience.