Academic Year 2016-17
Lieutenant Colonel William L. Dionne
Research Topic: Defense Support to Civil Authorities
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Ed Dorn
Army Senior Mentor: Lieutenant General Timothy Kadavy
Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) William L. Dionne enlisted in the Maine Army National Guard in January of 1989 serving as an Infantryman in the 3-172 Infantry Battalion (Mountain), Brewer, Maine. He commissioned into the Infantry upon graduation from the Reserve Officers Training Corps at the University of Maine in 1992, and served as Rifle Platoon Leader, Communications Electronic Signal Officer and Company Commander with the 3-172 Infantry (Mountain). His next assignment was with the 1136 Transportation Company for the Liberation of Iraqi. Upon return to the states, his next assignments were with the 240 Regional Training Institute as an Officer Candidate School (OCS) TAC officer and then Operations Officer. He left the schoolhouse to deploy as the Support Operations Officer with the 286 Combat Sustainment Support Battalion for Operation Enduring freedom IX in Kandahar, Afghanistan. His next assignment was as a Brigade Personnel Officer, Battalion Operation Officer while concurrently serving as Operations Officer for FEMA Region 1 Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP). He then assumed Battalion Command of the 521 Troop Command and CERFP. A brief assignment to Joint Forces Headquarters as the Operations Officer was followed by a Brigade Operations Officer position.
LTC Dionne earned a Master of Education Degree with a concentration in Kinesiology and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Maine. His military education includes Mountain Warfare Summer and Winter Course, Defense Support to Civil Authorities Phase 1 and 2, Master Fitness Trainer Course, Tactical Certification Course, OCS TAC Officer Course, Intermediate Level Education, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Infantry Officer Basic course and Infantry Captains Career Course, FEMA Incident Command System 100, 200, 300, 700, 800.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with Numeral 7, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, Humanitarian Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (AFRM) with Silver Hour Glass, M device and numeral 2, NATO ISAF Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with numeral 2, Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon with numeral 7, Parachutists Badge, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star.
Colonel Vanessa K. Ragsdale
Research Topic: Organizing Effectively in Cyberspace
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Howard Prince
Army Senior Mentor: Lieutenant General Paul Nakasone
Colonel (COL) Vanessa K. Ragsdale enlisted in the Kansas Army National Guard during her junior year in high school in 1988. Following basic training at Fort Dix, New Jersey and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, she served as a Combat Medical Specialist in the 35th Infantry Division until receiving a Regular Army Commission in the Signal Corps and serving as the Gold Bar Recruiter for Emporia State University.
Upon graduation from the Signal Officer Basic Course and Branch Automation Officer Course, she served as a Platoon Leader in the 304th Signal Battalion, Camp Colbern, Korea. After departing Korea, she headed to Fort Hood, Texas, and served as a Platoon Leader and Executive/Operations Officer in the 313th Signal (Range Extension) Company and followed as the Battalion S1 (Human Resources Officer) for the 16th Signal Battalion, 3rd Signal Brigade.
After completing the Signal Officer Advanced Course and the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, COL Ragsdale served as the S6 (CIO) for the 125th Military Intelligence Battalion and then as the Commander for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 125th Signal Battalion, 25th Infantry Division. After company command she attended Advanced Civil Schooling at Hawaii Pacific University.
Upon graduation, she headed to Fort Hood, Texas, and served as the Deputy G6 (CIO) for the 4th Infantry Division and Multi National Division-Baghdad in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) 05-07. After graduation from the Command and General Staff College, she served as the Chief of Network Operations in the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, and Multi National Division-North in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) 09-11.
COL Ragsdale then served at United States Pacific Command (USPACOM) in the following positions: Director of the Cyber Fusion Center/Chief of Cyberspace Operations (J633), J3 for CYBERPAC (Provisional), Chief of Offensive Cyberspace Fires and Effects (J631), and as the UPSPACOM Deputy J63 of the Joint Cyber Center (CYBERPAC).
Following her assignment at USPACOM, COL Ragsdale returned to Korea where she was the first female to command the 304th Expeditionary Signal Battalion (ESB). She then moved to Ft Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas, to serve as the 106th Signal Brigade S3 (Director of Operations and Plans).
Her awards, decorations, and badges include the Bronze Star (x2), Defense Service Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (x4), Army Commendation (x3), Army Achievement Medal (x6), Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Ribbon with Bronze Star, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (x7), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Award (x2), and the Air Assault Badge.
COL Ragsdale is a native of Paola, Kansas, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Emporia State University and a Masters of Science in Information Systems from Hawaii Pacific University.
Chaplain (Colonel) Julie M. Rowan
Research Topic: Moral Agency and Strategic Competency: Causal Factors of Moral Injury in Time of Conflict
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Howard Prince
Army Senior Mentor: Chaplain (Major General) Paul Hurley
Chaplain Julie M. Rowan entered active duty in 1996. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Coastal Carolina College, Conway, South Carolina, and a Masters of Divinity Degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, North Carolina.
Her chaplain assignments include: Office of the Chief of Chaplains, Pentagon, Joint Force Headquarters – National Capitol Region and United States Army Military District of Washington, Fort McNair, Washington, DC; United States Military Academy, West Point, New York; PSYOP Group Airborne, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; David Dwight Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon, Georgia; Deployed to Bagram, Afghanistan; Brook Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas; 2/6 CAV Aviation Battalion, Illsheim Germany; Deployed to Albania; 29th Infantry Training Support, Fort Benning, Georgia; 1st 507 Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Georgia; 13th CSB, Fort Benning, Georgia.
Chaplain Rowan’s military education includes the Chaplain Basic and Advanced Courses, Chaplain Clinical Pastoral Education Advanced Program, and Intermediate Level Education Common Core
Her awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters; Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters; Army Achievement Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster; Meritorious Unit Commendation with two Oak Leaf Cluster, National Defense Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, and Parachutist Badge.
Chaplain Rowan is a native of Marion, South Carolina.
Lieutenant Colonel Marshall S. Scantlin
Research Topic: Strategic Risk Management Framework: How to Communicate Risk to Leaders
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Paul Miller
Army Senior Mentor: Lieutenant General Jeffery Buchanan
Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Marshall “Straus” Scantlin entered into military service in Houston, Texas, in 1997. He led a Civil Affairs team attached to 3rd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and 2nd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) during Operation Iraqi Freedom – 1 and has over five years of company command in Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 431st Civil Affairs Battalion, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 657th Regional Support Group, and Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 321st Civil Affairs Brigade. LTC Scantlin was most recently the Commander, 450th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne). Before entering active duty, LTC Scantlin worked for ten years as a Safety Engineer in Deer Park, Texas, and is currently a Certified Safety Professional.
LTC Scantlin graduated with a Bachelors degree in Nuclear Engineering in 1995 from Texas A&M University. In 1996, he earned a certificate in System Safety Engineering, also from Texas A&M University. In 2008, he graduated with a Masters of Science in Occupational Safety and Health from Columbia Southern University. LTC Scantlin continued his postgraduate studies at the Naval Postgraduate School and earned multiple graduate certificates in civil military operations.
LTC Scantlin is a graduate of various Army, Marine, Air Force, UN, and NATO courses to include the Civil Affairs Officer Advanced Course, U.S. Marine Corps Expeditionary Warfare Course, U.S. Air Force Squadron Officer School, Senior Transportation Officers Qualification Course, UN Civil Military Liaison Officer Course, Joint Planning Course, U.S. Army Command and Staff College, U.S. Air Force Air Command and Staff College, Advanced Joint Professional Military Education, NATO Civil Military Cooperation Staff Worker course, Joint Humanitarian Operations and Joint Domestic Operations Courses, Battalion Pre-Command Course, Defense Strategy Course, Tactical Battalion Development Program, and Senior Officer Legal Orientation.
LTC Scantlin’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Valorous Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Citation, Army Superior Unit Award, Combat Action Badge, Air Assault Badge, Basic Airborne Badge, German Armed Forces Badge of Military Proficiency in Gold, Netherlands Parachutist Badge, and the General Winfield Scott Civil Affairs Regiment Medallion in Bronze.
Colonel Marne L. Sutten
Research Topic: DoD Strategies for Supporting the 3Ds: Diplomacy, Defense, and Development
Faculty Advisor: Professor Jeremi Suri
Army Senior Mentor: Major General Roger Cloutier
Colonel (COL) Marne L. Sutten graduated from the University of Washington in 1995 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Signal Corps. Her first assignment was to Camp Red Cloud, Korea where she served as a Platoon Leader in D Company, 122nd Signal Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division. She was then assigned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where she served as a Brigade Assistant Operations Officer in the 35th Signal Brigade, and then as the A Company Executive Officer and Battalion S4 for the 327th Signal Battalion. She was then assigned to Germany where she served as the Brigade S6 for the 1st Armored Division Artillery Brigade. She then took Command of A Company, 32nd Signal Brigade and deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) from 2003 to 2004. Following Command, she served as the Brigade S6 for the 130th Engineer Brigade.
COL Sutten was then selected for the Joint Staff Intern program, where she received a Masters in Public Policy from Georgetown University, and then served as a Congressional Liaison in the House of Representatives. Her next assignment was to III Corps at Fort Hood, Texas, where she served as a Planner in the Commander’s Action Group, during which time she deployed to OIF in 2010. She then was assigned to 2nd Brigade (Black Jack), 1st Cavalry Division as the Brigade S6 and the Brigade Rear Detachment Commander. After moving to MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, COL Sutten served in the J6 for SOCCENT before taking command of the 2nd Joint Communications Squadron. As Commander of 2nd JCS, she deployed a joint force to establish the communications architecture for Operation United Assistance in Liberia in 2014.
COL Sutten’s military education includes the Signal Officer Basic Course, the U.S. Army Airborne School, the U.S. Army Jumpmaster School, the Marine Corps Command and Control Systems Course, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the Command and General Staff College, and the School of Advanced Military Studies.