Cadet Staff Biographies
Cadet Michael Myers
Cadet Michael Myers is a senior at Boston University studying Operations Management and Business Administration. Cadet Myers studied Russian as part of the Project GO program at San Diego State University. He then attended and successfully completed Ft. Benning’s Air Assault Course and the Sachkhere Mountain Warfare School in the Republic of Georgia. Most recently he trained with 15th Military Intelligence Battalion in Ft. Hood, TX after completing Cadet Command’s Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC), where he received an overall rating of “Excellence”. Cadet Myers has competed with the CRB’s Ranger Challenge team and is the commander of the Scabbard and Blade National Honor Society.
Battalion Executive Officer
Cadet Andrew Manelski
Cadet Manelski is from Orange County, CA. He is pursuing a double major in International Relations and Political Science and is currently conducting work for distinction in both majors. He achieved an overall rating of “Excellent” and was named platoon top 5 during his summer at the Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC). He subsequently attended Cadet Troop Leader Training (CTLT) in Washington DC and currently serves as the Captain of the Ranger Challenge team and a member of the Scabbard and Blade National Honor Society. Cadet Manelski has also participated in Project GO studying Russian through San Diego State University, Arizona State University, and the Institute of Economics and Business in Kazan, Russia.
Cadet Tim Leung
Cadet Tim Leung is a Mathematics major and Computer Science minor at Stonehill College. From 2010 to 2012 he was a Teaching Assistant in the Computer Science Department and tutored elementary mathematics for Easton elementary school students. In 2011 and 2012 he participated in CULP Tanzania where he taught English and Mathematics in Tanzanian elementary schools. After completing LDAC, Cadet Leung participated in CTLT where he shadowed a 1LT in a Military Police unit for approximately one month in Fort Riley, Kansas. Cadet Leung is looking to commission as a Signal or Field Artillery Officer in May 2014.
Command Sergeant Major
Cadet Andres Nanez
Cadet Andres Nanez is originally from Bogota, Colombia and is now a senior at Bridgewater State University majoring in Political Science. Cadet Nanez enlisted in the Massachusetts Army National guard as 12B or Combat Engineer in 2010. He attended Basic Combat Training and Advance Individual Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri in the summer of 2011. Cadet Nanez currently serves as an SMP Cadet with 182nd Engineer Co (Sapper). Cadet Nanez has also attended the WHINSEC program where he graduated as a distinguished honor graduate. He completed Warrior Forge at Joint Base Lewis-McCord where he earned the Recondo badge, highest APFT score for his Regiment, and placed top 5 in his platoon for his achievements. Cadet Nanez enjoys staying in shape and is hoping to branch Infantry.
Cadet Yulia Motta
Cadet Yulia Motta attends Bridgewater State University and is pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Corporate Communication. Prior to becoming a Cadet she was in the Massachusetts Army National Guard and spent the summer of 2010 in FT Jackson, SC for BCT. Upon returning from BCT, she went straight to college, where she joined ROTC and became a Cadet. She’s currently SMP with 1058 Transportation Company in Hingham, MA. During the Summer 2012, Cadet Motta worked with cadets from Columbia at FT Benning, GA where she got a chance to enhance her leadership skills by overcoming many barriers, language being one of them. During the Summer of 2013, she completed LDAC at FT Lewis, WA. Upon graduation and commissioning, she hopes to be an Active Duty Military Intelligence Officer.
Personnel Officer Assistant
Cadet Jon Hootnick
Cadet Jon Hootnick is an Education Masters candidate at Boston University and a Teach For America Corps Member teaching high school history at Phoenix Academy in Lawrence, MA. He received a BA in International Studies from Vassar College in 2009 and a Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of St. Andrews in 2011. Jon completed BCT at Fort Benning and AIT at Fort Bragg, where he became a Civil Affairs Specialist. He is a member of the 443rd Civil Affairs Battalion based out of Newport, RI.
Cadet Patrick O’Neal
Cadet O’Neal is from Duxbury, MA. He is a senior studying Communication Studies in BU’s College of Communication. Freshman summer Cadet O’Neal attended and completed Air Assault School at Camp Smith, NY. The following summer Cadet O’Neal attended and completed the Combat Diver Qualification Course at the Special Forces Underwater Operations school in Key West, FL. Formerly a member of the Boston University DI swim team, Cadet O’Neal now focuses solely on ROTC and is currently serving as the Battalion S2.
Cadet Oscar Rico
Cadet Oscar Rico is an Aviation Science major at Bridgewater State University. Cadet Rico enlisted in the Massachusetts Army National Guard and shipped to basic combat training at Fort Jackson, SC. Upon return, he contracted with the Charles River Battalion and took part in the SMP program, shadowing Officers on the 3rd Battalion 126th Aviation Regiment. Cadet Rico branched aviation and will join the BOSOX Battalion at JBCC.
Cadet Connor Maher
Cadet Maher originally hails from Acton, MA. A Political Science major pursuing his Masters, Cadet Maher has participated in a variety of ROTC opportunities throughout his tenure at Boston University. He has been a member of the Ranger Challenge Team since his freshman year. Cadet Maher routinely participated on the Charles River Battalion Color Guard and was Color Guard Commander his sophomore year. He participated in Project GO in Boston the summer following his freshman year and in Istanbul following his sophomore year. Following his junior year Cadet Maher attended LDAC and after that he attended and graduated the Basic Airborne Course at Fort Benning, GA. Cadet Maher is a member of Scabbard and Blade and currently serves as the Cadet Battalion S3.
Operations Officer Assistant
Cadet Christian Perez
CDT Christian Perez is a senior at Boston University’s Sargent College: School of Health and Rehabilitation pursuing a major in Health Science and a minor in Human Physiology. After arriving at the Army ROTC program his Junior Year, Cadet Perez attended and successfully completed Leader’s Training Course (LTC) where he achieved a rating of “Excellent.” More recently, Cadet Perez graduated the Leadership Training and Assessment Course (LDAC) where he achieved a rating of “Excellent” and ranked within the top five cadets in his platoon. Cadet Perez looks forward to continuing his education in Political Science and pursuing a Master’s degree in Terrorism and Counter-terrorism Studies.
Cadet Ryan Forte
Cadet Ryan Forte is a History major at Stonehill College. Cadet Forte participated in the Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency during the summer of 2012, where he went to the Republic of Georgia. Cadet Forte attented Warrior Forge at Joint Base Lewis-McCord and Cadet Troop Leader Training at Fort Bliss, Texas during the summer of 2013. While on CTLT, he was mentored by a tank platoon leader in Charlie Company of 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment. Cadet Forte seeks to commission with a branch detail in May 2014, serving first in the field artillery and later military intelligence.
Cadet Robert Jones
Cadet Robert Jones is a Facilities Engineering major at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. He is an SMP cadet with the 1058 Transportation Company out of Hingham, Massachusetts. He attended Warrior Forge at Joint Base Lewis McCord and also the Engineering Internship Program at Fort Hood, Texas in the summer of 2013. Jones will commission in June of 2014 as an Engineering officer in the Vermont National Guard.
Cadet Ariel Prairie
Cadet Prairie is a senior at the School of Management at Boston University, concentrating in Accounting. When she is not in the supply room as the Alpha Company S4, she is volunteering with her professional business fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi. She studied abroad in the Shanghai Program through Project GO BU, and participated in CULP in Taiwan, where she conducted joint-training with Taiwanese cadets.
Cadet John Smoot
Cadet John Smoot attends Stonehill College and is pursuing a Criminology Major and European History minor. Raised in Hingham, MA he joined the program Freshmen year and contracted with the Army his Sophomore year. He also entered and won the Charles River Battalion Official Logo contest during his Sophomore year. He most recently graduated from the Leadership Development and Assessment Course at Joint-Base-Lewis-McCord and was awarded the Lt. William C. Murphy Memorial Scholarship upon return to school. He is a member of the Bravo Company Colorguard and currently the Battalion Assistant S4.
Cadet Talin Yaghoobian
Cadet Talin Yaghoobian is a senior at Boston University’s College of Arts and Sciences, studying Psychology. She participated in the Shanghai study abroad program through BU’s Project GO program, and subsequently has studied Korean, Turkish and Japanese.
Cadet Matt Kearney
Cadet Matt Kearney is an Exercise Science major at Bridgewater State University. Cadet Kearney attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Benning, Georgia during the summer of 2011 and Warrior Forge at Joint Base Lewis-McCord during the summer of 2013. He is currently an SMP Cadet with Delta Company 1-182 Infantry for the Massachusetts Army National Guard and will commission as an Officer in the Massachusetts Army National Guard in May 2014.
Cadet Moses Shin
Cadet Moses Shin was born in Phoenix Arizona and moved to Seoul, Korea when he was four years old. Cadet Shin attended an international school while he was in Korea and moved to the States after graduating high school. He is now majoring in Psychology at Boston University. Cadet Shin has attended Leader’s Training Course during the summer of 2012 and contracted in October, during his Junior Year.
Cadet Mark Talbot
Cadet Mark Talbot is a Criminal Justice and Political Science-Public Administration major at Bridgewater State University. Cadet Talbot attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Benning, Georgia during the summer of 2011 and Warrior Forge at Joint Base Lewis-McCord during the summer of 2013. He is currently an SMP Cadet with Delta Company 1-182 Infantry for the Massachusetts National Guard and will commission as an Infantry Officer in the Guard in May 2014.
Mass Maritime Academy Intelligence Officer
Cadet Ryan Shaw
Cadet Ryan Shaw is an Emergency Management major at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Prior to ROTC he was enlisted as a Combat Engineer in the Mass National Guards 182nd SAPPER company in Newburyport MA. He attended Warrior Forge in the summer of 2013, and is currently the Platoon Leader at Mass Maritime. After his commission he will serve as an Engineer Officer in the Vermont National Guard.
Green Platoon Commander
Cadet Shenell Howard
Cadet Howard was born and raised off of Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Beavercreek, Ohio as a part of an Army family. She currently studies Human Physiology at Sargent School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Boston University. She is looking to commission as a Medical Services officer, eventually going on to Physician Assistant’s school specializing in Trauma Medicine and participating in the research and development on bionic limbs. In the summer of 2012, Cadet Howard went to South Korea in order to teach English to Republic of Korea soldiers and their families as a Part of Cadet Command’s Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency Program and hopes to one day receive an Assignment there. Cadet Howard is currently serving as the Personnel Officer for Boston University’s branch of Scabbard and Blade.
Cadet Andrew Grinham
Cadet Andrew Grinham is a senior at Bridgewater State University. He majors in Aviation Science with a concentration in flight training. He has earned his commercial pilots license and will someday be an airline pilot. In 2010, Cadet Grinham joined the MA Army National Guard and shipped to basic combat training at Fort Jackson, SC. Upon return, he contracted with the Charles River Battalion and took part in the SMP program, shadowing Officers on the 3rd Battalion 126th Aviation Regiment. Cadet Grinham branched aviation and will join the BOSOX Battalion at JBCC.