LTC Jared J. Sutton grew up in Sparta Wisconsin, where he graduated from Sparta High School in 1993. He entered Army ROTC at University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse (UW-L) and attended both Viterbo University and UW-L. In 1998 he graduated from UW-L with a BS in History and Psychology and commissioned into the US Army as a Field Artillery Officer. After completing the Field Artillery Basic Course, the Army assigned Jared to the 2d Armored Cavalry Regiment in Fort Polk, Louisiana where he served as a Troop and Anti-Tank Company Fire Support Officer, Troop Executive Officer, Squadron S1, and Squadron Fire Support Officer. Following promotion to Captain and completion of the Armor Officer Advance Course, MAJ Sutton was assigned to III Corps and Fort Hood Headquarters as a Corps Fire Support Operations Officer. After a year with the Corps Headquarters, Jared was reassigned to DIVARTY, 4th Infantry Division where he served in various staff positions at the battalion and brigade level as the unit completed two deployments to Iraq and transitioned to a Fires Brigade. During his second OIF deployment, Jared had the honor to command B/2-20FA (MLRS) as they provided precision fires to MNF-I using the newly deployed Guided Multiple Launch Rocket. In 2007 the Army reassigned Jared to the 4th Cavalry Brigade at Ft Knox where he served as the Operations Officer for 1-410FA (TSB) and was responsible for planning and executing training for mobilizing National Guard and Army Reserve formations deploying to OIF. Following promotion to Major, Jared attended Intermediate Level Education at Ft Leavenworth, KS where he studied advanced military operations, strategy and leadership and completed his Master's in Adult, Occupational, and Continuing Education at Kansas State University. The Army subsequently reassigned Jared to III Corps Headquarters where he severed as a Corps Assistant Fire Support Coordinator during the transition from Operation Iraqi Freedom to Operation New Dawn. Most recently, MAJ Sutton was the Corps Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion Operations Officer and Rear Detachment Commander before being assigned to Creighton University as the Professor of Military Science. Jared is married to the former Jodi L. Brooks and they have three children: Trajan , Ian, and Shaela. Jared's awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal w/1 Oak Leaf Cluster(OLCs), the Army Commendation Medal w/2 OLCs, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal w/3 OLC, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, and the Meritorious Unit Citation.
MAJ Xarhya Wulf entered basic training in October 1996 and Officer Candidate School in 1998. She was commissioned in the Adjutant General (AG) Officer Corps and attended AG Basic Officer Course in June 2001. Shortly thereafter, she was assigned to her first duty station at Fort Polk, Louisiana. Her first job as a Second Lieutenant was as the Brigade Strength Manager. Over the years, MAJ Wulf has held a wide variety of jobs to include Executive Officer, Battalion Adjutant, G-1 Strength Manager, Basic Officer Leadership Course (BOLC) II instructor, Brigade S-1, and Deployed Human Resources Operations Cell (HROC) Plans and Operations /R5/Casualty Officer in Charge. In 2009, Xarhya was selected to attend Training with Industry (TWI) at Microsoft where she worked in global diversity and inclusion and was instrumental in the establishment of a Veteran transition program called "We Still Serve". Xarhya was then sent to the Pentagon where she wrote, modified, and implemented policies and programs on Army medical readiness. Her most recent assignment was as the plans and operations officer within Headquarters, Department of Army G-1. Xarhya joined Creighton University in the summer of 2014. Xarhya possess a Bachelor degree in legal studies, a Masters in human resources management, and is currently working on her PHD in organizational behavior. Xarhya has a variety of military awards and decorations.
MSG William Powers joined the Army in February 1997 trained in Fort Benning Georgia to be an Airborne Infantryman. He became a member of the NON-Commissioned Officers Corp in September of 2001. MSG Powers leadership positions have included Infantry Rifle Fire Team Leader, Squad Leader, Weapons Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant , First Sergeant and HHC First Sergeant. MSG Powers has led soldiers in combat from Squad Leader through First Sergeant, Deploying as Squad Leader in the Iraq invasion where his unit liberated the cities of An Najaf AL Kufah and Mosul . While serving as a Platoon Sergeant in OEF his platoon was decentralized from the company in Lash- KAR-GAH. The only Platoon to conduct missions in the largest Afghanistan offensive ?The Battle of Marjha? While serving as First Sergeant his company was the most decentralized in battalion covering operations in Maiwand, Zharay and Sha walli cot districts.
MSG Powers Previous assignments have included 2/75th Ranger Regiment ,1/24 Infantry Regiment, Fort Lewis Washington, 1/503D Infantry Regiment (AASLT) Camp Casey Korea. 2/502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (AASLT) Fort Campbell Kentucky, 2/46 Infantry Regiment, Fort Knox Kentucky, 2-2 ID (SBCT) JBLM and currently at Creighton University where he serves as the SMSI.
MSG Powers awards and decorations include: the Bronze Star (1OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (1OLC) , Army Commendation Medal (V, 3OLC), Army Achievement Medal (2OLC), ) Army Good Conduct Medal (5th Award), ), National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal (3 Stars), Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War On Terror Service and Expeditionary Medals, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (3rd Award) Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (4th Award) NATO Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation, and the Presidential Navy Unit Citation. 1SG Powers has also been awarded the Expert Infantryman Badge, the Combat Infantryman Badge, The Drill Sergeant Badge, Parachutes Badge. MSG Powers military education includes the Army Drill Sergeant Course Warrior Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Senior Leaders Course, and the First Sergeants Course.
MSG Powers is married to the Former Lisa Borromeo of Bonney Lake WA. They have three children William age 12 Rachel age 10 and Paul who is 2.
Sergeant First Class Cole enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1999 as a Field Artillery Cannon Crewmember. Upon completion of OSUT (One station unit training) at Fort Sill, OK he was assigned to Bravo Battery, 4th Battalion 27th Field Artillery in Baumholder Germany. While assigned to Bravo Battery he served as a Cannoneer and Howitzer Gunner. During his tour he deployed to Kosovo to support peacekeeping operations in the Balkans.
In January of 2002 he was reassigned to 3rd Battalion 16th Field Artillery, 4th Infantry Division Ft Hood Texas. While assigned to 3-16th FA his duties included Howitzer Gunner and Chief of Section. During the spring of 2003 he was deployed as part of the initial assault in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In January 2005 SFC Cole was assigned to 1st Battalion 15th Field Artillery on Camp Kasey in Korea. After completing BNCOC (WLC) in 2006, SFC Cole was assigned to 1st Battalion 9th Field Artillery, 2BCT, 3rd Infantry Division Ft Stewart Georgia. He deployed once again in support of OIF, serving as Platoon Sergeant for 14 months during Surge Operations 07-08. In January 2009 SFC Cole was assigned to the 1st Battalion 82nd Field Artillery, 1BCT, 1st Calvary Division Ft Hood Texas. Once again he deployed in support of OIF 09-10 serving as Platoon Sergeant. SFC Cole was selected to serve on the Battalion Staff and assumed the responsibility as the Intelligence Sergeant. He deployed once again in support of Operation New Dawn in the summer of 2011 until December when all US Forces pulled out of Iraq. He took part in Operation Spartan Shield, Kuwait. Returning from deployment SFC Cole assumed responsibility as the Battalion Master Gunner. Following his assignment with America?s First Team, he was reassigned to Creighton University Army ROTC in Omaha, NE in August of 2013.
SFC Cole's awards include the Bronze Star Medal (2OLC), the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (3OLC), Army Achievement Medal (2 OLC), and the Combat Action Badge. He has completed the Warrior Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Senior Leaders Course, Battle Staff, Army Safety Program Management, and Field Artillery Master Gunners Course.
Mr. Walter D. Ehlers, Jr. Is the Operations Officer for Creighton University Army ROTC. He enlisted in the Army in February 1984 and served 4 years as an Infantryman with the 1st Infantry Division (M). He then enrolled at Kansas State University where he received his Commission as a Second Lieutenant in 1990. Mr. Ehlers served in the National Guard until December 2013. His duties included Rifle Platoon Leader, Anti-Armor Executive Officer, Mechanized Infantry Company Commander, Aide-de-Camp to the Division Commander, and various staff positions at Brigade, Division and Combined Joint Task Force levels, and has deployed multiple times. Mr. Ehlers was Assistant Professor of Military Science at Kansas State University from 2005-2009. He holds a Master of Arts Degree in Security Studies, along with a Bachelor Science and Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, and is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic Course, the Armor Officer Advance Course and the Command and General Staff College.
Mr. Charles McKinley is a retired U.S. Air Force Major. He is from Council Bluffs, Iowa and enlisted into the Air Force in the summer of 1988 on the delayed enlistment program. Charles first assignment was Missile Facilities Specialist at F.E. Warren AFB, Wyoming. In 1993 Charles changed career fields and became a C-5 Loadmaster and was stationed at Travis AFB, California and Altus AFB, Oklahoma. In 2000, he completed a Bachelors of Science degree with a minor in Aviation Safety from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. In August 2001 Charles was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant after completing Air Force Officer Training School. His follow on assignment was to Aviano AB, Italy as a Logistics Officer. In 2005, Charles moved to San Diego, CA to serve as an Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies and the Recruiting Officer for AF ROTC Detachment 75, San Diego State University. In 2008, he was selected for assignment to Offutt AFB, Nebraska to work back in the logistics field. Charles has deployments for Operation Southern Watch, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom. Additionally, Charles has over 2500 operational flying hours as a C-5 Loadmaster. After retirement from the Air Force he worked as a Civilian Air Transportation Specialist at Offutt AFB, NE. Charles joined the Creighton ROTC team in January of 2014 and his primary responsibility is recruiting future Army leaders.