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Listed below are the ROTC personnel who form the team that will guide you on your journey as an Army ROTC cadet at ODU. If you have a general inquiry about the ODU Army ROTC program, please email armyROTC@odu.edu or call our office: (757) 683-3663.

Professors & Instructors


LTC Camala L. Coats


Professor of Military Science

Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Camala L. Coats serves as the Professor of Military Science for the Old Dominion University Army ROTC Program. She was commissioned in 2001 as a Second Lieutenant in the Military Intelligence Corps. Upon completion of Military Intelligence Officer Basic Course, she was assigned as the Battalion S2 in the 103rd Military Intelligence Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division (Mech) at Fort Stewart, GA. In 2003, she deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom as a platoon leader for Charlie Company, 103rd Military Battalion to provide intelligence support to 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division. Shortly after redeploying from OIF I, LTC Coats reported to 24th Corps Support Group at Fort Stewart, GA and served as the S2.

After completing the Military Intelligence Captains Career Course in 2005, LTC Coats served as a Targeting Officer for the Fires and Effects Division, Army Central Command (ARCENT). Following her assignment at ARCENT, LTC Coats assumed command of the Intelligence and Sustainment Company, Headquarters, Headquarters, Battalion, 10th Mountain Division (Light) at Fort Drum, NY.

In 2010, LTC Coats reported to the 3rd Battlefield Coordination Detachment-Korea at Osan Airbase where she served as the Intelligence Chief. Following her tour in South Korea, LTC Coats served as the S2/Intelligence Officer for Area Support Group-Kuwait at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.

LTC Coats completed Intermediate Level Education at the Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas in 2014. She then reported to the United States Army Intelligence Center of Excellence at Fort Huachuca, AZ where she served as the S3/Operations Officer at the 305th Military Intelligence Battalion, 111th Military Intelligence Brigade from 2014 to 2016. After completing duties as an Operations Officer, she served as the Deputy Chief for the Integrations and Analysis Division, Requirements Determination Directorate within the Capabilities Development and Integration Directorate at the United States Intelligence Center of Excellence at Fort Huachuca, Arizona from 2016 to 2018.

Prior to assuming her position as the Professor of Military Science at Old Dominion University, LTC Coats served as the Department of the Army's Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP), Ready and Resilience Directorate (SR2) Plans Chief from 2018 to 2019.

LTC Coats awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4 OLC), Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (1 OLC), National Defense Service Medal (2nd award), Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal (4 Stars), the Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Service Defense Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 3). She is also a recipient of the Military Intelligence Corps' Knowlton Award.


MAJ John Auger


Assistant Professor of Military Science & Executive Officer

Major John Auger earned his B.A. in History & Political Science from Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, PA and his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA. He enlisted in the Army in 1997 as an Infantryman serving in the 82nd Airborne Division. He deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan. MAJ Auger commissioned through the Army Officer Candidate School in 2007 branching Armor. He served as a Tank Platoon Leader, a Scout Platoon Leader, a Company Executive Officer, a Security Force Advise & Assist Team S3/Executive Officer, an Armor Company Commander, and a Headquarters & Headquarters Company Commander. MAJ Auger completed his most recent assignment as an Observer, Coach Trainer at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany.

CPT Clint Burch

CPT Clint Burch


Assistant Professor of Military Science

Captain Clint Burch earned his B.S. in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He enlisted into the Navy on 11 September 1997 as an Aviation Life Support Systems Technician with VFA-204 located in Belle Chasse, LA. After eight years of service, Captain Burch transitioned from the Navy to the Army and commissioned through Army Officer Candidate School in 2009, branching Field Artillery. He has served as a Fire Support Officer to B Co 1-502 INF (FWD AF), Security Force Advisor Team Intelligence Officer (FWD AF), Intelligence Officer to 1-320th FABN, and a Fire Control Officer to 210 FAB Camp Casey, ROK. Captain Burch completed his most recent assignment as the B Co Commander for 229th MI BN at the Defense language Institute Foreign language Center in Monterey, California.


CPT Peter Kilkenny


Assistant Professor of Military Science

Captain Peter Kilkenny earned his B.A. in History from Marshall University in Huntington, WV. CPT Kilkenny enlisted in 1996 as an Ammunition Specialist, later commissioning through the Army Officer Candidate School in 2011 in the Ordinance Branch. He has deployed in support of both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. As a platoon leader, Lt. Kilkenny served in a light infantry brigade support battalion at Fort Knox, KY. His time as an executive officer was in the 194th Combat Sustainment Support Battallion, 2ID Sustainment Brigade. CPT Kilkenny's command time was completed with Echo Company, 3rd Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery Regiment at Fort Bliss, TX in support of the Air Defense Branch modernization mission.

CPT Robichaud


CPT Robichaud

Assistant Professor of Military Science

CPT Robichaud commissioned through Army ROTC from Salisbury University in May of 2011. He branched Armor and was assignment to 4/2 Cavalry Regiment based out of Vilseck, Germany. While serving with this unit, CPT Robichaud deployed to Afghanistan from 2013-2014 and to Poland in 2015. He then attended the Maneuver Captain's Career Course in 2016 and was then assigned as an OC/T to the Joint Modernization Command in Fort Bliss, TX. Serving in this capacity, CPT Robichaud conducted a Network Integration Exercise, a Joint Warfare Assessment, and numerous smaller evaluations and exercises. He then took command of Blackfoot Troop, 2-13 CAV in August of 2018 where he deployed with his Troop to the Republic of Korea and assisted in deterring North Korean aggression and ensuring peace on the peninsula. CPT Robichaud's assignments include Assistant Operations Officer, Reconnaissance Platoon Leader, Troop Executive Officer, Armor OC/T, Observer Analyst, and Cavalry Troop Commander. His military education includes ABOLC, the Army Reconnaissance Course, Ranger School, the Army Airborne Course, the Army Air Assault Course, the Maneuver Captain's Career Course, and the Cavalry Leaders Course.


Mr. Eric J. Masters


Senior Military Science Instructor

Mr. Eric J. Masters received a B.A. in History from Old Dominion University and was commissioned as a 2LT in 2018. He is currently serving in the 429th brigade support battalion in the Virginia Army National Guard. His recent experience as a cadet in the Old Dominion University Army ROTC program brings a high level of dedication to the program and is a valuable resource to prospective and current cadets.


MSG Martin A. Gutierrez


Senior Military Instructor

Master Sergeant Martin A. Gutierrez enlisted in the Army in 1998 as an Infantryman. During his career, he served as a First Sergeant, Long Range Surveillance (LRS) Platoon Sergeant, Stryker Platoon Sergeant, Squad Leader, Team Leader and Rifle man. He participated in Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn and Kosovo. His assignments include 1st Battalion 187th Infantry in Fort Campbell Kentucky, 2nd Battalion 503rd Airborne Infantry 173rd Airborne Brigade in Vicenza Italy, 1st Battalion 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment in Fort Polk Louisiana, 1st Brigade 1st Infantry Division in Fort Riley Kansas, 2nd Squadron 3rd Cavalry Regiment in Fort Hood Texas and 52nd Infantry Regiment in Fort Hood Texas. MSG Gutierrez brings a high level of combat experience and expertise to the ODU Army ROTC program.

MSG Struna

MSG Thomas J. Struna


Military Science Instructor

Master Sergeant Thomas J. Struna enlisted into the Army in 2004 as a Combat Engineer. During his career, he served as a First Sergeant, Battalion Operations Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant, Drill Sergeant, Squad Leader, and Team Leader. He participated in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Master Sergeant Struna also served on rotational assignments to the Republic of South Korea and Poland. His assignments include 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, Fort Drum, New York; 1st Engineer Brigade and 43rd AG Battalion, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; 5th Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas; 91st Brigade Engineer Battalion, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, Fort Hood, Texas. He is a graduate of the prestigious Sapper Leader Course, Battle Staff Course, SHARP Course, Equal Opportunity Course, Master Resilience Trainer's Course, Senior Leaders, Advanced Leaders, and Basic Leaders Courses. Master Sergeant Struna brings a high level of combat experience and expertise to the ODU Army ROTC Battalion.


SFC Karina Rodriguez


Military Science Instructor

Sergeant First Class Karina Rodriguez is originally from Ponce, Puerto Rico; she enlisted in the Army as a Cargo Specialist in 2001. SFC Rodriguez's assignments include 119th Cargo Transfer Company, 1st Inland Cargo Transfer Company, 359th Inland Cargo Transfer Company, Fox Battery 1-31st Artillery Battalion as a Senior Drill Instructor, HHD 11th Terminal Battalion as Detachment Sergeant, Human Resources Command as an Assignment manager for the Transportation Branch and is currently teaching the MSLI/II at Old Dominion University. SFC Rodriguez has served in numerous assignments across the world, she has deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait, and she brings a high level of experience, expertise and dedication to the ODU Army ROTC program.

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SFC Iacobucci


Military Science Instructor

Sergeant First Class Iacobucci enlisted as an Infantryman and completed One Station Unit Training and Airborne School in 2006. Sergeant First Class Iacobacci's assignments include 2-4IN, 10th MTN DIV; 2-325AIR, 82nd ABN DIV; 3-13IN, 193rd IN BDE, and 2-503D IN (ABN), 173rd IBCT (ABN). Throughout his career, he has served as a Radio Telephone Operator, Fire Team Leader, Squad Leader, Weapons Squad Leader, Senior Drill Sergeant, and an Airborne Infantry Platoon Sergeant. He has participated in numerous deployments in support of the Global War on Terrorism, including Operation Iraqi Freedom (3 Campaigns), Operation New Dawn, and Operation Atlantic Sentry. Sergeant First Class Iacobucci is a graduate of the United States Army Jumpmaster School, Master Fitness Trainer Course, Master Resilience Trainer Course, the Equal Opportunity Leaders Course, the United States Army Drill Sergeant School, and Air Assault School. He is currently assigned as a Military Science Instructor at Old Dominion University, where he brings a wealth of tactical and technical knowledge and experience to the Army ROTC Program.


SFC Christopher Stanberry


Military Science Instructor

Sergeant First Class Christopher L. Stanberry joined the Army as a Combat Engineer in 2003. SFC Stanberry has served in numerous assignments as Combat Engineer, Team Leader Squad Leader, Drill Sergeant and Platoon Sergeant. SFC Stanberry has deployed four times to Afghanistan and once to Iraq in support of the Global War on Terrorism. He is a graduate of the US Army Airborne School, Warrior Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Courses, US Army Drill Sergeants School, and Senior Leaders Course. SFC Stanberry's assignments include the 173rd IBCT (A), 4th Engineer Battalion 555th Engineer Brigade, 1st of the 31st Field Artillery, 54th Brigade Engineer Battalion (A) and is currently assigned as an Instructor at Old Dominion University.


SSG Alexander Merritt


Military Science Instructor/Human Resources Assistant

Staff Sergeant Merritt enlisted in the Army in 2012 as a Human Resources Specialist. SSG Merritt was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division where he spent 5 years serving as a Human Resources Specialist and a Human Resources Sergeant. While serving in the 82nd Airborne he also served one 9-month tour to Iraq. He is current serving as the MSLI instructor at Old Dominion University. SSG Merritt brings a high level of experience, expertise, and enthusiasm to the ODU Army ROTC Program.

Administrative Personnel


Mr. Mack E. Sumler


Recruiting Operations Officer

Mr. Mack E. Sumler served in the Army for over 27 years of active duty service. He has two overseas tours to Panama and Korea, three combat tours, which include Iraq and Afghanistan. He is a graduate of all Non-Commissioned Officer Educational Schools (including the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy). Mr. Sumler has also served in various leadership positions from squad to Corps level. He has an A.S. in General Education-Psychology from Troy State University; a B. S. in Human Resource Development from Southwestern College, Kansas and is currently working on his Master's Degree in Strategic Leadership. Mr. Sumler specializes in cadet enrollment and scholarship processing procedures.

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Mr. James Jones III


Human Resource Assistant

Mr. James Jones III received a B.S. in Business Administration from University of Phoenix (Arizona) and A.A. in General Studies from Big Bend College (Kansas). He enlisted in the U.S. Army 1981 as a Field Artilleryman and retired in 2005 after serving 24 years on active duty. During his enlistment, he served in numerous positions and deployed all around the U.S and Europe. Upon retiring, Mr. Jones was a substitute teacher for several months before employed by Department of the Army (Cadet Command). He served his last 5 years on active duty as Cadre at Army ROTC Norfolk State University and currently on his 10th year as an Army Civilian at Army ROTC Old Dominion University.


Mrs. Linda E. Baker


Executive Secretary to the Professor of Military Science

Mrs. Linda E. Baker has a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies with emphasis on Business Administration, and an M.A. with Communication with an emphasis on Public Relations from Norfolk State University. Mrs. Baker is the bedrock of the Army ROTC Program at Old Dominion University. She has been with the program for over 38 years and is a key asset in advising and assisting with all military functions between the ROTC program and the University. She has also advised and assisted numerous cadets while here at Old Dominion University and continues to prove her worth daily.