Who are we?
The University of Iowa Army ROTC Program is staffed by US Army Active Duty, Army Reserve, Iowa Army National Guard, Army Civilian and University employees. The Cadre and Staff of The Mighty Hawkeye Battalion (MHBN) are committed to providing the Battalion's Cadets, the next generation of US Army officers, with the best education and training available to prepare them to lead America's sons and daughters.
If you are interested in becoming an ROTC Cadre member please contact the Professor of Military Science or visit the US Army Human Resources Command website for more information about leading and serving in ROTC. Reference: US Army MILPER Message 14-111.
If you are interested in joining the MHBN's Alumni Association please follow the following link: Alumni Membership Form
If you are interested in finding more information regarding Veterans opportunities and resources at The University of Iowa please contact the Iowa Veteran Education, Transition, and Support (IVETS) office at 319-384-3535 or 319-384-2626 or visit their web page.
If you are interested in contacting someone at the University of Iowa Army ROTC Program, please contact one of the Cadre and Staff members listed below.
Professor of Military Science
LTC Kevin Salge Bio
Following attendance at the Infantry Officer Basic Course, LTC Salge was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division in Ft. Drum, New York where he served as a Rifle Platoon Leader, Scout Platoon Leader, and Headquarters and Headquarters Company Executive Officer. During this assignment he deployed to Egypt in support of Multi-National Forces and Observers-Sinai. Prior to the Maneuver Captains Career Course, LTC Salge commanded a company in 1st Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment training new Infantry Soldiers at Fort Benning, Georgia.
After attendance at the Maneuver Captains Career Course, LTC Salge was assigned to 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (SBCT) in Fort Lewis, Washington as an Assistant Operations Officer. In April 2006 he assumed command of Alpha Company in 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment. LTC Salge deployed his company to Iraq, conducting operations in Baghdad and Baqubah over a fifteen-month period.
After command, LTC Salge served as an Observer/Controller Trainer in 1st Battalion, 307th Infantry Regiment in Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania working with the Pennsylvania National Guard. During this assignment he was selected as the aide-de-camp to the Commanding General for 1st Army Division East in Fort Meade, Maryland. Following this assignment, LTC Salge attended the Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He was then assigned to the 172nd Infantry Brigade in Grafenwoehr, Germany where he served as the Battalion Operations Officer in 1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment. He deployed with the battalion to Afghanistan, coordinating operations in Nangarhar and Ghazi provinces. Upon redeployment, LTC Salge served as the Brigade Executive Officer and coordinated the inactivation of the 172nd Infantry Brigade.
Following this assignment, LTC Salge was assigned to United States Pacific Command in Camp Smith, Hawaii where he served as the Future Operations Counter Terrorism Planner in the Operations Directorate. In November 2016, LTC Salge was assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas where he served as the Deputy G3.
Prior to selection as the Professor of Military Science at the University of Iowa, LTC Salge served as the battalion commander for 2nd Battalion 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division in Fort Hood, Texas from 2017-2019. During his command, the battalion deployed to Europe in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve where they trained alongside numerous NATO allies and partners.
LTC Salge holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science from University of Iowa, and a Master of Arts in Executive Leadership from Liberty University. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Expert Infantryman Badge, Ranger Tab, the Basic Parachutist Badge and Air Assault Badge.
Assistant Professor of Military Science
Major Ben Hutson
Major Ben Hutson Biography
MAJ Ben Hutson attended Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN and he commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Georgia Army National Guard as an Aviation Officer. Upon completion of Initial Entry Rotary Wing School at Fort Rucker, AL, MAJ Hutson was assigned as a CH-47 Heavy Lift Platoon Leader with Det 1, Bravo Company 1-169th GSAB at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, GA. In 2013, MAJ Hutson took command of Det 1 and deployed to Afghanistan in 2014.
During MAJ Hutson’s deployment, he applied for the AGR program with the Army Reserve, and he accepted a position as the Division Aviation Plans Officer with the 78th Training Division at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ in 2015. Towards the end of 2015, MAJ Hutson went back to Fort Rucker, AL to complete the Aviation Captain’s Career Course.
Upon completion of the Career Course in 2016, MAJ Hutson was assigned as the Assistant S3 to 8-229th Assault Helicopter BN at Fort Knox, KY. During those four years, MAJ Hutson was able to gain experience with Operations, Training, BN S4, Property Book Officer, Facilities Management and piloting the UH-60 Black Hawk.
Following MAJ Hutson’s last assignment, he was assigned as an Assistant Professor of Military Science at the University of Iowa, in Iowa City, IA. During this assignment, MAJ Hutson can be found working on various operation and training projects for the Mighty Hawkeye BN. MAJ Hutson really loves working with the Cadets’ and being able to provide mentorship. MAJ Hutson was able to complete the Command and General Staff College while working as a Mighty Hawkeye.
MAJ Hutson holds a B.S. in Aerospace Maintenance Management and a M.Ed. in Aerospace Education from Middle Tennessee State University. MAJ Hutson enjoys browsing around book shops and looking for older reference books. MAJ Hutson is married to Miranda Hutson, and they have four daughters and two pets.
Assistant Professor of Military Science
Major Tim Black
Major Tim Black is from Van Wert, Ohio. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Military Intelligence Corps in 2008 from the US Army’s Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia.
Major Timothy Black's Biography
MAJ Tim Black enlisted into the US Army in 2004 and earned the military occupational specialty of 91W, Combat Medic Specialist. He was assigned to the 170th Military Police Company, in Fort Lewis, Washington, and deployed twice to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
In 2008, MAJ Black attended Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia, and was commissioned as a second lieutenant into the Military Intelligence Corps. He was assigned to 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division in Fort Knox, Kentucky, where he served as the Assistant Brigade S2, the Military Intelligence Company Executive Officer, and the Brigade Adjutant. During this assignment, he deployed with 3rd Brigade to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2011.
After attending the Military Intelligence Captains Career Course in 2012, MAJ Black was assigned to the 902d Military Intelligence Group in Fort Meade, Maryland. He had the opportunity to serve as Detachment Commander for the Meade Screening Detachment, and Company Commander for the Cyber Counterintelligence Activity (A Company, 310th Military Intelligence Battalion). MAJ Black also served as the Chief of the 902d Military Intelligence Commander’s Initiative Group.
In 2016, MAJ Black was assigned to C Company, 304th Military Intelligence Company in Fort Huachuca, Arizona, where he served as a Military Intelligence Basic Officer Leader Course instructor and Course Manager.
In 2018, he attended the Command and General Staff Officers Course in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and was subsequently assigned to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. MAJ Black served as the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade S2 and the Division G2 Analysis and Control Element Chief during this assignment. During this assignment, he deployed in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve and conducted joint training exercises with multiple North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) partners to include Germany, Romania, Bulgaria, and Greece.
MAJ Black has a Bachelors of Business Administration in Information Systems / Operations Management from the University of Toledo, and a Masters in Intelligence Studies from American Military University. His awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Combat Action Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.
MAJ Black is married to his wife, Sarah, and have two Children, Sloane and Abel.
Recruiting Operations Officer
Mr. Tony Wolf Bio
Tony entered The University of Iowa's Army ROTC Program in the fall of 1982 as a first-year student. He joined the Iowa Army National Guard on December 22, 1982, as a Combat Engineer with Bravo Company, 224th Engineer Battalion in Ottumwa, IA. He attended Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Leonard Wood, MO in the summer of 1983. He contracted in the fall as a Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) Cadet. He accepted an early commission in May of 1985 and an Engineer Officer. He attended Engineer Officer Basic Course at Fort Belvoir, VA in the fall of 1985. He returned in the spring of 1986 and completed his Bachelor of General Studies degree in the fall of 1987. After completing his degree, he opted to remain in the Iowa Army National Guard and pursue civilian interests. Ultimately, he joined the Marion Police Department in January of 1991 and served as a uniformed police officer for over fourteen years. He received a master's degree in Substance Abuse Counseling from The University of Iowa in 2004. He retired from law enforcement in July 2005 to become an Assistant Professor of Military Science with Army ROTC here on campus. In 2007, he assumed the role of Recruiting Operations Officer; a role he continues today.
Tony served as a Platoon Leader, Executive Officer, Reconnaissance Officer, Company Commander, and Battalion Personnel Officer (S1) during his time in the 224th EN BN. He deployed to Germany in 1991 during Operation Desert Storm. In 1996 he transferred to the Directorate of Personnel, Joint Force Headquarters, at Camp Dodge, Johnston, IA, serving as a Personnel Officer. In July 1998 he transferred to the 67th Troop Command as the Assistant Intelligence Officer (AS2). He also served as the Assistant Personnel Officer (AS1) and Personnel Officer (S1) with the 67th TC. He participated in standing up the 671st Troop Command and served as the Training Officer (S3) during his time with the unit. On July 31, 2012, he hung up his boots for good at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel with over 29 years of service to his state and nation.
Tony is married to Ann, graduate of the College of Nursing, The University of Iowa, for over 28 years. They have three adult children: Erik, BA in Theatre from The University of Iowa; Garrett, BA in Human Resource Management from Cornell College, Mount Vernon, IA; and, Paige, BA in English from The University of Iowa. He takes a great deal of pride in all his adult children's endeavors. He is proud of the fact his daughter, Paige, carried on the tradition of Iowa Army National Guard service having joined in June of 2021.
Senior Military Instructor
Master Sergeant Christopher Janis
Master Sergeant (MSG) Christopher Janis is from Margate, FL. He joined the Army in April 2003 where he attended Infantryman OSUT at Fort Benning, GA, and graduated in August. He was assigned to Alpha Company, 3-502IN, 2nd BCT, 101st ABN DIV, Fort Campbell, KY.
Master Sergeant Christopher Janis Biography
He immediately deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) until February 2004. While at Fort Campbell, MSG Janis served with 3-502IN, 3-502 RSTA, 1-75 CAV, and 1-502IN.
He deployed to OIF 05-06 in SW Baghdad, OIF 07-09 in North Baghdad, Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) 10-11 in RC South, Zhari District. After redeploying from OEF 10-11, MSG Janis was transferred to Fort Polk, LA, in July 2011, where he served as the Task Force 2 Senior Scout OC, Operations Group, at the Joint Readiness Training Center. In June 2014 he transferred to Fort Drum, NY, where he was assigned to Anvil Company 2-22IN, and 1 BCT HQ Operations, for the 10th MTN DIV.
He served as a Platoon Sergeant, First Sergeant, and Brigade Operations NCO, he deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) 15-16, as a PSG with Anvil Company. In May 2019, MSG Janis reported to University of Iowa ROTC, where he is currently serving as the Senior Military Science Instructor.
MSG Janis has served as a Rifleman, Machine Gun Assistant Gunner, M240B Machine Gunner, Radio Telephone Operator, Scout, Senior Scout Observer, Assistant Recon Team Leader, Recon Team Leader, Squad Leader, Senior Scout OC, Rifle Platoon Sergeant, Rifle Company First Sergeant, Brigade Operations NCO, and currently SMSI
MSG Janis is married to his wife Deann Janis, April 2005, and they have three children, Christian, Campbell, Alivia, and one fur child Buck.
Military Science Instructor
Sergeant First Class Christopher Villarreal
Sergeant First Class (SFC) Christopher Villarreal is from Harlingen, TX. He joined the Army in October 2004 where he attended Indirect Fire Infantryman OSUT at Fort Benning, GA, and graduated in March 2005.
Sergeant First Class Christopher Villarreal Biography
SFC Villarreal has been assigned to Fort Hood, TX, Fort Campbell, KY, Fort Benning, GA, Fort Carson, CO, and Fort Polk, LA. He has deployed twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), once in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), and once in support of Operation Spartan Shield (OSS). He is currently serving as a Military Science instructor (MSI) at University of Iowa.
SFC Villarreal has served as a Carrier Driver, Mortar Gunner, Mortar Squad Leader, FDC Check Computer, Company Mortar Section Leader, Drill Sergeant, Senior Drill Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant, Company First Sergeant, Senior Mortar OC/T, BN Live Fire Mortar OC/T, and MSI.
SFC Villarreal is married to his wife Denise and they have six children.
Administrative Non-commissioned Officer
SSG Formosa Poe
Staff Sergeant (SSG) Formosa Poe was born in Sumpter, South Carolina; Shaw Air Force Base. She was raised in a Military family where both of her parents have served as Computer Engineers in the United States Air Force. Her father and mother were major influencers for her to join the United States Military. She had chosen the United States Army to put forth a rigorous mental and physical challenge to her lifestyle. She has a brother, Sean, who is an IT professional in North Carolina.
Staff Sergeant Formosa Poe Biography
SSG Poe joined the Army in November of 2011 to Bravo Company 2nd Battalion 39TH Infantry Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training for the Military Occupational Specialty of Human Resources at Charlie Company 369 Adjutant Battalion both in Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Upon completion of Airborne certification at Fort Benning, Georgia, SSG Poe was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion for XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, North Carolina for 3.5 years.
In January of 2016, she completed a 12 month tour with the G1, 2D Infantry Division at Camp Red Cloud, Uijeonbu, Korea. In January of 2017, SSG Poe relocated to HHC Brigade, 54TH Brigade Engineer Battalion, 173rd IBCT (Airborne), Vicenza, Italy where she was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant. She then was reassigned to the University of Iowa Army ROTC program May of 2019 to serve as a MSI in Iowa City, Iowa with her two kittens Cherish and Love.
SSG Poe served as a Human Resource Specialist for Battalion S1 and an Executive Assistant for the Mission Support Element Director of XVIII Airborne Corps. A G1 Division Level Non Commissioned Officer in Charge for Awards and Actions for 5 Brigades within the southern region of Korea. During her tour in Uijeonbu, Korea, she earned her Master Fitness Trainer certification which qualifies her to physically train any elite US Soldier to their fullest potential and a Human Resources Floor Sergeant.
SSG Poe attended Hawaii Pacific University, Honolulu, HI where she earned her minor in Psychology. She attended Colorado State University of Pueblo, where she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science, Health Promotion and Recreation.