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 UI Veteran Student Services office at 319-384-3535 or visit their web page at UI Veterans Services.
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.
Mighty Hawkeye Battalion Commander
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 Joshua Luckey
Major Joshua Luckey graduated in 2000 from Carson-Newman College, Tennessee, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Aviation branch through CNU’s Army ROTC Eagle Battalion.
Major Joshua Luckey Bio
After completing flight school in 2002 as a UH-60 Blackhawk Pilot, MAJ Luckey served in aviation units with the 3rd Infantry Division at Ft. Stewart, 110th Aviation Brigade at Fort Rucker, and multiple units in the Republic of Korea. He served three tours of combat in Iraq as the 3ID’s Airspace Manger, as a Stability Transition Team member with 4th Infantry Division, and in Jordan/Kuwait as an Operations Officer on the US Army Central Command staff.
Additionally, he served on the Army G1 staff as a Physical Evaluation Board member/Adjudicator in Washington D.C. He is a 2012 graduate of the Command and General Staff College (Intermediate Level Education) at Ft. Leavenworth and received his Master of Science in Management (Army Operations and National Security) degree from the University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC). MAJ Luckey has served as an Assistant Professor of Military Science at the University of Iowa Army ROTC program since July 2018.
Major Luckey holds a Baccalaureate of Science Degree in Computer Science from Carson-Newman College (now a University), Jefferson City, TN, and a Master of Science in Management (Army Operations and National Security) degree from the University of Maryland University College (UMUC). Major Luckey is married to the former Ms. Colleen White, of Knoxville, TN. They have six children: daughters Catelyn (14), Sydney (12), Tiffany (3), and sons Zachary (11), Alexander (7) and Jacob (1).
Assistant Professor of Military Science
Captain Justin DeLeon
Captain (CPT) Justin DeLeon attended Colorado State University (CSU) where earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration May 2010. While attending he was awarded a three-year Scholarship from the program. Captain DeLeon commissioned as an Armor Officer (MI) in May 2010.
Captain Justin DeLeon Bio
CPT DeLeon went active duty and graduated from the Armor Basic Officer Leaders Course in November 2010, and Army Ranger School in April 2011. In May of 2011, CPT DeLeon was stationed with the 172D Separate Infantry Brigade at the Grafenwöhr Training Area, Germany. CPT DeLeon deployed to Afghanistan JUN 2011. While there, he conducted combat operations in RC East as an Infantry Platoon Leader.
In September 2013 CPT DeLeon transferred to Military Intelligence. He was stationed in Fort Huachuca, AZ for one year where attended the MI Officer Transition Course, The MI Captain’s Career Course, The Weapons Intelligence Course and the Officer Signals Intelligence Course. He was promoted to the rank of Captain in July 2014. CPT DeLeon reported to 2D Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, TX in September 2014. During this time CPT DeLeon was deployed to Camp Casey, Republic of Korea for a nine-month tour with 2D Brigade. During his time with 2D Brigade, 1st CAV he served as a BDE Signals Intelligence Officer and a Battalion Intelligence Officer.
CPT DeLeon moved to the University of Iowa Army ROTC program in June 2017 to serve as the APMS. CPT DeLeon lives with his beautiful Julie who is Teacher and CrossFit instructor, and their one-year old son Landon.
Recruiting Operations Officer
Mr. Tony Wolf
Tony is a 1982 graduate of Pekin (Packwood, IA) high school. He took his first Army ROTC course that fall at The University of Iowa. He followed his interest with the Army by joining the Iowa Army National Guard (B Company, 224th Engineer Battalion) on December 22, 1982.
phone: (319) 335-9192
Mr. Tony Wolf Bio
He attended Basic Training and AIT the following summer at a Combat Engineer. He contracted in the fall of 1983 as a Cadet in the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) and accepted an early commission in May of 1985. He attended Engineer Officer Basic Course at Fort Belvoir, VA in the fall 0f 1985. He returned in the spring of 1986 and completed his Bachelor of General Studies degree in the fall of 1987. Following the completion of his degree, he opted to remain in the Iowa Army National Guard and pursue civilian interests.
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. He transferred to the 67th Troop Command as the Assistant Intelligence Officer (AS2); and, he also served as the Assistant Personnel Officer (AS1) and Personnel Officer (S1). He participated in standing up the 671st Troop Command and served as the Training Officer (S3) during his time there. On July 31, 2012 he hung up his boots for good with over 29 years of service.
The highlights of his civilian career include over fourteen years with the Marion Police Department where he served as a uniformed officer. He joined the Army ROTC Program at The University of Iowa the second time as a Cadre member in July of 2005. During his time there he served as a Senior Military Science Instructor (sophomore-level instruction) from 2005-2007. He assumed the role of Recruiting Operations Officer in July of 2007.
Tony is married to Ann; an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner at the Veterans Administration Hospital here in Iowa City. They have three children: Erik (works full time while pursuing a Theatre Degree at Iowa); Garrett (a Human Resource major and junior at Cornell College); and, Paige, who is a junior at Iowa majoring in English & Creative Writing.
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.
Human Resources Assistant
Mr. Matthew Darnell
Mr. Darnell served in the United States Marine Corps as a Infantryman at Twenty-Nine Palms, CA from 1996–2000. He is a graduate from Trinity Bible College in Ellendale, ND with a Bachelor’s Degree. He previously worked for the VA Medical Center in Iowa City, IA for thirteen years. Recently he started working for Cadet Command at the University of Iowa in October 2018. As a Veteran, he has an appreciation working and serving Veterans in the VA Medical Center, and now working for Cadet Command as an HRA while serving the ROTC program and its Cadets.
phone: (319) 467-0730