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Professor Military Science (PMS)

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LTC Brian A. Ferguson was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery from Mount Saint Mary’s University, Emmitsburg, Maryland in 1999.

LTC Ferguson received his Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science from Mount Saint Mary’s University and his M.A. in Business and Organizational Security Management from Webster University. His professional education includes: the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, Armor Captains Career Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Airborne and Air Assault Schools, and the Command and General Staff College. He is a veteran of three combat deployments.

His first assignment was to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and the 101st Airborne Division where he was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery (FA) Regiment. While in the 101st, Lieutenant Ferguson served as a Company Fire Support Officer, Headquarters Battery Executive Officer, Support Platoon Leader, Battery Fire Direction Officer, and Battalion Fire Direction Officer. While at the battalion level CPT Ferguson deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) in 2003. Following the deployment, he attended the Armor Captains Career Course at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and was later assigned to Fort Sill, Oklahoma. At Fort Sill, he was assigned to the 434th Field Artillery Training Brigade, serving as the Battalion Operations Officer for 1st Battalion, 22nd FA Regiment. He commanded Echo battery for 18 months in the same battalion. He competed for a second command and moved within Fort Sill to the 75th Field Artillery Brigade and commanded the 571st Forward Support Company, 1st Battalion, 17th FA Regiment, where he commanded again for 18 months.

Following his second command, CPT Ferguson was reassigned to the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York, in 2008 and served as a Division Effects Officer and later the G3 Fires Officer. During this assignment MAJ Ferguson deployed again to Iraq and was responsible for fire support assets from Baghdad to Basra. While in Iraq, he was selected to participate in the Army-Marine Corps Fire Support Officer Exchange Program. Upon redeployment, he was reassigned to 2nd Marine Division at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. In 2011, while serving with the Marines, MAJ Ferguson deployed to Afghanistan as the Ground Combat Element Fire Support Coordinator for Task Force Leatherneck. Upon redeployment he attended the Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, graduating in the top 20% of students. MAJ Ferguson was then assigned to Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, and the 25th Infantry Division. He served as the 2nd Stryker Brigade Fire Support Officer, 2nd Battalion, 11th FA Regiment Executive Officer, and as the Deputy Commanding Officer for the Division Artillery. After three years in the Aloha State, LTC Ferguson was reassigned to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where he was selected to be a Tactics Instructor and Assistant Staff Group Advisor at the Command General Staff College. After one year he was recognized by the Combined Arms Center and reassigned to Operations Group Charlie, Mission Command Training Program, to serve as the Fires Warfighting Function Chief. The Operations Group is unique and is Congressionally-mandated to train and coach Army National Guard Brigade Commanders and their respective staffs.

In 2017, LTC Ferguson was selected as the Professor of Military Science at John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio, responsible for the ROTC programs at several universities and colleges in the greater Cleveland, Ohio, area.

He has earned the Bronze Star Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and the Combat Action Badge. He is also a member of the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara.

LTC Ferguson enjoys spending time with his family, sailing, hiking, volunteering with his kids’ activities, and enjoys reading about history. He is married to Vanessa and has five children, Nathan, Veronica, Henry, Juliet, and Elena.

Senior Military Science Instructor (SMSI)

email: dnavarro@jcu.edu • phone: 216.397.6203

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Master Sergeant (MSG) Diogenes Navarro joined the Army as an Airborne Infantryman in 2000 and is currently the Senior Military Science Instructor for John Carroll University ROTC. His previous assignments have taken him around the world from Ft. Bragg, NC to Italy and Germany. MSG Navarro’s deployments span from 2001 to 2018 which include peace enforcement operations throughout Kosovo and Macedonia, combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, and a multinational deployment to Poland.

While stationed in Europe, MSG Navarro also took part in numerous partnership training events throughout Romania, France, Hungary, and Austria. He has had the unique experience to have parachuted out of military aircrafts for 15 consecutive years as a profession. MSG Navarro’s goal is to utilize his diverse leadership experience to strengthen and develop the ROTC Cadets into adaptable, cohesive and discipline driven Army Leaders.

Assistant Professor of Military Science

email: bluster@jcu.edu • phone: 216.397.4392

MAJ B Luster

MAJ Billy Luster is a native of Atlanta, Georgia.  He served as an enlisted Communication Specialist before being selected for attendance at the Officer Candidate Service at Fort Benning, Georgia. He is a Graduate of Albany State University with a degree in Computer Science and was commissioned as a 2LT in the Field Artillery on 02 August 2007.

MAJ Luster’s key assignments include: Fire Direction Officer and Patrol OIC, 3rd Battalion 6th Field Artillery Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, NY; Company Fire Support Officer, 2nd Battalion 22nd Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, NY; 3rd Army Operations Officer at Fort McPherson, Ga, Shaw AFB, SC and Camp Arifjan, Kuwait; BN Fire Support Officer, HHC, 2nd Battalion 7th Infantry Regiment, Fort Stewart, GA; Headquarters and Headquarters Battery Commander for 1-41 FA Regiment, Fort Stewart, Georgia;  BN Operations Officer for 2-305th FA BN, Camp Shelby, MS; Headquarters and Headquarters Company Commander, 177th AR BDE, Camp Shelby, MS. He is a graduate of the FA Officer Basic Course, FA Captains Career Course, Information Operations Course, Fire Support Coordination Course, Combatives Level 1 and the Common Faculty Development-Instructor Course.

MAJ Luster’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal x2, Army Achievement Medal x3, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War of Terrorism Service and Expeditionary Medal, the Combat Action Badge, and the Overseas Service Ribbon x2.

Assistant Professor of Military Science

email: nhanners@jcu.edu • phone: 216.397.6211

CAP Hanners

CAP Nathan Hanners assumed duty as Assistant Professor of Military Science DEC 2020. 

He was commissioned in the Army Reserves after graduating from Officer Candidate School on 24 March 2011. His first unit was the 370th CBRN CO where he served first in Norman OK as platoon leader, detachment commander, and finally as company executive officer.  He mobilized with the Army Central Command augmentation detachment in 2015 serving in Kuwait, Bahrain and Jordan spending a total of 23 months OCONUS.  He was assigned to Frist Army in 2017 as G6 plans and operations chief. He was selected for AGR in 2018 and served at the 479 CBRN battalion as the assistant S-3.  He took Command of the 320th Chemical Company in September 2019.

He graduated from the University of Texas in Dallas, 2009.   As a civilian he has worked as maintenance supervisor and manager in Dallas TX.  This work involved planning maintenance operations in the Dallas area for over 1000 heavy duty trucks and leading a team of skilled technicians and administrators.

Having his awards, badges and decorations include the Army commendation medal, Army Achievement medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement medal, the National Defense Service Ribbon, Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary medal, Global War on Terrorism Service medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, and the Armed Forces Reserve medal with M device.  He has been awarded the German armed forces badge in gold.

He’s married Ligaya Hanners of Quezon City, Philippines. They have been married for 10 years and live in Cleveland Heights with their 2 dogs.  They are both Texans at heart! 

Wolfpack Battalion Recruiter

email: jmccluskey@jcu.edu • phone: 216.397.4286

John McCluskey

Born in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, he graduated from Penn State in 1978 and commissioned as an Ordnance Officer. He received his M.B.A. from Cleveland State in 2002. He is a graduate of the Ordnance Officer Basic & Advanced Courses, Airborne Course, CAS3, and the Command and General Staff College.

He has been assigned to several posts in the U.S., to include Alaska and Hawaii, as well as Germany, Saudi Arabia, and Korea. He retired from the Army after 28 years of service.

His awards include the DMSM, MSM (3 OLC), JMUA, ARCOM, JSAM, AAM, and other service medals.

Mr. McCluskey is married to MAJ Beth McCluskey (nee Reilly) of South Euclid, Ohio, and they have two sons, Jack (28) a 1LT in the USAR and Pat (26) who is a 1LT(P) on active duty.