Carroll College, Helena Montana


Lieutenant Colonel Chad Carlson

LTCSwinsonProfessor of Military Science

A native of Big Timber, Montana, LTC Carlson received his commission as an Ordnance Officer from Gonzaga University. His civilian education includes a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from Gonzaga University and Master of Science Degree in Education from Kansas State University.

His Army career began at Fort Carson Colorado, as an Ammunition Platoon Leader and Ammunition Supply Point Control Officer in the 60th Ordnance Company; He then served as Support Operations Ammunition Officer in the 68th Corps Support Battalion. After leaving Fort Carson LTC Carlson attended Explosive Ordnance Disposal School at Eglin AFB Florida and then took command of the 703d Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Company at Fort Knox, Kentucky. While in command he deployed to Iraq in support Operation Iraqi Freedom. Following command LTC Carlson returned to Fort Carson, Colorado and served in the 242d EOD Battalion where he served as the operations officer and later the S3. He moved to the 71st EOD Group where he served as the S4. LTC Carlson then deployed to Iraq as a part CJTF Troy (counter-IED) where he served as the officer in charge of the Combined Explosive Exploitation Cell (CEXC) which was responsible for exploiting all IEDs in Iraq. LTC Carlson’s most recent assignment was as the Chief of the Neutralization Section in the Defeat the Device Branch, NATO Counter-Improvised Explosive Device Center of Excellence (C-IED COE) located in Madrid, Spain. During this assignment he was responsible for providing subject matter expertise in order to support the NATO Alliance, its Partners, and the International Community in the fight against IEDs, and cooperates to increase the security of Allied Nations and Troops deployed in theatres of operations, reducing or eliminating the threats from improvised explosive devices used by terrorists or insurgents.

His military education includes the Ammunition Ordnance Officer Basic Course, the Combined Logistics Officer Advance Course, the Combined Arms and Service Staff School, the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Course, and the Command and General Staff College Intermediate Level Education. In addition LTC Carlson has attended numerous national and international coursed related to IED disposal, IED exploitation and homemade explosives.

His awards include the Bronze Star Medal with OLC, the Joint Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with OLC, the Army Achievement Medal with 2 OLC, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, The Iraqi Campaign Medal with two service stars, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Valorous Unit Award, the Combat Action Badge, and the Master Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge.

LTC Carlson is married to the former Marsha Loyer, of Aberdeen Washington. They have two children, Tanner age 12 and Ellie age 9.

Master Sergeant Jeremy Dose


Senior Military Science Instructor

Bio is being updated. 








Major Dana Barnicoat

MAJ BarnicoatAssistant Professor of Military Science

MAJ Barnicoat was born in Butte, MT on 24 January 1968.  He grew up in Great Falls, MT and graduated from Great Falls High School in 1986.  He joined the Navy in 1987 where he spent four years working active duty completing tours in the Persian Gulf and Diego Garcia before switching to the Navy reserves from 1991-1994.  After switching branches, he spent time working for the Montana Army National Guard for Counter Drug Operations and the National Guard Bureau.  He graduated from Carroll College in 1996 with a B.A. in sociology and later received his master’s degree from Embry Riddle in Aeronautical Science in 2002.  He commissioned in 1999 and held a variety of positions in the National Guard including commander of the 103rd Public Affairs Detachment who he deployed with to Iraq in 2010.  Before joining the Saints Company as the APMS, MAJ Barnicoat worked as the Officer Strength Manager for the Montana Army National Guard.  MAJ Barnicoat is married to his wife Georgia and has two children, a boy and a girl.

Sergeant First Class Robert Cassidy


Military Science Instructor

 SSG Robert Cassidy, was born in Champaign Illinois, and later moved to Montana where he grew up in Livingston MT. He graduated from Pak High School in 2000. In 2001 he joined the Montana Army National Guard and was assigned to HHC 1-163 Infantry Mortar Platoon from (2001-2005). He deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in July 2004 - Nov 2005 and served as a gunner and driver during the deployment. SSG Cassidy is married to his wife Amber and has two sons. His military education Warrior Leader Course, Army Basic Instructor Course, Small Group Instructor, RSP Master Cadre Course, BNCOC Phase 1, Training NCO Course, Combatives Level 1, Master Resilience Course, Combat Life Saver Course. SSG Cassidy's Decorations, awards and citations include the Army Commendation Medal (4th Award), Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal (2nd Award), Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (3rd Award), Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal W/M Device, Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Valorous Unit Award, MT Outstanding Unit Ribbon, MT National Guard Campaign Ribbon, MT National Guard Noble Eagle Ribbon, MT National Guard Service Ribbon, MT National Guard Attendance Ribbon, MT National Guard Physical Fitness Ribbon, Combat Infantry Badge, Drivers and Mechanics Badge.

Mrs. Tracy Mitchell

Mrs.MitchellEnrollment and Scholarships
(406) 243-4400

Major Tracy A. Mitchell is a 1994 graduate of Jefferson High School in Boulder, Montana.  In 2000, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Carroll College in Helena, MT.  She enlisted in the United States Army Reserves in 1994 and served in various positions up to platoon sergeant.  She received a direct commission into the Adjutant General Corps in 2002.  She has served with the 159th Corps Support Group and the 747th Adjutant General Company (Postal) and served as a detachment commander while in Iraq.  She currently serves as the Battalion S-4 Logistics Officer for the 379th Engineer Battalion.  Her awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal and the NCO Professional Development Ribbon. She is married to Timothy F. Mitchell of Missoula, MT.  They have two children: Teagan and Fergus.

Mrs. Janet Sheehy


Administrative Assistant
(406) 447-4415

Janet Sheehy is a Montana native.  She attended classes at both Montana State University and Carroll College.  Janet has experience in both the public and private business sector.  After spending eleven years as the Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Student Life at Carroll, Janet chose to move to the Carroll ROTC program.  She enjoys helping students and cadets look at their future and achieve their goals.  Her father was a Korean War veteran, and her brother is currently a Lt. Colonel in the Air Force.  She also has two nephews that have gone through Army ROTC programs.  She and her husband have a son and a daughter.  Janet enjoys spending time with her family in the great outdoors of Montana, traveling, creating stain glass, and painting.