Carroll College, Helena Montana


Lieutenant Colonel Michael Swinson

LTCSwinsonProfessor of Military Science

LTC Micheal C. Swinson enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1990. He served on active duty from 1990-1992, with assignments in the Republic of Korea and 1/509 Parachute Infantry Regiment (OPFOR) Joint Readiness Training Center. After his enlisted commitment he attended East Carolina University. He was commissioned Regular Army in 1996 in the Military Intelligence Corps. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from East Carolina University and later received a Master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College. After his commissioning, 2LT Swinson was assigned to Ft. Bragg, NC where he served in a variety of assignments including; Battalion S2 327th Signal Battalion (AIRBORNE); Executive Officer for Headquarters Company, 319th Military Intelligence Battalion (AIRBORNE) and Tactical Intelligence Officer 1/505 Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division.  Following the Armor Officer Advanced course, then Captain Swinson was assigned to Ft Hood, TX. While at Ft. Hood CPT Swinson served as Assistant Brigade S2 for 3rd (GREYWOLF) Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division; Battalion S2 for 1st Battalion (HEADHUNTERS) 9th Cavalry Regiment. He later served as 1st Cavalry Division G2 Assistant Operations Officer. During this assignment he deployed to OIF II with the 1st Cavalry Division. He commanded Charlie Company, 312th Military Intelligence Battalion and later Alpha Company, 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion. From Ft. Hood he was assigned to the Joint Readiness Training Center where he served as the Senior Intelligence Planner for the Operations Group. Later he attended the U.S. Naval War College, College of Command and Staff. After graduation from the NWC in 2009, Major Swinson was assigned to the Joint Special Operations Command. Here he served as a Troop Commander and Squadron Executive Officer for the Joint Exploitation Squadron, JSOC Intelligence Brigade.  While assigned to JSOC MAJ Swinson had operational assignments in Afghanistan and Yemen in support of a Joint Task Force. MAJ Swinson has completed Military Intelligence Officer’s Basic course, Armor Captain’s Career Course, 82nd Airborne Division Jumpmaster School, M1A2 Tank Commanders Certification Course, US Naval Command and Staff School, SERE (High Risk) among others.MAJ Swinson’s awards and decorations include; Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (1 OLC), the Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), Iraq Campaign Medal w/ 2 Bronze Stars, Afghanistan Campaign Medal w/ 2 Bronze Stars, National Defense Service Medal w/ 2 Bronze Stars, Korean Defense Service Medal, Master Parachutist Badge, Canadian and German parachute badges. He is married to Victoria Swinson and has two daughters, Miranda and Virginia. LTC Swinson and his family live near Missoula, Montana.

Master Sergeant Travis Hambrick


Senior Military Instructor

MSG Travis Hambrick is a Montana native and a 1992 graduate of Stevensville High School in Stevensville, Montana. He entered military service immediately following high school as an enlisted Infantryman with the Ranger option; and attended One Station Unit Training, Airborne, and the Ranger Indoctrination Program at Fort Benning, GA.  MSG Hambrick has had a very diverse and unconventional military career as an Infantryman with numerous years of service within the United States Army Special Operations Command. Past assignments include duty with 2/75th Ranger Battalion, Ft. Lewis, WA; HHC 75th Ranger Regiment, Ranger Reconnaissance Detachment, Ft. Benning, GA; and the United States Army Office of Military Support, Washington DC.  Since May 2012 he has been assigned as the Senior Military Instructor at the University of Montana’s Military Science and Leadership Department. MSG Hambrick gained vast leadership experience while serving in numerous operational deployments in support of Operation Uphold Democracy, Haiti; Operation Safe Haven, Panama; Operation Joint Guardian, Kosovo; Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan; and Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq.  He has successfully completed all NCO levels of leadership development to include the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy.  In 1995 MSG Hambrick married his hometown sweetheart Dawn; who is the Graduate Programs Coordinator at the School of Business Administration, University of Montana. They have two children a son Cody and a daughter Samantha; both currently attend Stevensville High School.  Awards include: Bronze Star Medal (3rd award), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2ndaward), Meritorious Service Medal (2nd award), Army Commendation Medal (3rd Award), Army Achievement Medal (2nd award), Joint Meritorious Unit Award,  Valorous Unit Award (2nd award), Army Good Conduct Medal (6th award), National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal (2ndaward), Afghanistan Campaign Medal – Campaign Star, Iraq Campaign Medal – Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (4th Award), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Overseas Service Bar (3rd award), Ranger Tab, Military Free Fall Parachutist Badge – Jumpmaster,  Master Parachutist Badge, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, and  Expert Infantryman’s Badge.

MAJ Dana Barnicoat

MAJ BarnicoatOfficer in Charge/Assistant Professor of Military Science Carroll College

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 Lawrence DeBoo


Non-commissioned Officer in Charge/ Assistant Senior Military Instructor

 SFC DeBoo was born in Browning, MT on November 2nd 1980.  He grew up in Dupuyer, MT and attended high school in Valier, MT.  He graduated High School in May of 1999, joined the Montana Army National Guard on November 29th of 1999.  SFC DeBoo shipped to Basic Combat Training January of 2000 and completed One Station Unit Training at Ft. Benning Georgia Infantry School in May of 2000.  He has deployed twice as an Infantry soldier to Bosnia-Herzegovina in 2001 and Iraq in 2004.  After returning from Iraq in 2005 he was a recruiter for the MT Army National Guard in Bozeman before joining the Saints Company in 2011.  SFC DeBoo is married to his wife Kari and has two children a boy and a girl.

Major Tracy Mitchell


Enrollment 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.