Based out of the north side of Chicago, the Rambler Battalion is hosted at Loyola University. The satellite schools include DePaul University, Northeastern Illinois University, North Park University, and Northwestern University. Located on the bustling north side of Chicago, the Rambler Battalion cadets have access to nearly unlimited resources for educational and professional development. The diversity of the neighborhood gives a valuable cultural perspective hard to find elsewhere. Our Battalion consists of cadets from all over the country and from many different backgrounds. The cadre assigned to our Battalion are highly experienced, well trained soldiers of the Army with over 60 years of combined time in service. Additionally, the Battalion has several civilian employees who work in support of the program's success. Overall, the Rambler Battalion Army ROTC program provides excellent training in leadership development, military skills, academics, and physical readiness.
Staff Located at Loyola University Chicago:
Lieutenant Colonel Nicholas Bugajski - Chair and Professor of Military Science
Nick Bugajski is happily married to the love of his life, Regan Elizabeth, and they have four beautiful young boys: Chase Ignatius (6), Cash Raymond (4), Camden Nicholas (3), and Colton Alexander (1). Team Bugajski is expecting their fifth boy in September 2017. We are honored to serve in the city we love and, more importantly, within the Loyola-Chicago community.
Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Nick graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2000 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Military Police Corps. Following graduation from the Military Police Officer Basic Course, he was assigned to the 759th Military Police Battalion where he served as a Platoon Leader in the 984th Military Police Company and Platoon Leader and Executive Officer in the 59th Military Police Company. While at Fort Carson, he deployed in support of Operations Desert Shift and Enduring Freedom, Saudi Arabia, 2001-02.
After completing the Military Police Officer Advanced Course and the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, he was stationed in South Korea from 2003 to 2006 where he served as Assistant S-3, 728thMilitary Police Battalion, Camp Henry; Commander, 552nd Military Police Company, Camp Hialeah and Plans Officer, 8th Military Police Brigade, Yongsan Garrison.
Subsequently, he was selected as a Joint Chiefs of Staff / Office of the Secretary of Defense Intern and earned his masters degree from the Georgetown Public Policy Institute in 2007. Upon graduation he served as the Military Assistant to the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Military Personnel Policy and as the Readiness Officer in the Headquarters, Department of the Army G-1. He then deployed to Iraq from 2009-10 where he served as the Deputy J-5 and Information Operations Officer, Task Force 134, Detainee Operations, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. After redeploying from Iraq, he returned to the Pentagon to serve as a member of the Strategic Initiatives Group and Army Health Promotion and Risk Reduction Task Force, Office of the Provost Marshal General.
After graduation from the Command and General Staff College in 2011, he served as the Executive Officer for the 40th Military Police Battalion, the unit responsible for providing the correctional guard force to the United States Disciplinary Barracks, the Department of Defense’s only maximum security facility. He returned to the United States Military Academy in 2014 to teach organizational leadership in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership and, in 2016, deployed to Afghanistan as the Speechwriter to the Commander of Resolute Support and U.S. Forces – Afghanistan, the general responsible for all NATO and US operations.
B.S., American Politics, United States Military Academy (2000)
M.P.M., Masters in Policy Management, Georgetown Public Policy Institute (2007)
Major Jose Perez- Executive Officer, Assistant Professor of Military Science
Captain Guillermo Romo- Assistant Professor of Military Science
Captain Guillermo Romo was born in Chicago IL and enlisted in the US Army in the summer of 1992 as a Multiple Launch Rocket System Crewmember. He was assigned to 1-12th FA at Ft. Sill, OK and served as a driver and gunner. He left active duty in the fall of 1994 to pursue a bachelor’s degree in English for Secondary Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He graduated UIC in the summer of 2000. During his time in school, CPT Romo served as an Administrative Specialist at the 416th ENCOM, a position that he held through the unit’s deployment in December 2002 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Upon returning from deployment, CPT Romo served as the HHC Supply Sergeant at the 416th ENCOM in an Active Guard Reserve role. CPT Romo applied to Officer Candidate School in the winter of 2006, and was selected for attendance in the summer of 2007. CPT Romo attended OCS and received his commission in March 2008.
CPT Romo attended the Armor Basic Officer Course in the summer of 2008. He was then assigned as a tank platoon leader for first platoon, Cobra Company, 2/69 AR, Third Brigade, Third Infantry Division. He deployed with this unit in support of Operation Iraqi freedom in the fall of 2009. CPT Romo was selected to serve as the Bayonet Company Executive Officer in the summer of 2010 and redeployed the company in the fall of 2010. CPT Romo then attended the Maneuver Captain’s Career Course in the summer of 2011 and was assigned to 1-4 Infantry Regiment, Hohenfels, Germany in the summer of 2012. CPT Romo served as the battalion logistics officer and later took command of Dragon Company in the spring of 2013. CPT Romo transitioned from command to serve as an observer coach trainer at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center, Hohenfels, Germany. CPT Romo served as a Troop OCT and as a team planner for the Calvary Squadron / Reconnaissance Team, Grizzly.
CPT Romo is married to the former Tamera Sue Pettit. They have four wonderful children, three boys, Connor 19, Guillermo 8, and Lucas 1, and one amazing girl, Angela 7. He currently resides in the most amazing location on earth, Highland Park, Illinois and is serving as the Assistant Professor of Military Science at Loyola University Chicago. CPT Romo is a recipient of the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, and the Airborne Badge.
Captain Nathanial Goldsmith- Operations Officer, Assistant Professor of Military Science
Nate Goldsmith, his wife Brittanie and two children are newcomers to the Chicago area, and are excited to serve at the Rambler Battalion. CPT Goldsmith is originally from Charlottesville, VA and is a 2009 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute (VMI). Upon graduation from VMI, CPT Goldsmith attended the Infantry Officer Basic Course at Fort Benning, GA, and was then assigned to 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. As a platoon leader, CPT Goldsmith deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from 2011 to 2012. Upon return from Afghanistan, CPT Goldsmith was accepted to the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment “The Old Guard” at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, VA, where he served as a platoon leader for Alpha Company, 4th Battalion, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, as well as the platoon leader for the United States Army Drill Team.
In 2015, the Goldsmith family returned to Fort Benning, GA where CPT Goldsmith completed the Maneuver Captains Career Course, with subsequent assignment to the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, KY. While assigned to the 101st Airborne, Nate deployed as a battalion planner to Iraq in 2016 in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. Upon return from Iraq, Nate commanded Attack Company, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team (STRIKE) for 16 months prior to assignment at Loyola University Chicago.
Captain John Benson- Assistant Professor of Military Science
Captain John Benson is a newcomer to the Chicago area, and is excited to be a part of the Rambler Battalion. CPT Benson is originally from Dover, MA and is a 2014 graduate of the United States Military Academy. While at West Point, CPT Benson majored in economics and participated in intramural athletics. Upon graduation from West Point, CPT Benson attended the Field Artillery Basic Officer Leader Course at Fort Sill, OK, and was then assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. As a Lieutenant in Hawaii, CPT Benson served as a Fire Support Officer, Fire Direction Officer, Platoon Leader, and Battery Executive Officer. In January 2018, Captain Benson returned to Fort Sill, OK where he completed the Field Artillery Captains Career Course, with subsequent assignment as an Assistant Professor of Military Science at Loyola University Chicago.
Sergeant First Class Arthur Moran- Senior Military Instructor
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Ms. Teisha Barnes- Assistant Professor of Military Science
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Mr. Djimitri Francois- Recruiting Operations Officer
Mr. Djimitri Francois, a native of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, retired as a Senior Chief from the U.S. Navy on September 30th, 2013 after 26 years of dedicated service to our country. He has deployed to Haiti in support of Operation Uphold Democracy with the 10th Mountain Division; to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom; and to Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom. His personal awards include the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with five gold stars), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (with one gold star) and various unit and campaign awards. Mr. Francois served on 5 Naval Aircraft Carriers; he holds a Bachelor’s degree and is a graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy in Newport, RI. He is currently the Rambler Battalion’s Recruiting Operations Officer, and is responsible for all scholarships and enrollments into the program.
Staff Located at DePaul University:
Sergeant First Class Jorge Sabillon - Military Science Instructor
Mr. Rex Lewis- Assistant Professor of Military Science
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All new military faculty coming to be instructors will attend the 10-week cadre and faculty development course (CFDC). Please see below link on CFDC