Lieutenant Colonel Luchetta
Professor of Military Science
LTC Joe Luchetta was commissioned from the Early Commissioning Program at Marion Military Institute in 2000, subsequently serving in the Connecticut Army National Guard and Army Reserves while completing his Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems at the University of Connecticut. After being selected as a Transportation Officer, LTC Luchetta’s first assignment upon completing the basic course in 2003 was with 11th Transportation Battalion, Fort Story, VA where he served as a platoon leader and battalion staff officer. After attending the career course in 2006, LTC Luchetta was assigned to the 407th Brigade Support Battalion (BSB), 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, serving as the Support Operations Transportation Officer and Company Commander of Alpha Company, 407th BSB. Upon completing 21-months of command, LTC Luchetta attended the University of Virginia, receiving a Masters of Education in Kinesiology before serving three years as a physical education instructor at the United States Military Academy at West Point. In 2013, he once again PCS’d to Fort Bragg, NC where he served in the 528th Sustainment Brigade, United States Army Special Operations Command as an ARSOF Support Operations Team Chief, Battalion Executive Officer, and Brigade S-4. LTC Luchetta served as the Course Director for the Logistics Captain’s Career Course at Fort Lee, VA until assuming duties as Professor of Military Science of the Liberty Battalion in June 2017.
LTC Luchetta’s deployments include a 12-month tour in Iraq with the 368th Cargo Transfer Company in 2004-2005, a 15-month tour in Iraq with the 407th BSB in 2007-2008, and a 9-month tour with Special Operations Joint Task Force – Afghanistan as the SOF Equipment Recovery Team Chief in 2013-2014. His military education includes the Transportation Officer Basic Course, Combined Logistics Captain’s Career Course, Command and General Staff Officer Course, and the Basic Airborne Course.
LTC Luchetta resides at Hanscom Air Force Base with his beautiful wife Gayla and four wonderful children: Gavin (7), Ava (7), Brayden (7) and Emma (5).
Assistant Professor of Military Science
Captain Vincent P. Mullen attended the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Criminal Justice, and commissioned as an Infantry Officer in 2008. Following the Infantry Officer Basic Course (IOBC), Captain Mullen went on to graduate from Airborne School and Ranger School. He was then assigned as a Platoon leader in 2nd Battalion, 325th Infantry Regiment (ABN), 2 nd BCT, 82nd Airborne Division. While a Platoon leader, he deployed in support of Operation Unified Response – Haiti for Humanitaridan Assistance and Disaster Relief after the 2010 Earthquake that devastated the nation. Upon returning to Fort Bragg, Captain Mullen was assigned as the Battalion Logistician (S4). As the S4 he deployed to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn and returned home until his PCS to Maneuver Captains Career Course at Fort Benning, Ga. Upon completion of MCCC, Captain Mullen graduated from Jumpmaster School and then reported to 4th Brigade (ABN), 25th Infantry Division at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson vicinity Anchorage Alaska. He took command of Able Company, 3rd Battalion 509 th Infantry Regiment (ABN) and commanded for 18 months before being selected as the Aide-de- Camp for the U.S. Army-Alaska Commanding General. Captain Vincent Mullen joined the Liberty Battalion and assumed duty as an Assistant Professor of Military Science on 29 July 2016.
Assistant Professor of Military Science
Captain David J. Shermer Jr. attended Western New England University, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, and commissioned as an Engineer Officer in December of 2013. Following the Engineer Basic Officer Leaders Course (EBOLC), Captain Shermer went on to serve as a staff officer in the 864th Engineer Battalion. He was then selected to serve as a Platoon leader for 2nd Platoon, 571st Sapper Company. Captain Shermer was then assigned as the 864th Battalion Training Officer, and then served 18 months as the 555th Engineer Brigade Unit Movement Officer (UMO). While serving as the UMO he was directly responsible for the brigade’s transportation requirements while serving under the Army’s Defense Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and high- yield Explosives (CBRNE) Response Force (DCRF), until his PCS to Engineer Captains Career Course at Fort Leonard Wood, MO.
Master Sergeant Salas
Senior Military Science Instructor
MSG Salas enlisted in the US Army as a Cavalry Scout in August 2003 and attended One Station Unit Training at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Upon graduation, he was assigned to the Scout Platoon in Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC), 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry in Fort Hood, Texas. His duty positions included Driver, Dismounted Scout, and HMMWV Gunner. MSG Salas was reassigned to another Scout Platoon in HHC, 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry in Friedberg Germany in June 2005 where he served as a Scout Squad Leader and Scout Section Leader. In the summer of 2007, he was assigned to the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in Fort Irwin, CA where he served as an Observer Controller. In August 2009, MSG Salas was assigned to C Troop, 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry in Schofield Barracks, Hawaii where he served as a Scout Section Leader, Scout Platoon Sergeant and the Intelligence Operations NCOIC for the Squadron. Upon the completion of his tenure in Hawaii MSG Salas was assigned to the 4th Cavalry Brigade in Fort Knox, KY in 2011 where he served as an Observer Controller for the Reserve component and National Guard units in U.S Army East. In 2016 MSG Salas was then reassigned to Fort Bliss, Texas where he served as the Brigade Operations Sergeant Major for 1st Brigade, 1st Armor Division and then later as the First Sergeant for Apache Troop, 6th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment.
MSG Salas has four deployments to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom 05 and 07, Operation New Dawn in 09 and once to Afghanistan’s Kandahar Province in support of Operation Resolute Support.
MSG Salas military education includes the Warrior Leader Course, Advanced Leader Course, Senior Leader Course, Master Leader Course, Master Resilience Trainer, Equal Opportunity Leader, Army Combative level 1 and 2, Combat Lifesaver, Company Commander/1SG Command Course, Cavalry Leaders Course, Foundation Instructor Facilitator Course and The Observer Controller and Trainer Academy. MSG Salas holds and Associate’s Degree in General Studies and has maintain a high GPA while working towards a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Resources Management from American Military University.
MSG Salas awards and decorations include Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2), Purple Hart (2), Army Commendation Medal for Valor and Army Commendation Medal (4), Army Achievement Medal (6), Good Conduct Medal (4), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (4), Army Service Ribbon, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Valorous Unit Award, NATO Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon (5), Combat Action Badge, the Drivers Badge and the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (Silver). MSG Salas has also been awarded the Draper Armor Leadership Award, has been Knighted into the Order of Saint George Bronze Medallions and the Order of Gold and Silver Spur.
Sergeant First Class Beck
Military Science Instructor
SFC David M. Beck enlisted in the US Army as an Infantryman in January 2003 and attended One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, GA.
Upon graduation, SFC Beck attended airborne school and volunteered for the 75th Ranger Regiment. Upon Graduation of the Ranger Indoctrination Program SFC Beck was assigned to B Company, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment in Fort Lewis, WA. His duty positions included squad automatic weapons specialist and squad grenadier. SFC Beck was then reassigned to Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) in Fort Campbell, KY where he served as the Brigade Radio Telephone Operator, and the brigade personal security detachment team leader, squad leader, and platoon sergeant. SFC Beck was then reassigned to A Company, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). His positions included squad leader and platoon sergeant. SFC Beck then moved to D Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) were he served as a platoon sergeant. SFC Beck was then reassigned to C Company, 5th Ranger Training Battalion, Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade in Camp Merrell, GA. His duty positions included mountaineering platoon sergeant on the mountain team as well as a tactics instructor in the techniques team. SFC Beck was reassigned to Platoon Team, School of Infantry, Lone Pine Barracks, Singleton, New South Wales, Australia were he was assigned as the Stability Operations Package Master to the Royal Officers Basic Course and the Subject 2 for Sergeants course in the Australian Defense Force. SFC Beck was then reassigned to serve as a Military Science Instructor within Cadet Command at Northeastern University in Boston, MA.
SFC Beck has deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (2005-2006), (2007-2008) and in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (2003-2004), (2010-2011), (2012-2013).
SFC Beck’s military education includes the Basic Leader Course, Advanced Leader Course, Senior Leader Course, Master Leader Course, Basic Military Mountaineering Course, Advanced Military Mountaineering Course, USMC Assault Climbers Course, Ranger Course, Jumpmaster Course, Master Fitness Trainer Course, Air Assault Course, Pathfinder Course, Combat Lifesavers Course, USAF Air Load Planners Course, Army Basic Instructor Course, Army Tactical Certification Course, and the Common Facility Development Instructor Course.
SFC Beck’s civilian education includes a bachelor degree from Purdue University in kinesiology and is currently working on a second degree from American Military University in criminal justice.
SFC Beck’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star for Valor, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart (5) Meritorious Service Medal (3), Army Commendation Medal (4), Army Achievement Medal (4), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Valorous Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Award, Good Conduct Medal (5), National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (3), Army Service Ribbon, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (3 star cluster), Iraqi Campaign Medal (3 Star Cluster), NATO Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon (4), Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Ranger Tab, Pathfinder Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and the Drivers Badge.
Master Sergeant Headley
Military Science Instructor
MSG Headley was born in Jacksonville Florida. He enlisted in the Army in February 2002. After basic training and OCT at Fort Benning, GA MSG Headley was awarded the MOS 11B. During his career, MSG Headley served as Scout Platoon Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant, Squad Leader, Team Leader and Rifleman. He also participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
MSG Headley’s duty stations include: Fort Bragg, NC (2002-2005); Fort Sam Houston, TX (2005-2006); Fort Bragg, NC (2006-2008); Pearl Harbor, HI (2008-2011); Fort Campbell, KY (2011-2014); Camp Jackson, KS (2015-2017); Northeastern ROTC Boston, MA (2017-)
MSG Headley has attended the Maneuver Senior Leaders Course (MSLC); Advance Leaders Course (ALC); Warrior Leaders Course (WLC); Anti-Terrorism Basic Officers Course; Urban Mobility Breachers Course; Pathfinder School; Air Assault School; Airborne School; Spies and Fries Master Course; Rappel Master Course; Cold Weather Leadership Course; Basic Military Mountaineering; Mountaineer Instructor Course; Master Resiliency Trainer Course levels I and II. MSG Headley is also pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Homeland Security/Anti-Terrorism.
MSG Headley’s military awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (2nd Award), Joint Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (4th award) Joint Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (5th award), National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with Bronze Star Device, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Non-commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (3rd award) Army Service Ribbon, Korean Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon. Badges include: Army Basic Instructor Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Combat Infantry Badge.