Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET) is four weeks of intense classroom and field training held in the summer at Fort Knox, KY. This leader development course is an accelerated version of the two years of leadership development training Cadets receive in the Basic Course. By transforming yourself through this rigorous training, you will qualify for enrollment in the Army ROTC Advanced Course on campus-provided you have two years of college remaining (undergraduate or graduate). Learn more.
MAJ Danielle K. Rodondi hails from in Island Pond, Vermont and graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Castleton State College in 1997. She entered the Army in the Skills for Stripes program and served 4 years as a 91C at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She continued her work at Walter Reed as a GS 11/12 for the next 4 years. In 2004, MAJ Rodondi earned her Bachelors of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Maryland and received a direct commission. In 2010, she earned her Master’s degree in Nursing from Florida Southern College as an Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist. Her military education includes Basic Training, Primary Leadership Development Course, AMEDD Officer Basic Course, AMEDD Captain’s Career Course, and Intermediate Level Education.
MAJ Rodondi assumed duties as the Professor of Military Science, Augusta University May 2017. Her previous assignments include Nurse Liaison/Program Instructor ACCC/BOLC-B, CNOIC Medical/Surgical/ Pediatric, Dwight D Eisenhower Army Medical Center; Clinical Nurse Specialist, Dwight D Army Medical Center; CNOIC Conner Troop Medical Clinic, Fort Drum NY; PACU Staff Nurse, Madigan Army Medical Center; Staff Nurse Intermediate Care Unit, 47th CSH Tikrit, Iraq; Step Down Staff Nurse, Madigan Army Medical Center. Head Nurse/Charge/Staff Nurse GS 12/11 Cardio Thoracic Step Down, WRAMC; 91 C Staff Nurse, Cardio Thoracic Step Down and Organ Transplant Step Down, WRAMC.
Her awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (3), Army Commendation Medal (3), Army Achievement Medal (2), Meritorious Unit Commendation (2), Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon. MAJ Rodondi is a board Certified Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, Polk County Advanced Practice Nurses Association, 2015 AMEDD Iron Major, and 2016 Military Health Science Nursing Leadership Award.
Captain Peter L. Ahching, Jr. enlisted into the United States Army from Honolulu, Hawaii. He earned his commission as an Army officer after graduating from the Army Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia on Sept 11, 2008.
Captain Peter Ahching completed the Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear (CBRN) Basic Officer Leaders Course and was assigned to the 23rd Chemical Battalion at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. Captain Ahching served successfully as a Platoon Leader, Executive Officer and an Assistant Operations Officer. In 2011, CPT Ahching deployed to South Korea as a Battalion Battle Captain in support of Operation Foal Eagle, in partnership with the Republic of Korea (ROK) Army. Captain Peter Ahching later graduated from the CBRN Captains Career Course and was assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Captain Ahching served as the 3BCT Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Officer and Brigade Battle Captain.
In May 2013, Captain Peter Ahching deployed as the Task Force Talon S3 Operations Officer during the first deployment of the THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) system into the PACOM region. After deployment, Captain Peter Ahching was the S3 Lead Planner for the 3BCT's Regional Engagement Exercises to the Philippines and Malaysia. In May 2014, Captain Peter Ahching deployed with the 3BCT, 25ID to Australia in support of Operation Vital Prospect, in partnership with the armies of Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. In June 2015, Captain Ahching served as the Commander of the US Army Chattanooga Recruiting Company covering Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. In July 2017, Captain Peter Ahching was selected to serve as an Assistant Professor of Military Science at Augusta University in South Georgia.
Captain Peter Ahching's awards and decorations include the following: the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Medal and the Overseas Service Medal.
Captain Peter Ahching attended the University of Hawaii, School of Medicine and passed the United States Medical Licensing Exam STEP 1. Captain Peter Ahching holds a Master of Science degree from Webster University, and a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University Fresno. Captain Peter Ahching married his wife Tina on Maui, Hawaii and they have two children, Rocco and Scarlett
CPT Kenneth DeMars is a native of Springfield, MA. He was a former Enlisted Soldier
with a primary occupational specialty of Satellite Systems Operator/Maintainer and
also performed duties as a single and multi-channel radio operator, line of sight
and switch operator, cable installer and automations. His enlisted assignments include
leadership positions from team leader to First Sergeant in the 10th Signal Battalion,
10th Mountain Division; 1st Satellite Control Battalion, US Army Space and Missile
Defense Command; and the 53rd Signal Battalion, 1st Space Brigade. He also served
10 months in the former Republic of Yugoslavia as part of Operation Joint Forge.
CPT DeMars was commissioned in 2007 and was assigned to the Division Special Troops Battalion, 10th Mountain Division, as Platoon leader position for a Joint Network Node Tactical Command Post and Division Hub Node, Battle Captain for the Division and Multinational Division-Central/South Iraq HQ, and Division Network Officer. He served as Commander, Headquarters and Alpha Company, 369th Signal Battalion, and the Chief of Operations, ACoS G3, USA Cyber Center. He currently serves as an Associate Professor/Training Officer, Augusta University in Augusta, GA.
CPT DeMars’ education and training includes three levels of the Non Commissioned Officer Education System, the Officer Candidate School, the Basic Officer Leadership Course, the Signal Officer’s Basic and Captains’ Career Course, the Company Commanders/First Sergeants course, the Canadian Forces Joint Network Operations Officer course and the Modern Army Combatives Instructor Level I and II. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from the State University of New York in Mechanical Engineering Technologies and is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Telecommunications from the University of Maryland, with a 4.0 GPA.
Some of CPT DeMars’ awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Airborne Badge, Air Assault Badge, Space Operations Badge, German Troop Proficiency Badge and the Dutch Vierdaagse Cross of Nijmegen.
He is married to the former Emma Anne Hendershot of Hilton, NY and has two sons named William and Andrew. He enjoys cycling, playing sports and is also the Director of Coaching for the Strike Soccer Academy.
Master Sergeant Travis L. Autry is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina. He enlisted in the United States Army on 22 July 1998 and completed One Station Unit Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Since December 2000 he has held various leadership positions to Include Gunner, Ammunition Team Chief, Ammunition Section Chief, Howitzer Section Chief, Gunnery Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant, Small Group Leader Instructor (WLC), Battalion Intelligence Section NCOIC, Operations Sergeant, First Sergeant and most recently Augusta University ROTC Senior Instructor.
His duty assignments include the Augusta University ROTC Senior Instructor, 4th Battalion 1st Field Artillery, Fort Bliss, TX, 2nd Battalion 29th Field Artillery, Fort Bliss, TX, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, HI, 2nd Battalion, 11th Field Artillery Regiment, Schofield Barracks, HI, 1st Battalion, 76th Field Artillery, Fort Stewart, GA, 2nd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery, Fort Carson, CO; 2nd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery, Camp Hovey Korea, 1st Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery, Fort Hood, TX and 1st Battalion, 22nd Field Artillery, Fort Sill, OK. First Sergeant Autry has deployed to Operation Joint Forge, Operation Desert Spring, Operation Iraqi Freedom 04-05, Operation Iraqi Freedom 07-08, Operation Iraqi Freedom 2010, Operation New Dawn, Operation Spartan Shield and Operation Inherent Resolve.
His military and civilian education includes the Warrior Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Senior Leaders Course, Battle Staff Noncommissioned Officer Course, Casualty Assistance Officer Course, Junior Leader Jungle Operation Course, and First Sergeant Course. First Sergeant Autry currently has 42 college credit hours and is currently working on his Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Management from the University of Maryland.
Master Sergeant Autry’s awards and decoration include the Bronze Star Medal with 2 oak leaf cluster (OLC), Meritorious Service Medal with 2 OLC, Army Commendation Medal with 3 OLC , Army Achievement Medal with 4 OLC, Good Conduct Medal with 5 bronze knot, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, National Defense Service Ribbon with bronze star, Korea Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with 3 campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Professional Development Ribbon with numeral 3, Army Service Ribbon, Oversea Service Ribbon with numeral 3, the NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge, and a Driver Badge (T). Master Sergeant honors include the Order of the Spur and the Order of Saint Barbara.
Master Sergeant Autry is married to Angela L. Autry, has 2 kids, a son name Travis L Autry II that is currently 4yrs old and a daughter name Naomi L. Autry that is currently 2yrs old. He is the child of Cliffton and Lynnest Autry.
Mr. Dimm, a native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania graduated from the Army ROTC program in May 2008 from Millersville University, a part of the “Blue Mountain Battalion”. He began working for Cadet Command in March 2012. Most recently, he became the Recruiting Operations Officer at Augusta University in April 2014.
Currently a Captain in the Army Reserve, Mr. Dimm served in Operation Enduring Freedom during 2010-2011 in Afghanistan. He has earned the Bronze Star Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two campaign stars, Global war on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with ‘M’ Device, and the NATO Medal. Mr. Dimm is married and resides in Grovetown, GA.
Has been the Human Resources Assistant (HRA) at Augusta University (ASU) since July 2005. She has been a HRA in U.S. Army Cadet Command since July 1990.
Ms. Bailey-Fulton has earned several Civilian Employee Awards to include the Commander's Award for Civilian Service. She is a 2005 U.S. Army Cadet Command Human Resources Assistant of the Year Nominee.
Ms. Bailey-Fulton is married and has two children and three grandchildren.
2005 Nominee - US Army Cadet Command HR Assistant of the Year
Mr. Richey has been the Logistics Technician at Augusta University (ASU) ROTC since October 2010. He retired from the U.S. Army after 22 years of service on 1 September 2007 as a First Sergeant.
Mr. Richey's served his last military assignment as the Senior Military Instructor (SMI) for ASU ROTC. He has earned several awards to the Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leafs and the Army Commendation Medal with six oak leafs. Mr. Richey is married; he has two children and resides in Evans, GA.
A Washington, GA native, moved to Augusta after completing Greenleaf College in Atlanta, GA. She began her career at Fort Gordon, GA as a Military Personnel Records Clerk in the Officer Records Department. Her duties included maintaining the records of Second Lieutenants coming on Active Duty to attend the Signal Officer Basic Course.
After ten years, Mrs. Norma transferred to work as the Management Assistant to the Provost Marshal where she spent the next eleven years. Her final role was spent as assistant to the Director of Community Activities before her retirement in 1997 from Fort Gordon, Georgia.
Since retiring from Ft Gordon, GA she has become employed at Augusta State University as the Senior Administrative Assistant to the Professor of Military Science. Mrs. Combs has two children, Krista, who is completing her doctorate in Nursing and Todd Combs. In her spare time she loves to travel and attend concerts.