Battalion Tactical Department
The Battalion Tactical Department (BTD) oversees the military training of the cadet candidates while they are at USMAPS.
The BTD begins training on the very first day the cadet candidates arrive with a four-week candidate orientation called Cadet Candidate Basic Training. During this period of time, cadet candidates learn basic military skills such as drill and ceremonies, military courtesies (i.e. saluting), recognizing ranks, the Uniform Code of Military Justice, etc.
Cadet candidates also learn the Army Values; loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage. Cadet candidates are also instructed on the values systems of West Point and West Point Prep.
Cadet Candidate Basic Training culminates with an eight-day Field Training Exercise. Training includes land navigation, familiarization with the M-4 rifle, and various obstacle courses.
Military training does not end after Cadet Candidate Basic Training. During the academic year, the BTD continues training in other areas. Those areas include leadership development, ethics,
personal development and peer leadership.
SFC Colin Stoeckel
SFC Colin A. Stoeckel joined the Illinois Army National Guard in August 1994 in his home town of Pontiac, IL, as a Heavy, Anti-Armor Infantryman. After completing Infantry Basic and Advanced Individual Training at Ft. Benning, GA, he returned home and attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale for two years before enlisting in the Active Army in August of 1997. SFC Stoeckel was first assigned to D Co, 2-187th INF, 101st ABN Div (AASLT) as a Gunner where he attended and graduated from Air Assault School and Airborne School.
SFC Stoeckel was then assigned to HHC, 2-27th INF, 25th INF Div (Light) at Scholfield Barracks, HI. His duty positions there included Gunner, Squad Leader, and Section Leader. SFC Stoeckel attended Primary Leadership Development Course while stationed with the Wolfhounds and graduated on the Commandant’s List. SFC Stoeckel then was reassigned to the 82nd ABN Div in January of 2002.
SFC Stoeckel was assigned to B Co, 1-505th PIR, 82nd ABN Div as a Squad Leader and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in August of 2002. There he conducted operations in and around Fallujah, Iraqi until redeployment back to Ft Bragg in April, 2003. SFC Stoeckel attended and graduated from Jumpmaster School and then was assigned to become a recruiter in July, 2003.
After graduating from Army Recruiter School, SFC Stoeckel was assigned to the Woonsocket Recruiting Station in Woonsocket, RI. While assigned to recruiting command, SFC Stoeckel attended Infantry Basic Non-Commissioned Officer Course where he was the Honor Graduate and Maneuver Advanced Non-Commissioned Officer Course where he graduated on the Commandant’s List. SFC Stoeckel was once again assigned to the 82nd ABN Div after recruiting for three and half years.
SFC Stoeckel reported back to Ft. Bragg, NC and was assigned as a Platoon Sergeant in C Co, 1-505th PIR, 82nd ABN Div. He deployed in this position in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in November, 2008 where he conducted operations in Bagdad and Salmon Pak, Iraq. Upon redeployment in November, 2009, SFC Stoeckel attended and graduated from Pathfinder School. SFC Stoeckel then served as the Operations Non-Commissioned Officer and then the First Sergeant of HHC, 3BSTB, 82nd ABN Div until June of 2011 when he assumed the duties of Battalion Operations Non-Commissioned Officer for 3BSTB. In July 2012, SFC Stoeckel reported to USMAPS and was assigned as A Co TAC NCO, where he served until taking the position as the USMAPS First Sergeant.
SFC Stoeckel has been married to his wife, Elizabeth, for 6 years and they have three children ranging in age from 10 years old to 6 months. SFC Stoeckel’s military awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, 4 Army Commendation Medals, 3 Army Achievement Medals, 5 Army Good Conduct Medals, a Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, 2 National Defense Medals, 2 Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Recruiter Gold Badge with 3 Sapphire Stars, the Air Assault Badge, the Pathfinder Badge, Senior Parachutists Badge, the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge.