Fellowships

The UNC National Security Fellowship Program

This is a ten-month postgraduate research fellowship for military officers (lieutenant colonels and colonels) and civilian government officials. It is part of the Senior Service College Fellowship Program and is hosted by UNC Chapel Hill’s Curriculum on Peace, War and Defense in cooperation with the Triangle Institute for Security Studies (TISS). Upon completion of the program fellows receive credit for Senior Service School.

Current Fellows

COL Michael Higginbotham



























Colonel Mike Higginbotham received his commission in 1992 through the Reserve Officer Training Program. His degrees include a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Alabama, and a Masters of Computer Science from Colorado State University. COL Higginbotham is a career Army Aviation Officer who has conventional, Special Operations, and Joint Aviation-related leadership, management, and staff position experience. He has led Army units at all levels to include command of 2nd Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment in Hunter Army Airfield, GA from 2011 to 2013. COL Higginbotham’s multiple operational and combat deployments include Bosnia, multiple tours to Iraq, Afghanistan, and other locations.

COL Brian Hughes

Colonel Brian Hughes, a Massachusetts native, graduated from East Tennessee State University in 1993 and commissioned into Army Aviation. COL Hughes spent his earlier years in multiple leadership positions in Air Calvary and Corps Attack Helicopter units. He then served ten years in various leadership and staff positions in the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. He commanded two battalions: the Special Operations Training Battalion at Fort Campbell, KY, and the 2-1 General Support Aviation Battalion at Fort Riley, KS. COL Hughes has deployed twice to Bosnia and multiple times to Afghanistan, Iraq, and other locations. Most recently, he was selected to command Joint Task Force-Bravo at Soto Cano Airbase in Honduras.

Previous Fellows

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COL Kevin C. Leahy

A native of Oakland, New Jersey, Colonel Leahy earned his commission through the Reserve Officers Training Program at the University of Scranton in 1993. During his most recent Command at Special Operations Forward-Central Africa, Colonel Leahy focused primarily on enabling partner nations in Central Africa to destroy the Lord’s Resistance Army, a rebel group which had terrorized the region for two decades. His combat deployments include multiple tours to support Combined Joint Special Operation Task Forces in the Arabian Peninsula in 2005-2006, 2007-2008 and in 2010. He held Company Command in Operation Enduring Freedom (D Co., 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group) and in Operation Iraqi Freedom (B Co., 2nd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group). Colonel Leahy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from the University of Scranton and a Master of Military Arts and Sciences from the United States Army Command and General Staff College.

COL Colin Tuley

Colonel Tuley hails from Chicago, IL and is a graduate of The Citadel, with a Bachelor’s Degree in History. After graduating from the Infantry Officer’s Basic Course and Ranger school at Fort Benning, Georgia, COL Tuley was assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division in South Korea. From 1993 through 1994, COL Colin Tuley served with 5-20IN (Mechanized) as a platoon leader and then later as the Headquarters Company executive officer. Following this assignment, COL Tuley moved back to Fort Benning, GA and was assigned to 3rd Ranger Battalion from 1995 to 1997 where he served as a Ranger Rifle Platoon Leader and Company executive officer. In 1997, COL Tuley attended the Infantry officer’s career course and was later assigned to the 25th Infantry Division where he initially served as the Assistant S3 for 2nd Brigade. He later commanded Charlie Company 1-27 “Wolfhounds” from Dec 1998 until July 2000. After his company command in the Wolfhounds, COL Tuley then took command of the Long Range Surveillance Detachment (LRSD), 125th MI until summer 2001, and later served as aide-de-camp to the Division Commanding General. He was recently selected for the 0-6 level Command Selection List (CSL), and will take command of 1st Brigade/ 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina in the summer of 2015. His awards the Bronze Star Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal (JSCM), the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the NATO Meritorious Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal and Iraq Campaign Medal.

COL John Reim

A native of Franklinville, New Jersey, Colonel Reim graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management. His military awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC), the Meritorious Service Medal with 3 OLC, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Parachutist Badge, the Parachute Rigger Badge, Brazilian and Australian Parachutist Badges, and the Order of Saint Martin.Colonel Reim’s professional education includes the Quartermaster Officer Basic Course, the Combined Logistics Officer Advanced Course, the Combined Arms and Services Sfaff School, the Command and General Staff Officer Course, and the Defense Systems Management College Program Manager’s Course. He is a Level III certified acquisition professional in the Program Management career field, and holds a Master of Arts degree in Procurement and Acquisitions Management from Webster University, St. Louis, MO.

LTC Scott Naumann

Lieutenant Colonel Naumann commissioned as a Second Lieutenant from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1996, where he completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Military History. Upon completion of the Infantry Officer Basic Course, LTC Naumann was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division (Fort Bragg, NC), where he served as a Rifle Platoon Leader, Executive Officer, and later S3 Air (Operations). From 2001-2003 LTC Naumann served as a Company Commander with the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Styker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division (Fort Lewis, WA), before transferring to the 2nd Ranger Battalion, where he served until 2006. LTC Naumann held a variety of positions in the 2nd Ranger Battalion, including Battalion Adjutant, Assistant S3 (Operations), and Company Commander. During his time with the 2nd Ranger Battalion, LTC Naumann deployed in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM and OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. In 2008, LTC Naumann was transferred to the Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division (Schofield Barracks, HI), where he deployed as the Battalion Operations Officer (S3), and later Brigade Operations Officer (S3), in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. From 2010-2011 LTC Naumann served as the Brigade Executive Officer, 3rd Bridgade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, where he deployed in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. The Lieutenant Colonel holds a Masters degree from Hawaii Pacific University in Diplomacy and Military Studies.

COL Mike Copenhaver

Colonel Mike Copenhaver holds a Bachelor and Master’s degree from Marshall University. While at Marshall, he was also a member of the Thundering Herd Football team. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant with the Army in May, 1987. During his 25 years of Army service, he served in Korea, Washington DC, McGuire Air Force Base NJ and Fort Bragg NC. His deployments include Haiti and three tours in Afghanistan. Mike has spent most of his 25 years with the Airborne and Special Operations communities as a Human Resource Professional.

LTC Robert Curris

LTC Robert Curris was commissioned in the Field Artillery in December of 1992. He has served as a Company Fire Support Officer, Recon and Survey Officer, Support Platoon Leader, Battalion S4, and Battalion Fire Support Officer in the 2nd Battalion 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (AA ), Fort Campbell, Ky.His Awards and Badges include the Bronze Star (2 OLC), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (1 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (1 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (1 OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (2 OLC), the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, NATO Medal, the National Defensive Service Medal, Afghanistan and Iraqi Campaign Medals; The Combat Action Badge, Senior Parachutist badge and Air Assault Badge. LTC Curris also holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) and a Masters of Business Administration from Webster’s University. LTC Curris’ professional schools include the Field Artillery Basic and Advanced Courses, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the Command and General Staff College and US Army Jumpmaster School.

LTC Charles J. Masaracchia

LTC Masaracchia received his commission in the Infantry from Norwich University in 1992. His first assignment was with 3rd Battalion, 22 Infantry Regiment at Schofield Barracks Hawaii, where he served as a Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer. His awards include the Bronze Star Medal with 5 oak leaf clusters, Meritorious Service Medal with 4 oak leaf clusters, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with 5 oak leaf clusters, , the Army Commendation Medal with “V” device, Army Achievement Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters. He has also earned the Afghan Campaign Medal, and Iraqi Campaign Medal. LTC Masaracchia has earned the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Ranger Tab, Expert Infantrymen’s Badge, Path Finder Badge, Air Assault Badge and Master Parachutist Badge. LTC Masaracchia is married to the former Kimberly Ballou of South Royalton, Vermont.

COL Robert Menhart

COL Menhart graduated in 1991 from California University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. degree in Education. He also holds a Masters degree in Military Studies from the Marine Corps University. His military education includes the Marine Command and Staff College, CAS3, Combined Logistics Officer Advanced Course and Infantry Officer Basic Course. COL Menhart’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (2nd Oak Leaf Cluster), Purple Heart, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (1st Oak Leaf Cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (2nd Oak Leaf Cluster), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (2nd Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Achievement Medal (1st Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal (Service Star), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal (Three Campaign Stars) and the Presidential Unit Citation.

COL Bob Agans

Colonel Bob Agans was born and raised in New Jersey. He holds his B.S. in Computer Science from the United States Military Academy and an M.S. in Management (Information Technology concentration) from Colorado Technical University. COL Agans is a career Army Field Artillery Officer who has conventional, Special Operations, and Joint Aviation-related leadership, management, and staff position experience. He commanded the 3rd Battalion, 27th Field Artillery Regiment (HIMARS), 18th Fires Brigade (Airborne), 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, NC from June 2008 to June 2010. COL Agans’ combat deployments include Operations Desert Shield/ Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is married to the former Carrie Pearson and they have two sons. COL Agans’ next assignment is Commander of the 3rd Battlefield Coordination Detachment (BCD) at Osan Air Base in the Republic of Korea.

COL Michael Bineham

Colonel Michael Bineham is a native Texan who began his career in 1986 when he enlisted as a Military Policeman in the Army Reserves. After complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University in 1989, he commissioned through ROTC as a Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery. His first assignment was as a Fire Support Officer for the 5th Squadron, 17th Calvary at Camp Garry Owen, Korea. During his career, Colonel Bineham has been stationed and deployed across the globe, including tours in Korea, Cuba, Turkey, and Bosnia. His most recent assignment has been as the Chief of the Joint Special Operation Command’s Recruiting, Accessions and Reception Division. Colonel Bineham has a Master of Arts in Human Resource Development from Webster University as well as a Masters of Science in History from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

h3.LTC Ralph “Bo” Clayton III

Lieutenant Colonel Bo Clayton is a native of Reidsville, NC. After graduation from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery. His first assignment was to the 101st Airborne Division 3d Battalion 320th Field Artillery Regiment where he served in multiple capacities and deployed to Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. In 1999, LTC Clayton entered Psychological Operations. He has since had multiple deployments throughout Latin America and the Middle East and has overseen missions internationally. Most recently he served as the Deputy Commander, 4th MISG where he has served since June 2011. LTC Clayton holds a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University.

COL Tom Drew

Colonel Tom Drew enlisted in the Army in 1982 and graduated from flight school at Fort Rucker, AL on September 13, 1983. He completed Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, GA and was commissioned as an Aviation Officer in 1989. Colonel Drew’s combat tours include Operations Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and New Dawn. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (Professional Aeronautics) and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. Most recently Colonel Drew served as the Director of Flight Concepts at Fort Eustis, VA. His next assignment will be as Commander of the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade at Fort Campbell, KY.

LTC Dean Franks

Lieutenant Colonel Dean Franks was commissioned in the United States Army in 1991 after earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Colorado State University. He later earned a Master of Arts in Management from Webster University in Saint Louis, Missouri. Early in his career he served in the 75th Ranger Regiment; however, he has spent the majority of his Army career in Special Forces. This service includes five combat deployments, numerous other operational deployments, and command at the Battalion level.

COL Alan Shumate

Colonel Alan Shumate is a North Carolina native and has been in the U.S. Army for twenty-two years. A graduate of East Carolina University, COL Shumate commissioned as an Infantry Officer in 1990. He completed the Special Forces Qualification course in 1997, has held multiple commands within the Special Forces community, and has multiple deployments to Latin America, Afghanistan and Iraq. COL Shumate’s most recent assignment was as Deputy Chief of Staff, G8 (Force Management), USASFC at Fort Bragg, NC. COL Shumate will be deploying in June 2013 to serve as the Plans Officer for the Special Operations Joint Task Force- Afghanistan. He holds a Master’s Degree from Webster University in Conflict Resolution.

COL Samuel Lynn Ashley

COL Lynn Ashley is a North Carolina native, and graduated from The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. In his more recent assignments COL Ashley served as the Commander of 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C from June 2006 through July 2008, including two tours in Afghanistan during that time. While there, COL Ashley served as the Special Operations Task Force (SOTF) Commander. COL Ashley’s most recent assignment was as the Director of Operations, J-3, for the Combined Special Operations Component Command- Afghanistan (CFSOCC-A), from May 2010 to June 2011.

LTC John William Brennan, Jr.

LTC John Brennan was born in Washington D. C. and grew up in Burke, VA. He holds his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from North Carolina State University and a Masters in Military Science and National Security Studies from the USAF Air Command and Staff College accredited through AUAB. LTC Brennan is a career Army Special Forces Officer who has deployed to numerous countries in Northern and Sub-Saharan Africa, South America, and the greater Middle East. Over the last 10 years, he has commanded Joint Special Operations Forces during 12 combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. His most recent assignment was the Executive Officer to the Commanding General, U. S. Army Special Operations Command.

COL Michael Gawkins

COL Michael Gawkins was raised in Upstate New York and graduated from Niagara University, New York, with a B.S. in Commerce and as a Distinguished ROTC graduate. Mike holds an M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. He has served on active duty in the U.S. Army for twenty-four years in conventional, Special Operations, and Joint Aviation-related leadership, management, and staff positions.

LTC Anthony Reynolds Hale

LTC Anthony Hale was raised in North Carolina and was commissioned into the Military Intelligence Corps through North Carolina State University’s ROTC program. He holds a B.A in Political Science from NCSU and a M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. LTC Hale’s operational deployments include time in Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq. He assumed command of the 519th MI BN in February 2009. LTC Hale’s next assignment is commander of the 704th Military Intelligence Brigade, Ft. Meade, MD.

LTC Timothy Ladouceur

LTC Timothy C. Ladouceur is currently the Chief of Current Operations at the Joint Special Operations Command. He holds a BS from USMA in Leadership Studies (1990), and MS in Sport Pyschology from the University of Utah, and an MA in Strategy and Policy from the Naval War College (2006). His next assignment is not yet set.

COL Kevin C. Colyer

Col. Kevin C. Colyer enlisted in the Army after high school and served three years as a combat engineer in demolitions. He graduated Cum Laude from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, receiving his commission into the Army as a Military Intelligence officer. He also holds a Master of Military Arts and Science from the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth. His research focuses on the long-term effects of using military force as an extension of the political process.

COL Thomas J. Rogers

Col. Thomas J. Rogers, originally from Rome, Ga., entered active duty as a second lieutenant in the Infantry upon graduating from Greensboro College in 1988. Rogers graduated as a Distinguished Military Graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education. He also holds a master’s degree in Logistics Management from the Logistics Executive Development Course in Fort Lee, Va., and attended the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Most recently, Rogers was stationed in Fort Bragg, N.C. with the 82nd Airborne Division and Special Forces Command where he served as a Brigade Deputy Commander, Battalion Commander and logistics officer.

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