Colorado State University Cadre

MAJ Troy Thomas
MAJ Troy Thomas
Professor of Military Science
CSU/UNC MS IV Instructor

Major Troy P. Thomas enlisted in the Infantry in 1991, attended basic training, airborne school, and the Ranger Indoctrination Program at Fort Benning, GA and was assigned to the 2nd Ranger Battalion. As an enlisted Soldier and a Non-Commissioned Officer, MAJ Thomas served in both the 2nd Ranger Battalion and 75th Ranger Regimental Headquarter. As a Sergeant First Class, MAJ Thomas’ final enlisted job was starting the Army Combatives School at Fort Benning, GA.

MAJ Thomas was commissioned in the Infantry in 2001 following graduation from Officer Candidate School. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Resource Management from Troy University and a Master Degrees in Military Arts and Science from the Air Command and Staff College.

MAJ Thomas served as a mortar platoon leader, rifle platoon leader, company executive officer, and reconnaissance platoon leader in 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield, GA. While assigned to the 1st Ranger Battalion, he deployed six times in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. As a captain, he served as a Squadron deputy operations officer, and Assassin Troop Commander for 3-1 Cav, 3rd HBCT, 3rd IN DIV, Fort Benning, GA, where he deployed to Iraq in support of “the Surge” – Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2007. He also served as the Brigade Deputy Operations Officer for the Ranger Training Brigade, and served at the Aide-de-Camp for the Commanding General, Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning, GA. Immediately following ILE, he was assigned as the Chief of Current Operations for the 101st Airborne Division, and deployed to RC-East, Afghanistan in 2013. He was later assigned as the Squadron Operations and Executive Officer for 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalary Regiment, 1-101 IBCT. MAJ Thomas also served as the APMS at Colorado State University.

His awards and decorations include the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Ranger Tab, Master Parachutist’s Badge, and Air Assault Badge.

MSG Franklin Davila
MSG Franklin Davila
Senior Military Instructor
CSU MS III Instructor

Master Sergeant Franklin I. Davila entered the Army in July 1997 at Miami, Florida. He attended One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Georgia and graduated as an Infantryman in September 1997.

Master Sergeant Davila has served in all Infantryman positions from rifleman to First Sergeant. He has served in the 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Fort Drum, New York, where he served as a team leader and deployed to Bosnia, Herzegovina in support of the SFOR mission in 1998. He was then reassigned to 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, with whom he held the positions of squad leader and platoon sergeant while deployed in support of both Operation Enduring Freedom from 2004 to 2005 and Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2006 to 2007. Upon completing his tour in Hawaii, he was reassigned to the University of Tampa ROTC as the Operations Sergeant and the Senior Military Instructor. Master Sergeant Davila was reassigned to the 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry, Fort Carson, Colorado where he deployed to Afghanistan in 2012 as a First Sergeant of a Heavy Weapons Company. Upon his return from Afghanistan he was reassigned as the Headquarters and Headquarters Company First Sergeant of the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry, Fort Carson, Colorado. In 2014, he was reassigned as the First Sergeant of a Headquarters Support Company for Joint Task Force-Bravo in Soto Cano, Honduras.

Master Sergeant Davila’s education includes the Warrior Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Senior Leaders Course, Combatives Level I and II, Technical Transportations of Hazardous Materials and Air Assault School. He also earned his Associates Degree from the University of Phoenix.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Air Assault Badge, and the Order of St. Maurice.

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