Tar Heel Battalion Commander
LTC Dan Knott
Professor of Military Science
LTC Dan Knott is an Army Aviator with 20 years of service and numerous deployments. He has served in a variety of leadership positions in the Aviation and Special Operations communities. Additionally, LTC Knott has considerable experience working with interagency and foreign partners.
Senior Military Instructor
MSG Nicholas Barnes
Recruiting Operations Officer
MAJ Adam Carollo
Assistant Professor of Military Science
Major Adam Carollo, USA, was commissioned through the Army ROTC program upon graduation from the Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY in May 2002. Following his Commission, MAJ Carollo served as a Cadet Evaluator at the Leadership Development and Assessment Course, Fort Lewis Washington.
While on active duty, MAJ Carollo attended the Infantry Officer’s Basis Course at Fort Benning, graduating in 2002. Upon his Basic Course Graduation he served with the 101st Airborne Division (Screaming Eagles) as a platoon leader until 2005. During his time with the 101st Airborne Division, MAJ Carollo deployed and served as an Infantry Platoon Leader in Mosul, Iraq.
In the summer of 2005, MAJ Carollo attended the Infantry Captains Career Course and transferred to Fort Riley, Kansas. Once again MAJ Carollo served in Iraq as a Military Transition Team Assistant Team Chief. MAJ Carollo’s last assignment before joining the Tar Heel Battalion was the Operations Officer of the Advisor Academy at Fort Riley, where he prepared and trained deploying Transition Team members.
Captain Jared Miller, a native of Pleasanton, CA, was commissioned through the Army ROTC program after graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder in May, 2006. After commissioning, he attended flight school at Fort Rucker, Al, where he completed the Officer Basic Course and became a CH-47 “Chinook” helicopter pilot.
After graduating flight school, he was assigned to 1-228 Aviation Regiment, Joint Task Force Bravo, at Soto Cano Air Base in Honduras. There, he served as the company executive officer for the “Sugar Bears.” In Honduras, he participated in numerous humanitarian aid and joint training exercises with the Honduran military.
In the fall of 2008, he was assigned to 7th Battalion, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Screaming Eagles). CPT Miller deployed in December of 2008 to RC-East, Afghanistan, where he served as an aviation Maintenance Platoon Leader and Flight Platoon Leader for B Company, “Varsity.” He deployed again in February of 2011 to RC-East, Afghanistan, where he served as the “Varsity” Company Executive officer and as an Assistant S-3 “Deliberate Operations” planner.
Upon redeployment, CPT Miller attended the Military Intelligence Captain’s Career Course at Ft Huachuca, AZ, and was subsequently transferred to the 82nd Airborne Division “All American” at Fort Bragg, NC. His last assignment was as the company commander for the B Company “Flippers,” 3-82 Aviation Regiment.
CPT Austin Grimes received his commission in May of 2009 from the United States Military Academy at West Point. While at the Academy, CPT Grimes majored in Economics with a track in Systems Engineering.
After attending the Armor Officers’ Basic Leader Course, he served with 5th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment in Fort Stewart, GA. While assigned to 5-7 CAV, CPT Grimes deployed to Baghdad, Iraq as a Platoon Leader in support of OIF 10-11 and Operation New Dawn. CPT Grimes went on to serve as a Troop Executive Officer within 5-7 CAV.
CPT Grimes then transferred to the Signal Corps as a branch detailed officer where he attended the Battalion S6 Course at Fort Gordon, GA in August of 2012. Upon completion, CPT Grimes rejoined 5-7 CAV to serve as the Squadron Communications Officer. During this tenure, CPT Grimes also served as the Communications Officer for a Security Force Advisory Team in Zabul Province, Afghanistan.
Mr. Spencer Edwards
SFC Jeremy Smith
Sergeant First Class Smith entered the United States Army in 1997. He graduated Infantry Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training followed by Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia. He assumed the duties as the Training NCO at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, on 10 July 2014.
SFC Smith has served in numerous Infantry Leadership positions from Team Leader to Platoon Sergeant. His previous assignments include the 2nd Battalion 505th Airborne Infantry Regiment, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, 5th Ranger Training Battalion, Dahlonega, Georgia, 3rd Battalion 69th Armor Regiment 3rd ID, Fort Stewart, Georgia, 4th Ranger Training Battalion, Fort Benning, Georgia, and 1st Battalion 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, Fort Richardson, Alaska. SFC Smith has conducted Combat Operations in both Iraq (2005, 2007), and Afghanistan (2012).
SFC Smith’s military education and training includes the Primary Leadership Development Course, the Basic Non-Commissioned Officers Course, the Senior Leader Course, the Army Jump Master Course, the Army Airborne Course, Cavalry Leaders Course, Pathfinder Course, Basic Military Mountaineering Course, Senior Tactical Instructor Course, Basic Instructor Course, and Ranger School.
SFC Brad Shedd
Born in Manchester, New Hampshire, Sergeant First Class Shedd entered the United States Army in 1994. He graduated the Infantry Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training followed by Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia. He assumed the duties as the Training NCO at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, on 2 January 2013.
Sergeant First Class Shedd has served in numerous Infantry Leadership positions from Squad Leader to Platoon Sergeant. His previous assignments include the 2nd Battalion 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, 2nd Battalion 9th Infantry Regiment, Camp Casey, Korea, 3rd Battalion 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, 1st Battalion 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, Fort Richardson, Alaska, 1st Battalion 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and 1st Battalion 325th Airborne Infantry regiment, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Sergeant First Class Shedd has conducted Peace Keeping Operations in Haiti (1994) and Combat Operations in both Iraq (2003, 2006), and Afghanistan (2009, 2010).
Sergeant First Class Shedd earned his Bachelors of Science Degree in Criminal Justice with Troy University and his military education and training includes the Primary Leadership Development Course, the Basic Non-Commissioned Officers Course, the Senior Leader Course, the Army Jump Master Course, the Army Airborne Course, and the Infantry Mortar Leader Course.
Human Resources Administrator
Ms. Hawkins, has held various administrative positions throughout her 11 year Civil Service Career. Most of her positions were held at UNC-Chapel Hill. Other Assignments include Raleigh Recruiting Battalion (USAREC) and Womack Army Medical Center.
Mr. Brian Hayes