Cadre and Staff
LTC Warren Ford
Professor of Military Science
Lieutenant Colonel Warren Ford was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 2001 through the Direct Appointment Program. He is branched Military Police and has served in a variety of assignments including: Platoon Leader, Company Commander, Operations Officer, Plans Officer, Assistant Professor of Military Science and Professor of Military Science. LTC Ford attended Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. He also holds a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University.
MSG Robert Grizzle
Senior Military Instructor
MSG Robert Grizzle was born in Norman, Oklahoma. He entered the military shortly after high school as an infantryman. MSG Grizzle has served in every leadership role in an Infantry Platoon and Company from Fire Team Leader to First Sergeant. MSG Grizzle’s deployments include Kosovo (2001), Iraq (2003, 2005, 2017) and Afghanistan (2011).
MSG Willis Blackshire
MSG Willis R. Blackshire was born in Huntington, Texas, on Feb. 27, 1981. He graduated from Gary Job Corps Center San Marcos, Texas Welding program in Feb. 2001. He enlisted shortly after and was sent to Fort Sill, Oklahoma for Field Artillery Basic and OSUT, followed by Airborne School in Fort Benning, Georgia. MSG Blackshire’s combat deployments include two tours to Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) Iraq and two to Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) Afghanistan and one to Kuwait/ Iraq in support of Operation Spartan Shield (OSS) and Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) for a total of 62 months of combat time.
CPT Chad Williams
Captain Williams was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in May 2009 following a prior service enlisted career. He is branched Chemical Corps and has served in a variety of assignments including: Platoon Leader, Battle Captain, Company Commander, Operations Officer and Associate Athletic Director at West Point. CPT Williams holds a bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
Military Science Instructor MSI Instructor
Nadig is a retired military officer with 24 years of service in the United States Army. He was commissioned as an engineer Second Lieutenant in 1993, upon graduation from the Virginia Military Institute. During his Army career, Nadig’s operational and training deployments included Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; Bosnia-Herzegovina; Kuwait; Iraq; Afghanistan; Korea; Japan; and, India. Nadig has a Master of Science degree in Engineering and Technology Management from Oklahoma State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the Virginia Military Institute.
Human Resources Administrator (HRA)
Shryock has been the human resources administrator for the Military Science (ROTC) Department at UCO since March 2000. He brings over 28 years of military experience as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Reserve.
Moore earned his Bachelor’s degree in History from Pittsburg State University and his Master’s degree in Security Management from Webster University. He was commissioned as an active duty quartermaster officer in 2007. He would later transfer into the Military Intelligence Corps. He served nine years in the U.S. Army and Missouri Army National Guard. He is a Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom ‘08-‘09, Operation Iraqi Freedom ‘10-‘11 and Operation New Dawn.
Morris is a retired sergeant first class in the U.S. Army Infantry. He was born in Manila, Philippines and grew up in Bethany, Oklahoma. Morris entered the U.S. Navy Nov. 22, 1993. He deployed in support of Operations Uphold Democracy, NATO Operation Deliberate Force in the Bosnia and Herzegovina War and deployed twice to the Gulf of Mexico conducting Counter Drug Operations. On April 6, 1998, Morris enlisted in the U.S. Army as an 11B and attended Basic Training at Fort Benning, GA home of the Infantry. Morris has held a leadership position as a team leader thru company first sergeant.