DIXIE STATE UNIVERSITY
ARMY ROTC Cadre
James L. Dupras, Jr., Contractor
Jim Dupras has been a Senior Military Science Instructor at Dixie State University since March 2008. Before his Active Duty Army retirement, he was the Executive Officer for the Seattle Recruiting Battalion, from 22 January 2003 until 1 Oct 2005. Mr. Dupras enlisted as a Private First Class in May of 1982 as a Military Policeman. Throughout his enlisted career, he has served as M60 gunner, team leader, squad leader, training NCO and Drill Sergeant. Mr. Dupras was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant through ROTC at Seattle University as a Distinguished Military Graduate in May 1994. He has served as a Platoon Leader, S-1, Company Commander, Deputy Provost Marshall, S-3, and Battalion Executive Officer.
His principal assignments as an enlisted MP have been with 504th MP Company, Ft. Eustis, VA; 95th MP Battalion, 272nd MP Company, Mannheim Germany; 534th MP Company, Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas; and 504th MP Battalion; 170th MP Company, Ft Lewis, WA. His principle assignments as an MP Officer have been, Platoon Leader, 25th MP Company, 25th Infantry Division (Light), Schofield Barracks Hawaii; S-1, 25th MP Battalion; Company Commander, Schofield Barracks MP Company, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; Deputy Provost Marshal, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; S-3, 10th MP Battalion (Airborne), Ft Bragg, North Carolina; Executive Officer, Seattle Recruiting Battalion, Seattle, WA. Mr. Dupras has participated in REFORGER 84'; Germany, Team Spirit 88' and 89'; Korea, Cobra Gold 94'; Thailand, and Yama Sakura 95'; Japan.
Mr. Dupras' operational deployments have been to Operation Just Cause (Panama), Operation Prompt Return (Wake Island) and Camp Doha (Saudi Arabia/Kuwait).
Mr. Dupras’ awards and decorations include Meritorious Service Medal w/2 oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal w/4 oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal w/7 oak leaf clusters, Humanitarian Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, National Defense Service medal w/bronze star, Armed Forces Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Drill Sergeant Badge, French Commando Badge, German Expeditionary Badge (Bronze), Parachutist Badge, and Air Assault Badge. He retired honarably from the Army in 2006. Mr. Dupras holds a Bachelors Degree in Law and Justice from Central Washington University.
Mr. Dupras and his wife Wendy have 5 children, Courtney, Hunter, Alexis, Christopher and Madison. They reside in St George, Utah
CPT Justin Smith
CPT Smith, a member of the Utah Army National Guard, was assigned as the Human Resource Assistant (HRA) to Dixie State University Army ROTC in June 2012. Before his time at DSU, he was assigned to HHB 1-145th FA BN where he served as the Assistant S-3 from June 2008 – May 2012. He deployed to Iraq with the 1-145th FA BN from May 2007 – June 2008 as the commander of A Btry in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He served as the Officer Strength Manager in the Recruiting and Retention Battalion for the Utah Army National Guard from December 2004 – April 2007. During this time he was attached as a Fire Direction Officer and a Platoon Leader for B Btry and C Btry 1-145th FA BN. His first assignment as an officer was as a Fire Direction Officer with A Btry 2-222nd FA BN. He completed Officer Candidate School in August of 2003 and accepted his commission April of 2004.Before accepting his commission, CPT Smith spent 12 years as an enlisted Soldier in the Utah Army National Guard. He spent over 3 years as an enlisted recruiter, 3 years as a legal NCO with 141st MI BN, 2 years as an Assistant Operations NCO with the 140th Regiment (RTI), and 4 years as a combat engineer with CO A, 1457th ENGR CBT BN. He Joined the Utah Army National Guard in December of 1991.CPT Smith’s awards and decorations include: Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal w/ 1 oak leaf cluster, Army Achievement Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters, Good Conduct Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal with w/bronze star, Iraq Campaign Medal w/bronze star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal w/m device, NCO Professional Development Medal w/ numeral 3, Army service Ribbon, Army Reserve Component Oversees Training Ribbon w/numeral 4, and the Army National Guard Master Recruiting Badge. CPT Smith received a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Columbia College.CPT Smith and his wife Sara have 9 children: Hayden, Sierra, Corry, Brady, Colter, Madison, Duncan, Jakell and Sydnee.
SFC Craig Rundell
Sergeant First Class Craig Rundell enlisted in the Army in 1995 and attended basic training at FT. Knox, Kentucky and advanced initial training at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland where he graduated as a Welder. SFC Rundell was assigned to SVC Battery 1st BN 145th Field Artillery. Later reclassified as a Forward Observer for 1st BN 148th Field Artillery, where he served as a Forward Observer for 1st BN 163rd Infantry. He has served in two deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and one in support of Operation Noble Eagle. His military education includes Army Basic training, 44B , 13F, 13B (MOS Schools), Unit Training NCO Course, Readiness NCO Course, Primary leadership Development Course, BNCOC Phase I and II, Joint Fires and Control School, Rappel Master Course, Total Army Instructor Training Course, Small Group Instructing Course and ANCOC Phase I and II. SFC Rundell’s awards and decorations include the Army Superior Unit Award, Bronze Star Medal (2nd award), , Army Commendation Medal (4th award), Army Achievement Medal (4th award), Army Good Conduct Medal (3rd Award), Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (3rd award), Iraqi Campaign Medal (2nd Award), National Defense Service Medal (with Bronze Star), Global War on Terrorism Medal, Armed Forces reserve Medal (w/silver hourglass and M device), NCO Professional Development ribbon (w/ 3 device), Army Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Utah Medal of Merit, Utah National Guard Achievement Ribbon (3rd award), and Expert Marksman Badge.
SFC Rundell is married to Amanda Rundell and have 3 children, Taylor, Jared, and Brookelynn Rundell
MAJ Darin Gumucio
MAJ Gumucio enlisted in the Air Force Reserve in 1992 and shipped to Basic training at Lackland Air Force Base (AFB), TX. He served as an F-16 mechanic with the 419th Tactical Fighter Wing at Hill AFB, UT.
MAJ Gumucio transferred to the Utah Army National Guard in 1995 and served as an AH-64 Apache Mechanic with the 211th Aviation Battalion in West Jordan, UT. Upon completion of the Primary Leadership Development Course (PLDC/WLC), he executed an inter-state transfer (IST) to the 1-221st Cavalry Squadron in Las Vegas, Nevada where he served as a gunner on an M1A1 tank. He began the Nevada Army National Guard Officer Candidate Program (OCS) in 2000 where he won the Commandant’s award and Erickson award for being the Honor graduate in leadership, fitness, and academics. Upon commissioning, he returned to the 1-221st Cavalry as a platoon leader of an armor platoon. Shortly after, he attended the Armor Officer Basic Coarse (AOBC/BOLC) at Ft Knox, KY where he was an Honor Graduate. He returned to the 1-221st Cavalry and volunteered to mobilize to Iraq with the 72nd Military Police (MP) Company in February 2003. He returned to the 1-221st Cavalry in 2004 where he was selected to be the Specialty Platoon Leader of the squadron’s scout platoon prior to a second mobilization to run the National Training Center (NTC) at Ft Irwin, CA as part of the Opposing Force (OPFOR). MAJ Gumucio led the “insurgent” forces based out of “Medina Irwin” for 5 rotations including the first ever mobile rotation to Ft Carson, CO. During the mobilization, MAJ Gumucio completed the Armor Captains Career Course (ACCC/MCCC) as a First Lieutenant (1LT) in Ft Knox, KY and was a Patton Tactics Award Finalist. Upon graduation, he returned to the NTC to execute four High Intensity Conflict (HIC) rotations with the OPFOR. After demobilization, he took command of K-Troop (Killer) in 2006 as a 1 LT where he led the transition of the 1-221st Cav from that of an Armor Squadron to become the 11th ACR’s Armored Reconnaissance Squadron. MAJ Gumucio was then selected to mobilize to Ft Knox, KY as the Branch Chief of Reconnaissance and Cavalry Doctrine for the United States Army where he oversaw the publication of 5 Field Manuals (FMs) to include: FM 3-20.98, Recon/Scout Platoon; FM3-20.971, Recon/Cav Troop; FM 3-20.96, Recon/Cav Squadron; FM 3- 20.97, Dismounted Recon Troop; FM 3-55.1, Battlefield Surveillance Brigade (BFSB) and oversaw major conceptual changes to the Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) construct.
MAJ Gumucio’s awards and decorations include a Bronze Star and Meritorious Service Medal (MSM). MAJ Gumucio received a B.A.S. degree from Thomas Edison State College and a M.A. degree from Webster University.
MAJ Gumuico is married to his wife Cheri. They have two children, Cassandra and Ivory.
Sergeant First Class Jeremy Later
Sergeant First Class Later enlisted in the Army in 1993 and attended Infantry OSUT at Ft. Benning, Georgia. SFC Later has served in every position in an Infantry Platoon to include Platoon Sergeant and Platoon Leader as well as serving in both Heavy Weapons and Scout Platoons. He has served numerous deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom as well as various foreign support missions in Southeast Asia and North Africa.
His military education includes Air Assault School, Airborne School, Primary Leadership Development Course, Recruiter School, Station Commander Course, Drill Sergeant School, the Basic Non-Commissioned Officer Course, Small Group Instructing Course, Master Resiliency Trainer Course, Advanced Leader Course and the Maneuver Senior Leader Course. SFC Laters awards and decorations include the Expert Infantryman Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge, Air Assault Badge, Parachutist Badge, Drill Sergeant Badge, Recruiter Badge (Gold), Physical Fitness Badge and Expert Marksman Badge (Rifle).
SFC Later is married and has three boys.
Sergeant First Class Doug Cook
Sergeant First Class Doug Cook enlisted in the Army in 1991 and attended basic training and advanced initial training at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma where he graduated as an Artillery soldier. On Active Duty SFC Cook was assigned to numerous installations to include Ft Lewis Washington, Camp Hovey Korea and Camp Bonifas Korea. Upon completion of his mandatory service obligation SFC Cook ETS’d and transferred into the Utah Army National Guard in an Active Guard Reserve (AGR) status. SFC Cook served in the 640th Regional Training Institute at Camp Williams as a PLDC, BCNOC, SGI, BFITC, and 13E MOSQ instructor. In 1998 SFC Cook was offered a position in the Recruiting and Retention Battalion and has been there ever since. He has recruited all over the state of Utah and was the National Guard Senior Liaison at the Salt Lake City Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS). He has served in a number of positions to include Fire Direction Specialist, Chief Computer, FDC Section Chief, PLDC, BCNOC, BFITC, 13E MOSQ Instructor, Recruiter, Retention NCO, MEPS Guidance Counselor, Career Counselor and ROTC Instructor at Weber State University. His military education includes Army Basic training, MOS schools, 13E (Artillery), 79T (Recruiter) Primary leadership Development Course, BCNOC, ANCOC, Small Group Instructors course, Battle Focus Instructor Training Course, MEPS Guidance Counselors Course, and Army Airborne School. SFC Cook’s awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal (5th award), Army Achievement Medal (8th award), Army Good Conduct Medal (6 knots), Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (3rd award), Humanitarian Service Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal (with Bronze Star), Global War on Terrorism Medal, NCO Professional Development ribbon (w/ 3 device), Army Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Utah National Guard Achievement Ribbon (3rd award), Utah National Guard Recruiting Ribbon Wheeled and Track Driver’s Badge, Expert Marksman Badge, Career Counselors Badge, Master Recruiter Badge, and Army Airborne Wings
SFC Cook is married to Heidi Cook and they have 6 children, Stephan, Taylor, Aubriel, Talon, Trace and BaiLee,