LTC John Flach
Professor of Military Science

Lieutenant Colonel John Flach joined the No Fear Battalion as the Professor of Military Science in July 2023.  He is an active-duty Infantry Officer in the US Army.  Originally from Dallas, Texas, he attended the United States Military Academy at West Point and has served as a leader in the military since 2007.  LTC Flach enjoys the Army because of the public service, the chance to solve challenging problems while working closely with others and most importantly the opportunity to develop future leaders.  During his Army career, he served in the 82nd Airborne Division, the 2nd Infantry Division, and the 2nd Security Force Assistance Brigade.  In these units he has supported humanitarian assistance missions in Haiti, combat operations in Iraq, armistice operations in the Republic of Korea, and Foreign Security Force training in Djibouti.  He also completed a Masters of Business Administration at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.  LTC Flach has been married for 14 years and has three daughters who love that their dad is a Soldier.

MSG Francisco Santiago
Senior Military Instructor

Master Sergeant Francisco Santiago Jr. is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and he enlisted in the Army in October 2000. He attended basic training and advanced individual training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

MSG Santiago has a son, Francisco (8).

CPT Chelsea Jackson
Executive Officer

Captain Chelsea Jackson joined the No Fear Battalion in January 2023.  She is an Active Guard Reserve Logistics Officer.  Originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, she received her commission after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of Southern Indiana in 2015.  She has served in the National Guard and the Reserves while teaching 6th grade until 2021 when she joined the AGR program.  She has served in positions such as Platoon Leader, Training Officer, Executive Officer, and Company Commander.  Her career has taken her all over the U.S. and even to Korea.

CPT Jackson is happily married to her husband George and they have two kids.  She enjoys coaching her kids sports teams and traveling in her free time. 

CPT Keon Patrick
Assistant Professor of Military Science

Keon J Patrick is a Signal Officer Captain in the US Army. He was born in Washington D.C., but was raised in the United States Virgin Islands. CPT Patrick attended the Reserved Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Program at Bowie State University, Maryland, where he excelled as a Cadet and was assigned Cadet Battalion Commander. He graduated top of his ROTC class and was the only Cadet selected for Active Duty in his year group (YG) 14. As a Commissioned Officer, he has earned numerous medals, including the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with ‘C’ Device, Army Commendation Medal, and Army Achievement Medal.

Aside from his military duties, CPT Patrick enjoys mentoring students on not just military tactics, but life overall. He believes in sharing his knowledge and experience to help guide students to reach their full potential. In addition, he has a keen interest in real estate investing and financial literacy, as he believes these skills are important for anyone looking to achieve financial stability.

CPT Matthew Plunkett
Assistant Professor of Military Science

CPT Matthew Plunkett commissioned into Active Duty in May of 2019 as an Infantry Officer through the United States Military Academy at West Point. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in business management from West Point and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Higher Education Administration from the University of Louisville. He is a graduate of the Infantry Basic Officer Leader Course, U.S. Army Airborne School, U.S. Army Ranger School, and the U.S. Army Master Educator Course.

Prior to serving as an Assistant Professor of Military Science at Wake Forest University, he held positions as a Rifle Platoon Leader and Scout Platoon Leader in 3-509th Infantry Battalion located in Anchorage, Alaska.

CPT Plunkett is married to his wife Kalea, and welcomed their first child in February of 2023.

LT Samuel George
Assistant Professor of Military Science/Patton Lieutenant

First Lieutenant Samuel George joined the No Fear Battalion as the freshman cadet instructor in June 2023. Originally from Pilot Mountain, NC, he received his commission into active duty with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and a Russian Studies minor from UNC Charlotte. He is an Armor officer who has served at Fort Moore, GA and most recently Hohenfels, Germany with the 7th Army Training Command. He trained American units as well as our NATO partner allies, holding positions as a Battalion Medical Platoon Leader, Tank Platoon Leader, and Tank Company Executive Officer. 

MAJ Marcus Hamilton
Reserve Liaison

Major Marcus Hamilton joined the No Fear Battalion in November of 2021. He serves in the US Army Reserves and assists the full time cadre of the Battalion. MAJ Hamilton is originally from Garner, NC and served in the US Marine Corps from 1995-1999. In 2008, MAJ Hamilton was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the NC National Guard and selected Infantry as his branch. While serving in the NCNG, he served as a Platoon Leader, Scout Platoon Leader, Company XO, Assistant S-3, and Detachment Commander. As a Platoon Leader, he led an infantry platoon in Iraq in 2009. MAJ Hamilton has been married to his wife, Angela, for 25 years and has three children and one grandson. MAJ Hamilton has been a law enforcement officer for the City of Winston-Salem since 1999.

CPT Graham Jeal
Foreign Liaison Officer

CPT Graham Jeal is a Royal Armoured Corps Officer who commissioned from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 2010-11 into the Royal Tank Regiment as a British Army Regular Challenger II Tank Officer. He is currently serving with the Royal Wessex Yeomanry in the British Army Reserve.

CPT Jeal has a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of York, UK, and a master’s in business administration from Wake Forest University. CPT Jeal has represented England, The Combined Services, and The British Army at palma target rifle shooting. He is also an avid Skier and Sailor who has completed a trans-Atlantic crossing.

CPT Jeal is married to his wife Lena, and welcomed their first child in May of 2023.

Mr. Rick Alexander
Human Resource Assistant

Mr. Alexander is a retired Army Field Artillery NCO and has been with the U. of Virginia/Liberty U. and the Wake Forest Army ROTC programs since his retirement in 2007. He is responsible for the Cadet enrollment, contracting, and commissioning and is always glad to speak with current and potential Cadets and their families.

Mr. Lewis Parker
Recruitment Operations Officer

Mr. Parker served in the Army 22 years and retired in 2019 as a Master Sergeant.  In the Army, he served as a Human Resource Specialist, Drill Sergeant, Recruiter, and a Retention Manager.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Business and Religion.  Mr. Parker was born and raised in Suffolk, VA where most of his family still resides.  He is a student of history, world religions and politics.  

Ms. Allison Ragon
Academic Coordinator

Allison comes to Wake Forest with over 15 years experience working with college students. She served as the Assistant Dean of Students and Director of First-Year Experience at Lehigh University and worked at Elon University in Residence Life. In her free time she enjoys gardening, reading and spending time with her husband, son and their puppy.