Military Science (ROTC)

Cadre and Offices

Henderson State University (Main Office)

Mailing Address
Department of Military Science
1100 Henderson Street, Box 7851
Arkadelphia, AR 71999-0001

Office Location
1118 Henderson Street
Arkansas Hall, Office 212

Ouachita Baptist University

Mailing Address
Department of Military Science
410 Ouachita, Box 3654
Arkadelphia, AR 71998

Office Location
624 North 8th Street
Roy and Christine Sturgis Physical Education Center (SPEC) Room 303

Recruitment Operations Officer
Ms. Jalina Williams

The Henderson State University and the Ouachita Baptist University ROTC program are part of 5th Brigade, and the Golden Lion Battalion.

Lieutenant Colonel Nicolai Birch

Lieutenant Colonel Nicolai Birch
Professor of Military Science

Lieutenant Colonel Birch enlisted into the Army as a 13B FA Soldier in 1994, and commissioned into the Military Police Corps in 2002 with a B.S. in Criminal Justice, with a minor in Sociology from Pittsburg State University, KS. He received a Graduate Degree in Business Management and Security from Webster University, Saint Louis, MO.

His previous assignments were: Director of Emergency Services, USAG Fort Leonard Wood, MO (FLW MO) 2020-2022; Chief Tactical Maneuver Support/Chief MP Concepts Maneuver Support Center of Excellence FLW, MO 2017-2020; Security Assistance Officer (Radar and Missile portfolio) American Embassy Cairo, Egypt, 2016-2017; S3, 14thMP BDE, FLW, MO 2015-2016; Executive Officer, 795th MP BN, FLW, MO 2014-2015; Provost Marshal Officer, Contingency Command Post, USARPAC, HI, 2013-2014; Commander, 18th Maneuver Control Team, Hawaii and Afghanistan, 2011-2013; Circulation Control Officer, 45th Sustainment Brigade, Scofield Barracks, HI, 2010-2011; Circulation Control OIC, 484th Movement Control BN, Springfield, MO and Afghanistan 2008-2010; Personnel and Admin Officer (S1), 329th Quartermaster BN, Parsons, KS, 2007-2008; Executive Officer, 603rd MP CO, Belton, MO 2006-2007; Company Commander, 414th MP CO, Joplin, MO and Iraq, 2004-2006; Platoon Leader, 805th MP CO, Afghanistan 2003-2004; Platoon Leader, 414th MP CO, Joplin, MO 2002-2003.

LTC Birch’s deployments include El Salvador for humanitarian assistance; Honduras for humanitarian assistance; Egypt; Iraq - Um Quasar and Bagdad; Afghanistan - various locations; Brisbane, Australia; South Korea; Pattaya, Thailand; Tangerang, Indonesia; and Cairo, Egypt.

His military education includes the Command and General Staff College, Sparrow Missile repair course, Security Cooperation Management Course, Anti-Terrorism Course, Battle Field Forensics Course, Capability Developers Course, Law Enforcement Senior Leaders Course. He also holds a Missouri Peace Officers License.

His military awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal x 3, Joint Service Accommodation Medal, Army Commendation Medal x 6, Army Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious unit Commendation x 2, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal x 3, National Defense Service Medal x 2, Afghan Campaign Medal x 4, Iraq Campaign Medal x 2, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon x 6, Army Reserve Component Overseas Service Medal x 4, Armed Forces Reserve Medal W/ M device & Bronze hour glass, NATO Medal x 2, Combat Action Badge and the Bronze Marechaussee Medal.

He is married to his wife Allison and has 5 sons: Benjamin, Zachary, Joseph, Christopher, and Robert.

CPT James Flowers
Assistant Professor of Military Science / OIC


CPT James Flowers Jr. entered the Army in January 2016 as a Second Lieutenant in the Quartermaster Corps after commissioning from Texas A&M Central-Texas University ROTC Program where he graduated as Distinguish Military Student, in December 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies.

He has served in an array of positions including: Mobility Officer, Platoon Leader, Executive Officer, Operation Officer, Plans Officer, and Company Commander.

CPT Flower’s assignments Includes: 571st Transportation Detachment,49th Transportation Battalion Fort Hood, 53rd Quartermaster Company, 61st Quartermaster Battalion, Fort Hood, TX. HHC Support Company, Army Force Battalion Joint Tasks-Bravo Honduras. 524th Division Sustainment Support Battalion 25th Division Sustainment Brigade Schofield Barracks, HI. 599th Transportation Brigade, Surface Deployment & Distribution Command HI.

His military education includes Quartermaster Basic Officer Leader Course, Mortuary Affairs Officer Course, Unit Movement Officer Course, TC-AIMS, Environment Compliance Officer Course, Senior Demonstrated Logistician, Airload Planners Course, and the Combined Logistics Captains Career Course, Support Operation II Course, SHARP Foundation Course, LEAN SIX-BLK BLT, Operation Contract Support, Common Faculty Development-Instructor Course.

CPT Flowers’s awards and decorations include Meritorious Service Medal the Army Commendation Medal (3 OLC), Army Achievement (1 OLC) Medal, Humanitarian Servicer Medal, Oversea Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

CPT Flower’s is married to Olivia Flowers and together they have three children.

CPT Shantell Moore
Assistant Professor of Military Science
National Guard Liaison Officer


Captain Shantell L. Moore enlisted in the Arkansas Army National Guard in 2010 as a Supply Specialist 92Y at 87th Troop Command in North Little Rock AR. Captain Moore received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from the University of Central Arkansas in 2012 where she commissioned as a Second Lieutenant through the (ROTC) program. She received her Master’s Degree in Business Management from Ashford University in 2016.

In 2012, upon receiving her commission as a Second Lieutenant, she was assigned to the 216th Military Police Company. In 2014 as a Platoon Leader at 216th Military Police Company she was mobilized to Bagram, Afghanistan. She has served in various M-Day and ADOS positions in her career including 871st Troop Command BN S4, Operations Officer at Little Rock Military Processing Station, G1 State Mobilization Officer, National Guard Quick Reaction Force (NGRF) Executive Officer and Youth Challenge OIC. She Commanded the 216th Military Police Company from August 2020 until August 2022 in North Little Rock, AR.

Captain Moore’s military education includes Basic Combat Training, Military Police Basic Officer Leader’s Course, Logistics Captains Career Course, HAZMAT Certifier, Common Faculty Development-Instructor Course(CFD-IC), Small Arms Weapon Expert (SAWEE) and Pre-Command Course.

Captain Moore‘s awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal w/ 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal w/ 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal w/ 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal w/ M Device, NATO Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Arkansas National Guard Service Ribbon, Arkansas National Guard Federal Service Ribbon, Arkansas National Guard Service Ribbon w/ 1 Bronze Diamond, Arkansas Emergency Service Ribbon w/ 1 Bronze Diamond. In 2022, CPT Moore was selected for the General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award.

Captain Moore currently resides in Alexander, AR, where she is the Assistant Professor of Military Science at Henderson State University and Ouachita Baptist University. She is also the National Guard liaison for the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

MSG Craig Flanagan

MSG Craig Flanagan
Military Science Instructor


MSG Flanagan has served his country for more than 19 years on Active Duty. During his career as an Infantryman, MSG Flanagan has earned his degrees in Management and Business Administration from Post University. He is currently pursuing his Master’s in Psychology from American Military University. MSG Flanagan currently serves as a Military Science Instructor for the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Henderson State University, and Ouachita Baptist University.

His previous assignments include Fire Team Leader, Squad Leader with 1-501st (Airborne) 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska, Platoon Sergeant 1-41st, 2nd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division and Military Advisor Team NCOIC 1st Battalion, 4th SFAB Fort Carson, Colorado. MSG Flanagan has deployed five times in service to the nation, to Iraq and Afghanistan in support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM, NEW DAWN, ENDURING FREEDOM, and FREEDOM’s SENTINEL. His military education includes the Basic Airborne School, U.S. Army Combatives levels 1&2, Jump Master School, Pathfinder School, Joint Fires Observer Course, Urban Mobility Breaching Course, Defense Language (Arabic), Emergency Medical Technician course, Advance Situational Awareness, SERE School, U.S. Army Special Forces Foreign Weapons Course, Joint Fires Observer course, Military Advisor Training Academy, and the Battle Staff Course. He is also a graduate of the Warrior

Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Maneuver Senior Leaders Course, and the Master Leaders Course.

His military awards and decorations include: one Bronze Star Medal with Valor, one Bronze Star Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, the Army Commendation Medal with Valor, four Army Commendation Medals, four Army Achievement Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal with two Campaign Stars, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with three Campaign Stars, the NCO Professional Development Ribbon numeral 4, the Army Service Ribbon, six Overseas Service Ribbons, six Good Conduct Medals, two NATO Medals, two Valorous Unit awards, an Army Meritorious Unit Citation, an Army Superior Unit Award, the Order of Saint Maurice Medal, Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge.

MSG Flanagan has been married for over 15 years is the proud father of four children.

Jalina Williams
Recruitment Operations Officer

Ms. Jalina Williams

Jalina Williams serves as the Scholarship and Retention Officer and is the key point of contact to the Professor of Military Science regarding the Recruiting, Scholarships and administration of the Cadet ROTC program. She is the key contributor to the Army ROTC program’s interviewing process for prospective cadets in determining their program eligibility and waiver requirements in order to obtain 2, 3, or 4 year ROTC scholarships. Jalina originally enlisted in the US Army in 1989 as a Human Resource Administration Specialist and retired in 2011, after serving 21 years and 8 months Active Duty.