Effective Aug. 1, LTC Kevin Wissel is the professor of Military Science for Xavier University’s Army ROTC All For One Battalion. It is a true homecoming. A Florida native, Wissel earned a BS in applied biology cum laude from Xavier University in 1994.
He earned a master’s degree in coastal environment management from Duke University in 1995. Wissel was executive officer for the 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Following that, he was brigade engineer for the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C. In July 2010, then-Major Wissel became deputy district commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Charleston District, very involved in maintaining through dredging the major shipping channel for Charleston Harbor, the military construction and maintenance at Fort Jackson and Joint Base Charleston. Its missions involve beach re-nourishment projects, wetland permitting and ecosystem restoration. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in 2011. Wissel and his wife Krissy live in Anderson Township with their children, Ryan, (9), Tyler, (7), and Ava (5).
“I couldn’t be more excited about returning to Xavier,” Wissel says. “The changes on campus from my student days are amazing, while the best of Xavier was preserved. Getting the opportunity to serve our nation at Xavier by developing future officers for our Army is incredibly exciting. My education at Xavier helped prepare me for challenges I faced in Kosovo, Iraq and throughout my career. I am proud to now be a part of that education process.”
Xavier’s All For One Battalion has more than 70 Cadets, including those from partner schools Miami University and Northern Kentucky University. The Army ROTC program has been a part of Xavier since 1936. Once mandatory for all freshmen and sophomores, the program is a college elective leading to a commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army and often includes an academic scholarship. Courses focus heavily on leadership. In addition to Miami and NKU, Xavier's program also accepts students from the College of Mount St. Joseph and Thomas More College.
For more about Xavier's Army ROTC program, visit www.xavier.edu/rotc or call 513-745-1066.