Senior Naval Science Instructor
Commander Bruce Apgar Jr., USN (ret)
CDR Bruce Apgar enlisted in the United States Navy after graduating from Boiling Springs High School in 1983. After completing initial training as an Electrician’s Mate and graduating from the Naval Nuclear Power School, he was awarded a Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps Scholarship to the Pennsylvania State University, graduating in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts in History.
Commander Apgar served Sea Tours in USS CLARK (FFG 11), USS MOUNT WHITNEY (LCC 20), USS KLAKRING (FFG 42), and USS BATAAN (LHD 5). His assignments during those tours included billets in Engineering, Navigation, and Combat Systems. Additionally, he served an operational staff tour as the Operations Officer for Commander, Destroyer Squadron TWO. Commander Apgar served as Executive Officer of the guided missile destroyer USS GONZALEZ (DDG 66) and the guided missile cruiser USS LEYTE GULF (CG 55).
Commander Apgar completed shore tours as an Officer Recruiter at Naval Recruiting District Pittsburgh and as a Tactics and Leadership Instructor at the Surface Warfare Officers School in Newport, RI.
Operational Deployments have included Coast Guard Counter-Drug Operations, Iraqi Embargo Enforcement (post-Desert Storm), Operation Enduring Freedom, the Central Command Staff, and, most recently, Africa Partnership Station.
Following his tour in USS LEYTE GULF (CG 55), Commander Apgar completed studies at the US Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and was awarded a Masters in Strategic Studies and was certified in Joint Professional Military Education (Phases I and II). His final assignment was as the Director of Naval Operations at the US Army War College’s Center for Strategic Leadership in Carlisle, Pennsylvania where he facilitated a special elective war game, “Joint Land, Air, Sea Strategic Exercise."
Commander Apgar has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal (six awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), and the Army Achievement Medal along with various campaign and unit awards.
Naval Science Instructor
Master Sergeant Louis Montney, USMC (ret)
Louis A. Montney was born in Manhasset, New York and raised in Dousman, Wisconsin. He is 1994 graduate of Kettle Moraine High School in Wales, Wisconsin.
He enlisted in the Marine Corps in February of 1994 and shipped to recruit training at MCRD San Diego in June of 1994.
Upon graduation from Recruit Training, he attended Motor Transport School in Camp LeJeune, North Carolina. Upon the completion of school, Private First Class Montney was assigned to MWSS 172, Okinawa, Japan for duty as a motor vehicle operator. While assigned to MWSS 172, he deployed to South Korea and mainland Japan. He was meritoriously promoted to Lance Corporal in June of 1995.
In January of 1996 Lance Corporal Montney transferred to Marine Corps Service Support Schools, Motor Transport School, in Camp LeJeune, North Carolina. He was meritoriously promoted to the rank of Corporal in September of 1996. He served in a variety of billets including: platform instructor, administrative chief, troop handler, and class commander. He was promoted to Sergeant in November of 1997.
In June of 1998 Sergeant Montney executed orders to Drill Instructor School at MCRD, San Diego, California. Upon completion of Drill Instructor School, he was assigned to Company L, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion. Training over 500 recruits, he completed six cycles as a junior drill instructor and two cycles as a senior drill instructor. He also served as a receiving barracks drill instructor. He was promoted to Staff Sergeant in November of 2001.
In November of 2001 Staff Sergeant Montney was transferred to MWSS 373, MCAS Miramar, San Diego, California. He served on a combat deployment to Iraq in January, 2003 in support of OIF-I where he executed duties as a convoy commander and Platoon Sergeant. Staff Sergeant Montney again served on a combat deployment with MWSS 373 in October of 2004 in support OIF-II as the Company Gunnery Sergeant for Support Company.
In July of 2005 Staff Sergeant Montney reported to Recruiter’s School at MCRD, San Diego. Upon completion of Recruiter’s School he was assigned to Recruiting Sub-Station Eastgate in Cincinnati, Ohio for duty as a canvassing recruiter. He was named Recruiting Station Charleston’s “Rookie Recruiter of the Year” in 2006 and was promoted to Gunnery Sergeant in October of the same year.
In May, 2007 Gunnery Sergeant Montney assumed duties as a SNCOIC for RS Charleston, West Virginia. During this time he was assigned to recruiting Sub-Stations Dayton, Ohio and Springfield, Ohio. He was named as Recruiting Station Charleston’s Staff Non-Commissioned Officer of the year for 2008 and 2009. He became a Career Recruiter, in October 2008. In April of 2012 he was promoted to his present rank.
In April, 2012 Master Sergeant Montney transferred to Recruiting Station Harrisburg, Pennsylvania where he served as the Assistant Recruiter Instructor. He retired from the Marine Corps on July 1st, 2014.
Master Sergeant Montney’s personnel awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal w/gold and silver stars in lieu of eighth award, and Combat Action Ribbon. Additionally, he's the recipient of numerous service awards and commendations.