MAJ Brian W. Pilch

Assistant Professor of Military Science

MAJ Brian PilchMajor Brian Pilch is an assistant professor of Military Science, currently instructing the junior-level cadets. He was assigned to the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in June 2017. He is also serving as the operations officer.

Major Pilch is a native of Seward, Alaska. He started his military career in August 1992 as a private in the Military Police Corps. He spent his 10 enlisted years in various positions in the Military Police Occupational Specialty, including military police officer, desk sergeant, squad leader, and operations sergeant. In 2002 he completed Officer Candidate School and was commissioned at Fort Benning, Georgia, into the Military Police Corps. As a lieutenant, he served as platoon leader, rear detachment commander, and executive officer. As a captain, he deployed to Baghdad, Iraq, in 2006 as the operations officer for the National Police Transition Team. He was then assigned as the Battlefield Circulation Control officer and deployed to Iraq. Following his deployment to Iraq, he then became the headquarters company commander and deployed to Haiti in support of Operation Unified Response. As a major, he served as battalion executive officer and OC/T, attended the United States Army Command and General Staff College (ILE), served as brigade plans officer, Joint Base Lewis-McChord DES operations officer, and Joint Base Lewis-McChord Installation provost marshal.

Major Pilch's civilian education includes a bachelor's degree in human resources and criminal justice from Wayland Baptist University in 2006 and a master's in business and organizational security management from Webster's University in 2007. His military education includes Basic Training, Advanced Individual Training (Military Police), Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic Non-Commissioned Officer Career Course, Officer Candidate School, Military Police, Basic Officer Course (Military Police), Safety Officer Course, TC-AIMS II, Rear Detachment Commanders Course, Commanders Safety Course, Combat Lifesavers Course, Military Police Captains Career Course, Command and General Staff College, Law Enforcement Senior Leaders Course, IMCOM Director Of Emergency Services, and Foundation Instructor Facilitator Course.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star (1OLC), Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (3OLC), Army Achievement Medal (3OLC), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Citation, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Humanitarian Service Ribbon, Iraq Campaign Ribbon (3 Campaign Stars), Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 5), Combat Action Badge, Drivers and Mechanic Badge, German Marksmanship Badge Gold, and German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge Gold.

Major Pilch is married to Catharyn Pilch of Cincinnati, Ohio. They have four children: 20-year-old son Tristan, 18-year-old daughter Samantha, 16-year-old son Keagan, and 12-year-old daughter Avery.