Meet the Cadre

LTC James Pascoe

Professor of Military Science (PMS)

LTC James Pascoe was appointed the Professor of Military Science of the Dauntless Battalion July 2021. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor of Science in history in 2002. He has also earned a master’s degree at the University of Texas at El Paso.

LTC Pascoe has been a member of the U.S. Army for 20 years and has had previous assignments served as the Chief of Protection and Chief of Staff (forward) for the 1st Cavalry Division, Ft. Hood, TX; Commander of the Integrated Air and Missile Defense Center (multinational), Abu Dhabi, UAE, and an Operations/Executive Officer in the 5th AR BDE, El Paso, TX. He also served as an O/CT and deputy Chief of Plans at the Joint Multi-National Training Center for United States and Multi-National exercises, Hohenfels, Germany. He served as the HHT Troop Commander and Rear Detachment Commander in 2-6 CAV, Wheeler Army Airfield, HI. LTC Pascoe began his active service as a platoon leader for two platoons and a Battery Executive Officer in 1-44 ADA, Fort Hood, TX.


CPT Lucas Frisch

Assistant Professor of Military Science (APMS)

Captain Lucas Frisch graduated and commissioned into the Army from Penn State University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. He is a graduate of US Army Air Assault, Airborne, and Ranger School. He served as a Reconnaissance Platoon leader for the 10th Mountain Division in Afghanistan in from 2011-2014. He then taught at the Swamp Phase of US Army Ranger School form 2015-2017. From there he served as the Assistant Professor for Military Science at Seton Hall and Lehigh University. Lucas now serves as the Assistant Professor for Military Science at West Chester University for the Pennsylvania National Guard where he teaches the Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior Classes. He is from Allentown Pennsylvania.


Senior Military Science Instructor (SMSI)


Keith R. Karbel

Recruiting Operations Officer (ROO)

Mr. Keith Karbel has been an Army ROTC Recruiting Operations Officer since 2007 (2007-2013 as contractor, 2013-present as GS-11). He is an Army ROTC graduate of Penn State University and a retired Army officer with over 22 years of service between the active and reserve components in both command and staff positions. Mr. Karbel handles recruiting and enrollments for the Dauntless Battalion, hosted by Widener University, with partnerships at Villanova University, West Chester University, Penn State-Abington, Penn State-Brandywine, Neumann, and Immaculata Universities, and Bryn Mawr College. Keith also serves on Widener’s Committee on Veterans and Military Education, has facilitated LEADERworks workshops for Widener’s Oskin Leadership Institute and previously served as a member on Widener’s School of Nursing Community Advisory Board.

Beyond current recruiting and enrollment duties, Keith’s extensive experience with ROTC and the Dauntless Battalion goes back to 1996, making him one of the most knowledgeable among U.S. Army Cadet Command cadre. He’s been the unit’s Operations and Training Officer, Executive Officer, and Villanova Company Officer-In-Charge; Military Science Level I, II, and III instructor (and even pinch hit as MSL IV instructor); Ranger Challenge coach; and served as Platoon Tactical Officer, Company Evaluation Officer, Company Tactical Officer, and Tactics Trainer/Evaluator at Advanced Camp; and Leadership Instructor at Basic Camp, receiving accolades for his performance beyond what was expected. Keith was selected as U.S. Army Cadet Command’s Recruiting Operations Officer of the Year in 2016, and received the Department of the Army Superior Civilian Service Award.

Keith earned a Master of Science in Human Resource Management from Widener University in 2000, and a Bachelor of Science in Management from Penn State University in 1986.

Keith and his wife Nicole are residents of the Brandywine Hundred of Wilmington, DE and have two grown daughters, Courtney and Fiona.


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