Officers' Bios



 LT Michael A. Palumbo  began his career in the U.S. Navy League Cadet Corps in the old Chicago  Division, then served as a Sea Cadet in the John F. Kennedy Division in  Forest Park, Illinois. He later served for 8 years as a Military Police  Officer in the United States Army. LT Palumbo came back to the program  in 2009 as the Operations Officer for Peoria’s Pimiteoui Division. Then,  in 2013, he formed and became the first Commanding Officer of SPC  Justin O. Penrod Division in Champaign, IL. Commanding Officer Palumbo  currently resides in Mahomet, IL with wife, Sharon, and son, Michael Jr. 


 LTJG Sharon Palumbo is a  Chicago native with an engineering background. She worked 14 ½ years in  the fiber optic industry before changing her career venue from  engineering to teaching high school math. In 2013, she became one of the  founders of the SPC Justin O. Penrod Division as the Operations  Officer. LTJG Palumbo lives in Mahomet, IL with her husband, Mike, and  their son, Michael Jr. 

MIDN 3/c Angelo Minetti, U of I NROTC Training Officer

 MIDN Minetti was born in the town of New Lenox, Illinois. Ever since he was a child, he had always wanted to serve his country. One of the first steps he took to serve his country was to join the local Boy Scout troop. He started by participating in fundraising and community service events. Once he became a freshman in high school, he furthered his desire to serve by joining the JROTC unit in the high school. In JROTC, he also participated in various community service and school events. Also during high school, he made his decision to join the Navy as an officer. His first step towards becoming an officer was to fill out the application for both the Naval Academy and NROTC. Along with this, he applied to the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. His application to the academy was rejected but his NROTC scholarship was accepted along with the University of Illinois application. MIDN Minetti is currently a 3/C
Midshipman with the WGNB (World’s Greatest Naval Battalion) studying nuclear engineering at the University of Illinois and is also a Midshipman in the Champaign Sea Cadets. 

INST Christopher Doedtman, SFC Illinois Army National Guard, Medical Officer

SFC Doedtman has served in the Illinois Army National Guard for 20 years. he served as a  team leader for 2 1/2 years at Lincolns Challenge Academy in Rantoul, IL. He works in Quincy, IL. as a board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and lives with his family in Beecher City, Illinois.

INST Tara Strack, NSCC Recruiting PAO

 Tara Strack is an Illinois native with a background in nursing. She has  worked in healthcare for the past 25 years. Today, Tara works for Carle  Health System,  as the Director of Enterprise Consulting, supporting  Carle’s drive to peak value and financial performance. Tara lives in  Mahomet, IL with her husband Matt and their three kids Abigail, Aiden, and Avery.