About Us

Overview

Mission & Vision

The mission of the Pershing Rifles Group is to provide advice, assistance,
and
support to our partnered and member organizations.

Our goal is to bring together the entire Pershing Family of organizations into a community
that mutually supports one another and our various missions.

History

PR Group Staff Badge

The PRG made its beginnings in 2008 as an effort to bring together various alumni groups of the National Society of Pershing Rifles under one umbrella. Originally known as the FPRAA, the organization continued to evolve and became more than just an alumni effort, but one that worked to provide support to the undergraduate Pershing Rifles.

In 2011, the PRG was granted classification as a not-for-profit, tax exempt organization under section 501(c)(10) of the Internal Revenue Code. This provided financial protection to the National Society of Pershing Rifles, marking the first time the Society was recognized as more than an unincorporated association at the University of Nebraska.

At the National Convention in March 2016 , the PRG reached an agreement establishing a partnership with the National Society of Pershing Rifles Alumni Association (NSPRAA). The agreement recognized NSPRAA as the sole official alumni organization for Pershing Rifles, and marked the first time in decades that alumni Riflemen have united under a common banner.

Additionally, the PRG formalized a relationship with the National Society of Pershing Angels. Pershing Angels is a military-based drill sorority for women founded in 1965 as a Coed Affiliate drill unit of Pershing Rifles. It is the oldest continuously operating U.S. national women’s college organization dedicated to drill.

Purpose

The Group is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. Our purpose is threefold:

(a) Assemble college students in a national fraternal or sororal organization dedicated to developing, to the highest degree possible, outstanding traits of leadership, military science, military bearing, and discipline within the framework of a military oriented, professional organization.

(b) Assemble high school students in an national honor society dedicated to instilling the principles of leadership espoused by General of the Armies John J. Pershing and the National Society of Blackjacks.

(c) Assemble alumni of Pershing Rifles and Blackjacks in a national association dedicated to preserving the ideals espoused by General Pershing, and to provide a network of support to active and alumni members of all  of our organizations.

Staff

Chief Executive Officer

Chris Scheuermann currently serves as the National Executive Director and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Pershing Rifles Group. Chris was initiated into Pershing Rifles Company D-17 of Louisiana State University during the fall of 2004, and has remained an active volunteer working to support Pershing Rifles since completing his term as the Pershing Rifles National Commander in May 2008.

Chris has been with the Pershing Rifles Group since the organization began, serving as a member of the Inaugural Board of Directors, and Director of Alumni Affairs for the Pershing Rifles National Headquarters. Chris has served in various other roles over the last 7 years, including=Director of Information Technology, Vice President of the Pershing Rifles Alumni Association, Secretary of the Board of Directors, and most recently prior to his current position, as the Chief Operating Officer.

Outside of his work for the Pershing Rifles Group and its partner organizations, Chris spent several years working as a Restaurant Manager. He attended Louisiana State University and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems and Decision Science (ISDS) with a concentration in Information Technology Management from LSU’s E.J. Ourso College of Business. He currently works at the global headquarters of International Paper Company in Memphis, TN as a IT Business Analyst.

PRG Logistics Manager

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Craig Zagorski
Deputy Chief Executive

Craig Zagorski currently serves as the Deputy Executive Director of the Pershing Rifles Group. He has served the PRG since 2009 as both the Director of Operations and the Director of Logistics. He is a past National Commander and Chief of Staff of the National Society of Pershing Rifles, as well as a national champion and the Company Commander for Company C-4 at Clemson University, where he was inducted as a Pershing Rifleman in 1998.

Craig currently serves a field artillery captain in the South Carolina National Guard, after 7 years active duty Army service.  Upon being inducted into Pershing Rifles, Craig was immediately recognized as pretty much the most amazing Pershing Riflemen to walk the face of the earth; he is said to be the living embodiment of our founder, General of the Armies John J. Pershing, and by all accounts, is just an all around great guy.  Many people believe that if you can see Craig Zagorski, he can see you, and if you cannot see Craig Zagorski, you are merely seconds away from death.

Chief Operating Officer

Tom Carlsen joined Pershing Rifles Company C-4 at Clemson University in Spring of 2006.  He served actively during his time at the company level, earning the rank of P/R MSG before being selected to serve as the National Headquarters G-6, Information Technology Officer.  After serving for a year on the National Headquarters Staff, he was elected to serve as National Commander from 2009-2010. Tom has continued to serve and support the Society at the alumni level in various roles, including Webmaster and Treasurer of the Pershing Rifles Group.

Tom earned his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, works in the medical device and gas turbine design industries. He currently serves as the Director of Operations and Logistics for the Pershing Rifles Group.

Financial Advisor

Musheerah “Shalom” Kolen (3 P/A Fall 2002, Company R-4-5) is the President and Founder of Kolen Services. She is originally from Newark, New Jersey, but lives and operates her IRS Tax Representation Practices in Fredericksburg, VA. She is an IRS Licensed Enrolled Agent and represents clients before the Internal Revenue Services.

Shalom has a unique education background in business; she completed her undergraduate degree at Norfolk State University in Finance and her graduate degree in Human Resources Management. She is a Certified Financial Education Instructor and an Enrolled Agent licensed by the Internal Revenue Services. She has a Series 6/63 license, as well as, a Life & Health Insurance license. Shalom is a Registered Representative with HDVest Investment Services, and a Life Insurance Agent with HDVest Insurance Agency.

In her professional experiences, she has worked in every capacity relative to her education background as a practitioner and as an educator. She has served over 10 years in the United States Army as a Human Resources Officer and trainer. As an educator, she  has worked as a Human Resources adjunct professor for the University of Maryland University College, and as a Training and Development Professor at Georgetown University. She has also taught the Commonwealth of Virginia life insurance pre-licensing exam course, and coached financial services agents in passing the series 6 and 63 exam.

Currently, Shalom owns and operates a Full Services Tax Accounting & Financial Services firm specializing in solving IRS tax problems and promoting financial literacy. She is a proud member of the National Financial Educators Council and the National Association of Enrolled Agents. She is proud to represent her sorority, the National Society of Pershing Angels, and to support the entire Pershing family as the Director of Finance for the Pershing Rifles Group.

Chief Administrative Officer

Jimmy Reaves is an alumnus of Company M-16 at Florida State University; he joined Pershing Rifles the Fall of 2008. After attending his first Pershing Rifles National Convention, he was motivated to do more for the Society and decided to apply for the National Headquarters staff. He was appointed  to the position of G-2, National Expansion Officer by the (then) National Commander, P/R MG Tom Carlsen.

While in this role, he succeeded in expanding the Society by helping to charter six new companies into the Society. The following year he served as the National Headquarters Inspector General, his service to NHQ culminated when he was selected to be the Society’s Deputy National Director of Operations. After graduating, Jimmy commissioned into the U.S. Army as an OH-58D Kiowa pilot, where he served for two years at Joint Base Lewis McChord, WA. He has since retired and moved to Charlotte, NC where he currently lives with his wife and works as an insurance auditor.

Jimmy joined the Pershing Rifles Group staff in 2016, and was recently promoted to the position of Operations Manager, reporting to the Director of Operations.

Chief Information Officer

Nathan T. Jurgens is an alumnus of Pershing Rifles Company A-2 at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. He became an active rifleman in his freshmen fall semester in 2008, and remained in excellent standing until his graduation and commissioning in 2012. During his time as an active, Nathan served in a multitude of positions which culminated in 2011 when he was selected to serve as the Pershing Rifles National Commander.

As National Commander, he played an instrumental role in the creation and execution of the Pershing Rifles Group throughout 2011 and in the years following his tenure. He continues to fill a major role by serving as the Director of Information Technology.

Outside of Pershing Rifles, Nathan currently works in Information Technology for ACI Worldwide, a global banking and payments solutions company. He also serves as a Military Intelligence Officer in the United States Army Reserve. He is actively pursuing a Master’s degrees in Management of Information Systems and Cybersecurity.

Controller

TC Rothrock currently serves as Controller on the Pershing Rifles Group Staff. He is a graduate of Clemson University, an alumnus of Pershing Rifles Company C-4.  TC joined Pershing Rifles in 2006, and graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Construction Management.  He currently works as a Project Manager for a construction company with a focus on projects for the power generation and manufacturing industries.  He resides in upstate South Carolina with his wife Julia.

Historian

Kevin Born has served as the Historian for the National Society of Pershing Rifles and the Pershing Rifles Group since 2011. He pledged Pershing Rifles Company A-2 in 1977, joined the Pershing Rifles National Staff in 1978, serving in various positions. From 1979-80 he was Pershing Rifles National Commander.

He is a 1981 graduate of the University of Nebraska – Lincoln with a BS degree in Education and a minor in History. He was commissioned through the UNL ROTC program and entered the Army in 1981 as an Infantry officer and branch transferred to the Quartermaster Corps in 1986. During his 22 year military career he has served both in the US and overseas in Germany, Bosnia and Haiti. Kevin is currently a Department of the Army Civilian at Fort Lee, VA.

Board of Directors

Brian Cox, Chair

Chairman of the Pershing Rifles Group Board of Directors & President of the National Society of Pershing Rifles Alumni Association (NSPRAA)