COL Samuel E. Licorish, Jr., USA (RET)

JROTC Senior Army Instructor

  • MAJ (Ret) Wes Whitaker:

    Present Assignment:                     

    R. J. Reynolds High School
    Senior Army Instructor
    301 Hawthorne Road,
    Winston-Salem, NC 27104
    (336) 703-4156 (Work)


    Total Years of Service:


    Energetic, Interpersonal and result driven military professional with over 22 years of extensive experience in leadership, managing and coordinating personnel, assets, programs, as well as the welfare of those I’ve supervised and their families in cooperate America as well as the military.

    Holds a degree in General Sciences with a strong emphasis Chemical Elements the knowledge of various chemicals and the warfare use of chemical agents. I also have 12 years of JROTC teaching experience.



    Core Competencies:

    Result Driven

    Exceptional Communicator

    Accomplished at improving ACT Scores and winning Scholarships

    Accomplished Cross Country and Track and Field Coach (35 years of Coaching Experience)

    Exceptional Team Builder

    Executive Leadership

    Ethics & Critical Thinking

    Health & Wellness

    Motivational Interviewing

    Conflict Management

    Training & Presenting

    Influencing / Negotiating

    Regulatory Compliance

    Resilience / Flexibility




    • I was recognized at the top rated officer in the First Armored Division’s G-3 Section for coordinating training support and evaluation for over 2300 Reserve Component units in the First Army Area of Operations. I managed the training readiness for all units mobilized and deployed for Operations Noble Eagle and Enduring Freedom. I was also the principal author of the First Armored Division Training Guidance.
    • Inducted into The Cheyney University Hall of Fame for Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field. Held nine (9) School Records with (2) School Records still unbroken 37 years to date. Coached and participated on numerous Army Ten-Miler Teams, was All-American and Nationally Ranked in the 400 Meter Dash, coached numerous athletes to National Ranked Statuses along with producing numerous State Champions individually as well as teams.   






    Awarded The Legion of Merit Medal, The Meritorious Service Medal, The Army Commendation Medal (2nd Oak Leave Cluster), The Army Achievement Medal (2nd Award), The Armed Forces Service Medal, The Good Conduct Medal, The National Defense Service Medal, The NCO Professional Ribbon (2nd Award), The Army Service Ribbon, The Overseas Service Ribbon, The NATO Medal, and the US Army Parachutist Badge.




    Company Commander for the 11th Chemical Company which was a 128-person Dual-Purpose Smoke/Decontamination Company with worldwide deployment responsibilities. Fort Lewis, Washington


    Division Chemical Officer for 1st Armored Division. Produced policies and training in Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear for units deployed in Germany and Bosnia. Bad Kreuzach, Germany/ Bosnia-Herzegovina


    Chemical Officer for the 1st Armored Division Task Force East with the responsibility of providing technical expertise, joint service command, and control during potential stateside Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents. Fort Gillam, Georgia


    Chemical/Operations Officer for the 3rd Medical Command in Kuwait responsible for providing technical expertise on all Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Operations in support of Operations IRAQI and Enduring Freedom. Fort Gillam, GA/ Kuwait



    Education, Training and Certifications:


    Bachelor Degree, General Sciences (Chemistry), Cheyney University, Cheyney, Pa  

    U.S Army Chemical Officers Basic Course, Fort McClellan, Alabama

    U.S Army Chemical Officers Advanced Course, Fort McClellan, Alabama

    U.S Army Command General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas



    Personal Interests:

    Mentoring young students to become productive adults and coaching track and field as a tool to overcome obstacles in life.

    Passions: Passionate about family, the value and blessing of time and giving back to as many people that would listen.


    Guiding Philosophy: “Without Growth there is no Change and with Change there is no Growth.”. —Wes Whitaker

Last Modified on September 2, 2019