Anthony Gentile (MAJ)
|Title:||Assistant Professor of Military Science
|Office:||ROTC Center, Room 117|
MAJ Gentile began his military career enlisting in the Virginia National Guard as a Private First Class in January 2004. He attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Knox and his Advanced Individual Training for Stinger Missile Man-Portable Air-Defense Systems (14M) at Fort Bliss immediately following his enlistment. In August 2004 he enrolled in The Citadel and was awarded a scholarship from the US Army National Guard. In 2005 he attended a reclassification school for a position in the South Carolina National Guard as a Combat Engineer (21B) at Camp Grafton, North Dakota. He then attended US Army Airborne School in the summer of 2005 at Fort Benning. He graduated The Citadel in May 2008 and commissioned into the South Carolina Army National Guard as a 2LT and Platoon Leader of A/4-118th Infantry. MAJ Gentile completed Basic Officers Leader Course and Infantry Officer Basic Course at Fort Benning in 2009.
In January 2010 he deployed to Thailand with A/4-118th in a training mission with coalition forces. In 2011 MAJ Gentile was promoted to 1LT and Executive Officer (XO) of A/4-118th. That year he served as XO on a rotation to the National Training Center. In January 2012 MAJ Gentile was deployed to Camp Shelby and eventually to Kuwait as XO of A/4-118th in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. MAJ Gentile completed the US Army Pathfinder Course while in Kuwait offered by a Fort Benning Mobile Training Team. Upon redeployment MAJ Gentile was assigned to HHC/4-118th as XO until being appointed Company Commander of Bravo Company March 2015. MAJ Gentile was then promoted to Captain effective February 2015. In 2017, MAJ Gentile attended Asymmetric Warfare Group (AWG) Selection and was selected to command a Troop in Easy Squadron AWG. In that time with AWG, MAJ Gentile deployed to the Republic of Korea on a mobile training team teaching subterranean operations and Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. He completed the US Army Air Assault Course at Fort Benning, GA and was awarded the Air Assault Badge. In 2018 MAJ Gentile was assigned to the University of South Carolina as an Assistant Professor of Military Science, where he currently serves. He was promoted to the rank of Major in October 2019.
MAJ Gentile was awarded The General John C. Dozier Award in 2016 as the best company grade officer in the South Carolina Army National Guard. He was also a General Douglas MacArthur Award recipient in the same year. Some awards and decorations include the Global War of Terrorism Service Medal, Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon, Operation Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Air Assault Badge as well as other service medals and ribbons.
After earning his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from The Citadel in 2008 MAJ Gentile was hired by The Columbia Police Department in Columbia, SC. He was a patrol officer for five years there, attaining the rank of Master Patrol Officer and Field Training Officer. In 2014 he became a Deputy with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Office in Lexington, SC. He was a Lexington County Deputy for one year where he made the rank of Corporal. Presently, MAJ Gentile is a Special Agent III in the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division on the Fugitive Apprehension Team. He earned his master’s degree in Public Administration from South University in 2019.
Anthony Gentile and his wife Stephanie Gentile were married in 2011 and currently reside in Lexington, SC with their daughter Lily Marie Gentile and son Anthony J. Gentile Jr.