Lieutenant Colonel Robert O. Kirkland (U.S. Army, Retired).

Lieutenant Colonel Kirkland was one of the few officers ever to lead two separate Army ROTC programs–Claremont McKenna College from 2006 to 2009 and the University of Southern California from 2010 to 2013. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, West Point, was an instructor in its Department of History, and he also earned a MA and PhD from the University of Pittsburgh. He appeared as an expert on the History Channel’s show Americas Book of Secrets: West Point in 2012. He served over 25 years on active duty as a Field Artillery Officer.  He is a charter member of Civil Air Patrol’s Spaatz Association and Spaatz #694.

A Photo of Robert Kirkland in Army Dress Blues, founder of Gain Service Academy Admission
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Trisha Penrod (U.S. Air Force Veteran)

Trisha Penrod served 7 years on active duty as an Intelligence Officer.  She is a graduate of the class of 2011 of the United States Air Force Academy and received an MBA from Webster University.

After receiving an honorable discharge in 2018 as a Captain, Trisha worked as a growth marketer and utilizes her analytic skills to help others accomplish their goals.

Trisha works directly with clients on all Service Academy applications.

Colonel Lee Reynolds (U.S. Army, Retired).

Colonel Reynolds served as the Detachment Commander for the University of Southern California Army ROTC program from 2011-2013. He was a Army Public Affairs Officer for over 20 years and commanded the American Forces Network-Iraq (AFN-I) in Baghdad, Iraq from May 2009 to March 2010 and was the director of Media Operations and assistant spokesman for the Military Commissions at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He commissioned from ROTC at Hofstra University and has a Masters of Leadership from the University of Southern California. ​

Col Reynolds uses his expertise to help clients prepare for their Service Academy interviews with liaison officers and Members of Congress.