LTC Lee Bokma
Professor of Military Science
Lieutenant Colonel Lee Bokma is the 62nd Professor of Military Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He, his wife Tanya, and his two daughters Anna and Ella are originally from Montana. Lieutenant Colonel Bokma is a Distinguished Military Graduate of the Army ROTC program at Tulane University, New Orleans, LA where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He also holds a Masters of Military Arts and Science from the Army’s Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS.
Lieutenant Colonel Bokma is branched Army Aviation and is qualified in the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter. In 1998 he was assigned to the 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, NY and served as the Command Aviation Platoon Leader, a Battalion Assistant S1, a Brigade Aviation Liaison Officer, and a Brigade Assistant S4. In 2002 he was reassigned to the 1st Aviation Brigade, Fort Rucker, AL and served as an Aviation Officer Basic Course Instructor and a Headquarters and Headquarters Company Commander. Following company command in 2005, LTC Bokma became an Assistant Professor of Military Science at Montana State University Army ROTC, Bozeman, MT. In 2007 he was reassigned to Multi-National Force-Iraq, Bagdad, Iraq where he served as the Chief of Command Aviation for the theater-level headquarters. In 2009 LTC Bokma joined the 2nd Infantry Division in the Republic of Korea where he served as the Division Aviation Planner, the Brigade Aviation Officer, and a Battalion Executive Officer.
Lieutenant Colonel Bokma is a graduate of the Aviation Officer Basic Course (AVOBC), the UH-60 Advanced Aircraft Qualification Course (AQC), the Aviation Captain’s Career Course (AVC3), Combined Arms Service Staff School (CAS3), the Command and General Staff College (CGSC), Airborne School, Air Assault School, Joint Fire Power Course, the Asymmetric Warfare Group’s Adaptive Leader’s Course, and the Survival Evasion Resistance Escape (SERE) level C Course. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), the Army Commendation Medal (2 awards), the Army Achievement Medal (5 awards), the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal (2 awards), the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, and the Overseas Service Ribbon (2 awards). LTC Bokma also maintains the permanent Joint Meritorious Unit Award for action in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and has been awarded the Bronze Medal Order of Saint Michael for his service to Army Aviation.
MSG Kurt Deyoe
Senior Military Instructor
Master Sergeant Kurt Deyoe enlisted in the United States Army in August 1997 and attended One Station Unit Training as a 19K (Armor Crewman) at Fort Knox, Kentucky. MSG Deyoe’s assignments include: A Company, 3-8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; C Company, 2-37 Armor, 1st Armored Division, Friedberg, Germany; 1-409th Cavalry, 4th Cavalry Brigade, Fort Knox, Kentucky; HHC, 1ABCT; B Company, 1-66 Armor; HHC, 1BSTB, 1ABCT and HHC, 299 BEB, 1SBCT, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado. His combat tours include OIF I, OIF IV, OEF 10-11 and OEF (Spartan Shield).
MSG Deyoe has served in numerous leadership and staff positions including Tank Gunner, Tank Commander, Company Master Gunner, Platoon Sergeant, Observer Controller, Brigade Master Gunner, Brigade Operations Sergeant Major, Rifle Company First Sergeant and Headquarters and Headquarters Company First Sergeant. He is currently assigned as the Senior Military Science Instructor at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.
MSG Deyoe’s military education includes the Observer Controller Academy, Air Assault, M1A1 Abrams Master Gunner, UCOF Senior Instructor Operator, Combative (Level 1), the Primary, Basic, and Advanced Noncommissioned Officer (Commandant’s List) courses. He is ten credit hours from completing an Associate degree in Applied Technology in Science from Central Texas College.
MSG Deyoe’s awards and decorations include: the Bronze Star Medal (2 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC), Army Commendation Medal with V device, Army Commendation Medal (3 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (2 OLC), Good Conduct Medal (fifth Award), National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Force Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal (3 CS), Afghanistan Campaign Service Medal (1CS), Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, NCO Professional Development (Numeral 3), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 6), NATO Medal with one bronze service star, Presidential Unit Citation, Naval Unit Commendation, Army Superior Unit Award, Combat Action Badge, Air Assault Badge and the Driver/Mechanic Badge (tracked). Additionally, he is a recipient of the Armor Association’s Honorable Order of Saint George.
MAJ Spencer Giles
Major Spencer Giles has 19 years of service with the Nebraska Army National Guard, serving the first four years as an Enlisted Soldier. Major Giles received his commission through state Officer Candidate School, graduating in class 40, and has performed commissioned service in both Chemical and Infantry Branches. He graduated from Chadron State College with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Human Biology in 1998 and the University of Nebraska Medical Center with a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology in 1999. Post-graduation, Major Giles remained at the Nebraska Medical Center for five years in the Department of Pathology as a Staff Medical Technologist in Hematology and Chemistry.
Prior to branch qualification, Major Giles served with 1-134th Infantry Battalion. Following completion of the Chemical Officer Basic Course he was a Platoon Leader in the 754th Reconnaissance and Decontamination Company. As the Executive Officer of the 134th Long Range Surveillance Detachment (Airborne) Major Giles completed the Infantry Captain’s Career Course, deployed to Bosnia and Herzegovina and performed duty as the Chemical Officer for the 1/167th Cavalry Squadron. He briefly commanded the 173rd Chemical Reconnaissance Company before transitioning from a Traditional Guardsman to Active Guard Reserve status as the Operations Officer of the 72nd Civil Support Team (Weapons of Mass Destruction).
In February 2007, Major Giles mobilized and deployed to Afghanistan with the 218th Infantry Brigade serving as a Police Mentor Team Leader. Upon return to Nebraska, he was assigned to the state Joint Force Headquarters as the J3 Plans Officer. He commanded C Troop (Airborne) /1-134 Cavalry from January 2009 through 2011 including deployment to Afghanistan and dual service for 7 months as the Officer-in-Charge for the Nebraska CBRN Enhanced Response Force Package. Major Giles remained with the 1-134 Cavalry from 2011 to 2012 as the Squadron Operations Officer. He attended the Army Command and General Staff Officer Course at Fort Leavenworth, KS from 2012-2013 and earned a Masters of Military Arts and Sciences in Homeland Security Studies from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star (2), the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (3), the Army Achievement Medal (2), the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (3), the National Defense Service Medal (2), the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with bronze hour glass and two Mobilization Devices, the NATO Medal (2), the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with three Campaign Stars. Major Giles also received the Army Superior Unit Award for service in Operation Joint Forge and the Joint Meritorious Unit Citation for actions with Combined Joint Task Force – Phoenix. His state awards include the Nebraska National Guard Commendation Medal, Individual Achievement Medal (5), Service Medal (3), Homeland Defense Service Ribbon, Homeland Defense Service Medal, and the Louisiana Emergency Service Medal.
His skill qualifications include the Ranger Tab, Combat Infantry Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and Pathfinder Badge. He also holds Additional Skill Identifiers for CBRNE Responder and Technical Escort.
CPT Brett Erickson
Assistant Prof. of Military Science
CPT Brett Erickson is a native of Norco, LA. He graduated from Jesuit High School in 1999 and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Louisiana State University in 2005. CPT Erickson was commissioned as an Infantry Officer through Officer Candidate School in 2006.
Upon completion of the Infantry Officer Basic Course in 2007, CPT Erickson was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment at Fort Campbell, Kentucky and served as a heavy weapons platoon leader for Delta Company as well as the Assistant Battalion S-4 (Supply Officer). While in the 506th PIR he was deployed to Operation Enduring Freedom from March of 2008 to April of 2009. After returning from the deployment he was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 506 Infantry Regiment as the Battalion S-6 (Communications Officer).
After attending the Signal Captain’s Career Course in 2010 CPT Erickson was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Georgia where he served as Battalion S-6. While assigned to 3-160th SOAR (A) he deployed four times in support of both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
CPT Erickson is a graduate of the Basic Airborne Course, Infantry Officer Basic Course, Infantry Mortar Leaders Course, Level I Combatives Course, Air Assault Course, Battalion / Brigade Signal Officers Course, Signal Officer Advance Course, and the Joint Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence Staff and Operations Course.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (1OLC), Army Commendation Medal (1OLC), Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghan Campaign Medal (w/ 2 stars), Iraqi Campaign Medal (w/ 1 star), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Meritorious Unit Citation, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Airborne Badge, Air Assault Badge, and Italian Jump Wings.
SFC Victor Alves
Military Science Instructor
Sergeant First Class Victor Alves was born in Belleville, New Jersey on April 14, 1974. SFC Alves graduated from Kearny High School in Kearny, New Jersey, in 1992.
Sergeant First Class Alves attended Basic Combat Training and One Stop Unit Training at Fort Benning, Georgia, in October 1994, receiving a MOS of 11B Infantryman. In February of 1995, SFC Alves reported to 1-8 INF, Fort Carson, Colorado. Other units SFC Alves has served with are 2-2 INF, Vilseck, Germany (1996-1998), 1-8 INF Fort Carson, CO (1998-2001), 2-2 INF Vilseck, Germany (2001-2002) Special Forces Qualification Course Fort Bragg, NC (2002-2003), 1-16 INF Fort Riley, KS ( 2003-2012).
Sergeant First Class Alves has held the positions of Rifleman, Automatic Rifleman, M60 gunner/ assistant gunner, M203 Gunner, RTO, Rifle Squad Team Leader, Rifle Squad Leader, Weapons Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, and Platoon Leader. Sergeant First Class Alves has deployed on several Operations. In 1997 he deployed to Bosnia as part of IFOR/SFOR. In 2003 SFC Alves deployed to Iraq in Operation Iraqi Freedom I, and deployed to Afghanistan, Operation Enduring Freedom.
Sergeant First Class Alves is a graduate of the Basic Instructor Course, Combat Life Savers Course, Pathfinder School, Warrior Leaders Course, Advance Leaders Course, Senior Leaders Course, HAZMAT Course, Level I and II Combatives Instructor, Airborne School, Emergency Medical Technician Course, and Unit Prevention Leaders Course.
His awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (3OLC), Army Achievement Medal (3OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal 5th Award, National Defense Service Medal 2nd Award, Army Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, NCOPDR 3rd Award, Over Seas Ribbon 4th Award, and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, NATO Medal 2nd Award.
BADGES: Expert Infantryman Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge, Airborne Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Wheeled Drivers Badge.
MAJ Jon Pearl
Assistant Prof. of Military Science
Major Jon Pearl is a Lincoln native having graduated from Lincoln Northeast High School (’89) and University of Nebraska-Lincoln (’02). His wife M. Jeannette is originally from New York City and has two sons Jarrod and Jalen. MAJ Pearl is a graduate of the UNL Army ROTC program, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from University of Nebraska - Omaha. He is currently working on his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from UNL.
Major Pearl has served over 25 years in the Army originally enlisting as an Armor Crewman (Abrams Tank) in 1989. He was assigned to C Company 1-68 Armor Battalion in Wildflecken, West Germany during the fall the Berlin Wall. In 1990, he deployed to Saudi Arabia with the 3rd Armored Division in support of Operations Desert Shield and Storm. While assigned to A Company 1-12 Cavalry Regiment Fort Hood, Texas in 1992, he redeployed to Kuwait and Iraq in support of Intrinsic Action and Operation Southern Watch. Major Pearl served in several Non-Commissioned Officer roles over 12 years reaching the rank of Staff Sergeant. In 2002, Major Pearl was branched as a Transportation Corps Officer. After commissioning, Major Pearl was assigned to the 498th Corps Support Battalion in Seoul, South Korea. He served as an Assistant S3 Operations Officer and Executive Officer in the 305th Quartermaster Company. He then served in the 45th Corps Support Group from 2004 to 2006 as the Headquarters Company Executive Officer. In 2006, he aided the realignment and transformation of the 17th Corps Support Battalion from Schofield Barracks, Hawaii to become the 17th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion in Fort Richardson, Alaska. Here he served as the Battalion S4 and Support Operations Plans Officer. During this assignment, he deployed with the 17th CSSB to Q-West, Iraq from 2007-2008. During this deployment Major Pearl served as the Logistics Transition Team Chief aiding the 2nd Iraqi Army Division to begin self-sustaining logistical operations. After this deployment and attending the Captain’s Career Course, he was reassigned to the 690th Rapid Port Opening Element (RPOE) in Fort Eustis, Virginia as the Operations Officer. He commanded the Headquarters and Headquarters Company 597th Transportation Brigade from 2010 to 2012. Following command, Major Pearl was reassigned to the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division in Fort Riley, Kansas. He served as the Brigade S4 Logistics Officer and the 299th Brigade Support Battalion Executive Officer.
Major Pearl is a graduate of the Transportation Officer Basic Course (TOBC) and the Combined Logistician Captain’s Career Course (CLC3). His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with Valor, the Army Commendation Medal (7 awards), the Army Achievement Medal (3 awards), the Army Good Conduct Medal (2 Awards), the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, , the Southwest Asia Service Medal (3 stars), the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Humanitarian Medal, the NATO Medal (Bosnia), Kuwaiti Liberation Medal – Saudi Arabia Medal and the Kuwaiti Liberation Medal – Kuwait Medal. Major Pearl also maintains the permanent Valorous Unit Award for combat action during Operation Desert Shield / Storm and the Meritorious Unit Commendation for action in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. .
Ms. Kris Hart
Human Resources Assistant
Ms. Kris Hart keeps the cadets records, manages Army forms, schedules physicals, and ensures contracted and scholarship cadets receive their monthly stipends.
Kris retired from the Nebraska Air National Guard after 20 years as an airplane mechanic. Kris has been with UNL Army ROTC for 20 years. She's an avid fan of the Lincoln Stars' hockey team and attends every Nebraska Huskers home football game.
Mr. Michael Valery
Mr. Michael Valery (Master Sergeant, United States Army Retired) is a native of Baton Rouge, LA. He enlisted in the Army in 1981. He attended Basic Combat Training at Ft. Jackson, SC and Military Occupational Specialty Training (MOS) at Ft. Lee, VA. Upon completion of training, he was awarded the MOS 76C, now 92A, Automated Logistical Specialist.
Military awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (2 Awards), Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (8 Awards), Army Lapel Button, Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal (5 Awards), National Defense Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer’s Professional Development Ribbon With Numeral 2, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (5th Award) and the Driver and Mechanic Badge with Driver-Bar.
Mr. Valery’s military schools and courses include Automated Logistical Specialist Advanced Course, Physical Security Basic Course, Unit Level Logistical System Course, Company Trainers Course, ATRRS Basic Operator Course, USAR Logistics Management Course, Unit Supply Specialist Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, and Primary Leadership Development Course.
Mr. Brandon Lake
Enrollment and Scholarship Officer
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