Lieutenant Colonel Lee Bokma
Professor of Military Science and Department Chair
Active Duty United States Army
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, Major 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 Major 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). Major 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.
Major Spencer Giles
Assistant Professor of Military Science and Executive Officer
Nebraska Army National Guard
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.
Major Giles and his wife Janna have three children, Darby, Joslyn, and Emmett.
Master Sergeant John Williams
Senior Military Science Instructor
Active Duty United States Army
MSG John F. Williams is a native of Charlotte, N.C. MSG Williams enlisted in the Army in 1992. He attended Basic Combat Training and One Station Unit Training at Ft. Knox, Kentucky. After completion of training he was awarded the George S. Patton outstanding graduate as a Cavalry Trooper with Military Occupational Specialty 19D, US Cavalry Scout.
MSG Williams' assignments and positions throughout his military career: Scout dismount; Scout Gunner, HHC 4-23 INF Ft Lewis WA; Scout Squad leader and Gunner, HHC 2AD (FWD) Garstadt, Germany; Scout Squad Leader and Section Leader, HHC 3-68AR Ft Carson CO; Scout Section Leader and Senior Scout, Ft Hood, TX; Scout Section Leader and Scout Platoon Sergeant, Eagle Troop 3-17 Cav and E Troop 1st Cav, Ft Wainwright AK; Senior Drill Sergeant and First Sergeant, D Troop 5-15 Cav, Ft Knox Ky; Heavy Scout Platoon Sergeant, Bandit Troop 1-1 Cav and First Sergeant, Bandit Troop 1-1 Cav, Budingen Germany; TCMFCS C4ISR NCOIC, Huntington Beach, CA; First Sergeant HHT 1-91 Cav (ABN) and Anvil Troop 191 Cav (ABN), Schweinfurt, Germany.
Military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service (3OLC), Army Commendation Medal (7OLC), Army Achievement Medal (5OLC), Good Conduct Medal (6th Award), National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asian Medal (3bronze stars), Afghan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (w/3 numeral), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (w/5 numeral), NATO medal, Multinational Force and Observer Medal; Kuwaiti Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), Kuwaiti Liberation Medal (Kuwait), Driver Badge (Wheeled), Air Assault Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Airborne Jumpmaster Badge, Drill Sergeant Badge, Combat Action Badge, German Army Parachute Badge (Silver), German Bronze Sports Badge.
MSG Williams’ military schools and courses include the M901 ITV Gunners Course; Basic Airborne School; Combat Lifesaver Course; Air Assault Course; Special Forces Infantry Leader Course; Total Army Retention Course; FBCB2 6.4 Course; Unit Movement Officer Course; Instructor Training Course; Primary Leadership Development Course; Equal Opportunity Representative Course; Basic Noncommissioned Officers Course; Advance Noncommissioned Course; Airborne Jumpmaster Course; Drill Sergeant School; Germany Head start Course.
MSG Williams is a lifetime member of the 82nd All American Airborne Division Association. He is also a member of the 173rd ABCT Association; U.S. Cavalry and Armor Association and he has been awarded the Bronze Medallion of the Order of St. George and Gold Cavalry Combat Spurs. He has an degree in History from Appalachian State University, Boone N.C.
Captain Brett Erickson
Assistant Professor of Military Science
Active Duty United States Army
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.
CPT Erickson and his wife Lindsey have one son, Carter.
Sergeant First Class Victor Alves
Military Science Instructor
Active Duty United States Army
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.
Ms. Cindy Stockamp
Assistant Professor of Military Science
Cindy Stockamp was born in Fremont, Nebraska on August 9, 1979. She graduated high school from Scribner-Snyder Community Schools in 1997 and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Oklahoma at Norman. Ms. Stockamp was commissioned as an Engineer Officer through the University of Oklahoma’s Army ROTC program and was assigned as a junior platoon evaluator for the Leadership Development Advanced Course at Fort Lewis, WA prior to attending her officer basic course at Ft Leonard Wood, Missouri.
Upon completion of the Engineer Officer Basic Course in 2002, Ms. Stockamp was assigned to the 84th Engineers Combat Battalion (Heavy) at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii and served as a platoon leader for 2nd Platoon Alpha Company, 1st Platoon Bravo Company, and Quarry Platoon 227th Engineer Company as well as the Assistant Battalion S-4 (Supply Officer) and the Assistant Battalion Operations Officer. While with the 84th ECB (H), She was deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraq Freedom from January 2004 to January 2005. After returning from deployment she separated from active duty and joined the United States Army Reserve.
In January 2006, Ms. Stockamp was assigned as the Battalion S-4 for the 530th Military Police Battalion in Omaha, Nebraska. In October 2006, she received orders to attend the Civil Affairs Qualification Course at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and subsequently deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from March 2007 to March 2008 as a Civil Affairs Civic Action Team Leader and as Assistant Brigade Civil Military Operations Officer (S-9).
Upon completion of her deployment she returned to the 530th Military Police Battalion and served as the Executive Officer for its 439th Military Police Detachment until February 2009 when she took command of the 486th Civil Affairs Battalion Head Quarters Company in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The company deployed to Iraq in support of OIF from October 2009 to October 2010.
Ms. Stockamp’s military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal (2OLC), Army Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghan Campaign Medal (w/1 star), Iraq Campaign Medal (w/ 3 stars), Global War on Terror Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (w/ M), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (w/2 numeral), NATO medal, Combat Action Badge.
Ms. Stockamp currently serves as a Captain in the US Army Reserve.
Ms. Kristine Hart
Human Resources Assistant
Retired Nebraska Air National Guard
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
Retired U.S. Army
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. Valery and his wife Yvette have four children, two sons and two daughters. The Valery’s live in Bellevue, Nebraska.