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 Lanny McLaughlin

Senior Military Instructor
  MSG Lanny J McLaughlin JR is originally from Nogales, Arizona. He joined the Active Army on April 9, 1997, and completed 19D (Cavalry Scout) OSUT training at Ft. Knox. During his 18years of service, Master Sergeant McLaughlin has served in numerous positions. A driver while assigned to Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Squad leader assigned to 2-34 AR (Scout PLT) Fort Riley, Kansas; Section Sergeant with 2-72 AR (Scout PLT) Camp Casey, Korea; Bradley Section Leader with CTRP 1/3 ACR Ft. Carson CO., Drill Sergeant and Senior Drill Sergeant CTRP 5/15 CAV Ft. Knox ,KY; Sniper Platoon Sergeant with 1-68 CAB 3BCT 4ID Ft. Carson, Colorado; Scout Platoon Sergeant with3BCT 4ID Ft. Carson, Colorado; OCT Team NCOIC 1-310th Fort McCoy, Wisconsin: and Senior Training Mentor with 3-340th 181st Infantry Brigade, and First Sergeant with A Troop 2-38 CAV Ft. Hood, Texas.
  MSG McLaughlin is a graduate of the Warrior Leader Course, Advanced Leader Course, Senior Leader Course, US Army Drill Sergeant School, Air Assault School, Combatives Levels 1-3, and the US Army Sniper School.
  MSG McLaughlin’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star with 2 OLC, Meritorious Service medal 1 OLC, the Army Commendation Medal with 1 silver and 1 bronze OLC, the Army Achievement Medal with 1 bronze OLC, the Armed Forces Expeditionary medal, the National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, the Iraq Campaign medal with 3rd Bronze Star, Army good Conduct Medal 5th award, Overseas Service Ribbon 5th award, the Korean Defense Service medal, NCO professional development ribbon with numeral 3, the Army service ribbon, and the NATO medal. He also holds the Combat Action Badge, Drill Sergeant Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.
  MSG McLaughlin has deployed 4 times 3 to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn, and Operation Joint Guardian as member of KFOR 18 in Kosavo.
  MSG McLaughlin has been married to Michelle McLaughlin since March 17, 2004 and has two daughters Alexya and Katalyna.

CPT Brett Erickson

Administrative Officer
   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.

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.

MAJ David Cooper

Assistant Prof. of Military Science

   Major David Cooper has over 18 years of experience with the Army Reserve and National Guard, serving three years as an enlisted Soldier.  Major Cooper received his commission through the Iowa State University Army ROTC Program in December 2001.  He graduated Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in 2002.   In 2008, he received his Masters in Homeland Security with an emphasis in Weapons of Mass Destruction from American Military University.

   As an enlisted Soldier, Major Cooper served as a Chaplains’ Assistant in the 3rd Corps Support Command in the Army Reserve.  He participated in the Simultaneous Membership Program as the Brigade Chemical Officer for the 2nd Brigade 34th Infantry Division in the Iowa National Guard and an Iowa State University ROTC Cadet.  Upon graduation from Iowa State, Major Cooper attended the Chemical Officer Basic Course at Fort Leonard Wood, MO.  Upon returning from his basic course, Major Cooper deployed to Kosovo as a Battle Captain with the 1-113 Cavalry from the Iowa National Guard.

   After he returned from Kosovo, Major Cooper accepted an assignment as the Survey Team Leader on the 72nd Civil Support Team (Weapons of Mass Destruction).  During this time he was an emergency responder to Hurricane Katrina in 2005.  Major Cooper then moved to the position of Operations Officer on the Civil Support Team where he responded to Hurricane Ike in 2008.  During his time on the Civil Support Team, Major Cooper completed the Chemical Officer Captains Career Course. Following his assignment in the Civil Support Team, Major Cooper was assigned as the Nebraska Army National Guard Antiterrorism Officer in 2009 where he created the Nebraska Army National Guard Antiterrorism, Emergency Management, and Operations Security programs and served as a liaison officer between the Nebraska National Guard and the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency.  In 2011 MAJ Cooper was assigned as the CBRN Enhanced Response Force Package Officer in Charge.  In 2012 he deployed to Afghanistan as the Executive Officer of the Paktya Provincial Reconstruction Team and a member of the Nebraska National Guard Agribusiness Development Team.

   Upon his return from Afghanistan in 2013, Major Cooper was assigned as the Commander of the Nebraska Army National Guard Recruit Sustainment Program.  In 2014, Major Cooper was assigned as the Nebraska Army National Guard Education Services Officer.  Major Cooper graduated the Intermediate Level Education Advanced Operation Course in January of 2015.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal (2), the Army Commendation Medal (2), the Army Achievement Medal (3), the Department of State Meritorious Honor Award, the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (2),  the National Defense Service Medal, the Kosovo Campaign Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal (2), the Armed forces Reserve Medal with bronze hour glass and Mobilization Device, and the NATO Medal (2).  His state awards include the Nebraska National Guard Individual Achievement Medal, Emergency Service Medal (2), and the Service Medal (2).  He also received the Texas National Guard Medal of Merit.

   Major Cooper’s skill qualifications include the Air Assault Badge and the National Guard Recruiting Badge.  He also holds additional skill identifiers for CBRNE Responder and Technical Escort.

SFC Stephen Daggett

Military Science Instructor
Bio information coming soon.

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

Supply Technician
   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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