LTC Mark Peer

LTC Mark Peer
Professor of Military Science

Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Peer grew up in Gardner, KS and began his military career in 1999 when he enlisted in the Kansas Army National Guard as an infantryman. He graduated from Kansas State University in 2003 as a Distinguished Military Graduate and commissioned as an Engineer Officer.

His first duty station was Fort Riley, KS where he served as a platoon leader and company executive officer in the 1st Engineer Battalion, deploying to northern Iraq for 15 months conducting route clearance operations. He commanded the HHD of the Mission Command Training Program at Fort Leavenworth, KS as well as the 93rd Engineer Company (Vertical Construction) at Fort Polk, LA. After leaving company command, he served as the Command Engineer at Fort Polk. He was again assigned to Fort Riley where he served as the Construction Chief within the Division Engineer Cell, the Brigade Planner for 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, and the Battalion Executive Officer of the 1st Engineer Battalion. Prior to assuming duties as the Professor of Military Science at UNL, LTC Peer served as a Cyber Planner within the Joint Cyber Center of United States Strategic Command at Offutt AFB, NE.

LTC Peer’s civilian education includes a BS in Secondary Education from Kansas State University and a MS in Geological Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology. His military education includes the Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Command and General Staff College, the Joint Engineer Operations Course, the Counter Explosives Hazards Planners Course, the Joint Command Control and Communications – Cyber Course, and the Army Space Cadre Basic Course.

His awards and decorations include the Joint Meritorious Unit Commendation, Valorous Unit Award, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Combat Action Badge, Airborne Badge, and Air Assault Badge.

LTC Peer is married to LTC(Retired) Jamie Peer, formerly Jamie Clayton of Owosso, MI. They have three daughters Lori, Katie, and Hailey.

Senior Military Science Instructor


MAJ Benjamin Harper
Executive Officer

CPT Derek Caterinicchio
Assistant Professor of Military Science

SFC Rande Henderson
Military Science Instructor

SFC Charles Wenger
Military Science Instructor

Mrs. Erin Noga
Military Science Instructor

Supply Technician

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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.

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Justin Schmidt
Recruiting Operations Officer

I am the Recruiting Operations Officer for the University of Nebraska at-Lincoln, Kearney, Doane, Concordia, and Wesleyan Universities. I specialize in leveraging scholarship opportunities to get you the best return on investment for your educational goals. My primary goal is to ensure you have a seamless transition into the ROTC program and integrate with your peers.

College can be difficult and stressful at times; through our collaboration, we can develop a plan for success. Through the development process, you will begin to take control of your future and see the program's return on investment. You will become an officer working for the greatest Military in the world and leave this great institution with financial stability and a professional career.

Please feel free to contact me and set up a time to go over all our programs and options or just set up a walk-through of our department. My contact information is below. I have included a quick snapshot of our scholarship programs covering 2, 3, and 4-year options.

If interested in a scheduled meeting, please set up an appointment using this form.

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