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LTC Joseph A. Harvey
Professor of Military Science
LTC Harvey was commissioned in December of 1988 as an Engineer officer from University of North Carolina at Wilmington. His first assignment was as a Combat Engineer Platoon Leader at Camp Eschborn, Germany in the 317th Engineer Battalion where he deployed to Desert Shield/Desert Storm. He then was assigned as the Executive Officer of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 317th Engineer Battalion, moving the unit from Germany to Fort Benning, Georgia. In January 1992, he served in the 43rd Engineer Battalion as the S-2. In May 1993, LTC Harvey left active duty and joined the Reserves. In January 1995, he was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 340th Infantry Regiment in Louisville, Kentucky as a Platoon Leader/Observer Controller. In May 2000, LTC Harvey was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 397th Cavalry in Lexington, Kentucky where he served as Alpha Troop Commander and the S-3. In May 2002, LTC Harvey rejoined the active ranks and was assigned to 3rd Army HQ in Fort McPherson as a Facilities and Construction Officer, deploying to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 2 (OEF 2). In June 2004, he was assigned to Army Support Group – Qatar in Doha, Qatar as the Deputy Commanding Officer and the Director of Public Works. LTC Harvey was assigned to the 555 Engineer Brigade, Fort Lewis, Washington in June 2007 as the Deputy Brigade Commander and deployed to Joint Base Balad, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 8-10 (OIF 8-10) as the Brigade Facilities and Basing Officer. In April 2009, LTC Harvey was selected to command the Forged Gold Battalion as the Department Chair and the Professor of Military Science (PMS) at the University of California, Davis.
Schooling: LTC Harvey holds a BS in Marketing and a Minor in Military Science from University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He also holds a Masters of Business Administration from Regis University. In the military, he is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.
Awards and Decorations: LTC Harvey has earned the following military awards: Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the National Defense Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, The Global War on Terror Service Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait), the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Good Conduct Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, and the Parachutist Badge.
MSG Scott Monnett
Senior Military Science Instructor
MSG Leon Monnet entered the Army in 1985 and after completing Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Leonard Wood, MO, in 1985, he was assigned to the 317th Engineer Battalion at Camp Eschborn, Germany. His next assignment was Airborne School at Fort Benning, GA, which led to his assignment with the 27th Engineer Battalion (Airborne/Sapper). As a young Non-Commissioned Officer, he was stationed with the 20th Engineer Battalion, Fort Campbell, KY, when he deployed to support Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. His next assignment was with the 3-325 Airborne Battalion Combat Team (A-BCT) in Vicenza, Italy. Form there he went onto pass the Special Forces Qualification Course and Training resulting in his certification as a Special Forces Engineer Sergeant.
After language school, MSG Monnet was assigned to Delta Company, 7th Special Forces Group (A), Fort Bragg, NC. His next assignment was with D Company, 1st Special Warfare Training Group as a Sniper Instructor/NCOIC of the Special Operations Target Interdiction Course (Special Operations Sniper Course). His last assignment before UC Davis was also with 7th Special Forces Group. MSG Monnet has numerous deployments in Central and South America and Operation Enduring Freedom (8 and 10). MSG Monnet’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with an Oak Leaf Cluster, a Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with an Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with 8 Oak Leaf Clusters, the National Defense Medal with bronze star, the Southwest Asia Service Medal with 3 Campaign Stars, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 2 stars, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with #3 numeral, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Ribbon with #4 numeral, the NATO Medal (ISAF) and the Kuwait Liberation Medal with Palm.
MSG Monnet has also been awarded the Joint Meritorious Unit Award and the Army Meritorious Unit Commendation, the Special Forces Tab, the Sapper Leader course Tab, Jump Master Airborne Wings, the Air Assault Badge and the Expert Infantry Badge. He also graduated from the Special Operations Target Interdiction Coruse, Special Forces Advanced Urban Combat Course, Special Operations Engineer Sergeant Course, Military Language Spanish Course and the Tactical Tracking Course (levels 1 and 2). MSG Monnet’s foreign awards include the British Royal Marine Commando PW3 Sniper Course, the German Shutzenschnur, the Botswana Defense Parachutist Badge, Mexican Jump Wings, German parachutist Badge, El Salvadorian Jump Wings, and Venezuelan Jump Wings.
MAJ Jason Hioco
Major Jason Hioco is an Associate Professor of Military Science and the Battalion Executive Officer. He has been a member of the cadre since 2006. Major Hioco also currently serves in the California Army National Guard and has deployed to Iraq (2005) and Kosovo (2009).
Major Hioco earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California, Davis in 1995. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant through the Army ROTC program at UC Davis, and is extremely proud to once again be a part of the same program that did so well to prepare him to serve his country as an Army Officer.
As an Armor Officer, Major Hioco has attended the Armor Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, and the Combined Armed Services Staff School. He has served as an Armor Platoon Leader, Executive Officer of an Armor Company and commanded a Motorized Infantry Rifle Company in Iraq. Major Hioco has also served in various staff positions, most recently as the Chief of Operations for a Multi-National Brigade Task Force in Kosovo.
MAJ Kurt Walling
OIC Simpson University, Assistant Professor of Military Science
Kurt Walling joined the Army in 1987 right after graduating from Eureka High School in Humboldt County. He served as a paratrooper in Italy, Iraq and Alaska, and as a Combat Engineer in Missouri and New York. His last duty assignment before retiring in October of 2008 was at the United States Military Academy at West Point where he worked for four years teaching, coaching and mentoring cadets. Following retirement, he was excited to find a position with the Army ROTC that essentially allowed him to do the same thing at a civilian university. He holds an AA in Education from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, a BS in Business Administration, a MS in Public Policy Administration from the University of Missouri, St. Louis and a MS in Leadership Development and Counseling from Long Island University.
MAJ Jared Buchanan
OIC California State University, Sacramento, Assistant Professor of Military Science
MAJ Jared Buchanan was commissioned as a 2LT in the Transportation Corps in February 2000 from Morgan State University. His first assignment was to Fort Bragg, NC where he served as Platoon Leader, Budget Officer, Support Operations Officer, S-3 Plans Officer, Aide-de-Camp, and Company Commander. He holds a B.S. in Biology and a Master of Arts in Education. His military schools include Transportation Officer Basic Course, Airborne School, Jumpmaster School, and the Combined Logistics Captains Career Course. He is married with two children.
CPT Kiley Laughlin
Recruiting Operations Officer
Kiley Laughlin joined the Army in 1992 while attending Lindhurst High School in Olivehurst, California. He started his career as an enlisted Soldier and was stationed at Fort Bragg, NC, between 1994 and 1997. In 1997, Kiley separated from active duty and entered the reserves while pursuing a college degree at the California State University in Chico. In 2001, he graduated from college with a degree in History and soon afterward earned a teaching credential in Social Science from the same institution. In 2002, CPT Laughlin completed Officer Candidate School at the California Military Academy at Camp San Luis Obispo. He later deployed to Bosnia, Iraq and Kosovo prior to assuming command of C Company, 223rd Military Intelligence Battalion where he currently works part-time for the National Guard. CPT Laughlin enjoys reading and mentoring cadets and Soldiers.
CPT James Burkett
Assistant Professor of Military Science, SU
James Burkett joined the Army, enlisting in the National Guard in 1997 while a junior in Concordia High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He served as an infantryman before being commissioned as an officer in 2002, after which he served as a light infantry platoon leader in Iraq. Following Ranger School and other Army schools, he was the Officer-In-Charge (OIC) of the Warrior Training Center at Fort Benning, GA. While the OIC of the Warrior Training Center, CPT Burkett oversaw and instructed in the Pre-Ranger course as well as oversaw the Air Assault course. Later, he served as an operations officer and a Special Forces company Executive Officer deployed in Iraq. CPT Burkett holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. He is currently the Recruiting Operations Officer as well as an Assistant Professor of Military Science at Simpson University in Redding, CA.
MSG Mike Heple
Senior Military Science Instructor, CSUS
Master Sergeant Michael Heple has 31 years of military service with positions in Personnel Management, Intelligence, Training and Operations in technically and tactically challenging environments; has been an Army Instructor (ITC) since 1987; twice the commandant of an MOS producing course; received the Army Commendation and Meritorious Service Medal for tours as the Operations & Training Sergeant Major for Task Force Victory (FORSCOM & TRADOC approve pre-mob station); supervised the construction of the Campus, hired and trained as many as 120 instructors who, in turn, trained thousands of soldiers (Active Duty, National Guard & Reserve) for duty in Iraq, Afghanistan & Kosovo; was also awarded the Bronze Star in 2007 for performance as the US Army Corps of Engineers, Gulf Region Division (Iraq) Intelligence NCO and RSOI Sergeant Major. Master Sergeant Heple has a BA in Criminal Justice from California State University, Sacramento and is currently the Enrollment advisor and Senior Military Science Instructor for ROTC at Sacramento State University. He retired from Active Duty in 2008.
SFC Frederic Lau
Military Science Instructor, Operations NCO
SFC Frederic Lau graduated from Cornwall HS (NY) in 1985 and enlisted in the Army as an Armor Crewman. He attended his basic training in Fort Knox, KY where he was first introduced to some of the friendliest people he ever met, commonly referred to as “Drill Sergeants”. Over the last 23 years, he has served in many great army divisions such as the 8th Infantry, the 1st Armored , the 1st Cavalry, and most recently, the 1st Infantry Division, which was forward based in Europe. While serving in the 1st Infantry Division, he deployed twice to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. His assignments include Armor Crewman, Tank Commander on the M1A1 Main Battle Tank, Squadron Master Gunner for the 1st Squadron, 4th U.S. Cavalry, Military Liaison to the Iraqi Army, and most recently, a Tank Platoon Sergeant with the 1st Battalion , 77th Armor Regiment, which played a large role in restoring peace and stability to the war-torn city of Ramadi. During his time in the Army, he has attended basic and advanced leadership courses, the M1A1 Master Gunner Course, the Army Battle Staff Course, the Army Recruiter Course and the Combat Lifesaver Course. During his off duty time, he has managed to complete his Associate in Arts Degree from the University of Maryland. In July of 2008, he was assigned to UC Davis as a Military Science Instructor and Operations Sergeant. He looks forward to sharing his knowledge and experience with the students of UC Davis in order to contribute to the development of future leaders for our great Nation. His hobbies include traveling to different parts of the world, seeing historical and cultural sites, and meeting people. He also enjoys watching and participating in indoor and outdoor sports and activities, and is an avid NY Giants fan. He met his wife in 1989, and they were married in Haderslev, Denmark.
SFC Gerardo Ramon
Military Science Instructor, Operations NCO
SFC Gerardo C. Ramon. Graduated from Del Rio High School in 1992. In November of 1992 enlisted in the Army and attended OUST training at Ft. Sill Oklahoma receiving an MOS of 13B. Duty stations include Ft WainWright Alaska, Ledward Barracks Schweinfurt Germany, Ft. Riley Kansas, Camp Casey Korea, and currently assigned to CSUS ROTC. Positions held are Assistant Gunner, Gunner, Howitzer Section Chief, Gunnery Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant, MTT Instructor, and currently serving as Senior Military Science Instructor .Deployments include 1Bosnia, 1 Kosovo, 2 OIF. His education includes completing first three levels of NCOES, and AA in CJ, currently working on B. S. in Management. Currently married to wife Gianna, and have a son Briegh and daughter Arianna.
Mr. Steve Barzo
Military Program Specialist
Steve Barzo entered the Army in June 1963. His assignments where 8th Log Comd, Italy, HQ MACV and 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, ROTC assignments at UC Davis and Washington State University. His last assignment was Recruiting First Sergeant for the Sacramento Recruiting Company, retired in April l984. After retiring from the Army he went to work for ROTC at UC Davis in September 1984 and has been working here since that time as the Management Services Officer. He is currently a Planning Commissioner for the City of Woodland and has held the position for the past 10 years, 3 as the Chairman.
Mr. Jeff Cowan
I was born in Sacramento and attended Rio Linda High School. I took a job as an aircraft mechanic at McClellan AFB.When I turned 18. I worked on A7, A10, F15, KC 135 and F111 Aircrafts.. My work included working on the fuel tanks and other aircraft systems to include bead blasting and chemically stripping the interiors so that necessary repairs could be conducted. I worked at McClellan AFB in this capacity from 1988 until 1996 when base closures came into effect and jobs began being relocated. In 1996, I moved into supply as a GS7, but still worked at McClellan, working in transportation and basic supply. I held this job until 1999 when increased base closures forced me to once again obtain a new job. During this time I was accepted to the California Correctional Officers Academy with an assignment to Folsom Prison in Folsom, and began my education to work in that field but the same year I was also placed in the Priority Placement Program and offered a job with the Defense Commissary Agency at McClellan. I worked in this capacity from 1999 until 2005, at which time, due to more base closures and force reductions, I came to work at the University of California Davis, Department of Military Science for Army ROTC. I have worked as a Federal government employee for 19 years and plan to retire from my position at retirement age.
Mr. Les Ramos
Human Resources Assistant
Les Ramos was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. After graduating from High School he entered the Navy and served at various duty stations throughout his 20 years of service. After retiring he served in various administrative positions before arriving at UC Davis ROTC in 2008. He is an avid golfer and enjoys the game tremendously.
Mr. Patrick Kubitz
Human Resources Assistant
Mr. Kubitz was born at Ft. Lee, Virginia and traveled extensively as an "Air Force brat". He attended first grade in England and second grade in France. He was active duty Army for five years and in the Army Reserves for 19 years. His duty stations were Ft. Hood, Texas, Ft. Devens, Massachusetts, and Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center, Denver, Colorado. Mr. Kubitz graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso with a bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering. He has worked as a biomedical equipment technician, health services maintenance technician, hardware design engineer, and information technology specialist. He is married with two children and enjoys tennis, adult baseball, movies, and traveling.
Mrs. Maureen Kubasak
Department Administrative Assistant, CSUS
Mrs. Kubasak was born and raised in Southern California. She graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a degree in Social Science and later received a California elementary teaching credential. She taught in elementary schools in both Northern and Southern California until the first of her three children was born. She, her husband and their children moved to Sacramento from Southern California in 1981 and have been here ever since. One of her favorite hobbies is quilting.
She has worked at CSUS since 2005 and ROTC since 2007. She feels honored to follow in her father’s footsteps (WWII veteran) and serve the military in some capacity.
Mr. Danny Dawson
Supply Tech, CSUS
Mr. Dawson is a retired Army Master Sergeant. He enjoys supporting ROTC and helping cadets.