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LTC PATRICK A. ROSE
Professor of Military Science
LTC Rose began his Army career in the Army Reserve in 1988 as a Heavy Equipment Operator. He earned his commission through the ROTC program at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho in 1994, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History. Following graduation he was commissioned as a 2LT in the Active Army Transportation Corps, branch detailed to the Chemical Corps.
LTC Rose has served in a wide variety of assignments as an officer. He started as a Battalion Chemical Officer and Platoon Leader in the 3rd Infantry Division, Ft Benning GA., to fulfill his branch detail duties. He then went on to serve as the 361st TT Detachment Commander and the 104th TC (Med) Company Executive Officer. He was next stationed in Kaiserslautern, Germany as a MCT Commander of the Theater Distribution Center, Commander of the Air Terminal Movement Control Team, 37th Transportation Brigade Highway Operations Officer and the 66th TC (Med) Company Commander. Upon completion of Company Command he served three years with ROTC as an Assistant Professor of Military Science at Old Dominion University.
LTC Rose also served an unaccompanied tour in the Republic of South Korea and was the Chief of Sea Branch, 8th U.S. Army. Following his assignment in Korea, LTC Rose returned to the United States and attended the Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas for resident ILE and was subsequently assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colorado as a Battalion Operations Officer and Battalion Executive Officer. He then served as the Brigade Operations Officer for the 43rd Sustainment Brigade, Fort Carson, Colorado. Following this assignment he did a joint tour with U.S. Northern Command at Peterson AFB, Colorado. LTC Patrick A. Rose assumed command of the Forged Gold Battalion on 1 July, 2012.
LTC Rose is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the Combined Arms and Staff Service School, and the Combined Logistics Officer Advanced Course, the Transportation officer Certification Course and the Chemical Officer Basic Course. He holds a Master’s degree in Leadership and Management from Webster University and is currently working towards a Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership.
LTC Rose’s awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with 2 Oak Leave Clusters, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters and numerous other recognitions. He also has earned the Combat Action Badge, Ranger Tab, Pathfinder Badge, Air Assault Badge and the Basic Parachutist Badge.
MSG KEVIN TRETTER
Senior Military Science Instructor
MAJ AIMEE MYRICK
MAJ ABEL HERNANDEZ
OIC California State University, Sacramento, Assistant Professor of Military Science
MAJ Abel Hernandez was raised in El Paso, Texas. He enlisted in the United States Army and attended One Station Unit Training as a 19K Armor Crewman in Fort Knox, KY in July of 1990. He attended the University of Texas at El Paso and graduated with a BBA in Computer Information Systems and a BBA in Management. MAJ Hernandez attended Officer Candidate School and received his commission into the Transportation Corps in October of 2001. He was assigned to the 96th Transportation Company, 180th Transportation Battalion in Fort Hood, Texas and served as a Maintenance Platoon Leader, Executive Officer, and as a HET Platoon Leader and deployed to Kuwait in October of 2002 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as a Platoon Leader. In January 2003 he deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as a Platoon Leader and was part of the initial invasion in March in support of 2/1 Field Artillery, 3rd Infantry Division. He was then assigned to the 49th Movement Control Battalion in October of 2003 and deployed in January 2004 as a Battalion Battle Captain in support of OIF II and III in Balad, Iraq. MAJ Hernandez then moved to Ft. Bliss, Texas in March of 2006 where he was assigned as the Chief of Logistics at the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy. He then commanded the 377th Transportation Company and deployed to Camp Taji, Iraq for a 15 month deployment which began in August 2007 and ended in November 2008. He was then selected into the Training with Industry program with FedEx in Memphis, TN. He took command of the Long Beach Recruiting Company in October of 2010 to June 2012. He then took command of a Security Forces Assistance Team and deployed to Afghanistan in order to train Afghan Forces for 9 months. MAJ Hernandez returned from that deployment 28 July 2013.
MAJ Hernandez schools include: the Transportation Officer Basic Course, the Combined Logistics Captains Career Course and the Recruiters Company Commanders Course.
His awards and decorations include: The Bronze Star with one oak leaf cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with three OLC, the Army Achievement Medal with OLC, the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal with one Bronze Service Star, the Iraqi Campaign Medal three Bronze Stars, NATO service ribbon, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, and the Army Service Ribbon.
MR. GARY SUEN
Recruiting Operations Officer, UC Davis
Mr. Gary Suen commissioned in the California Army National Guard (CA ARNG) in 2008 from Officer Candidate School, Fort Benning, as a Military Intelligence Officer. His positions held include Platoon Leader, Battalion and Brigade Intelligence Officer, and currently the Company Commander for Headquarters Company, 250th Military Intelligence Battalion, CA ARNG. He is a graduate of Military Intelligence Officer Basic Course, Air Assault Course, Basic Airborne Course, Pathfinder School, ARNG Officer Strength Manager Course, and Recruiting Operations Officer Course. He also graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Art degree in History, and received his Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University. He is presently serving as the Battalion Recruiting Operations Officer for the UC Davis Army ROTC program.
CPT J. ALAN NYDEGGER
Recruiting Operations Officer, CSUS
CPT J. Alan Nydegger enlisted in a Field Artillery unit in the Utah Army National Guard at age 17. In December of 2003 he completed ROTC and was commissioned as an Aviation officer. CPT Nydegger began full-time employment with the in the California Army National Guard in 2006 and served as the Training Officer, Company Commander, and multiple battalion staff assignments in Stockton, California. CPT Nydegger served in Afghanistan during 2008-09 and recently in Kosovo in 2012-13. He currently serves as the Army ROTC Recruiting Operations Officer and Advisor at California State University - Sacramento.
MILITARY AND CIVILIAN EDUCATION: CPT Nydegger has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the Utah State University. CPT Nydegger is a qualified in the OH-58 (Kiowa), UH-60 (Blackhawk), and CH-47 (Chinook) helicopters. He is also a graduate of the Aviation Officer’s Basic Course, Captain’s Career Course, and Command and General Staff Course.
DECORATIONS, AWARDS, AND CITATIONS: CPT Nydegger’s awards include the Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal 4th Award, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, NATO Medal 2nd Award, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device and bronze hourglass, Overseas Service Ribbon, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Service Ribbon, Combat Action Badge, and Army Senior Aviator Badge.
CPT CHRISTOPHER MOFFETT
Military Science Instructor
CPT Moffett joined the U.S. Army i n October 2001. In November 2009 CPT Moffett commissioned as an Infantry Officer. After his graduation from Infantry Officer Basic Course he was assigned to 2nd Battalion 4th INF REGT 4th BDE 10th MTN Division. CPT Moffett was deployed to Afghanistan in support of OEF 10-11 as an Infantry Platoon Leader. Upon redepoyment he was assinged to various positions; Company XO, BN S4, BN S1, Rear Det S3-BN/XO. CPT Moffet has completed the Mech Leaders Course, Sniper Enhancement Course, and Basic Airborne Course.
SFC WILLIAM NOLAN
Military Science Instructor
SFC William Nolan enlisted in the United States Army in 1996 and attended OSUT (One Station Unit Training) at Fort Knox, Kentucky as an Armor Crewman. His positions held include Tank Loader, Driver, Gunner and Commander on the Abrams Main Battle Tank, Drill Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant and First Sergeant. He currently serves as Military Science Instructor and Operations NCO at UC Davis. His Military training includes Combat Life Savers; Unit Armorer; Primary, Advanced and Senior Leaders Course; Tank Commander Certification; Unit Prevention Leader; NBC Defense; Drill Sergeant School; Lean Six Sigma; Instructor Training Course.
SSG CHASITY JENNINGS
SSG Jennings, Chasity joined the Army as 97Y (Unit Supply) she’s been in the Military for 16 years she’s been stationed at FT Campbell KY 801st MSB, Camp Casey Korea DISCOM 2ID , FT Irwin Ca HHQ CSB, Ft Sill OK HQ 19 Maintenance Battalion , 168 BSB and Reynolds Army Hospital, She is current serving as the HRA and Military Science Instructor at UC Davis CA.
MILITARY AND CIVILIAN EDUCATION: SSG Jennings is working her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. She is also a graduate of Basic Instructor Training, Advance Leader Course, Warrior Leaders Course, Master Resilience Training Course, Sexual Harassment/ assault Response Program, Property Book, Field Sanitation, Combat Life Saver Course, Demonstrated Logistician, and NBC Officer Course.
DECORATIONS, AWARDS, AND CITATIONS: SSG Jennings’ military awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal with Silver OLC and 1 Bronze OLC (7th award), Army Achievement Medal with 3 OLCs (4th award), Army Good Conduct Medal with 5 knots (5th award), National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, The Korea Defense service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with 2 award, Army Service Ribbon, and Overseas Service Ribbon.
SSG Jennings currently resides in Sacramento Ca with her husband and two daughters.
CPT BRIAN C. FERGUSON
Assistant Professor of Military Science, S3
Captain Brian Ferguson commissioned into the U.S. Army through Officer Candidate School in August 2005. He has served in the Military for 24 years. He’s been stationed at Fort Polk, LA with the 5th MP Company; 557th MP Company, Camp Humphrey’s, South Korea; HQ LEC, Fort Campbell, KY; HHC, 1st BDE, 6th ID, Fort Wainwright, AK; 118th MP Company (ABN), Fort Bragg, NC; D CO, 795th MP Battalion, Fort Leonard Wood, MO; 511th MP Company, Fort Drum, NY; 91st MP Battalion, Fort Drum, NY; 92d MP Battalion, Fort Leonard Wood, MO; 512th MP Company, Fort Leonard Wood, MO. He is currently assigned as the Forged Gold Battalion S3.
MILITARY AND CIVILIAN EDUCATION: Captain Ferguson has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from State University of New York, Potsdam. He also has a Master’s Degree in Business and Organizational Security Management from Webster University. CPT Ferguson has also completed Captain’s Career Course.
DECORATIONS, AWARDS, AND CITATIONS: Captain Ferguson’s military awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with (1) silver OLC and (1) bronze OLC, Army Achievement Medal with (1) silver OLC and (1) bronze OLC, Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal with one vice star, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, The Korea Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and Overseas Service Ribbon, and the NATO Medal.
Captain Ferguson currently resides in Sacramento, CA with his wife.
CPT ADAM J. DORTONA
Assistant Professor of Military Science, Military Science Instructor
Captain Adam Dortona has served in the infantry in both enlisted and officer positions for the past 14 years. He graduate One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Benning, Georgia in October 2000 and was assigned to the 1st Infantry Division in Schweinfurt, Germany where he served in positions ranging from rifleman to fire team leader. After a deployment to Kosovo he was selected for the Army’s Green to Gold program and attended Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts where he earned a degree in history. He commissioned into the infantry in May 2006 and after attending initial training was assigned to the 4th Infantry Division where he served as a Mechanized Infantry Platoon Leader in Baghdad, Iraq. Upon redeployment he attended additional training and was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division where he served as a Battalion Operations Officer and Rifle Company Commander in Afghanistan. He now serves as an MSIII instructor at California State University at Sacramento.
MILITARY AND CIVILIAN EDUCATION: Captain Dortona has a Bachelor’s Degree in History, is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Maneuver Captain Career Course, Airborne School, Air Assault School and the U.S. Army Ranger School.
DECORATIONS, AWARDS, AND CITATIONS: The Bronze Star Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Kosovo Campaign Medal with 1 Campaign Star, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 2 Campaign Stars, the Iraq Campaign Medal with 2 Campaign Stars, the NATO Medal Kosovo, the NATO Medal Afghanistan, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terror Service Medal, the Overseas Service Ribbon with ‘3’ device, the Army Service Ribbon, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Basic Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge, and the Ranger Tab.
SFC JAMES F. NATIELLO
Military Science Instructor
Sergeant First Class Jim Natiello joined the Army in September of 1997 were he attended and completed One Station Unit Training (OSUT) for the MOS 13B at Fort Sill , OK. SFC Natiello has served in every duty position up to Battery First Sergeant and has served with a variety of units to include C Battery 3/320th 101st Airborne Division Fort Campbell, KY; C Battery 1/15th FA Camp Casey, Korea; A Battery 1/377th 82nd Airborne Division Fort Bragg, NC; Mid-Atlantic Recruiting Battalion; Bravo Battery 4/319th AFAR, 173rd IBCT(AIRBORNE), Bamberg, Germany; currently serving at Sacramento State University ROTC Dept. SFC Natiello has multiple deployments to Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan(x3).
MILITARY AND CIVILIAN EDUCATION: SFC Natiello is a graduate of Air Assault School, Airborne School, Jumpmaster School, Battle Staff Course, Equal Opportunity Leaders Course, Army Recruiter Course, Warrior Leaders Course, Advance Leaders Course, and Senior Leaders Course. SFC Natiello is currently pursuing a degree in Psychology from Troy University.
DECORATIONS, AWARDS, AND CITATIONS: SFC Natiello’s awards include the Bronze Star with one oak leaf cluster(OLC), Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal(4 OLC), Army Achievement Medal(4 OLC),Good Conduct Medal(5), Meritorious Unit Citation(2 OLC), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon(5), Army NCO Professional Development Ribbon(3), National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge Air Assault Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, German Parachutist Badge, Italian Parachutist Badge, and French Parachutist badge.
SFC Natiello lives in West Sacramento with his wife.
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.
MRS. JUDITH DAVIS
Supply Tech, UC Davis
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 Resource Technician
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. LANA SYSA
Administrative Support Assistant II