Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
The Cadre will always work hard for the Cadets regardless of the issue. The Cadre will take care of the Cadets and mentor them about school, ROTC and life.

Cadre Working Hard for the Cadets

The Cadre will always work hard for the Cadets regardless of the issue. The Cadre will take care of the Cadets and mentor them about school, ROTC and life.

LTC Gerald Avila

Professor of Military Science

LTC Gerald Avila is the Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi ROTC Professor of Military Science. He currently serves as an Adjutant General Officer in the US Army.

Prior assignments include Battalion Executive Officer, 43rd Adjutant General Battalion (Reception). Ft Leonard Wood, MO. He also served as Senior Advisor to Assistant Minister of Defense for Personnel and Education, Combined Security Transition Command- Afghanistan, OEF. Other assignments include Operations Officer, Battalion S1, Brigade S1, and Company Commander.

Some of his decorations include Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, NATO Metal, Army Achievement Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, and 3 Meritorious Unit Commendations.

LTC Avila graduated with History and Government, Bachelors of Arts from New Mexico State University, TX in 1994. In 2009, he attended Kansas State University, KS and obtained a masters Degree in Adult Education and Programming.

MSG Joseph Higgins

Senior Military Instructor

Master Sergeant Higgins assumed the duties as the Senior Military Instructor in February 2009 at Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, Texas.

Master Sergeant Higgins graduated Basic Combat Training in 1987 at Fort Sill, Oklahoma where he earned his position as an Artillery Forward Observer. He later graduated from Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course, First Sergeant Course, Air Assault Course, Naval Gunfire Spotter Course, U.S. Army Field Artillery Tactical Data Systems Course, and U.S. Army Recruiter Course.

His assignments include Fort Hood Texas, Fort Sill Oklahoma, Camp Hovey Korea, Camp Stanley Korea, Fargo North Dakota, Panama Canal Zone, and Baghdad Iraq. He has served with several units including the 1st Cavalry Division, 2nd Armored Division, 2nd Infantry Division, 212th Field Artillery Brigade, III Corps & III Corps Artillery, and the 87th Infantry Battalion.

While serving as a Battery First Sergeant, Master Sergeant Higgins deployed his unit to Baghdad Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom where he simultaneously served as First Sergeant and Battery Commander of the Joint Area Support Group responsible for logistical support to Soldiers, Marines, Airmen, Sailors, and State Officials assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Iraq.

His awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Meritorious Service Medal; Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; Joint Meritorious Unit Award; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Medal; Humanitarian Service Medal; Korean Defense Service Medal; and the Iraqi Campaign Medal. He has also earned the Air Assault Badge.

Master Sergeant Higgins is married to Denise Higgins from Lebanon, Ohio and they have one child and one grandchild.

MAJ Peter Stebbing

Assistant Professor of Military Science (Executive Officer)

Major Peter Stebbing was assigned as Assistant Professor of Military Science on September 28, 2009. He came here from Los Angeles, CA where he served as Operations/ Executive officer (S3/XO) for the 425 Civil Affairs Battalion.

Prior assignments include CATA Team leader for the 431 Civil Affairs Battalion attached to the 82nd Airborne and the 101st Air Assault Divisions in Bayji, Iraq and a Movement Control Team Commander in support of Operations Enduring Freedom in Doha, Qatar.

Major Stebbing is a graduate of the Transportation Officers Basic and Advanced Courses, the Army’s Airborne and Air Assault schools, and the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School Civil Affairs Qualification Course. His military awards include the Bronze Star, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terror Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Parachutist Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.

He graduated for Temple University in Philadelphia PA with a Bachelors Degree in 1996, and from the Monterey Institute of International Studies with a Masters of International Business Administration Degree in 2005.

CPT Michael Kohler

Operations Officer/ Recruiting Officer

Captain Michael Kohler was assigned as Operations Officer / Recruiting Operations Officer on 1 August 2011. He came here from Ghazni, Afghanistan where he served as a Current Operations Officer in the Texas Army National Guard LRS Company C. 3-124 Cavalry (fwd).

Prior assignments include QRF Platoon Leader in Kabul, Afghanistan for the 436th Chemical Company, TXARNG; Battalion Task Force Battle Captain in Parwan, Afghanistan for the 101st ABN DIV; Assistant Operations Officer for the Texas Combat Skills Training and Evaluation Battalion in Camp Swift, Texas; and Current Operations Officer for the Texas Long Range Surveillance Company C 3-124 Cavalry (fwd) in Ghazni, Afghanistan.

Captain Kohler is a graduate of the Engineer Officer Basic Course, the Army’s Ranger, Airborne, and Air Assault Schools. His military awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal with 1 oak leaf cluster, Army Achievement Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal w/M Device, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, US Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, US Navy Good Conduct Medal, US Army Good Conduct Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal w/ Campaign Star ,Global War on Terrorism Service Medal , ISAF NATO Medal, National Defense Service Medal with 1 bronze star, Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Service Ribbon, Navy Arctic Service Ribbon, Navy/Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon, Navy/Marine Corps Overseas Deployment Ribbon, Navy/Marine Corps Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon with 4 bronze stars, and the Navy Unit Citation Ribbon.

Captain Kohler is a native of Dayton, Ohio. He graduated from Park University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration in 2003.

CPT Matthew Fronek

Recruiting Officer

Captain Matthew Fronek is the Recruiting Operations Officer for the Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islander ROTC Battalion.

Prior assignments include Fire Direction Officer, Platoon Leader and Company Commander for the Arizona Army National Guard. Currently, Captain Fronek is also serving as the Assistant Operations Officer for The Texas Army National Guard’s Recruiting and Retention Command.

Captain Fronek is a graduate of the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, The Quartermaster Officer Advanced Course and The Logistics Captain’s Career Course.

Captain Fronek is a native of Phoenix, Arizona. He graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Global Business/Financial Management in 2001.

MAJ Daniel Garcia III

Military Science Instructor III

Major Daniel Garcia III is assigned as Assistant Professor of Military Science for Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi Islander Battalion.

While on active duty, his assignments include Battalion Ammunition Officer, Firing Platoon Leader, Battery Executive Officer, Battalion Logistics Officer, Battalion Fire Support Officer, Battery Commander, and Assistant Professor of Military Science while stationed at Fort Sill Oklahoma, Schofield Barracks Hawaii and at Campbell University North Carolina. He currently serves as a Battalion Operations Officer in the Texas Army National Guard.

His deployments include Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Kosovo and Iraq. His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal and the NATO Non-Article V Medal.

Major Garcia is a graduate of the University of Texas – Pan American where he received his Bachelor of Arts in History.

MSG Reynaldo Garza

Military Science Instructor II

Master Sergeant Reynaldo Garza Jr joined the military in 1972. He graduated from West Oso High School in 1972. He later achieved his associate’s degree from Vincennes University and his Bachelor’s degree from Park University. He is currently the Military Science Instructor for the Second Level Cadets at the Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi ROTC Department.

While in the U.S. Army, he served as an Infantry Squad Leader, Infantry Platoon Sergeant, and Nuclear Biological Chemical NCO. He also served as an Administrative Clerk, Engineer Training NCO, Engineer Squad Leader, Readiness NCO, Gunnery Sergeant, and Battalion Operations Sergeant. He served with the 82d Airborne, 1st Cavalry Division, 3d Armored Division and the 49th Armored Division.

While serving in the army he attended and successfully completed Airborne School, Anti Armor Course, Junior Leadership Course, Nuclear Biology Chemical NCO Course, Basic Non Commissioned Course-Combat Arms, Basic Non Commissioned Course- Administration, Readiness NCO Course, Advance Non Commissioned Course- Artillery, Total Army Instructor Course, and Faculty Development Course.

Some of his decorations include Parachutist Badge, Expert Infantry Badge, Army Commendations Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon- 3d Award, Adjutant General Individual Award-3d Award, Humanitarian Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal- 8thAward, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal- 4th Award, and the German Marksmanship Badge- Bronze Award.

CSM Noe Valdez

Military Science Instructor I

Command Sergeant Major Valdez joined the Army in April 1975. He is a graduate of the Primary Basic, and Advance noncommissioned Officers’ Courses; Drill Sergeant Course; First Sergeant Course; and United States Sergeants Major Academy.

Command Sergeant Major Valdez’s assignments include duty as a Truck Driver, 502d Support and Transportation Battalion, 2d Armored Division, Fort Hood, Texas; Truck Driver and General Officer’s Driver, III Corps, Fort Hood, Texas; Squad Leader and Tank Commander, C Company, 1st Battalion, 64th Armor, Germany; Drill Sergeant, C Company, 4th Battalion, 4th Brigade, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; Drill Sergeant, C Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Brigade, Fort Knox, Kentucky; Platoon Sergeant, D Company, 1st Battalion, 66th Armor, Fort Hood, Texas; Platoon Sergeant, D Company, 1st Battalion, 67th Armor, Fort Hood, Texas; First Sergeant, B Company and Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3d Battalion, 8th Cavalry, Fort Hood, Texas; First Sergeant, C Troop, 5th Squadron, 17th Cavalry, Korea; First Sergeant, Headquarters ad Headquarters Company, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; Operations Sergeant, 1st Battalion, 66th Armor, Fort Hood, Texas; Operations Sergeant, 3d Battalion, 66th Armor, Fort Hood, Texas; Operations Sergeant Major, 1st Battalion, 66th Armor, Fort Hood, Texas; Operations Sergeant Major, 3d Battalion, 66th Armor, Fort Hood, Texas; G3 training Operations Sergeant Major, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. His Final assignment was Command Sergeant Major, 3d Battalion, 8th Cavalry (Mustangs), 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

Awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal; Meritorious Service Medal, 2d Award; Army Commendation Medal, 4th Award; Army Achievement Medal, 3d Award; Army Good Conduct Medal, 7th Award; National Defense Service Medal; Southwest Asia Service Medal; Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, 4th Award; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia); Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait); and the Drill Sergeant Badge. He is also a member of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club and a recipient of the Order of Saint George.