University of California, Davis (UCD)
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LTC Brian Knieriem

Professor of Military Science

LTC Brian M. Knieriem is the Professor of Military Science at the University of California, Davis. He joined the Mississippi Army National Guard as an (AH64) Apache Attack Helicopter Mechanic in the spring of 1993.

Military and Civilian Education:
LTC Knieriem graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi where he was commissioned as a 2LT through the Golden Eagle ROTC program. He is a graduate of the United States Air Command and General Staff College (ACSC), the Combined Arms and Staff Service School (CAS3), the Combined Logistics Officer Advance Course (CLC3), and the Quartermaster Officer Basic Course. He holds a Master's degree in Military Operational Art and Science from Air University at Maxwell AFB, Alabama.

LTC Knieriem's awards include the Bronze Star Medal w/ 2 OCL, the Meritorious Service Medal w/ 2 OCL, the Army Commendation Medal w/ 3 OCL, the Army Achievement Medal, and various other recognitions. He also has earned the Army Aircraft Crewman Badge, the Basic Parachutist Badge and the Rigger Badge.

(530) 752-3056

SFC Dmarne King

Senior Military Instructor

Sergeant First Class Dmarne King has been the Senior Military Instructor at UC Davis since 2016.

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CPT Andrew Feske

Assistant Professor of Military Science (APMS)

CPT Andrew Feske commissioned in 2008 from Officer Candidate School, Fort Benning, as a Field Artillery Officer. His positions held include Battery XO, Battalion S2 and AS3, and Battery Commander.

Military and Civilian Education:
He is a graduate of the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course and Field Artillery Captain's Career Course. CPT Feske graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Art degree in Philosophy and JD from the University of Notre Dame. He is presently serving as the S1 and APMS for the UC Davis Army ROTC Program.

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CPT Tonya Sottilo

MSIV Instructor

CPT Tonya Sottilo is from San Antonio, Texas. She commissioned as a Military Intelligence officer from the University of Texas Army ROTC program in 2008. After BOLC II at Fort Benning Georgia and BOLC III at Fort Huachuca, AZ, Captain Sottilo was assigned to 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood and deployed in 2009 as the Squadron Assistant S2 in 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment at Joint Security Station Istiqla'al, Iraq. Upon redeploying, she served as a Platoon Leader in 1 BCT, 1CD, first for the all-source intelligence Platoon then for the signals intelligence Platoon. Captain Sottilo deployed to Contingency Operating Station Kalsu, Iraq in 2011 as the Brigade Assistant S2 during the culmination of the US military's mission in Iraq. When the Brigade successfully closed all American bases in their area of operations, they continued their mission at Camp Buehring, Kuwait in 2012. Following the Military Intelligence Captain's Career Course at Fort Huachuca, Captain Sottilo served in the 297th Military Intelligence Battalion as Assistant Battalion S3 at Ft Gordon, GA. She then formed a cyber operations Company in 782D Military Intelligence Battalion (Cyber) at Fort Gordon as the Company Commander and, later, as a Mission Commander on a Cyber Combat Mission Team. Captain Sottilo currently resides in Sacramento with her canine companion, Livy.

Military and Civilian Education:
Captain Sottilo earned a Bachelor's Degree in Linguistics from the University of Texas in Austin, Texas and is currently pursuing additional degrees from the University of Louisville in Organizational Leadership and Learning and from Utah State University in Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education. She is a graduate of the Military Intelligence Basic Officer Leader Course, Military Intelligence Captain's Career Course, Airborne School, and the Mission Commander Course.

Captain Sottilo's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal with two Campaign Stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with (2) device, and the Basic Parachutist Badge.

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CPT Adam 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.

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 Eddy Perez

MSIII Instructor

SFC Eddy Perez is a native of Fort. Lauderdale, Florida. He entered the U.S Army in February 2004. SFC Perez attended One Station Unit Training (OSUT) as an M1 Tank Crewman (19K) at Fort Knox, KY. SFC Perez has served in various Leadership positions to include Tank Driver, Loader, Gunner, Tank Commander, Section Sergeant, Master Gunner, Platoon Sergeant, Security Forces Advise & Assist Team (SFAAT) NCOIC, and Battalion Operations Sergeant Major (3N). He has served with the 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment in Budingen, Germany; 2nd Squadron 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment in Fort Hood, TX; 1-8th Infantry Regiment, 3BSTB and 588th Engineer Battalion in 3ABCT, 4 Infantry Division Fort Carson, CO. SFC Perez has participated in OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM with 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, OPERATION NEW DAWN with 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, and OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM with 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team.

Military and Civilian Education:
He is a graduate of the Warrior Leaders Course, Advance Leaders Course, Senior Leaders Course, Battle Staff, M1A2 Master Gunner Course, Combative Level I & II Course, Master Resiliency Course, Unit Movement Officer, Combat Life Saver Course and the Abrams Tank Crewmembers Course. He is pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from National American University.

SFC Perez's award and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (2 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with “V” and (1 Silver OLC), Army Achievement Medal (4 OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (3rd award), National Defense Service Ribbon, Iraq Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, NATO Medal and both the Valor's Unit Award and Meritorious Unit Citation. SFC Perez has also earned the Combat Action Badge, Distinguished Order of Saint George, and the German Schutschnur (Bronze).

SFC James 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.

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.

CPT Michael McGowan

MSII Instructor

CPT Michael McGowan joined the U.S. Army in October 2001 as a parachute rigger.CPT McGowan has been deployed to Afghanistan (2003 and 2012) and Kuwait (2008). CPT McGowan's previous positions included Disbursing Officer, Detachment XO, and Detachment CDR.

Military and Civilian Education:
In May of 2006, CPT McGowan commissioned as a Financial Management Officer from the University of Texas at El Paso ROTC. CPT McGowan holds a bachelor's degree in Accounting and a Masters of Business Administration.

SSG Chasity Jennings

MSII Instructor

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.

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.

(530) 752-7867

Mrs. Judith Davis

Supply Tech

Mrs. Judith Davis enlisted in the US Army in March 1976 from Brooklyn, NY. She attended Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training for Supply at Ft Jackson, SC. Specialty - Supply 92Y.

After her first inital three year tour, Mrs. Davis enlisted in the Army Reserve, Brooklyn, NY. After serving 7 years in the Army Reserve, Mrs. Davis returned to Active Duty as an Active Guard Reserve Soldier until her retirement in December 2002.

Mrs. Davis has served as a supply sergeant to all types of battalions including Transportation, Engineer, Laundry & Bath, Terminal Transportation, and Aviation.

(530) 752-7864

Mr. Leslie Ramos

Human Resources

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.

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