University of Nebraska - Lincoln

LTC James D. Lander

Professor of Military Science, Department Chair, Active Duty United States Army

Lieutenant Colonel James D. Landeris the Professor of Military Science and Chair of the Department of Military Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Lieutenant Colonel Lander has 21 years of active duty service as an Army Officer and over 4 years active service as an Enlisted Soldier in the South Carolina Army National Guard. Lieutenant Colonel Lander is a basic branch Infantry Officer commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) at Lander University, Greenwood, South Carolina. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education/Exercise Science in 1991.

Upon completion of the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Lieutenant Colonel Lander served as a platoon leader, Company XO, and AS3 in the 2-187th IN BN, 101st Airborne Division (AASLT) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Following completion of the Infantry Officer Advance Course and the Bradley Commander's Leaders Course at Fort Benning, Georgia in 1996, Lieutenant Colonel Lander served as an AS3 in 2nd BDE, 3rd ID and Delta Company Commander in 3-15 IN BN, Fort Stewart, Georgia.

In July 1999, Lieutenant Colonel Lander was assigned as a Senior Infantry Battalion Advisor in the 1-196 IN BDE (AC/RC) in support of the Hawaii Army National Guard's 2-299th/29th SIB with duty in Hilo, Hawaii. He subsequently served as a Maneuver Observer Trainer with the Battle Command Training Program (BCTP) at Fort Leavenworth, KS from July 2001 to June 2004.

Prior to his assignment to the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Lieutenant Colonel Lander was assigned to 1st Basic Combat Training Brigade at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, where he served as the Battalion Executive Officer, 2-13 IN BN and as the S3, 1st Basic Combat Training Brigade. In 2005 LTC Lander was reassigned to the 4th Battlefield Coordination Detachment, Shaw AFB, Sumter, South Carolina and served as the Operations Officer during two combat deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).

Lieutenant Colonel Lander is a graduate of the Combined Arms Service Staff School, Command and General Staff College (CGSC) and holds a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal (5), the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (4), the National Defense Service Medal (w/2 Service Stars), the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the NATO Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, and the Overseas Service Ribbon (3). Lieutenant Colonel Lander also maintains the Army Superior Unit Award as a permanent unit award for action in support of Operation Desert Fox. His skill qualifications include the Ranger Tab, Expert Infantryman's Badge (EIB), Airborne and Air Assault badges.

MAJ Daniel Behn

Assistant Professor of Military Science, Battalion Executive Officer, Nebraska Army National Guard

Major Daniel Behnwas born in Kearney, Nebraska on November 6, 1963. He graduated high school at North Platte High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University. Major Behn started his military career as an enlisted member of the 1st Engineer Battalion, 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas. His other previous duty assignments were with the 372nd Engineer Group and 3rd Corps Support Command in the Army Reserves. Major Behn deployed with the Nebraska Army National Guard (NEARNG), 67th ASG, for 12 months to Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, from 2005 to 2006. As the Commander of the 1075th Transportation Company from 2007 to 2008, Major Behn led the Company during relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Gustav in Louisiana and the 1075th was also part of Operation Jump Start near the southern border of California. Major Behn was also one of the lead trainers as part of the Pre-deployment Training Assistance Element (PTAE) during the high OPTEMPO period of NEARNG deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Major Behn's awards include: Army Commendation Medal (3 Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Achievement Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal (with 1 Bronze Star), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with M and Silver Hour Glass Device), Humanitarian Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Nebraska National Guard Service Medal (with M Device), Nebraska National Guard Individual Achievement Medal, Louisiana Emergency Service Medal.

Mr. Sean O'Neill

Asst Professor of Military Science Enrollment and Scholarship Officer

Sean O'Neillwas born in Columbus, Nebraska, on September 27, 1981. He graduated from Scotus Central Catholic High School in 2000 and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from Creighton University in 2004. Mr. O'Neill was commissioned as an Air Defense Artillery Officer through the Creighton University Army ROTC program.

Upon completion of the Air Defense Officer Basic Course in 2004, Mr. O'Neill was assigned to the 1-1 Air Defense Battalion (Patriot) Ft. Bliss, TX and served as assistant Fire Control platoon leader and support platoon leader for Alpha Battery. In February 2006, Mr. O'Neill served as executive officer for Bravo Battery 1-1 ADA which transferred to Ft. Hood, TX as part of 4-5 ADA Battalion (Combined Patriot & Avenger) and served as the Assistant Operations Officer for the Battalion. In May of 2008, Mr. O'Neill left Active Duty and joined the Nebraska National Guard with the 67TH Battlefield Surveillance Brigade BFSB). In July, 2010 Mr. O'Neill deployed to Iraq with the 67TH BFSB as the Brigade Battle Captain and Headquarters of Headquarters Company Commander.

Mr. O'Neill's military awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal (2OLC), Army Achievement Medal (2OLC), National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Army Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Mobilization Device, Overseas Service Ribbon, Louisiana National Guard Emergency Service Medal, and Parachutist Badge.

Mr. O'Neill currently serves as a Captain in the Nebraska National Guard.

Ms. Cindy Stockamp

Assistant Professor of Military Science

Cindy Stockampwas born in Fremont, Nebraska on August 9, 1979. She graduated high school from Scribner-Snyder Community Schools in 1997 and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Oklahoma at Norman. Ms. Stockamp was commissioned as an Engineer Officer through the University of Oklahoma’s Army ROTC program and was assigned as a junior platoon evaluator for the Leadership Development Advanced Course at Fort Lewis, WA prior to attending her officer basic course at Ft Leonard Wood, Missouri.

Upon completion of the Engineer Officer Basic Course in 2002, Ms. Stockamp was assigned to the 84th Engineers Combat Battalion (Heavy) at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii and served as a platoon leader for 2nd Platoon Alpha Company, 1st Platoon Bravo Company, and Quarry Platoon 227th Engineer Company as well as the Assistant Battalion S-4 (Supply Officer) and the Assistant Battalion Operations Officer. While with the 84th ECB (H), She was deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraq Freedom from January 2004 to January 2005. After returning from deployment she separated from active duty and joined the United States Army Reserve.

In January 2006, Ms. Stockamp was assigned as the Battalion S-4 for the 530th Military Police Battalion in Omaha, Nebraska. In October 2006, she received orders to attend the Civil Affairs Qualification Course at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and subsequently deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from March 2007 to March 2008 as a Civil Affairs Civic Action Team Leader and as Assistant Brigade Civil Military Operations Officer (S-9).

Upon completion of her deployment she returned to the 530th Military Police Battalion and served as the Executive Officer for its 439th Military Police Detachment until February 2009 when she took command of the 486th Civil Affairs Battalion Head Quarters Company in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The company deployed to Iraq in support of OIF from October 2010 to October 2011.

Ms. Stockamp’s military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal (2OLC), Army Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghan Campaign Medal (w/1 star), Iraq Campaign Medal (w/ 3 stars), Global War on Terror Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (w/ M), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (w/2 numeral), NATO medal, Combat Action Badge.

Ms. Stockamp currently serves as a Captain in the US Army Reserve.

Master Sergeant John Williams

Senior Military Science Instructor Active Duty United States Army

MSG John F. Williamsis a native of Charlotte, N.C. MSG Williams enlisted in the Army in 1992. He attended Basic Combat Training and One Station Unit Training at Ft. Knox, Kentucky. After completion of training he was awarded the George S. Patton outstanding graduate as a Cavalry Trooper with Military Occupational Specialty 19D, US Cavalry Scout.

MSG Williams' assignments and positions throughout his military career: Scout dismount and Point Man; Scout Gunner, HHC 4-23 INF (ABN) Ft Lewis WA; Scout Squad leader and Gunner, HHC 2AD (FWD) Garstadt Germany; Scout Squad Leader and Section Leader, HHC 3-68AR Ft Carson CO; Scout Section Leader and Senior Scout, Ft Hood, TX; Scout Section Leader and Airborne Scout Platoon Sergeant, Eagle Troop 3-17 Cav and E Troop 1st Cav, Ft Wainwright AK; Senior Drill Sergeant and First Sergeant, D Troop 5-15 Cav, Ft Knox Ky; Heavy Scout Platoon Sergeant, A Troop 1-1 Cav and First Sergeant, Bandit Troop 1-1 Cav, Budingen Germany; TCM­FCS C4ISR NCOIC, Huntington Beach, CA; First Sergeant HHT 1-91 Cav (ABN) and Anvil Troop 1­91 Cav (ABN), Schweinfurt, Germany.

Military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service (3OLC), Army Commendation Medal (7OLC), Army Achievement Medal (5OLC), Good Conduct Medal (6th Award), National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asian Medal (3bronze stars), Afghan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (w/3 numeral), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (w/5 numeral), NATO medal, Multinational Force and Observer Medal; Kuwaiti Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), Kuwaiti Liberation Medal (Kuwait), Driver Badge (Wheeled), Air Assault Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Airborne Jumpmaster Badge, Drill Sergeant Badge, Combat Action Badge, German Army Parachute Badge (Silver), German Bronze Sports Badge.

MSG Williams’ military schools and courses include the M901 ITV Gunners Course; Basic Airborne School; Combat Lifesaver Course; Air Assault Course; Special Forces Infantry Leader Course; Total Army Retention Course; FBCB2 6.4 Course; Unit Movement Officer Course; Instructor Training Course; Primary Leadership Development Course; Equal Opportunity Representative Course; Basic Noncommissioned Officers Course; Advance Noncommissioned Course; Airborne Jumpmaster Course; Drill Sergeant School; Germany Head start Course.

MSG Williams is a lifetime member of the 82nd All American Airborne Division Association. He is also a member of the 173rd ABCT Association; U.S. Cavalry and Armor Association and he has been awarded the Bronze Medallion of the Order of St. George and Gold Cavalry Combat Spurs. He has an Associate Degree in General Studies from Colorado Technical University.

Sergeant First Class Victor Alves

Military Science Instructor, Active Duty United States Army

Sergeant First Class Victor Alveswas born in Belleville, New Jersey on April 14, 1974. SFC Alves graduated from Kearny High School in Kearny, New Jersey, in 1992.

Sergeant First Class Alves attended Basic Combat Training and One Stop Unit Training at Fort Benning, Georgia, in October 1994, receiving a MOS of 11B Infantryman. In February of 1995, SFC Alves reported to 1-8 INF, Fort Carson, Colorado. Other units SFC Alves has served with are 2-2 INF, Vilseck, Germany (1996-1998), 1-8 INF Fort Carson, CO (1998-2001), 2-2 INF Vilseck, Germany (2001-2002) Special Forces Qualification Course Fort Bragg, NC (2002-2003), 1-16 INF Fort Riley, KS ( 2003-2012).

Sergeant First Class Alves has held the positions of Rifleman, Automatic Rifleman, M60 gunner/ assistant gunner, M203 Gunner, RTO, Rifle Squad Team Leader, Rifle Squad Leader, Weapons Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, and Platoon Leader.

Sergeant First Class Alves has deployed on several Operations. In 1997 he deployed to Bosnia as part of IFOR/SFOR. In 2003 SFC Alves deployed to Iraq in Operation Iraqi Freedom I, and deployed to Afghanistan, Operation Enduring Freedom.

Sergeant First Class Alves is a graduate of the Basic Instructor Course, Combat Life Savers Course, Pathfinder School, Warrior Leaders Course, Advance Leaders Course, Senior Leaders Course, HAZMAT Course, Level I and II Combatives Instructor, Airborne School, Emergency Medical Technician Course, and Unit Prevention Leaders Course.

His awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (3OLC), Army Achievement Medal (3OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal 5th Award, National Defense Service Medal 2nd Award, Army Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, NCOPDR 3rd Award, Over Seas Ribbon 4th Award, and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, NATO Medal 2nd Award.

BADGES: Expert Infantryman Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge, Airborne Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Wheeled Drivers Badge.

Ms. Kristine Hart

Human Resources Assistant, Retired Nebraska Air National Guard

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 25 years. She's an avid fan of the Lincoln Stars' hockey team and attends every Nebraska Huskers home football game.

Mr. Michael Valery

Supply Technician, Retired U.S. Army

Mr. Michael Valery (Master Sergeant, United States Army Retired) is a native of Baton Rouge, LA. He enlisted in the Army in 1981. He attended Basic Combat Training at Ft. Jackson, SC and Military Occupational Specialty Training (MOS) at Ft. Lee, VA. Upon completion of training, he was awarded the MOS 76C, now 92A, Automated Logistical Specialist.

Military awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (2 Awards), Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (8 Awards), Army Lapel Button, Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal (5 Awards), National Defense Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer’s Professional Development Ribbon With Numeral 2, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (5th Award) and the Driver and Mechanic Badge with Driver-Bar.

Mr. Valery’s military schools and courses include Automated Logistical Specialist Advanced Course, Physical Security Basic Course, Unit Level Logistical System Course, Company Trainers Course, ATRRS Basic Operator Course, USAR Logistics Management Course, Unit Supply Specialist Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, and Primary Leadership Development Course.