Stephen F. Austin State University

Faculty & Staff

Lieutenant Colonel David Miller
Lieutenant Colonel David Miller - Chair/Professor of Military Science Educational Background: Murray State University, BS; Murray State University, BBA; Murray State University, MS Phone: 936.468.4505
LTC David M. Miller assumed duties as the Professor of Military Science/Department Chair of Stephen F. Austin State University, on 13 Jun 2012. He has recently returned from US Army Pacific where he served as the Facility and Construction Branch Chief, Deputy Chief of Staff for Engineering. His assignment prior to US Army Pacific was as a Brigade Team Chief for a Military Transition Team (MiTT) in Iraq (08-09), where he was partnered with 8th Brigade, 2nd IA Division, Mosul, and later with the Department of Border Enforcement (DBE) in Basrah.

LTC Miller is a native of Paducah, Kentucky and is a graduate of Murray State University. After commissioning in the U.S. Army as an Armor Officer, he attended the Armor Officer's Basic Course and graduated on the Commandants list at Fort Knox, Kentucky. His early assignments include: Platoon Leader, Executive Officer, Assistant Operations Officer, Company Commander, and Assistant Battalion S3.

After graduation from the Armor Officer's Advanced Course at Fort Knox, Kentucky, LTC Miller served as a Battalion S3. He then deployed to Afghanistan as a Battalion Embedded Training Team (ETT) Chief as part of Task Force Blackhorse (TF Blackhorse) and was responsible for training and standing up the first Battalion (10th Kandak) of the 3rd Brigade Quick Reaction Force (QRF) of the Afghan National Army (ANA). Following Combined Arms Services Staff School (CAS3), he then served for 3 years as an Assistant Professor of Military Science at New Mexico Military Institute, followed by an assignment as the G3 Mobilization Officer for the 416th Engineer Command, Darien, Illinois, where LTC Miller branch transferred to the Corps of Engineers. LTC Miller completed the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College while in this assignment.

LTC Miller holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration from Murray State University and a Master of Science degree in Safety Engineering with an Environmental Emphasis from Murray State University.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Army Meritorious Service Medal (3), Army Commendation Medal (2), Army Achievement Medal (2), Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (3), National Defense Service Medal (2), Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (2), and the Air Assault Badge.

Additionally, LTC Miller has been permanently awarded one Meritorious Unit Citation and two Joint Meritorious Unit Awards and is a recipient of the Bronze order of the de Fleury Medal (Engineer Regiment, honorary).

LTC Miller is married with three children.
Captain Brian Tanner
Captain Brian Tanner - Executive Officer/Assistant Professor of Military Science Educational Background: University of Louisiana at Monroe, BA Criminal Justice, Webster University MA Business and Organizational Security Management Office: Military Science, Room 110 Phone: 936.468.4295

Captain Brian Tanner is a native of West Monroe, Louisiana. He entered the army in February 2002 where he attended basic training at Fort Leonard Wood MO. He was commissioned into the Regular Army as Second Lieutenant in the Military Police Corps through the OCS program at Fort Benning, Georgia in 2006. He is a graduate of University of Louisiana at Monroe with a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and a graduate of Webster University with a Master's degree in Business and Organizational Security Management. He has held numerous leadership positions which include Team Leader, Squad Leader, Platoon Leader and Company Commander. He also has served in various staff positions which include Battalion S-4, Assistant S-3 and Brigade S-4.

His past assignments include: 545th Military Police Company, Fort Hood TX, 291st Military Police Company, Fort Leavenworth KS, 705th Military Police Battalion, Fort Leavenworth KS, 795th Military Police Battalion, Fort Leonard Wood Missouri and Department of Military Science at Stephen F. Austin University. His deployments include Operation Iraqi Freedom two times.

CPT Tanner's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, the Army Commendation Medal (2OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (1OLC), Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal (2CS), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, and the Combat Action Badge.

He is currently serving as the Battalion Executive Officer and Assistant Professor of Military Science at Stephen F. Austin State University.

Master Sergeant Paul Rick - Senior Military Instructor Office: Military Science, Room 106 Phone: 936.468.4230

Master Sergeant Paul J. Rick is from Dallas, TX. He joined the Army as an Infantryman in 1992 and attended basic training at FT Benning, GA. Master Sergeant Rick has held numerous leadership positions, which include Team Leader, Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant and First Sergeant.

His assignments include 1-5 CAV BN, 1st Calvary Division FT. Hood TX., 2-7 IN BN, 3rd Infantry Division FT. Stewart GA., 1-12 IN BN, 4th Infantry Division FT. Carson CO., and 1-28 IN BN, 1st Infantry Division FT. Riley KS. He also has served as an Observer Controller at FT. Leavenworth KS., and an Iraqi National Police Advisor in Baghdad, Iraq. His deployments include Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan, Operation Iraqi Freedom three times and Intrinsic Action, Kuwait twice.

Master Sergeant Rick's awards and decorations include the following: Bronze Star Medal (3 OLC), Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (6 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (6 OLC), Valorous Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Accommodation, Good Conduct Medal (6th Award), National Defense Service Medal (1 BS), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal (3 BS), Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal ( 3 BS), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 3), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 4), NATO Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, and the Parachutist Badge.

Sergeant First Class Jonathan Whittington - Instructor Office: Military Science, Room 111 Phone: 936.468.4280

SFC Jonathan Whittington is from Corrigan, TX. He joined the Army in 2000 as a Airborne Infantryman. He attended basic and AIT at Fort Benning, GA.

His first duty assignment was at Fort Polk, Louisiana in Bco 1st Battalion Airborne 509th Infantry from November 2000 to March 2002. From March 2002 to March 2003 he was assigned to 1st Battalion 9th Infantry Regiment in Camp Hovey Korea. From March 2003 to July 2005 he was assigned to 2nd Battalion 5th Cavalry Regiment and from July 2005 to March 2008 he was assigned to 2nd Battalion 8th Cavalry. From March 2008 to March 2010 SFC Whittington was assigned to the III Corps NCO Academy until getting reassigned to 1st Battalion 5th Cavalry from March 2010 to March 2012 before spending his last year at Fort Hood as a Division Battle staff NCO from March 2012 to March 2013.

SFC Whittington has earned Airborne wings, Expert Infantrymans badge, The Combat Infantrymans Badge and Canadian Jump wings. He has attended Airborne school, Modern Army Combatives, Warrior Leaders course, Advanced Leaders Course, and Senior Leaders Course. The Observer Controller course, The Army Total Instructor Course, as well as the Small group instructor course.

He has served in Operation Iraqi Freedom twice and Operation New Dawn once. Awards are Purple Heart, MSM 1 Oak leaf cluster (OLC), Bronze Star Medal, ARCOM with 2 OLC and 1 Arcom with Valor and AAM with 4 OLC. SFC Whittington is married with 3 Children.

Sergeant First Class Patrick Zinck
Sergeant First Class Patrick Zinck - National Guard Liaison Educational Background: University of Texas San Antonio, BA Phone: 936.468.4223
Guadalupe Leyva
Guadalupe Leyva - Instructor Educational Background: American Intercontinental University, BS Phone: 936.468.4335
Mr. Lupe Leyva began his military career in June 1999 when he enlisted into the United States Marine Corps as a Basic Infantryman. Immediately upon graduating the School of Infantry he was assigned to a Reconnaissance unit where he obtained the Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) of Reconnaissance Marine. He served in Iraq with 2nd Force in 2003, deployed to South America in 2004 with Unitas, and Iraq in 2005 with 3rd Recon Bn. Mr. Leyva also received an additional MOS of Combat Marksmanship Trainer/Instructor.

Mr. Leyva began his Army career in November 2009 as an enlisted Drill Sergeant Candidate at the 95th Drill Sergeant unit in Camp Bullis, TX. He then received his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in October 2010 as an Ordnance Officer and was assigned to the 4th Expeditionary Sustainment Command (ESC). Mr. Leyva Served as the Rear Detachment Executive Officer (XO).

Mr. Leyva is now a Military Science Instructor at Stephen F. Austin State University as the Primary Instructor for the Freshman Class.
Kyle Locke
Kyle Locke - Enrollment Advisor/Recruiting Operations Officer Educational Background: Stephen F. Austin State University, BA Office: Military Science Rm. 102 Phone: 936.468.4445
Mr. Kyle Locke began his Army Career as an enlisted soldier with the Texas Army National Guard in 2002. He attended Basic Training at Ft. Knox, Kentucky and completed AIT at the US Army Signal School at Ft. Gordon, GA in 2003 as the Distinguished Honor Graduate. In 2004, SPC Locke deployed to Iraq as a part of Operation Iraqi Freedom III with C Battery 1/133rd Field Artillery in Lufkin, TX. After the 18 month deployment was over, SPC Locke returned to Nacogdoches where he enrolled in Stephen F. Austin State University where he joined the ROTC program and earned his degree in Communications and his commission as a Military Police Officer in 2007. Locke attended and graduated from the Military Police Officer Basic Course in Ft. Leonard Wood, MO in January of 2010.

Locke has served in a variety of Leadership positions to include: Platoon Leader for the 702nd Military Police Company, Rear Detachment Company Commander for HHC 136th Military Police Battalion, and then Executive Officer for the 702nd MP Co.

His decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, Army Good Conduct Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Service Ribbon w/ M Device, and the Adjutant General's Individual Award for service during Hurricanes Gustov and Ike.
Margaret "Peggy" Beres - Human Resources Assistant Phone: 936.468.4069
Ms Margaret (Peggy) Beres was born in Syracuse, NY. Her military career began in November 1977 when she enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Delayed Entry Program as a basic 0100 Administration clerk.

Ms Beres reported to Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina for Boot Camp February 1978. Upon completion of Boot Camp she reported to Basic Administration School, also at Parris Island, where she completed Basic Administration School and Personnel Clerks Course. Other military schools completed included Non-Commissioned Officers course, Camp H. M. Smith, Hawaii and Drug and Alcohol Counselors course, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Duty stations included: Woman Recruit Training Command, Parris Island, South Carolina, Camp H. M. Smith, Hawaii, and Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California.

Ms Beres attained the rank of Sergeant while in the Marine Corps.

Immediately upon release from Active Duty in 1985, Ms Beres went to work for Federal Civil Service. She has worked as a Unit Secretary with the Drug and Alcohol Unit, Naval Hospital, Camp Pendleton, CA, the long term locked Psychiatric Unit, VA Medical Center, North Chicago, IL and the Medical Surgical Unit at Naval Hospital, Great Lakes, IL. In between she has worked with Medical Billing for the Non Naval Medical Command, Great Lakes, IL, Main Operating Room, Naval Hospital, Great Lakes, IL, and as Human Resources Assistant for Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps, Chicago Consortium, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL. Her current position is with the Lumberjack Battalion at Stephen F. Austin State University as the Human Resources Technician.
Samuel Gardner
Samuel Gardner - Supply Technician Phone: 936.468.4059
Mr. Samuel Gardner served over 20 years in the US Army and retired as a Sergeant First Class. His military career began in October 1976, when he enlisted in the Regular Army as a Quartermaster Supply Specialist. He attended Basic Training at Fort Knox, Kentucky and Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Fort Lee, Virginia.

Mr. Gardner has served in numerous army units including the 1st and 15th Infantry, Third Infantry Division (Kitzingen and Schweinfurt, Germany), First and Eighty-Seventh Infantry (Baumholder, Germany), First Cavalry Division (Fort Hood, Texas) and the Ninth Area Finance Group, Ninth Infantry Division (Fort Lewis, Washington). He also served as the Supply Sergeant with the 4th ROTC Brigade, Fort Lewis, Washington assigned to Washington State University. Mr. Gardner has made several deployments including Operation Desert Shield/Storm and Operation Provide Democracy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Mr. Gardner retired at the Presidio of San Francisco, California. Immediately upon retirement, Mr. Gardner began work with the Workforce Solutions of East Texas and Veterans Commission as the Veteran Employment Representative serving numerous East Texas counties for 9 years. Prior to coming to Stephen F. Austin State University, he was a federal employee at Alcorn State University, Mississippi. Mr. Gardner now serves as the Supply Technician for SFA's Military Science Department.

Mr. Gardner's decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (with two Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Commendation Medal (with five Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Achievement Medal (with six Oak Leaf Clusters), the Good Conduct Medal (5th award), the National Defense Service Medal (with Bronze Star), the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal , the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, and the Armed Forces Service Medal (with Bronze Star). He is an active member of the American Legion, and Veteran of Foreign Wars.
Sonnie Mosier
Sonnie Mosier - Administrative Assistant Educational Background: Stephen F. Austin State University, BA Phone: 936.468.4505
Mrs. Mosier has served as Administrative Assistant to the Chair of Military Science since February 1997, and is responsible for supporting the program's students and being a university liaison for the staff. Additionally, she assists new non-SFA faculty and staff with SFA's policies and procedures during in-processing. Mrs. Mosier also directs the flow of student work in the office, delegating duties as necessary.

Prior to coming to Military Science, Mrs. Mosier served as a Data Input Specialist in the Data Center for the Admission's Office and also as a receptionist for the Office of the President.

Mrs. Mosier has been with the university since August 1994 and has maintained positions that have always included helping people as she worked in the field of Higher Education. Mrs. Mosier is also a fellow Lumberjack with a Bachelor of Arts from Stephen F. Austin State University.