Stephen F. Austin State University

Faculty & Staff

Lieutenant Colonel Paul Pfeiffer
Lieutenant Colonel Paul Pfeiffer - Chair/Professor of Military Science Educational Background: Syracuse University, BA; Webster University, MA Phone: 936.468.4505

LTC Pfeiffer has been the Professor of Military Science at Stephen F. Austin State University since July 2015. A native of update New York, he was commissioned a distinguished military graduate in 1995 from the Reserve Officer Training Corps program from Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York and has been an active duty US Army Officer since.

His assignments have taken him throughout the South Pacific and Middle East including multiple short deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

LTC Pfeiffer is married with two children who are all honored to be part of the Lumberjack team!

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.

Major Timothy Graham
Major Timothy Graham - Instructor/Assistant Professor of Military Science Educational Background: Western Illinois University, BS Office: Military Science, Room 108 Phone: 936.468.4335

MAJ Timothy Graham assumed duties as the Assistant Professor of Military Science on 1 June 2014. He is a native of Healy, Alaska and was commissioned in 2002 as an Infantry officer in the United States Army Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia. After commissioning, MAJ Graham attended the Infantry Officer's Basic Course at Fort Benning, Georgia.

He then served as a rifle platoon leader, anti-armor platoon leader, and rifle company executive officer within 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment in Hohenfels, Germany. He then served as a company commander in 2nd Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment at Fort Benning, Georgia. Following that assignment, he served as a MTT Team Operations and Personnel Advisor in Maysan Province, Iraq partnered with the Iraq Department of Border Enforcement. He then attended the Maneuver Captains' Career Course at Fort Benning, Georgia. He was then assigned as the current operations battle captain for 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss, Texas. He then took command of the dismounted reconnaissance troop in 1st Squadron, 13th Cavalry Regiment at Fort Bliss, Texas and deployed them to Wardak Province in Afghanistan. After redeployment to the United States, he was reassigned to 1st Battalion, 360 Infantry Regiment at Fort Bliss, Texas and served as observer / controller / mentor team chief.

MAJ Graham holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Law Enforcement Administration from Western Illinois University.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal (Afghanistan ISAF). MAJ Graham's US Army schools and courses completed include Airborne School, Combatives Level 1, Mechanized Leaders Course, Instructors Training Course, Infantry Officers Basic Course, Maneuver Captains Career Course, and the NATO Combat Arms Recognition Course. MAJ Graham has additionally earned the Expert Infantry Badge, the Combat Infantry Badge, the Excellence in Competition Badge (Bronze, Pistol), and the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (Silver).

MAJ Graham has deployed in support of training and operational missions to countries including: Poland, Germany, Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan, and Kyrgyzstan. MAJ Graham is single and has no children.

Sergeant First Class Jonathan Whittington
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
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, Executive Officer for the 702nd MP Co, Operations Officer 36ID Provost Marshall, and Plans Officer for the 101st IO Battalion.

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.
Lisa Mitchell
Lisa Mitchell - Human Resources Technician Office: Military Science, Room 109 Phone: 936.468.4069

Ms. Lisa Mitchell served 20 years in the US Air Force and retired as a Technical Sergeant. Her military career began in August 1995, when she enlisted as a Personnel Specialist and later became a Logistics Technician in 2011. She attended Basic Training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio Texas and Technical Training at Keesler AFB, Biloxi Mississippi.

Ms. Mitchell has served in numerous Air Force and Joint Units including the 437th Mission Support Squadron, Charleston AFB South Carolina, 24th Mission Support Squadron, Howard AFB Republic of Panama, 314th Mission Support Squadron and 314th Services Squadron, Little Rock AFB, Arkansas, Air Force National Security Emergency Preparedness Agency (FEMA Agency), Fort McPherson Army Installation, Atlanta Georgia. She also served as the NCOIC, Personnel Air Force ROTC at Detachment 800, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Tennessee and lastly, retired at 627th Logistics Readiness Squadron, Joint Base-Lewis McChord Washington. Ms. Mitchell now serves as the Human Resource Administrator for SFA's Military Science Department.

Ms. Mitchell's decorations include the Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with five oak leaf clusters, Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with two oak leaf clusters, Air Force Good Conduct Medal with five oak leaf clusters, National Defense Service Medal with bronze star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal , Air Force Overseas Ribbon Short, Air Force Longevity Service, USAF NCO PME Graduate Ribbon with one oak leaf, Air Force Training Ribbon.

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.
Stephen Scott
Stephen Scott - Instructor Educational Background: Troy University, BS Office: Military Science, Room 106 Phone: 936.468.4230

Mr. Stephen Scott enlisted in to the Army National Guard in April 2011 and was assigned to the 217th Military Police Company in Prattville, AL. After completing ROTC at Troy University in Troy, Alabama, he was commissioned into the Army Medical Service Corp in May 2012.

Mr. Scott earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Troy University, Troy, Alabama, and is currently perusing a Master's of Science Management with a concentration in Leadership from Troy University, Troy, AL. He is a graduate of the US Army Airborne School, FT Benning, GA, Army Medical Department (AMEDD) Officer Basic Course, and Officer Advanced Course at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, TX, and is a certified Master Resiliency Trainer (8R) since March 2013. Mr. Scott recently completed Commander's/1SG course at FT Knox, KY.

After commissioning, his first assignment was as the Medical Operations Officer, 226th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (MEB), Mobile, AL, in May of 2012. He deployed with the 226th MEB to Kabul, Afghanistan as the MEDO for the Surgeon Cell at Camp Phoenix in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 2013-2014. Four months within the deployment, he was assigned to the position of Battle Captain for the Kabul Base Cluster. After the deployment, he was transferred to the 129th Area Medical Support Company in Centerville, AL. He was assigned to the Treatment Platoon as the Platoon Leader. After 17 months of dedicated service, he transferred to the Army Reserve. 1LT Scott currently serves as the Company Commander for Bravo Company 4-321st REGT LOG SPT in Anniston, AL.

His military awards and decorations include the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Oversees Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device, 5-ISAF NATO Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Parachutist Badge, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Army Service Ribbon.