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!

Major Mai Lee Eskelund
Major Mai Lee Eskelund - Executive Officer/Assistant Professor of Military Science Educational Background: University of Illinois at Chicago, BA Psychology, Command and General Staff College, MS Military Arts/Science Office: Military Science, Room 108 Phone: 936.468.4335
Master Sergeant Raul Cantu
Master Sergeant Raul Cantu - Senior Military Instructor Educational Background: American Military University, BA Emergency and Disaster Management Office: Military Science, Room 110 Phone: 936.468.4295

MSG Raul Cantu is from Gatesville, Texas and he enlisted in the Army as an Infantryman on January 3rd, 2001. Upon completion of One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Georgia, he was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina where he served until 2008. He then served as a Ranger Instructor at 4th Ranger Training Battalion at Fort Benning, Georgia until 2011.

His follow-on assignment was to Joint Base Lewis McChord , Washington where he served until 2014 as a Platoon Sergeant. He then returned to Fort Benning and served as a Company First Sergeant in 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division and Task Force 1-28 Infantry.

He is a graduate of Ranger School, Airborne School, Jumpmaster School, Basic Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Senior Leaders Course, First Sergeant/Company Commander Pre-Command Course, and the Emergency Medical Technician Basic Course.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with 1 Silver Leaf Cluster, Parachutist Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge, and Ranger Tab.

He has deployed to Afghanistan twice in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and to Iraq twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Emergency and Disaster Management. He is married with two children.

Sergeant First Class Jose Rendon
Sergeant First Class Jose Rendon - Instructor/Human Resources Technician Office: Military Science, Room111 Phone: 936.468.4280

SFC Rendon is from San Antonio, Texas. He enlisted in the Army as an Infantryman on January 26, 2002. Upon completion of One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Georgia, he was assigned to 1st of the 14th Infantry Regiment, 25th Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii where he served until 2009. He then served as a Instructor at 7th Army NCO Academy Grafenwohr, Germany until 2012.

His follow-on assignment was 3rd BDE 1ST ID where he served until 2014 as a Platoon Sergeant. He then returned to Vilseck, Germany where he served as CUOP NCOIC and a Platoon Sergeant.

He is a graduate of Battle Staff, Air Assault School, Master Resilience Trainer, Basic Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, and Senior Leaders Course.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with 2 bronze Leaf Cluster, Expert Infantryman Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge, and Air Assault Badge.

He has deployed to Afghanistan once in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and to Iraq twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has deployed to Bosnia- Herzegovina in support of SFOR 11.

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.
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.