Stephen F. Austin State University

Faculty & Staff

Major James Attaway, III
Major James Attaway, III - Chair/Professor of Military Science Educational Background: Stephen F. Austin State University, BS Kinesiology; Webster University, MBA Business Administration Office: Military Science, Room 104 Phone: 936.468.4505

MAJ Attaway is the Professor of Military Science at Stephen F. Austin State University starting May 2018. He is from Quitman, Texas and was commissioned as an Aviation officer in the United States Army as a distinguished military graduate from the Reserve Officer Training Corps program from Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas and has been an active duty US Army Officer since.

His assignments have taken him throughout the United States and to South Korea, including deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

MAJ Attaway 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
Captain Alexander Cambron
Captain Alexander Cambron - Assistant Professor of Military Science Educational Background: Loyola University Chicago, BS Psychology Office: Military Science, Room 106 Phone: 936.468.4230
Master Sergeant Raul Cantu
Master Sergeant Raul Cantu - Senior Military Instructor Educational Background: American Military University, BA Emergency and Disaster Management; University of Louisville, MA Higher Education Administration 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.

First Lieutenant Mariko Badders
First Lieutenant Mariko Badders - Instructor Educational Background: Wake Forest University, BA; South Texas College of Law, JD

1LT Badders began her military career as an SMP Cadet serving in the North Carolina National Guard in 2010. She later received her commission as a distinguished military graduate from Wake Forest University. She subsequently joined the Texas National Guard where she began working as a Gold Bar Recruiter for the University of Houston. Upon completion of AG BOLC at Ft. Jackson, SC she served as a Battalion S1. In 2014, she switched from the National Guard to the Army Reserve to begin working as an aide de camp to 75th Training Command's Deputy Commanding General. In 2016, she moved from Houston to Nacogdoches and began her position as an APMS for the Lumberjack Battalion. 1LT Badders continues to serve in the Army Reserves and is a full-time attorney in the civilian sector.

Her decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Achievement Metal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Army Service Ribbon.

Sergeant First Class Jose Rendon
Sergeant First Class Jose Rendon - Instructor 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.

Staff Sergeant McKinley McBride
Staff Sergeant McKinley McBride - Instructor Office: Military Science, Room 109 Phone: 936.468.4069

SSG McBride was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas where he enlisted into the Active Army March 2003 and attended Basic Training at Fort Knox, Kentucky. SSG McBride has been assigned to the 2nd Armored Calvary Regiment, Ft. Polk, La. The 287th Military Police Company, Fort Riley, Ks. And 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

SSG McBride has 5 Deployments. 3 to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 1,2,3. One to Kandahar, Afghanistan at COP Shurendam in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 2012-2013. And has just completed his last deployment to Camp Buehring, Kuwait, before reporting here to Stephen F. Austin University's Military Science Department.

SSG McBride's military awards and decorations include; Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Oversees Service Ribbon, ISAF NATO Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Army Service Ribbon.

James Brown
James Brown - Human Resources Technician Educational Background: Sam Houston State University, BS Criminal Justice Office: Military Science, Room 102 Phone: 936.468.4223

Mr. James Brown's military career began on December 15, 1987 at Basic Training in Great Lakes, IL. In February 1988 he started his training pipeline at Basic Submarine A and C schools in Groton, CT. Mr. Brown was stationed at Charleston, SC, Kings Bay, GA, and Point Loma San Diego, CA served over 10 years in the US Navy as a Submarine Radioman onboard 3 submarines and as a Navy Recruiter .

Upon leaving the Navy, Mr. Brown worked for Texas Instruments in Houston, TX, then Texaco and Shell in Bellaire, TX as a Network Operations Specialist . In 2008, Mr. Brown began working as a Government Civilian at Sam Houston State University's Army ROTC as the Human Resources Assistant until 2014. He then transferred to Denver, CO to work with 8th Marine Corps Recruiting District, Officer Selection Office as a Human Resources Assistant for 3 years. He then transferred to Stephen F. Austin State University in December 2017, working with the Military Science Department (Army SROTC) as the Human Resources Technician.

Mr. Brown has been married to his beautiful wife, Lea, for 34 years and has 2 children and 3 grandchildren.

Synetha Griffin - Contractor Educational Background: Mississippi State University, BA History; University of Phoenix, M.I.S. Information Systems Office: Military Science, Room 106 Phone: 936.468.4230

Ms. Griffin began her military career as an enlisted soldier serving in the Mississippi Army National Guard in 1997. She joined the Mississippi State University Army Reserve Officer Training Corps program, earned a degree in History, and commissioned as an Ordnance Officer in 2003.

Ms. Griffin's assignments have been in Mississippi and Florida. She presently serves in the United States Army Reserve. Prior to coming to Stephen F. Austin University, she worked as a Military Science Instructor at Jackson State University.

Kyle Locke
Kyle Locke - Enrollment Advisor/Recruiting Operations Officer Educational Background: Stephen F. Austin State University, BA Communications 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.
Sonnie Mosier
Sonnie Mosier - Administrative Assistant Educational Background: Stephen F. Austin State University, BA Art 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.