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LTC Benjamin J. Walker
LTC Benjamin J. Walker 
Professor of Military Science and Director, ROTC
Karr- Veteran Memorial Hall, Rm. 105
Texas A&M University- Kingsville
Phone: 361-593-3392
Email: benjamin.walker@tamuk.edu

LTC Benjamin J. Walker enlisted in the Army at the Kansas City MEPS in 2001 and was commissioned through the Reserve Officers’ Training Course at Missouri State University in 2004.

LTC Walker has served as the company fire support officer, Delta Company, 52nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Washington, and deployed to Qayyarah Airfield West, Iraq; regimental counterfire officer, Headquarters, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, Vilseck, Germany; platoon leader, Bravo Battery, Fires Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, Vilseck, and deployed to Baghdad, Iraq; assistant operations officer and headquarters platoon leader, Headquarters Battery, Fires Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, Baquba, Iraq and Vilseck; squadron human resources officer, Headquarters Troop, 6th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas, and deployed to Baghdad, Iraq; company commander, 502nd Human Resources Company, and Company Commander, Headquarters Company, 4th Sustainment Brigade, Fort Hood; language and literacy advisor and chief of plans, Headquarters, Resolute Support, Kabul, Afghanistan; brigade human resources officer, Headquarters, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood; joint actions officer, United States Embassy, Amman, Jordan; and Commander, Shreveport Military Entrance Processing Station, Shreveport, Louisiana.

His professional military education includes Military Police One Station Unit Training, Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, Airborne School, Adjutant General Captains Career Course, Individual Terror Awareness Course, Afghanistan-Pakistan Dari Language Course, and Command and General Staff College. He also earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from College of the Ozarks and a Master of Science in Psychology from Capella University.

LTC Walker’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, two Defense Meritorious Service Medals, three Meritorious Service Medals, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, four Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medal, Parachutist Badge, Army Staff Identification Badge and various unit and service medals and ribbons.

Mark Moralez
 
CPT Mark Moralez
Assistant Professor of Military Science
KLM Room 417
Texas A&M International University
Phone: 956-326-3011
Email: mark.moralez@tamiu.edu
 

CPT Mark A. Moralez is a native of Del Rio, Texas and commissioned through Officer Candidate School in December 2010 as a Transportation Officer. He is a graduate of Texas A&M Corpus Christi with a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice and holds a Masters in Education focused on Instructional Technology from UTSA. 

CPT Moralez assignments include Alpha Company 302nd Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Platoon Leader, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team Camp Casey, South Korea; Executive Officer for Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 48th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Chemical Brigade Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; Executive Officer for Charlie Company, 58th Transportation Battalion, 3rd Chemical Brigade Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; Assistant S-3 58th Transportation Battalion, 3rd Chemical Brigade Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; Deputy Support Operations Officer 501st Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team Fort Bliss, Texas; Company Commander Golf Forward Support Company (FSC) attached to 1-36 Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team Fort Bliss, Texas; Observer, Coach, Trainer (OCT) 1-361 Brigade Support Battalion, 5th Armor Brigade, 1ST Army Division West Fort Bliss, Texas.

His military schools include: Officer Candidate School, Transportation Basic Officer Leader Course, Logistics Captains Career Course, Unit Movement Officer, Observer Control Academy, and Anti-Terrorism Officer Course. 

Service metals include: The Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, National Defense Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and the Army Overseas Service Ribbon.

CPT Moralez is married to his wife Laura and they have two children Logan (5yrs) and Madeline (3yrs). 

Juan Castilleja-Botello

1LT Juan C. Botello
Recruiting Officer
KLM Room 417
Texas A&M International University
Phone: 956-326-3011
Email: juan.castilleja@tamiu.edu
 

1LT Juan C. Botello is from Florida and commissioned through Officer Candidate School in May 2017 as an Engineer Officer. He is a graduate of the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. 

1LT Botello’s assignments include HHC, Alpha, and Bravo Company, 2nd Brigade Engineer Battalion, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss, Texas. He served as a Battalion Operations Officer in Headquarter and Headquarters Company, an Executive Officer for a Alpha (Sapper) Company , and as the Route Clearance Platoon Leader for Bravo (Sapper) Company. During his tenure at the 2nd Brigade Engineer Battalion he deployed to the Republic of Korea and was attached to the 4th Regiment, 6th Infantry Battalion, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division as a Task Force Engineer. They specialized in countering weapons of mass destruction in an underground facility. He served as a direct liaison to the Infantry Battalion Commander on underground facility breaching and trained with the Republic of Korea Army to understand the methods used in underground facility breaching.

His military schools include: Officer Candidate School, Engineer Basic Officer Leader Course, and the Underground facility breacher’s course. 

Service metals include: Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and the Army Overseas Service Ribbon.

sfcbland

SFC Jeremy Bland
Senior Military Science Instructor
Karr- Veteran Memorial Hall
Texas A&M University- Kingsville
Phone: 361-593-3400
Email: jeremy.bland@tamuk.edu

Sergeant First Class Jeremy A. Bland entered the Army in January of 2001.  He is a native of Fort Worth, Texas and completed Infantry One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, GA.  His assignments include 120mm Mortar Gunner, 3-7 Infantry, Fort Stewart, GA; Fire Direction Control (FDC), 3-7 Infantry, Fort Stewart, GA; Team Leader and Squad Leader, 1-24 Infantry, Fort Wainwright, AK; 120mm Mortar Squad Leader, 5-1 Cavalry, Fort Wainwright, AK; 81mm and 120mm Mortar Squad Leader, 1-61 Cavalry, Fort Campbell, KY; Drill Sergeant and Senior Drill Sergeant, 1-19 Infantry, Fort Benning, GA; Mortar Platoon Sergeant, 2-505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Fort Bragg, NC; and Senior Military Science Instructor, Javelina Battalion, Texas A&M University, Kingsville, Texas. 

He has deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom three times serving in numerous positions.  He also deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as a Mortar Squad Leader and back to Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve serving as the Senior Mortar Trainer for Iraqi Forces and as a Battle Captain in the Tactical Operations Center. 

He has completed his Associates Degree in General Studies from American Military University and is working towards his Bachelors in History from the same University.  He is a graduate of Basic Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, and the Maneuver-Senior Leaders Course as well as Drill Sergeant School, Airborne School, Infantry Mortar Leaders Course, Cadre and Faculty Development Course, Master Educators Course, and Army Combatives Level 1 and 2 as well as the Combatives Instructor Course. 

His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (eight OLC’s), the Army Achievement Medal (3 OLC’s), Good Conduct Medal (5th Award), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2 Service Stars), Iraqi Campaign Medal (4 Service Stars), Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal (1 Service Star), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 3), Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 5), NATO Medal, the Drill Sergeant Identification Badge, Basic Instructors Badge, Parachutists Badge, and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge. 

He is married to the former Mary Beth Driscoll of Fort Worth, TX.  They have one son, Henry (3).

Mr. Daniel Izaguirre
Mr. Daniel Izaguirre
Military Science Instructor
KLM Room 417
Texas A&M International University
Phone: 956-326-3009
Email: daniel.izaguirre@tamiu.edu


Mr. Daniel Izaguirre is a native of Brownsville, Texas and commissioned through Reserve Officer Training Corps May 2016 as an Infantry Officer. He is a graduate of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley with a Bachelors Degree in Spanish. 

His assignments include Platoon leader B Co 3rd BN 141st IN, Executive Officer A Co 3rd BN 141st IN.  

His military schools include: ROTC, Infantry Basic Officer Leader Course.

Awards include Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal Army Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, NATO Medal (ISAF).

Contact

Department of Military Science
5201 University Boulevard, KLM Building Room 417, Laredo, TX 78041
Phone: 956-326-2388 E-mail: rotc@tamiu.edu