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H. Jimmy Ta 

Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army

Department Chair and Professor of Military Science 
3875 Holman Street, Rm 14, Houston, TX 77204-6014
Phone: 713-743-3875

Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Hung J. Ta was born and raised in Houston, Texas.  He attended the University of Houston where he graduated and commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 2004.

LTC Ta’s commissioned Army service began at the Chemical Officer Basic Course at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.  His first operational assignment was at Fort Carson, Colorado with the 2nd Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment where he served as the Squadron Chemical Officer during a deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2005-2006.  After redeploying to Fort Carson, he attended the Adjutant General Captains Career Course (AGCCC) at Fort Jackson, South Carolina from 2007-2008.  Following graduation from AGCCC, he was assigned within the United States Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina where he served as the Battalion S-1 to the 98th Civil Affairs Battalion and subsequently as the Brigade S-1 to the 95th Civil Affairs Brigade from 2008-2010.  In September 2010, he was stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington and was assigned to the 6th Military Police Group (CID), United States Army Criminal Investigation Command, where he served as the Group S-1 until February 2013.  In March 2013, he deployed as an individual augmentee in support of Operation Enduring Freedom serving as an Operations Officer and Human Resources Advisor for NATO Training Mission – Afghanistan at Camp Eggers in Kabul, Afghanistan.  Following redeployment in January 2014, he performed duties as a Plans Officer for 6th Military Police Group (CID) for three months prior to departing for resident Intermediate Level Education (ILE) at Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island.  After completion and graduation from ILE, he was requested by the 25th Infantry Division for assignment at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii where he first served as the Brigade S-1 for the 25th Infantry Division Artillery from 2015-2017.  He was then selected to serve as the Deputy Division G-1 for the 25th Infantry Division headquarters from 2017-2018.  LTC Ta culminated his four-year Hawaii tour in June 2019 by serving the last fourteen months as the Secretary of the General Staff for the 25th Infantry Division.  In July 2019, LTC Ta returned to his alma mater and began his latest assignment as the Professor of Military Science at the University of Houston.

LTC Ta’s civilian education includes a Bachelor of Science in Human Development from the University of Houston and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.  His military education includes the Chemical Officer Basic Course, the Adjutant General Captains Career Course, and the United States Navy College of Naval Command and Staff.

LTC Ta’s military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and the Combat Action Badge.

 

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Omar Maldonado

Master Sergeant, U.S. Army

Senior Military Instructor
3875 Holman Street, Rm 22, Houston, TX 77204-6014
Phone: 713-743-8066

Master Sergeant Omar E. Maldonado entered the Army in April 2003 and attended Infantry One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Ft. Benning Georgia. Throughout his career, MSG Maldonado has served in a variety of enlisted positions including M240B Gunner, Team Leader, Squad Leader, Ranger Instructor, Platoon Sergeant, Brigade Plans NCOIC and Battalion Operations NCOIC, Senior Infantry Tactical Advisor, CJOC Sergeant Major and HHC First Sergeant. He has served during five combat deployments; most which were in leadership or primary staff positions. He served in Operation Inherent Resolve, Operation Enduring Freedom II, X-XI, XIV- XIV, and Operation Iraqi Freedom I. MSG Maldonado’s previous duty assignments include 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC (2003-2006); 5th Ranger Training Battalion, Dahlonega, Ga (2006- 2009); 3rd Battalion 4th Infantry Regiment, 170th Infantry Division, Baumholder Germany (2009-2012); 6th Ranger Training Battalion, Eglin AFB (2012-2016); 3rd Army, ASG-Qatar (WIAS Tasking 2014-2015); Security Assistance Training Management Organization (2015-2017); 101st Airborne Division 3BCT 2-506 INF RGT (2017-2020) 5th BDE; and the University of Houston (2020-Present).

Master Sergeant Maldonado’s military education includes Warrior Leaders Course; Basic Non-Commissioned Officer Course , Senior Leaders Course, Airborne School, Air Assault Course, OPSEC Level II, Total Army Instructor Course, Tactical Certification Course, Army Basic Instructor Course, Combative Tactical Master Trainer Course, Mountain Warfare School Summer and Winter, Joint Professional Military Education I (JPME I) , Unit Prevention Leader, Combat Lifesaver Course, Battle Staff NCO Course, Jumpmaster Course Company Commander-First Sergeant Pre-Command Course and Ranger School.

His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (4 Oak Leaf Cluster), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (3 Oak Leaf Cluster), Joint Service Achievement Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Achievement Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Good Conduct Award (5th Award), Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Ram’s Head, Senior Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, German Armed Forces Badge- Schützenschnur, and the Order of Saint Maurice.

Master Sergeant Maldonado holds an Associates Degree in General Studies from American Military University. Working towards a BA in Management.

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Justin Eley

Captain, U.S. Army

Assistant Professor of Military Science
3875 Holman Street, Rm 18, Houston, TX 77204-6014
Phone: 713-743-7599

Captain Justin Eley is a Signal Officer who served as an Infantry lieutenant for the first four years of his career. He has since transferred to the Signal Corps. Both graduating and commissioning from Pacific Lutheran University as a member of Phi Alpha Theta academic honor society, he earned his Bachelor of Arts in History.

During his nine-year career, Captain Eley has held the positions of Infantry Platoon Leader, Battalion Signal Officer, and Company Commander. In 2015 he mobilized to Thailand, Korea, and the Philippines in support of Operation Pacific Pathways. He has also deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. While in Iraq and serving as a Company Commander, he administrated the Network Enterprise Center of Qayyarah West Air Base

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Steven Seifen

Captain, U.S. Army

Assistant Professor of Military Science
3875 Holman Street, Rm 28, Houston, TX 77204-6014
Phone: 713-743-3875

 

Captain Steven Seifen is a Signal Officer who served as an Armor Officer for the first two years of his career.  As an Air Force brat, he grew up in multiple places including South Carolina, Guam, Virginia and New Mexico.  After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Eastern New Mexico University he commissioned through the Army’s Officer Candidate School.  During his 10-year career Captain Seifen has held the positions of Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, Battle Captain, Battalion S6 and Observer Coach/Trainer. He has deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and to Kuwait in support of Operation Spartan Shield. 

 

 

 

Matthew Streams

Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army

Training Non-commissioned Officer
3875 Holman Street, Houston, TX 77204-6014
Phone: 713-743-9387

Sergeant First Class Matt Streams is an Airborne Cavalry Scout with over 10 years of service.  He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Radford University.  Staff Sergeant Streams has served in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  He has trained with several Allied Nations Armed Forces on the application of reconnaissance and surveillance in the warfighting function.  His military awards include the Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal with 3 Oak Leave Clusters, the Army Good Conduct Medal (3rd award), Parachutist Badge, Japanese Airborne Wings, and the Combat Action Badge.

 

Mr. Shawn Chase

Mr. Shawn Chase

Supply Tech
3875 Holman, Rm 28
Houston, TX 77204-6014
Phone: 713-743-3878

Mrs. Susan Mangum

Ms. Susan Mangum

Program Coordinator/Academic Advisor
3875 Holman, Rm 28
Houston, TX 77204-6014
Phone: 713-743-3875

Ms. Audrey Smith

Human Resources Assistant
3875 Holman, Rm 28
Houston, TX 77204-6014
Phone: 713-743-3881

Mr. Matthew Rizzo

Academic Admission/Enrollment Officer
3875 Holman, Rm 26
Houston, TX 77204-6014
Office: 713-743-3883       Cell: 936-414-3084

armyrotc@uh.edu 

Mr. Roland Thomas

Assistant Academic Admission/Enrollment Officer
3875 Holman, Rm 26
Houston, TX 77204-6014
Phone: 713-743-4954 

armyrotc@uh.edu