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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.

 

MSG Sweeny

Sean Sweeney

Master Sergeant, U.S. Army

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

1SG Sweeney was born in Philadelphia, PA on 10 August, 1986. He enlisted in the Army in November 2004. After basic training and airborne school, PFC Sweeney was assigned to the 3rd Ranger Battalion where he deployed twice, once to Afghanistan and once Iraq. SPC Sweeney was then reassigned to the 1st Infantry Division in May 2007.

               SPC Sweeney deployed twice to Iraq with 1st ID, once as a Team Leader and once as a Squad Leader, and was subsequently selected to be a Drill Sergeant at Fort Jackson, S.C., in August, 2012. After serving three years as a Drill Sergeant, the final 2 ½ years as a Senior Drill Sergeant, SFC Sweeney was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade in Vicenza, Italy.

SFC Sweeney was a Platoon Sergeant for Battle Company for 2 years, completing numerous multinational live fire events from Team up to Company level. SFC Sweeney was subsequently selected as the Battle Company First Sergeant for his final 10 months in Italy and led the company thorough 2 company live fire events as well as EIB. While assigned to Battle company, SFC Sweeney was selected for promotion to Master Sergeant and was reassigned to the 3rd Infantry Regiment, “The Old Guard”, in July 2018. 

               First Sergeant Sweeney completed over 2 ½ years a the HHC 4/3 First Sergeant within the Old Guard which included The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Platoon and the United States Army Drill Team. In addition to ensuring both these unique platoons were manned and equipped, MSG Sweeney played an integral part for the State Funeral of President George H.W. Bush, the 2020 riot response in Washington DC, the 2021 Presidential Inauguration, and countless Army retirement ceremonies and Presidential and VIP wreath laying ceremonies at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. In early 2021, 1SG Sweeney was selected to become the Senior Military Instructor at The University of Houston.

               1SG Sweeney’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3rd Award), Army Commendation Medal (6th Award), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (6th Award), Army Good Conduct Medal (5th Award), Afghanistan Campaign Medal,  Iraq Campaign Medal, GWOT Expeditionary Medal, GWOT Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (4th Award). 1SG Sweeney is also a member of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club, Sergeant Morales Club, and was inducted into the Prestigious Order of Saint Maurice (Legionnaire). 1SG Sweeney is also a lifetime member of the National Infantry Association, Society of the 1st Infantry Division, the 173rd Airborne Brigade Association, and The Old Guard Association.

               1SG Sweeney has attended schools including Airborne School, Pathfinder School, Sniper School, Jumpmaster School, the Master Fitness Trainer Course, Master Resiliency Trainer Course, SHARP Foundation Course, and the Equal Opportunity Leader Course. 1SG Sweeney has attended every level of NCOES up to and including the Master Leader Course. 1SG Sweeney earned his Bachelors degree in Business Administration and is working towards his Masters of Business Administration – Strategic 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. 

 

 

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Timothy Gilley

Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army

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

 

 

SFC Gilley enlisted into the United States Army as a 19K Armor Crewman on September 15th 2005. He spent 9 months in the delayed entry program and then attended One Station Unit Training at Ft Knox, Kentucky on June 22nd, 2006. After graduating OSUT his first assignment was as an Abrams Main Battle tank driver in 1-64 Armor Battalion Ft Stewart, GA. SFC Gilley has been stationed in many different locations throughout his 14 years in the Army. Ft Stewart, GA. Ft Carson, CO. Ft Benning, GA. Newark, NJ. Ft Irwin, CA. Marietta, GA, and now Houston, TX. He has been assigned as a Tank Driver, Tank Loader, Tank Gunner, Tank Commander, Section Sergeant, and Platoon Sergeant respectively. He has also served as a Regular Army Recruiter.

He is affiliated with the following units: 1-64 Armor 2nd BDE, 3ID. 1-68 Armor 3rd BDE 4ID. 1-15 IN 3rd BDE 3ID. Newark Recruiting Company, Mid-Atlantic Recruiting BN. 2/11 Armored Cavalry Regiment (Blackhorse), and the Marietta Recruiting Company, Atlanta Recruiting BN.

He has completed three overseas deployments including: Operation Iraqi Freedom 5, from April 2007 to August 2008. Operation New Dawn, Iraq from March 2010 to March 2011, and Kuwait in support of Operation Enduring Freedom / Spartan Shield from June 2012 through Feb 2013.

His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal (6th oak leaf), the Army achievement medal (3rd Oak Leaf), The Army Good Conduct Medal (4th), The National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal (2nd), the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Non-Commissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon (3rd), the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon (3rd), Certificate of Achievement, the Silver Recruiting Badge, the Combat Action Badge, and both wheeled and tracked vehicle drivers badges.

 

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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

Major Leo Fischer

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

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