University Closure: Due to forecasted severe weather, the University of Central Oklahoma will close at noon today, Monday, May 20. Offices will close and all classes are canceled after that time.
Cadre and Staff
LTC Kelly R. Mau
Professor of Military Science
Lieutenant Colonel Kelly R. Mau was commissioned as a quartermaster Second Lieutenant in Aug. 2002 in the U.S. Army. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in General Education from Pittsburg State University. Lieutenant Colonel Mau received a Master of Arts in Management from Webster’s University in 2014. Mau’s operational deployments include Iraq and Kuwait. Mau arrived at UCO on June 25, 2018. Prior, she served as the executive officer to the Commanding General, 86th Training Division, Fort McCoy, WI.
MSG Aldo Gonzalez
Senior Military Instructor
Master Sergeant Aldo H. Gonzalez was born and raised in San Diego California. He entered military service Aug. 5, 1999, attending Infantry (OSUT) basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia. MSG Gonzalez has held every enlisted leadership position from team leader to first sergeant. Gonzalez is a graduate of American Military University.
MSG Willis Blackshire
MSG Willis R. Blackshire was born in Huntington, Texas Feb. 27, 1981. He graduated from Gary Job Corps Center San Marcos, Texas Welding program in Feb. 2001. He enlisted shortly after and was sent to Fort Sill, Oklahoma for Field Artillery Basic and OSUT, follow by Airborne School in Fort Benning, Georgia. MSG Blackshire’s combat deployments include two tours to Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) Iraq and two to Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) Afghanistan and one to Kuwait/ Iraq in support of Operation Spartan Shield (OSS) and Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) for a total of 62 months of combat time.
SFC Luis Robles
Military Science Instructor MS2
Luis R. Robles was born in Passaic, New Jersey Dec. 21, 1976. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment in 1997. On Sept. 11, 2001, SFC Robles commenced his Special Forces Weapons Sergeant training and earned the Green Beret in Oct. 2002, assigned to 7th Special Forces Group, joining the 1st Battalion in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In 2007 SFC Robles was assigned as cadre at the Special Forces Qualification Course. SFC Robles served as a Special Forces Detachment Weapons Sergeant on ODA’s 715 for four combat deployments and multiple peace-keeping missions. He also has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Science (History) from Campbell University College.
Military Science Instructor MSI Instructor
Nadig is a retired military officer with 24 years of service in the United States Army. He was commissioned as an engineer Second Lieutenant in 1993, upon graduation from the Virginia Military Institute. During his Army career, Nadig’s operational and training deployments included Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; Bosnia-Herzegovina; Kuwait; Iraq; Afghanistan; Korea; Japan; and, India. Nadig has a Master of Science degree in Engineering and Technology Management from Oklahoma State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the Virginia Military Institute.
Human Resources Administrator (HRA)
Shryock has been the human resources administrator for the Military Science (ROTC) Department at UCO since March 2000. He brings over 28 years of military experience as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Reserve.
Moore earned his Bachelor’s degree in History from Pittsburg State University and his Master’s degree in Security Management from Webster University. He was commissioned as an active duty quartermaster officer in 2007. He would later transfer into the Military Intelligence Corps. He served nine years in the U.S. Army and Missouri Army National Guard. He is a Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom ‘08-‘09, Operation Iraqi Freedom ‘10-‘11 and Operation New Dawn.
Morris is a retired sergeant first class in the U.S. Army Infantry. He was born in Manila, Philippines and grew up in Bethany, Oklahoma. Morris entered the U.S. Navy Nov. 22, 1993. He deployed in support of Operations Uphold Democracy, NATO Operation Deliberate Force in the Bosnia and Herzegovina War and deployed twice to the Gulf of Mexico conducting Counter Drug Operations. On April 6, 1998, Morris enlisted in the U.S. Army as an 11B and attended Basic Training at Fort Benning, GA home of the Infantry. Morris has held leadership position as a team leader thru company first sergeant.
Brede is a retired officer with 30 years of service in the U.S. Army. He first entered the Army in 1988, where he served as a soldier and noncommissioned officer before selection in the Army’s Green-to-Gold program. He was commissioned as an aviation officer in 1996 from Tarleton State University. Brede holds a B.A. in History and a B.A. in Political Science from Tarleton State University, and an M.A. in International Relations from Webster University. He will earn his M.A. in Educational Administration from the University of Louisville in May 2019.