MAJ Travis D. Buehner

Professor of Military Science
Department Chairman
Office: (805) 893-3042

Major Travis Buehner is a native of San Diego, California.  In 2001, he graduated from San Diego State University and began his military career, receiving his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Aviation Branch.

MAJ Buehner earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from San Diego State University in 2001 and a Masters of Policy Management from Georgetown University in 2011.  His military education includes the Aviation Officer Basic Course, Aviation Captain Career Course and Command and General Staff College.

His previous assignments include: platoon leader, assistant S-3, battle captain and battalion S4 while assigned to 1st Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment , Fort Bragg, NC; company commander while assigned to A Company, 3rd Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, Fort Bragg, NC; Army JCS/OSD/ARSTAF Intern, military intern to the Office of the Deputy Secretary of Defense and Army Senate Legislative Liaison Officer while assigned to the Military District of Washington; battalion XO while assigned to 3rd Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, Fort Carson, CO; brigade XO while assigned to the Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, CO; Command Inspector General, while assigned to 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, CO. 


MAJ Buehner’s military awards and badges include; Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, NATO Medal and the Senior Army Aviator Badge.

He is married and has three children.

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MSG Renaldo Armstrong

Senior Military Science Instructor
Office: (805) 893-2769

Master Sergeant Armstrong was born in Wilmington, North Carolina. He enlisted in the United States Army on 10 October 1999, attended Basic Training at Fort Bliss, Texas, and attended Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

Master Sergeant Armstrong’s duty positions and assignments include: Avenger Team Chief D Btry 1-44 Fort Hood, Texas. Avenger Section Sergeant, E Btry 1-44 Fort Hood TX. Btry Operations SGT, E Btry 1-44 AMD Fort Bliss, TX. Brigade S-2 SGM 11th BDE Fort Bliss, TX. Helipad Operation NCOIC, 1CD Fort Hood, TX. USD-C MITT First Sergeant, Camp Liberty, Iraq. Advanced Individual Training Platoon Sergeant, Fort Sill, OK. BDE S-3 NCOIC FWD, Ft Hood, Texas; Alpha 4-5 ADA BN First Sergeant.

Master Sergeant Armstrong’s Military and civilian education includes Primary Leadership Development Course(PLDC), Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course(BNCOC), Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course(ANCOC), Sexual Assault Response Coordinator Course, Advanced Individual Training Course, SHARP Course and Master Resiliency Trainer Course. He is currently completing his Associate Degree with American Military University.

Master Sergeant Armstrong’s awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (1thOLC , Army Commendation Medal (7thOLC), Army Achievement Medal (2thOLC), Valorous Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Good Conduct Medal (4th Award), National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal (5th Award), Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 3), Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Service Ribbon (5th Award), Order of the Spur, Order of Saint Barbara.

CPT Adam R. Harris

Assistant Professor of Military Science
Executive Officer
Office:  (805) 893-3042

Captain Adam R. Harris received his commission in the Quartermaster Corps from the Officer Candidate Course at Fort Benning, Georgia.  CPT Harris’s past assignments include tours of duty at:   Fort Lee, VA attached to 82nd STB out of Fort Bragg, NC under the 111th QM Mortuary Affairs Company.   He first deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from 2012-2013 as the OIC for the Mortuary Affairs Collection Points throughout Afghanistan.  CPT Harris then served as the forward deployed Theatre Mortuary Affairs Commander in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Inherent Resolve from 2014-2015.  CPT Harris was responsible for taking care of our Nations Fallen Heroes across Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait.  In October 2015, CPT Harris arrived in Korea and served as the Battalion S4 OIC under 2ID Sustainment Brigade at Camp Carroll.  From May 2016 to November 2017, CPT Harris commanded the 662nd Movement Control Team.

CPT Harris holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Union University as well as a Master of Arts degree in Education from Southwestern Seminary.  Prior to serving in the Army, CPT Harris worked as a Financial Advisor for Raymond James in Orlando, Florida.  His Military education includes: the Quartermaster Officer Basic Course, the Combined Logistics Captains Career Course, Mortuary Affairs course, Contracting Officer Representative Course, and Combatives Level I.

CPT Harris’s awards and decorations include: the Bronze Star; the Meritorious Service Medal (1 OLC); the Army Achievement Medal; the National Defense Service Medal; the Afghanistan Campaign Medal – Campaign Star; the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.

In his downtime, CPT Harris enjoys running, traveling and Golf. He recently completed his third year of training for the Army 10-Miler with the Fort Lee 10-Miler team.

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Ms. Patricia Dent

Business Manager
Office: (805) 893-3042

Ms. Patricia Dent was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California. She was in the Army JROTC program at San Marcos High School and was a member of the Color Guard and Drill Team.

She has a degree in Administration of Justice, a Certificate in Digital Design Basics, and is fluent in French.

Ms. Dent has been working at UC Santa Barbara since 2001. She has held positions as the Financial Affairs Assistant in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, the Financial Specialist in the Department of Physics, and the Financial Coordinator in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture. She has been in the Department of Military Science (ROTC) since 2011.

Ms. Dent is certified in Academic Personnel and Contract and Grant Administration from the University of California, Santa Barbara. In the fall of 2012 she attended the Business Officer Institute in San Francisco, California and received a Ceritficate of Proficiency, completed the Supervisory Certificate Program in the Spring of 2013, the UCSB Human Resources Academy in the Summer of 2014, and the Financial Management Certificate Program in the Spring of 2015.  She completed training with the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) sponsored by FEMA in 2013, and is a certified responder in cases of emergencies or disasters.

Ms. Dent's awards include The Commander's Award for Public Service from the Department of the Army, awarded in Spring 2015, and the UCSB Staff Citation of Excellence award, received in the Spring of 2014.  

Mr. Josh Nieratko

Recruitment Operations Officer
Office: (805) 893-2769

Mr. Josh Nieratko was born in Santa Barbara, CA and retired from the military in 2014. He enlisted in the Army on 1 March 1994 as a Military Policeman. He completed Basic Training and Advanced Individual training at Fort McClellan, Alabama. He was stationed at Fort Hamilton, New York from 1995-1996, Korea from 1996-1997, Fort Bliss, Texas from 1997-1998, Mannheim, Germany from 1998-2001, Fort Polk, Louisiana from 2001-2005, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri from 2005-2008, Ford Drum, New York from 2008-2011, And San Luis Obispo from 2011-2014. He served two tours in Iraq in 2003 (204th Military Police Company) and 2008 and one tour in Afghanistan in 2010 with the 10th Mountain Division.

Mr. Nieratko has held numerous leadership positions including First Sergeant, Provost Marshal’s Operation Sergeant, Instructor, Drill Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant, Squad Leader, and Team Leader.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (2 OLC)m the Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC), the Army Commendation Medal (3 OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (5 OLC), the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Valorous Unit Award, the Meritorious Unit Citation, the Army Superior Unit Award, the Army Good Conduct Medal (6th Award), the National Defense Service Medal (1 bronze star), the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1 bronze star), the Southwest Asia Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal (2 bronze star), the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Campaign Medal, the Korea Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Service Medal, the NATO Medal (2), the Drill Sergeant Identification Badge, the Combat Action Badge, the Air Assault Badge, and the Sergeant Morales Medallion.

Mr. Nieratko’s military education includes the Warrior Leader Course, Senior Leader Course, Advanced Leadership Course, Army Instructor Course, Air Assault and Drill Sergeant Course, he holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of La Verne in Business Administration, and is working towards his Master's degree.

He is a single father of two children. 

Mr. Ehren S. Miller

Training Officer
Office:  (805) 893-2769

Mr. Ehren Miller hails from Carson City, Nevada and graduated from Carson High School.  Mr. Miller is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point with the Class of 2004 and commissioned as a Second Lieutenant within the Armor Branch on 29 May 2004.

Mr. Miller earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Military History and Military Art and Science from the United States Military Academy at West Point.  His military education includes the Armor Officer Basic Course, the Maneuver Captain Career Course, and is a qualified Civil Affairs Officer within the US Army Reserve and currently serves as a Army Reserve Civil Affairs officer.

Mr. Miller’s previous assignments include: scout platoon leader, assistant S-3, MiTT platoon leader and HHT executive officer while assigned to 8-10 CAV of 4BDE 4ID, Fort Hood, TX; S-4 for 3-81 AR, troop commander of D Troop, 5-15 CAV (19D OSUT), and Armor School chief of current operations, Fort Knox, KY and to Fort Benning, GA; commander of D Company, 2-8 CAV of 1BDE 1CD and chief of current operations 1BDE 1CD, Fort Hood, TX; company primary OC/T while assigned to the Tarantula Team, Operations Group, Fort Irwin, CA.


Mr. Miller’s military awards and badges include: Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (3 OLC), Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal (3 Bronze Stars) Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (2nd Award), Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, Noble Order of St. George, Order of the Spur, Order of the Golden Hummer.

He is married.