Ryan A. Cryer is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he was commissioned as an Aviation Officer in 2002. He started his military career in 1995 as an enlisted Soldier serving as a Morse Intercept Operator within the Military Intelligence branch.
Ryan’s assignments include:
Camp Humphrey’s, South Korea (August 2004 – September 2007). B Co 2-52 Aviation Regiment which reflagged to 3-2d General Support Aviation Battalion, (Headquarters Platoon Leader, Forward Support Company Executive Officer, Battalion Logistics Officer, and Flight Platoon Leader).
Fort Hood, Texas (June 2008 – May 2014). 2-227 Aviation Regiment (Battalion S4 and Air Traffic Control Company Commander), Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade (Brigade Battle Major), 4-227 Aviation Regiment (Operations Officer), 2-227 Aviation Regiment (Executive Officer), Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade (Executive Officer).
Hohenfels Germany (July 2014 – May 2017). The Joint Multinational Readiness Center as an Observer, Coach, Trainer [OCT]. Operations Officer OCT, the Deputy Senior Aviation Trainer, and the Brigade Aviation Operations [BAO] Trainer).
Fort Rucker, Alabama (June 2017 – July 2018). Capability developer within the Training and Doctrine Command Capabilities Manager for Aviation Brigades.
His combat deployments include Camp Taji, Iraq (April 2009 – April 2010), as the Battalion Logistics Officer and Air Traffic Control Company Commander. Kunduz, Afghanistan (April 2011- April 2012), as the Operations Officer for 4-227 Aviation Regiment. His most recent deployment to Kandahar, Afghanistan (July 2018 – May 2019), as the Commander of the Special Operations Advisory Team within the Special Operations Joint Task Force with the Special Mission Wing, Special Operations Advisory Group.
Ryan’s education includes a Bachelor of Science in General Management from West Point and a Master of Business Administration from Webster University. He is also graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff Officer Course. Ryan is a Senior Army Aviator and holds ratings in the Observer Helicopter (OH-58A/C), Cargo Helicopter (CH-47D/F), Light Utility Helicopter (UH-72A), and the Hip (MI-17).
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (1-OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (1-OLC), Air Medal (1-OLC), Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (1-OLC), Combat Action Badge, Senior Aviator Badge, and Parachutist Badge.
Lieutenant Colonel Ryan Cryer is married to the former Kimberly Jordan of Enterprise, Alabama and has two children Caroline (10) and Fletcher (9).
MSG Jones is native of Beckley, West Virginia. He entered the United States Army in October 2001 and completed Basic Training and AIT at Fort Sill, Oklahoma as a Cannon Crew Member(13B).
MSG Jones assignments include: Alpha Battery 1st Battalion 6th Field Artillery, Bamberg Germany; Bravo Battery 1stBattalion 41st Field Artillery, Fort Stewart, Georgia; Alpha Battery 2SCR, Vilseck Germany; 2nd Battalion 39th Infantry Regiment, Fort Jackson South Carolina; Alpha Battery 3rd Battalion 7th Field Artillery, Schofield Barracks Hawaii; 2ndBattalion 17th Field Artillery, Joint Base Lewis McChord Washington; University of Oklahoma Army ROTC, Norman Oklahoma.
MSG Jones has completed Basic Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course as a Distinguished Honor Graduate, Senior Leaders Course as a Distinguished Honor Graduate and recipient of the Commandants Writing Award, and the First Sergeants Course. MSG Jones has also completed Drill Sergeant School, Master Resiliency Course, and Sling Load Inspector Course. His deployments include Operation Enduring, and two deployments to Operation Iraqi Freedom.
His Awards include the Bronze Star (1), Meritorious Service Medal (2), Army Commendation Medal (4), Army Achievement Medal (6), Army Good Conduct Medal (6), National Defense Service Ribbon (1), Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (4), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (7), NATO Medal, Drill Sergeant Identification Badge, German Weapons Proficiency Badge, and the Combat Action Badge.
MSG Jones is married to his wife Jennifer Jones and they have two daughters Paislee and Lilly.
MAJ Tanya Jean Buckley was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a BA in International Relations and commissioned into the Army in May 2005. After completing the Chemical Officer Basic Course at Fort Leonard Wood, MO, MAJ Buckley’s first assignment was in 92nd Chemical Company with 3rd Infantry Division. Her assignments included Heavy Decontamination Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer with a 15 month deployment to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait to provide Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) contingency operations in the Middle East.
Upon completion of the Chemical Captains Career Course in 2010, MAJ Buckley transitioned to TRADOC and took command of Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 60th Infantry at Fort Jackson, SC. Following command, MAJ Buckley served as the Battalion Operations Officer for 3rd Battalion, 13th Infantry and as the Brigade Operations Officer for 193rd Infantry Brigade.
In October 2012, MAJ Buckley moved to Fort Polk, LA and served as the Chief of Protocol, coordinating and executing high visibility foreign and domestic visits to JRTC. In 2013, she transitioned to work in the G3 Combat Training Center to work as a planner for Reception, Staging, Onward Movement, Integration (RSOI) operations for JRTC units.
Following graduation of Resident Command and General Staff College in 2016, MAJ Buckley served as the 25th Infantry Division CBRN Plans Officer providing support to exercises in Thailand and Mongolia. MAJ Buckley became the Executive Officer for 25th Infantry Division, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion in 2017, then transitioned to Division CBRN as the Deputy. In 2019, MAJ Buckley became the Executive Officer for U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC) Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion.
Captain Christopher Guthrie was born in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, but completed his secondary education in Oklahoma. In February 2002, he enlisted in the United States Army as a Multiple Launch Rocket System Crewmember, completing his Initial Military Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. In 2005, he reclassified his Military Occupational Specialty to Fire Support Specialist. Captain Guthrie held nearly every key leadership position within the two occupations. His duty positions included MLRS Gunner, Ammunition Team Chief, MLRS Section Chief, Forward Observer, Close Observation Lasing Team Chief, Company Fire Support NCO, Brigade Targeting NCO, Fire Support Specialist AIT Instructor, and Platoon Sergeant.
In May 2012, Captain Guthrie commissioned as a Field Artillery Officer. He holds a Master of Arts in Administrative Leadership from the University of Oklahoma (2019) and a Bachelor of Science from Cameron University (2012).
Captain Guthrie is a graduate of the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, Captains Career Course, Joint Fires Observer Course, Joint Firepower Course, Air Assault, Equal Opportunity Leaders Course, Army Basic Instructor Course, Modern Army Combative Level I, Basic Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Senior Leaders Course, Jungle Operations Training Course, and the Common Faculty Development Instructor Course.
Captain Guthrie’s first duty assignment as an officer was with 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii where he served as Company Fire Support Officer. Afterwards, he served as an Executive Officer for Bravo Battery, Charlie Battery, and Headquarters Battery of 3rd Battalion, 7th Field Artillery. After completing the Field Artillery Captains Career Course, he was assigned to the 428th Brigade at Fort Sill, Oklahoma where he served as a Field Artillery Basic Officer Leaders Course Fire Support instructor, the Fire Support Department Branch Chief, and the Commander of Bravo Battery and Alpha Battery, 1st Battalion, 30th Field Artillery.
Currently Captain Guthrie serves as an Assistant Professor of Military Science at the University of Oklahoma.
His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (2nd Award) the Army Commendation Medal (4th Award), Army Achievement Medal (4th Award), Meritorious Unit Citation (2nd Award), Army Good Conduct Medal (4th Award), National Defense Service Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal (2 Campaign Stars), Global War of Terrorism Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, and the Air Assault Badge. Captain Guthrie is also a recipient of the Order of Saint Barbara.
Captain Guthrie is married to his wife of over 18 years, Jennifer, and they have two children, Joshua (17) and Callee (14).
CPT (P) Sean N. Hoyt is a native of Mission Viejo, California. In 2010, he graduated from the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point. In 2019, he became the only service member to graduate from the Harvard Business Analytics Program at Harvard Business School, with only 184 graduates worldwide.
After USMA graduation, he commissioned as a Transportation Officer (88A) and attended the Transportation Basic Officer Leaders Course at Fort Lee, VA followed by an assignment to Fort Sill, OK. His first assignment was Platoon Leader for C BTRY, 2-18 Field Artillery Regiment (FAR). He then moved to the 69th Forward Support Company (FSC), 2-18 FAR to serve as the Distribution Platoon Leader. After this he served as the 69th FSC Executive Officer for 18 months both in garrison and deployed. Upon his return from deployment, he volunteered for a one year tour in South Korea where he served as the Operations Officer for the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobility and Security of Area IV.
In 2014, he attended the Logistics Captains Career Course in Fort Lee, VA and became a Multifunctional Logistician (90A). His follow on assignment was to Fort Hood, TX. In 2015, he assumed duties as the Fort Hood Movement Control Officer in 49th Transportation Battalion (MC). On 04 December, 2015 he assumed Command of Service Company, 4-5 Air Defense Artillery Battalion in Fort Hood, TX. After serving as the Company Commander for 2 ½ years, both in garrison and deployed, he was selected to serve in the United States Army Recruiting Command. On 01 August, 2018, CPT (P) Hoyt assumed Command of the Fort Lauderdale Recruiting Company where he has successfully lead the Company for 2 years.
His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, four Army Commendation Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, two Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medals, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Korea Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, three Overseas Service Ribbons, the Parachutist Badge, The U.S. Army Recruiter Badge, and was awarded the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara.
SFC Ruble enlisted in the United States Army in June of 2001. He first served at Ft. Campbell, KY as a member of the 1st Brigade Combat team. SFC Ruble served with the 101st until 2007, when he received orders to attend Drill Sergeant School. Upon completion of his training he was assigned to be a Drill Sergeant at Fort Jackson, SC from 2007 until 2009. Upon completion of his duties there he was then stationed at Fort Carson, CO with the 4th Infantry Division. During this time he served as a Bradley Commander, and a dismounted Squad Leader. In 2011 he was stationed in Germany for three years and served as an Infantry Squad Leader and Platoon Sergeant. SFC Ruble was then stationed in FT. Carson, CO again as a member of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team. There he served as a Dismounted Reconnaissance Platoon Sergeant until 2017. In August of 2017, SFC Ruble arrived at the University of Oklahoma where he serves as an MS III Instructor. His awards include the Bronze Star Medal, The Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, The Army Achievement Medal, and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge.
SFC Rubach enlisted in the U.S. Army in September 2003. He first served at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO as a Combat Engineer for Cco 577th, then HHC 577th ENG BN, 1st ENG BDE and then became a Specialized Search Dog hander and deployed to Iraq with the 94th ENG DET (SSD), 5th ENG BN. He was then DA selected to attend Recruiting School. After training he was assigned to be a Recruiter at St. Ann, MO from 2007 until 2010. Upon completion of his USAREC Tour he was stationed at Camp Red Cloud, South Korea as the DIVENG G3 Operation Sergeant from 2010 to 2011. He was then stationed at Ft. Hood, TX with the 1-395th Engineer Regiment and served as an Observer Controller Trainer with First Army DIVWEST till 2013 and then moved to the 91st Brigade Engineer Battalion, 1stCavalry Division. There he served as a Squad Leader then Platoon Sergeant with Apex Company. Upon completion of his Key Leader Development time he became the S3 Assistant Operation Sergeant and then the Company Operation Sergeant with HHC “Reaper Company.” In February 2020, SFC Rubach arrived at the University of Oklahoma where he serves as an MS III Instructor. His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (2OLC), Army Achievement Medal (6OLC), Army Good Conduct medal (5th Award), Army Superior Unit Award, Driver’s Badge (Wheel), Army Gold Recruiting Badge (3S), and the Air Assault Badge.
The University of Oklahoma Professor Military Science is pleased to announce the appointment of:
Mr. Mark E. Woommavovah as The University of Oklahoma Army ROTC “Leadership & Talent Scout” (volunteer position) effective September 1, 2020. Mr. Woommavovah served as OU Army ROTC Senior Military Science Instructor and is the current coach for the Sooner Battalion Running Club. Mr. Woommavovah is a retired Lieutenant Colonel, US Army (31yrs). He will be working with the OU Army Recruiting Officer to produce quality leads and referrals.
Mr. Woommavovah received his commission through OU Army ROTC and a degree from the College of Arts & Science at the University of Oklahoma. He is a former walk-on student athlete for the OU Cross Country team, a member of the OU Alumni Association, OU American Indian Alumni Association, and OU Army ROTC Alumni Association. He is active in the community currently serving as the Volunteer Coach for the Cleveland County YMCA Youth Track and Cross Country Programs. A member of the Children’s Book Authors Association and the Boomer Toastmaster Association. He is the Team Mentor for the Cache High School Football and Track & Cross Country teams. He will be the first to hold the position of Leadership and Talent Scout in the OU Army ROTC’s Program history.
Mr. Woommavovah retired from active duty 1 June 2019 as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Military Police Branch.
Mr. Woommavovah is a native of Cache, Ok, and a member of the Comanche Tribe of Oklahoma. He earned his B.A. Degree in Criminal Justice and Commission as a Military Police Officer from the University of Oklahoma in May 1991.
His previous military assignments include: 181st Infantry Brigade Deputy Commander, Fort McCoy, WI; Full Time Supervisor/Plans Officer, United States Army Pacific Command, Support Unit (USARPAC-SU), Fort Shaftter Flats, Hawaii; Chief of Operations, 9th Mission Support Command, Fort Shafter, Hawaii – Military Police Branch Chief, Human Resource Command, Fort Knox, KY; Military Police Assignment Officer, USARC Human Resource, St Louis, MO; Deputy Provost Marshal, US Army Reserve Command, Fort McPherson, Atlanta, GA; Provost Marshal Operations Chief, Fort McPherson, Atlanta, GA; 530th Military Police Battalion, Adjutant Officer, Omaha, NE; Operation Officer, US Army Recruiting Battalion, Minneapolis, MN.
Mr. Woommavovah’s deployments include: U.S. Army South, Panama, 1991-1992, U.S. Army South New Horizons Guatemala, 1993-1994; U.S. Army South New Horizons El Salvador, 1995-1996; Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, 2003-2005.
His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (4); Joint Service Commendation Medal; Army Commendation Medal (4); Army Achievement Medal (4); and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal. Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal w/”M” device, and the Army Reserve Overseas Training Ribbon.
LTC Woommavovah is married to his wife, Amber, and they have three sons, Marcus and Michael and Dylan.
Mr. Hershel Turner is a native of Lawton, Oklahoma. He entered the United States Army on July 18, 1979. He completed Basic Training and Advance Initial Training at Ft. Sill Oklahoma. Mr. Turner has served in numerous leadership positions from Howitzer Section chief to Command Sergeant Major.
His assignments include Gunner and Howitzer Section Chief, B Battery, 2nd Battalion, 18th Field Artillery, Howitzer Section Chief, A Battery 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery, Drill Sergeant, 1st Battalion, 19th Field Artillery, Gunnery Sergeant, B Battery 2nd Battalion, 11th Field Artillery and Chief of Firing Battery, A Battery, 2nd Battalion, 11th Field Artillery, First Sergeant, 4th Battalion 82nd Field Artillery, First Sergeant, B Battery, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Field Artillery, First Sergeant, Headquarters and Service Battery 2nd Battalion, 2nd Field Artillery, Senior Enlisted Instructor, ROTC, Kent State University, Command Sergeant Major, 3rd Battalion, 30th Field Artillery, and Command Sergeant Major, 2nd Battalion, 15th Field Artillery, CSM for the Division Artillery Schofield Barracks Hawaii, Post CSM for White Sands Missile Range and CSM United States Army Cadet Command. Mr. Turner has been the Recruiting Operations Officer at Seattle University, University of South Alabama and now holds the Recruiting Operations Officer job at University of Oklahoma.
Mr. Turner’s military and civilian education includes Basic Combat Training, Advanced Individual Training, Primary Non-Commissioned Officers Course, Basic Non-Commissioned Officer Course, Advance Non-Commissioned Officer Course, Drill Sergeant School, Air Assault School, Master Fitness School, First Sergeant Course, EO School, Mediation Course, Garrison Installation Course and the Sergeant Majors Academy. He earned his Associates Degree from Pikes Peak Community College and a Bachelor of Science in Leadership Management from Trident University.
His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (2nd award), Meritorious Service Medal (4th Award), Army Commendation Medal (3rd Award), Army Achievement Medal (4 Award), Army Good Conduct Medal (11th Award), National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award), Global War on Terrorism Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (3rd Award), Air Assault Badge, Drill Sergeant Identification Badge.
Mr. Ortiz enlisted in the United States Army in June of 1979. He’s first assignment was in Wiesbaden, Germany from 1979 – 1982 as a supply clerk of the B 2/22 Infantry. Mr. Ortiz served with the 1/4 Cav in Fort Riley, KS until 1982, when completed his 3 years active duty and return back to his hometown in Ponce, Puerto Rico. In June 2001, Mr. Ortiz came back to active duty service and was assigned as a supply NCO to 489th Transportation Company in Jacksonville, FL., in 2003 he received transfers orders to report to 350th Civil Affairs Command, in Pensacola, FL, in 2008 he was assigned as a supply NCO to 141st QM Unit in Tyler, TX, and in 2011 he reports to 673rd Mortuary Operations Unit in Dover, DE, upon completion of his duties there, in 2013 he was then stationed in Aguadilla, PR with the 210th Regional Support Group. During this time he served as the Brigade Senior Logistics NCO. In 2015 he was transfer to the 800th Logistics Brigade as the Brigade Senior NCO in Mustang, OK until retired from the US Army in October 2017. In April of 2018, Mr. Ortiz arrived at the University of Oklahoma where he serves as the OU Army ROTC Supply Technician. His previously awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, The Army Achievement Medal, the National defense Service Medal with bronze star, and the Southwest Asia Service Medal with two bronze star.
Born in Sacramento, CA, I have worked with Law Offices as a Legal Secretary and Financial Corporations reconciling books. I moved to Norman, OK in 1984 and worked for Moore Norman Vocational Technical School as Book store clerk and Receptionist. Enjoyed living in Norman Oklahoma and have made this my permanent home. Ventured out to a new job at the University of Oklahoma working as a temporary secretary at the Dean’s Office College of Business. I then took the temporary secretary job at the Military Science Department Army ROTC at the University of Oklahoma in 1986. I really enjoyed the position here at the Army ROTC and have stayed ever since. I was offered the Government position and was promoted to Military Science Clerk in 1987. My title now is Human Resources Assistant with the Army ROTC and have stayed in this position to present. It is my pleasure to support such fine young men and women, to watch them grow and become Leaders in our United States Army.
Nesha Williams is the Staff Assistant II for the Department of Military Science. She has been with the University for over 7 years and acts as the liaison between the University and the department. She assists our cadre and cadets to navigate through University systems and processes. Nesha is also a student at the University of Oklahoma and will graduate with her Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership in December 2020.
Cadet Brooks Simons was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, and graduated from Jesuit High School of New Orleans in May 2017. Upon graduating from high school, CDT Simons enrolled at the University of Oklahoma where he is pursuing his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Minor in Military Science. After participating in Army ROTC for a semester in a non-contracted capacity, CDT Simons enlisted in the Oklahoma Army National Guard as a Paralegal Specialist (27D) in December 2017 under the Split Training Option. At the conclusion of his freshmen year of college, he attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, from which he graduated in August 2018. The following month CDT Simons returned to the Sooner Battalion and officially contracted into the OU Army ROTC program in September 2018. During the spring semester of his sophomore year, CDT Simons earned a slot to attend Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia from which he graduated in August 2019.
Upon contracting as a cadet, Simons entered the Simultaneous Membership Program and began drilling with the S-1 section on the Battalion Staff for the 345th Combat Support and Sustainment Battalion headquartered in Ada, Oklahoma, in addition to his ROTC responsibilities. During his three years in the program, he has participated on the Color Guard team, Bataan Death March team, Ranger Challenge Team, Sooner Strong 5K planning team, and co-leads the Joint ROTC Bible Study. In addition to his extracurricular involvement, CDT Simons has been a Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, Battalion S-2 Officer, and currently serves as the Cadet Battalion Commander. After graduation, CDT Simons seeks to commission as an Active Duty Medical Service Corps Officer.
Cadet Stinner grew up in the northern suburbs of Chicago. She attended Oklahoma State University and received her Bachelors of Science in Nutritional Sciences with a Minor in Spanish in May 2017. After completing her undergraduate degree, she moved back to Chicago to work as a medical assistant and a scribe in the Emergency Room. While working two jobs, she was also able to pursue her Emergency Medical Technician license. In 2018, she was accepted into the University of Oklahoma’s Masters of Science in Nutritional Sciences program on the OU Health Services Center campus. While studying for her masters and working in a research lab, she decided to join the OU Army ROTC program as a Lateral Entry graduate student. She is also a Baby Buddy at the OU Children’s Hospital in OKC where she spends time with the babies who may not have family present. While studying for her masters and working in a research lab, she decided to join the OU Army ROTC program as a Lateral Entry graduate student. Since joining ROTC, she has helped create opportunities for cadets in the program to volunteer at The Children’s Hospital by visiting and playing with patients. Stinner was awarded the Long Family Scholarship during the Fall 2019 Awards Ceremony which is awarded to the most improved third year cadet. She also served as an NCOIC on the Sooner Strong 5K team. Stinner has fulfilled the roles of Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, and now Command Sergeant Major. Recently, Stinner has joined the Oklahoma National Guard and will drill with Charlie Company in the 700 SPT located in Norman. Upon graduation, Cadet Stinner seeks to commission as a Medical Services Officer in the National Guard.