LTC Aaron Elliott
Professor of Military Science
LTC Elliott was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army after graduating from the United States Military Academy in 1999.
Following his commissioning and completion of the Initial Entry Rotary Wing Course at Fort Rucker, Alabama; LTC Elliott was assigned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina where he served as an Executive Officer for 2-82 Aviation Regiment and platoon leader for A/2-82 Aviation Regiment deploying his platoon to Bagram, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Upon return from Afghanistan and completion of the Captain’s Career Course, LTC Elliott was assigned to Camp Long, Korea where he served as the Aviation Operations Officer with Combat Support Team One located in the 1st ROK Army Headquarters in Wonju. LTC Elliott subsequently assumed duties as the Commander of C/2-2 Aviation Regiment at Camp Stanley and later Seoul Air Base. After command and completion of Advance Civil Schooling, LTC Elliott joined the Department of Mathematics at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY where he served as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics. After West Point, LTC Elliott was assigned to the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade at Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii and served as the Deputy Operations Officer and Task Force Lightninghorse (2-6 Cavalry Regiment) Executive Officer during Operation Enduring Freedom. After the deployment, he served as the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Operations Officer and Brigade Executive Officer. He was then assigned to a two year joint assignment in Special Operations Command, Pacific’s (SOCPAC) J7-Training, Readiness, and Exercise Directorate as the Exercise Division Chief.
LTC Elliott holds a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy and a Master of Science in Operations Research from Georgica Institute of Technology. He is a graduate of the Aviation Officer Basic Course, the Initial Entry Rotary Wing Course, the Aviation Officer Advanced Course and the United States Army Command and General Staff College.
His military awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Army Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terror Expeditionary and Service Medals, Korea Defense Service Medal, and the NATO Medal. He also earned the Combat Action Badge, the Senior Army Aviator Badge, and the Parachutist Badge.
CPT LaShaunte Trotter
Assistant Professor of Military Science
CPT LaShaunte Trotter is currently serving as the Assistant Professor of Military Science (APMS) for the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) at the University of California-Berkeley. She was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in Air Defense Artillery in 2010 through the Officer Candidate School, Fort Benning, Georgia. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Dillard University- New Orleans, Louisiana in 2003 and her Juris Doctorate from Southern University Law Center-Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 2007.
CPT Trotter served as a Platoon Leader with 4th Battalion, 3rd Regiment Air Defense Artillery and later as Brigade Adjutant for 31st Air Defense Fort Sill, Oklahoma. In 2015, she was assigned as the Battalion S1 to 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, Fort Hood, Texas where she deployed in support of Korea Rotational Force to Camp Casey, South Korea.
CPT Trotter’s military education includes the Air Defense Basic Officer Leader’s Course, Adjutant General’s Officer Advance Course, the Infantry Schools Airborne Basic Course, Unit Movement/Air Load Planner Certification Course, and Army Combatives level one.
CPT Trotter’s military awards and decorations include: Army Accommodation Medal (2-OLC); Army Achievement Medal (3-OLC); National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal , Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, and the Noble Patron of Armor.
MSG Simmons Hugh
Senior Military Instructor
MSG Richard Dooley
MSG Richard Dooley is currently serving as the Military Science Instructor for the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) at the University of California- Berkeley. He enlisted as an Engineer in 2004, and completed the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School (JFKSWCS) – Civil Affairs Qualification Course in 2012. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Methodist University- Fayetteville, North Carolina in 2015 and a Master of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina- Pembroke in 2017.
MSG Dooley served several positions within the 37th Engineer Battalion (Combat)(Airborne) while stationed at Fort Bragg, NC including: Carpentry and Masonry Specialist and Construction Section Leader. While an Engineer, MSG Dooley deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom- Afghanistan (OEF-A) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). He went on to voluntarily reclassify as a Civil Affairs Non-Commissioned Officer (CANCO) by successfully completing the 52-week Civil Affairs Qualification Course in 2012. MSG Dooley then served as a Civil Affairs Team Sergeant deployed in support of OEF-A, and later a Civil Military Operations Center Senior NCO in the 83rd Civil Affairs Battalion stationed at Fort Bragg, NC.
MSG Dooley’s military education includes: Basic Combat Training, Common Engineer Training, Construction Engineer Course, Airborne School, Combat Lifesavers Course, Combatives Level 1, Basic Leaders Course, Advance Leaders Course, Senior Leader Course, Civil Affairs Qualification Course, Equal Opportunity Leaders Course, Individual Terrorism Awareness Course, Security Assistance Orientation Training, Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE), Anti-Terrorism Force Protection Level II, and Gryphon Group Mobile Force Protection Course.
MSG Dooley’s military awards and decorations include: Bronze Star Medal (2-OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (2-OLC), Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (5-OLC), Meritorious Unit Citation (2-OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (4), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (3 Campaign Stars), Iraq Campaign Medal (1 Campaign Star), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 3), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 2), NATO Medals- ISAF (2), Basic Parachutist Badge, and German Parachutist Badge.
U.S. Army Reserve Officer Support
MAJ Daniel Morse
MAJ Dan Morse is a 2005 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Systems Engineering and was commissioned in the Aviation Branch as a Second Lieutenant. He completed flight school as the Distinguished Honor Graduate in 2006 and received a rotary wing pilot rating in the UH-60 Blackhawk.
MAJ Morse’s first assignment was with the 4-3 Assault Helicopter Battalion (AHB), 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB) out of Hunter Army Airfield, GA. He served 27 months as an Assault Flight Platoon Leader, to include a 15-month deployment to Baghdad, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). Upon returning from OIF, MAJ Morse favorably assessed for the 160th Special Operation Aviation Regiment (Airborne) (SOAR).
From 2009-2010 he received Special Operations training at Fort Campbell, KY and earned a rating in the special mission variant of the Blackhawk. MAJ Morse was then assigned to C Company, 4th Battalion, 160th SOAR at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in 2010 and served as an Assault flight Platoon Leader for 22 months. He completed multiple combat deployments to Operation New Dawn in Iraq and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, while also supporting multilateral training exercises within the Pacific Command (PACOM).
In 2012, MAJ Morse took command of A Company, 2-158th AHB, 16th CAB. As the Assault Helicopter Company commander, he led the unit through UH-60M fielding and qualifications, as well as the Brigade’s first combat training rotation at the National Training Center (NTC).
MAJ Morse returned to 4-160th SOAR in 2010, to serve as the Operations Officer and Liaison Officer to the Special Operation Command Pacific (SOCPAC). He completed another combat deployment to Afghanistan in support of Resolute Support Mission and Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, while continuing to support international training exercises within PACOM.
In 2015, MAJ Morse transitioned to the Army Reserve and joined the 4-414th Senior ROTC Battalion providing support to ROTC programs at universities across the United States. MAJ Morse has been supporting the Golden Bear Battalion as an MSII instructor and cadre since September 2015.
MAJ Morse is rated in the UH-60A, UH-60L, UH-60M, MH-60L, and MH-60M helicopters. His awards and decorations include: Meritorious Service Medal (1OLC), Air Medal (Numeral 2), Army Commendation Medal (1OLC), Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghan Service Campaign Medal (3 Service Stars), Iraq Service Campaign Medal (2 Service Stars), Global War on Terrorism Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Presidential Unit Citation Award, Valorous Unit Award, Senior Aviator Badge, and Combat Action Badge.
MAJ Emma Cuevas
CPT Nathan Chang
CPT Nathan Chang is currently serving as a Troop Program Unit (TPU) Assistant Professor of Military Science (APMS) for the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) at the University of California- Berkeley. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Military Police (MP) Corps in 2006 through Officer Candidate School- Accelerated. He received his Bachelor of Arts in International Studies with an emphasis in Political Science and a double minor in History and Spanish from Norwich University in 2007.
CPT Chang’s military education includes Basic Combat Training (BCT), Accelerated Officer Candidate School, Basic Officer Leadership Course II, Military Police Basic Officer Leadership Course, Anti-Terrorism Force Protection LVL II course, and the MP Captain Career Course Phase I-III.
CPT Chang’s first assignment as a Commissioned Officer was as a Platoon Leader for the Military Police Detachment of the 86th STB (MTN), VT ARNG. Upon transferring to the CA ARNG, CPT Chang served as a Platoon Leader in the 870th MP Company as well as the Executive Officer for the 270th MP CO, 49th MP BN CA ARNG. He then deployed to Iraq in 2010 and served in the 224th Sustainment Brigade as the Director of Security for Contingency Operating Base (COB) Adder. Upon returning from his deployment, CPT Chang completed two Company Command rotations, serving as the Company Commander for the HHC, 49th MP BDE and the 670th MP CO, 185th MP BN, 49th MP BDE.
CPT Chang’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, the Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device, the Army Service Ribbon, the Army Overseas Service Ribbon, the Meritorious Unit Award, and the Combat Action Badge.