Joe E. Ramirez, Jr. ’79, Brigadier General, USA (Ret.)Commandant
Brigadier General Joe Ramirez is a native of Houston, Texas and is a graduate of Texas A&M University, where he was a member of the Texas Aggie Band in the Corps of Cadets. He received his commission in the United States Army Field Artillery from Texas A&M in 1979 as a Distinguished Military Graduate.
Byron Stebbins ’78, Colonel, USMC (Ret.)Chief Of Staff
Colonel Stebbins graduated from Texas A&M University in December 1978 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. Colonel Stebbins held a variety of positions within aviation logistics during his 30 years in the Marine Corps.
Colonel Starnes is a graduate of Texas A&M University, Class of 1981. He served for 30 years in the United States Marine Corps, commanding at every level from Artillery Battery to Artillery Regiment. During his years in the Marine Corps, Col Starnes also taught at US Army Field Artillery School at Ft Sill, Oklahoma, attended both the US Naval War College and the US Army War College, and served on joint duty with the US Central Command and as an Exchange Officer with the United Kingdom’s Permanent Joint Headquarters.
Sam Hawes ’81, Colonel, USA (Ret.)Assistant Commandant - Recruiting
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Colonel Hawes received his undergraduate degree in Business Management from Texas A&M University in 1981. While at Texas A&M, COL Hawes was a member of the Corps of Cadets. He achieved the rank of Cadet Major, commanded Company A-1 as a senior cadet, and was a member of the Ross Volunteer Honor Company. As an ROTC cadet he completed U.S Army Airborne and Ranger School, received the Marshall Award as the most outstanding Senior Army ROTC cadet at Texas A&M, and was recognized as an Army ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate.
Dr. Timothy RheaDirector - Bands and Music Activities
Dr. Timothy B. Rhea is Director of Bands and Music Activities at Texas A&M University. As Director of Bands, he serves as administrative head of the university band program (1000 students), serves as conductor of the University Wind Symphony, and is the director of the nationally famous “Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band.” As Director of Music Activities, he additionally oversees the activities of the jazz ensemble, orchestra, and choral programs. Dr. Rhea came to Texas A&M University in June of 1993 following a year of public school teaching in LaPorte, Texas – near Houston.
Jeff Gardner ’82, Lt. Colonel, USAF (Ret.)Director - Sanders Corps Center
Lt Col Gardner assumed the position as the Director of the Sam Houston Sanders Corps of Cadets Center and External Support in August 2008. Prior to his current position, he served as the 1st Wing Cadet Training Officer for the 2007-2008 academic year.
Chris Emmerson ’90, Lt. Colonel, USMCAssistant Commandant - Discipline
Born and raised in Hawaii, Lieutenant Colonel Chris Emmerson ‘90 was commissioned into the Marine Corps after graduation from Texas A&M University where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets Company G-2. Selected as an Assault Amphibian Officer in the 1ST Marine Division, he served as a Platoon Commander with the 13th MEU SOC and with Combat Assault Battalion Okinawa, Japan. While deployed, he led his Platoon during combat operations in Mogadishu, Somalia.
David W. Keller Ph.D. '07Director - Hollingsworth Center for Ethical Leadership
Prior to coming to Texas A&M, Dr. Keller completed a noteworthy 20+ year career in the U.S. Air Force, where he directed all cadet character, ethics, and leadership programs at the United States Air Force Academy, including more than 120 annual seminars and the overseeing the Academy’s acclaimed National Character & Leadership Symposium. He also served as the Deputy Vice Commandant of the Air Force Academy, where he led many of the Academy’s organizational culture & climate change efforts, to include guiding the nation’s largest collegiate peer education team.
Robert (Brad) Brown, Colonel, USAProfessor of Military Science
Colonel Robert (Brad) Brown is a career Armor officer with over 25 years of service in operational and staff assignments in the U.S. Army, and serves currently as the Professor of Military Science at Texas A&M University.
Andrew J. Kostic, Colonel, USMCProfessor of Naval Science
Colonel Andrew J. Kostic is currently assigned as the Professor of Naval Science, Texas A&M University. Colonel Kostic enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1981 and was honorably discharged as a sergeant in 1985. He graduated from Miami University (Ohio) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and was commissioned a second lieutenant in May 1990 through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) program.
Christopher L. Bennett, Colonel, USAFProfessor of Aerospace Studies
Colonel Christopher L. Bennett is Commander of AFROTC Detachment 805, Texas A&M University. The Detachment is the largest in the nation with over 700 cadets enrolled in the fall of 2017. It is one of the nation’s oldest AFROTC programs, having been established in the early 1920s as one of seven Air ROTC units. Detachment 805 has a long and proud lineage of producing the highest quality officers for the United States Air Force that includes 8 of the 9 Texas A&M Four-Star Generals.