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    LTC John Ring, Professor of Military Science

    Professor of Military Science - Department of Military Science

    Lieutenant Colonel John D. Ring was selected as the Professor of Military Science at Colorado State University Pueblo in April of 2017.  He serves as the Professor of Military Science to a corps of 140 Cadets and 12 Cadre.  He oversees the curriculum and instruction for all Cadets from freshman year to commissioning as Second Lieutenants, supervises departmental budgets from Colorado State University and the Department of Defense, directs recruiting efforts across the region of Colorado and the neighboring states, institutes departmental policies synchronized with Colorado State University Pueblo and all federal agencies, and governs campus-based and national scholarships within the program.

    Degrees and Certifications

    • B.S. Environmental Science and Systems Engineering, USMA, West Point, NY, 1994
    • US Army Flight School, Ft Rucker, AL, 1995  (UH-1, OH-58, UH-60)
    • M.A. Counseling and Leader Development, Long Island University, NY, 2003
    • Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS, 2009
    • Center for Homeland Defense and Security Executive Leader Program, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterrey, CA, 2015

    Operational Assignments

    • 1995-1999 Assistant operations Officer and Platoon Leader, OH-58 Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance
    • 1999-2000 Adjutant, 4th Aviation Brigade, Camp Comanche, Bosnia-Herzegovina
    • 2000-2002 Commander, A company, 2-10 Aviation Regiment, Fort Drum, NY
    • 2004-2005 Instructor, United States Military Academy, West Point, NY
    • 2006-2009 Operations Officer, Defense Coordination Element, Philadelphia, PA
    • 2010-2011 Chief of Operations and Chief of Task Force Security, 2nd Stryker Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, Salah Ad Din and Diyala Provinces, Iraq
    • 2011-2014 Chief Instructor, NORAD and USNORTHCOM Command Center, Peterson AFB, CO
    • 2015-2017 Professor of Military Science, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
    • 2017-Present Professor of Military Science, Colorado State University Pueblo, Pueblo, CO


    • Bronze Star
    • Defense Meritorious Service Medal
    • Meritorious Service Medal (3)
    • Army Commendation Medal (3)
    • Army Achievement Medal
    • National Defense Service Medal (2)
    • Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
    • Iraqi Campaign Medal
    • Global War on Terrorism Medal
    • Army Service Ribbon
    • Overseas Service Ribbon
    • NATO Medal
    • Joint Meritorious Unit Award
    • Meritorious Unit Commendation
    • Combat Action Badge
    • Aviator Badge
    • Parachutist Badge

    CPT William J. Reilly, Assistant Professor of Military Science

    CPT William Reilly joined the Army in May 2000 and attended Infantry Basic Training at Fort Benning, Georgia. After earning the rank of Sergeant First Class, as a Special Forces Weapon Specialist, he received his commission through the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in December of 2008. CPT Reilly holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice, a Master of Science Degree in Forensic Science, and is currently a Doctoral Candidate for a PhD in Forensic Psychology.

    His military education includes Airborne School, Warrior Leader Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Special Forces Weapons Sergeant Course, Survival Evasion Resistance Escape (SERE), Special Operations Language School, Special Force Advanced Urban Combat Course, Ranger School, Special Forces Senior and Master Mountaineer Courses, HAZMAT Certification Course, Basic Officer Leader Course, Military Police Officer Basic Course, Unit Movement Officer Course, Airload Planner Course, El Paso County Basic S.W.A.T. Course, Battlefield Forensic Course, Combat Life Saver Course, Antiterrorism Program Manager Course, Customs Border Clearance Agent Course, Air Assault School, Pathfinder School, Military Police Captains Career Course, and the SOCC Instructor Training Course.

    His assignments include Junior Weapon Sergeant, ODA 732, 7th Special Forces Group (A), Fort Bragg, NC; Air Movement NCO, 1st BN, 7th Special Forces Group (A), Fort Bragg, NC; Senior Weapon Sergeant, ODA 081, and Special Forces Mountaineer Instructor, 10th Special Forces Group (A), Fort Carson, CO; Platoon Leader, 59th MP Company, Fort Carson, CO; Executive Officer and Special Reaction Team OIC, 148th MP Detachment, Fort Carson, CO; Assistant Operations Officer, 4th Special Troops Battalion, 4th ID, Fort Carson CO; Provost Marshal, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th ID, Fort Carson, CO; Assistant Operations Officer, 759th MP Battalion, Fort Carson, CO; Commander, 984th Military Police Company, 759th MP Battalion, Fort Carson, CO; Assistant Professor of Military Science, Colorado State University Fort Collins, CO. Additional duties served: Operations Officer, Antiterrorism Officer, Force Protection Officer, and Physical Security Officer. His deployments include Panama, Bolivia, and two tours to Afghanistan.

    CPT Reilly’s military decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (1OLC), Army Commendation Medal (1OLC), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal (2), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (2), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (4), NATO-ISAF Ribbon, Joint Meritorious Unit Citation, Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal, Army Superior Unit Citation, Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Pathfinder Badge, German Parachutist Badge, German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency (Gold), Combat Infantryman Badge, and Combat Action Badge.


    CPT Lauro Perez, USA, Retired Senior Military Science Instructor

    Captain Lauro Perez, is a Distinguished Military Graduate from Colorado State University–Pueblo. He first enlisted in the Army under the Delayed Entry Program from New Jersey and entered basic training at Fort Knox Kentucky on 18 May 1994 to attend the 19K, Armor Crewman, Basic Training. Captain Perez has held every leadership position from First Sergeant to Company Commander. Captain Perez has been promoted 11 times in his career and served over 14 years as an enlisted Soldier before being selected for the Green to Gold Active Duty Program. Prior to his selection, Captain Perez served as the First Sergeant for HHC US Army Garrison at Fort Carson, Colorado.

    Captain Perez’ previous assignments include: Driver, Loader, in the 2nd Battalion 72nd Armor 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Casey Korea; Gunner and Tank Commander in the 1st Battalion, 63rd Armor Division, Vilseck Germany; Gunner, Tank Commander, in the 1st Battalion, 37th Armor (Big Red One) 1st Infantry Division, Vilseck Germany; Gunner, Tank Commander, Platoon Sergeant, in the 1st Squadron 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson Colorado; Drill Sergeant and Senior Drill Sergeant in the 2nd Battalion, 81st Armor Regiment, 1st Armor Training Brigade, Fort Knox, KY; Drill Sergeant and Platoon Sergeant in the 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division (Mechanized), AR Ramadi Iraq; First Sergeant for Headquarters and Headquarters Company United States Army Garrison, Fort Carson, Colorado; Chief, Human Resources, USA MEDDAC, Fort Irwin, California. BOLC Instructor for the Basic, Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Brigade S-1 for the largest training brigade in the Army; 32d Medical Brigade, Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Commander, Kansas City Medical Recruiting Company and Chief, Human Resources Officer for the 10th Combat Support Hospital, Fort Carson CO.

    Captain Perez has served in Operation Able Sentry, in the Former Yugoslavia Republic of Macedonia; Operation Bright Star, in Egypt; and Operation Iraqi Freedom I and II.

    Captain Perez is 1 of only 20 Drill Sergeants, in Army History, to be selected to deploy to combat, OIF I and OIF II, as an active duty Drill Sergeant to train the new Iraqi Army, Iraqi Police Force and Iraqi Civil Defense Corps (ICDC). One of Captain Perez’ major accomplishments was establishing a Program of Instruction (POI) for the Iraqi Police training program which was adopted throughout the country of Iraq. Captain Perez trained over 1500 Iraqi Civil Defense Corps Soldiers (ICDC) and over 300 Iraqi Police Officers which greatly enhanced the security of the Al Anbar Province, Iraq. Captain Perez also established the first ever ICDC physical fitness test.

    Captain Perez holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) Degree from TUI University and a Bachelors of Science in Sociology Degree from Colorado State University-Pueblo. His other military schools and training programs include: Primary Leadership Development Course; Basic Non-Commissioned Officers Course; Advanced Non-Commissioned Officers Course; First Sergeants Course; Basic Officer Leaders Course I; Basic Officer Leaders Course II; Captains Career Course; Army Retention Course; Manager Development Course; Drill Sergeant School; Observer Controller Course; Company Commander Recruiter Course.

    Captain Perez’ awards and decorations include: Purple Heart; Meritorious Service Medal, (4th Oak Leaf Cluster)​; Army Commendation Medal, (1 Silver Oak Leaf Cluster); Army Achievement Medal, (1 Silver Oak Leaf Cluster); Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal; Korea Defense Service Medal; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Armed Forces Service Medal; NCO Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 3); Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon (2nd award); United Nations Medal; Combat Action Badge; the Drill Sergeant Badge; the German Schutzenschnur Badge. Captain Perez was inducted into the Excellence in Armor program and is a member of both, the prestigious Sergeant Morales and Sergeant Audie Murphy Clubs.


    SFC. Caleb Crosby Military Science Instructor


    Mr. Donald Caughey, Enrollment and Scholarship Officer


    Mr. Donald Caughey was born and raised in northern California. He enlisted in the Army after high School, and served for nine years as a Russian linguist in North Carolina, West Berlin and Alaska. He attended Officer Candidate School in 1994, and commissioned as an Armor Officer. As an armor and cavalry officer, he served as a tank platoon leader, tank company executive officer, battalion maintenance officer, squadron logistics officer, cavalry troop commander and observer/ controller team chief before he retired.

    Mr. Caughey is currently a contractor serving as the Enrollment & Scholarship Officer for the Mountain Ranger Battalion. He previously worked in the Army ROTC programs at the College of William & Mary and Colorado School of Mines as a Battalion Operations Officer, Battalion Executive Officer, and Assistant Professor of Military Science for MS I, II and III classes.

    He completed his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisville, majoring in history with a Russian studies minor. He received his Master’s degree with honors in Management & Leadership from Webster University

    Honors and Awards

    • Meritorious Service Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters
    • Army Commendation Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters
    • Army Achievement Medal with eight Oak Leaf Clusters
    • Army Superior Unit Award with Oak Leaf Cluster
    • Southwest Asia Service Medal
    • National Defense Service Medal
    • Army of Occupation Medal
    • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
    • Air Assault Badge
    • Order of St George Club member
    • US Army Europe Sergeant Morales Club member

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