Department Phone Number (907) 742-2323  Fax (907) 742-2345

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(Department Head)

Major Daniel R. Erskine


Senior Army Instructor (SAI) LET  4 Cadets


Direct Phone Number: 742-2323

Major Daniel R. Erskine was born, raised, and enlisted in the US Army in Butte, Montana.  He began his 3 years of service in 1992 and became a Cavalry Scout, 19D, at Fort Knox Kentucky.  Specialist Erskine, at that time, returned home after being honorably discharged to pursue a BS at the University of Montana. After joining ROTC and completing his degree he was commissioned into the US Army December 1999 as an Aviation Branch Second Lieutenant.  After completing flight school at Fort Rucker Alabama, Major Erskine went on to serve in multiple primary leadership and staff officer assignments.  These include 3 year-long foreign deployments.   Serving in Iraq twice, he commanded an Aviation Company, received a Bronze Star, and received an air medal for flying numerous hours in support of the war effort.  Additionally, Major Erskine commanded a Professional Military Education School and is currently an adjunct Professor at Alaska Pacific University in the MBA program.  His last tour of service was in Alaska on JBER working as the Brigade Aviation Officer for the Airborne Infantry Brigade and then as the Chief of War Plans for Alaskan Command.   His proudest accomplishments are his beautiful family, leadership positions, landing a CH-47, Chinook, at the high base camp on Mt. McKinley, and his time working with the multicultural NATO staff as a liaison officer to a Turkish Infantry Colonel in Kosovo.

First Sergeant Emilio Lobato


Army Instructor LET 2 and 3 Cadets 

Direct Phone Number: 742-2173

First Sergeant (Ret) Lobato served 24 years and his list of awards include the Legion Of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) Professional Development Ribbon with three device, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon with two device, Coast Guard Special Operation Ribbon, Saudi-Kuwait Liberation Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Valorous Unit Award, Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation. He has also received induction into the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club, an NCO organization recognizing excellence in leadership among NCOs, the Order of Saint George, the Order of Samuel Sharpe, and the Order of the Spur.


First Sergeant (Ret) Lobato’s Leadership positions include Squad Leader; Senior Recovery NCO; Senior Hull Mechanic; Senior Turret Mechanic; Shop Foreman; M1A2 Tank Team Chief; Inspector General NCOIC; Battalion Motor Sergeant; Maintenance Control Sergeant; and First Sergeant. He currently serves as the Assistant JROTC Instructor for second year JROTC cadets and is the competition Raider and Rifle Teams Coach.

First Sergeant Christopher Watts

Army Instructor LET 1 Cadets 

Direct Phone Number: 742-2797


First Sergeant (Ret) Watts served 26 years in the U.S. Army. After graduating from Advanced Individual Training, Fort Gordon, Georgia as a Tactical Circuit Controller, he was assigned as an assemblage team chief with the 16th Signal Battalion, 3rd Signal Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas at the rank of PFC in February 1983. First Sergeant Watts has held every leadership position as an enlisted Signaleer to include three tours as the First Sergeant with duty assignments at the 11th Signal Detachment and the Headquarters and Headquarters Company for 2nd Signal Brigade, 5th Signal Command, Germany; and the 21st Signal Company (Mobile Subscriber Equipment), 172d Infantry Brigade (Separate), Fort Richardson, Alaska. His final assignment was the Senior Network Operations NCO, ACof S G3 Network Enterprise Technology Command 9th Signal Command (Army) where he assisted coordinating the efforts of over 150 military and civilian personnel alike in the day-to-day operations supporting the Global War on Terrorism.


Some of his awards and decorations include the Army Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, The Army Commendation Medal, The Army Achievement Medal, The NCO Professional Development Ribbon (three devices attached) and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal. First Sergeant Watts was honorarily inducted to The Old Guard, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, Fort Myer, Virginia for his contributions to the U.S. Army and Army JROTC.(See article from USACC He currently serves as the Assistant JROTC Instructor for first-year JROTC cadets, Competition Drill Team Coach, community service, and color guard scheduling coordinator.