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Program Director, Professor of Military Science
Captain Stephanie Rokes has served in the U.S. Army under the Oregon Army National Guard for 12 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Southern Oregon University and Master of Arts in Education from Simpson University. She is a qualified Army ROTC Professor of Military Science and has a passion for leading, mentoring and developing young officers. Originally from Siskiyou County she now calls the Rogue Valley home. This deep tie to the local, military, and Raider communities originates from 12 years of service in the 1-186 Infantry Battalion of Southern Oregon to include a combat deployment to Afghanistan. As a graduate of SOU and its ROTC program, her gratitude and passion runs deep for the development of future leaders here in Southern Oregon.
Second Lieutenant Baldwin joined the Marines in 2012 as a TOW Missile Gunner. He then volunteered to go through Marine Scout Sniper School. He deployed to Afghanistan with the Marine Corps as well as served on two Marine Expeditionary Units. He got out of the Marines as Sergeant , and joined the Oregon Army National Guard as an Infantryman. He deployed with Delta Company, 1-186 Infantry to the Horn of Africa with duty locations in Somalia and Djibouti. He has been called to duty in support of Domestic Operations with mobilizations to Washington DC for security operations at our nation’s capital and locally to assist Oregon with the COVID-19 pandemic response efforts . 2LT Baldwin, formerly a Staff Sergeant, commissioned in July of 2022 after completing Officer Candidate School.
Staff Sergeant (SSG) Anthony Silva joined the Marines in 2001 as an Infantry Rifleman. He has completed several deployments in the Marines (2003,2004-2005, 2009, 2010-2011) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom which included the Battle of Fallujah and Marjah, Afghanistan. SSG Silva has served in many different billets including as Urban Warfare Instructor at Mojave Viper in 29 Palms, CA, liaison at MAWTS-1 Yuma, AZ, Recruiting SNCOIC of RSS Medford, Fire Team Leader, Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant and Company Gunnery Sergeant roles. In 2014 SSG Silva left the Marines and joined the National Guard. During his time in the Oregon National Guard, SSG Silva has been utilized as a Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, and as a recruiter. SSG Silva holds a BA degree in Management from American Military University and will be pursuing a Master’s Degree in the following months.
SSG Taham Khosroabadi is the newest member of Southern Oregon University’s ROTC Program. He joins the organization with 13 years of military experience and multiple deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Somalia. SSG Khosroabadi holds several military certifications, including intelligence collection, counter IED Instruction, and drone reconnaissance. SSG Khosroabadi serves as 1-186th Infantry Regiment small Uncrewed Aerial Systems (sUAS) program manager and is seeking his undergraduate degree at Southern Oregon University.