Major Kevin Tran

MAJ Kevin K. Tran

Professor of Military Science and Director, ROTC
Karr-Veteran Memorial Hall, Rm. 105
Texas A&M University- Kingsville
Phone: 361-593-3390
Email: kevin.tran@tamuk.edu

MAJ Kevin K. Tran grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii and joined the US Army Reserve as an enlisted Soldier in 1996 with the 804th Signal Company. He graduated with a dual degree in Physical Education and Health Exercise Science from University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2004.

MAJ Tran deployed with 820th Signal Company to Afghanistan while serving as Cable & Wire Team Chief and Platoon Sergeant from 2005-2006. In August 2009, he received a direct commissioned to 2LT with the 302nd Transportation Terminal Battalion (TTB) as Battalion S-6 Signal Officer. Between 2011 to 2013, MAJ Tran was assigned to the 829th Network Signal Company as the Platoon Leader and Executive Officer. In 2013, CPT Tran took Command of the 829th Network Signal Company.

In 2016, CPT Tran was selected for the Active Guard Reserve (AGR) and relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada with the 505th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade (TTSB) as the S3 Network Officer. In 2020, CPT Tran was selected for Command and General Staff College (CGSC) Resident ILE.

MAJ Tran’s military education includes Battalion S6 Course, the Signal Captain Career Course (SCCC), the Joint Command and Control, Communications, and Computers (C4) Planners Course (JC4PC), and the Joint Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence/Cyber Staff and Operation Course (JC4ICSOC).

MAJ Tran’s awards include the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, the Armed Force Reserve Medal with M device and hourglass, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbons, the Army Service Ribbon, and the Award of the Military Civic Action Medal.

MAJ Tran is currently assigned to US Army Cadet Command 5th Brigade, ROTC program at Texas A&M University Kingsville as the Assistant Professor of Military (APMS).  He is married to Mari Tran and have two children, Kyle and Myles Tran. 

Joshua Holan

CPT Joshua L. Holan

Assistant Professor of Military Science
KLM Room 417
Texas A&M International University
Phone: 956-326-2388
Email: joshua.holan@tamiu.edu

Captain Joshua L. Holan commissioned as a Military Police Officer through the United States Military Academy at West Point where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Geospatial Information in 2015. 

CPT Holan was assigned to the 93rd Military Police Battalion at Fort Bliss, Texas. He became a Platoon Leader in the 591st Military Police Company where he had the opportunity to take his platoon to the United Arab Emirates as an anti-terrorism and force protection element in 2017. Upon return to the United States, he was assigned as the Executive Officer of the 72nd Military Police Law Enforcement Detachment and 513th Military Working Dog Detachment. Additionally, he served as the Special Reaction Team OIC for Fort Bliss. During this time, he completed his master’s degree in Executive Leadership from Liberty University in 2018. He was then assigned to the 709th Military Police Battalion in Vilseck, Germany where he served as the Current Operations OIC staff officer and was subsequently selected to serve as the company commander of the 529th Military Police Company “Honor Guard” in Wiesbaden, Germany.

CPT Holan’s military education include: Captain Career Course, Basic Officer Leaders Course, Air Assault, Special Reactions Team Phase I, and Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection Level II.

CPT Holan’s decorations include: Three Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, the Oversea Service Ribbon, and the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge in Gold. 

Manuel Ortiz

1LT Manuel Ortiz

Assistant Professor of Military Science
KLM Room 417
Texas A&M International University
Phone: 956-326-3011
Email: manuel.ortiz@tamiu.edu

First Lieutenant Manuel Ortiz is a native of Naples, Florida. He enlisted in the Army in April 2011 and attended Basic Training & Advanced Individual Training as an artilleryman in Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He graduated out of Florida Gulf Coast University in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science. In 2019 he commissioned through Officer Candidate School in Fort Benning, Georgia. Following the completion of the Field Artillery Basic Officer Leader’s Course in Fort Sill, Oklahoma he was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade combat Team, 4th Infantry Division in Fort Carson, Colorado.

As an enlisted soldier, 1LT Ortiz served as a cannon crewmember in Alpha Battery, 2nd Battalion, 77th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division in Fort Carson, Colorado. As a commissioned officer, he has served in Headquarters and Headquarters Battery and Charlie Battery, 3rd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade combat Team, 4th Infantry Division in Fort Carson, Colorado. While there he served as a Battalion Assistant Fire Support Officer, a Company Fire Support Officer and a Battery Fire Direction Officer. 1LT Ortiz has deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

His military schools include, Field Artillery Advanced Individual Training, Warrior Leader Course, Officer Candidate School, Field Artillery Basic Officer Leader’s Course.

Awards and decorations include, Afghanistan Campaign Medal W/2 Campaign Stars, Army Commendation Medals (3rd award), National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal and the Combat Action Badge.


Department of Military Science
5201 University Boulevard, KLM Building Room 417, Laredo, TX 78041
Phone: 956-326-2388 E-mail: rotc@tamiu.edu