Captain Michael A. Carambas, USN
Commanding Officer (Aviator)
Professor of Naval Science

Captain Michael CarambasCaptain Michael “Pepe” Carambas was commissioned January 1988 from the University of San Diego Naval ROTC program with a Bachelors Degree in Mathematics.  He is also a 2008 graduate of the Air War College in Maxwell AFB earning a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies, completing Joint Professional Military Education Phases 1 and 2, and earning Joint Qualified Officer (JQO) designation, and proven sub specialty in National Strategic Affairs.  He was designated a Naval Flight Officer at VAW-120 in December 1989.

His operational sea duty assignments include; Division Officer at Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron ONE TWENTY THREE (VAW-123) embarked in USS America (CV 66), Surface Warfare Strike Operations Officer for Commander, Carrier Air Wing SEVEN (CVW-7) embarked in USS George Washington (CVN 73), Department Head at Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron ONE SEVENTEEN (VAW-117) embarked in USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), Air Operations Officer aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) and Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations and Plans Officer (N3) and Air Operations Officer for Commander Carrier Strike Group ELEVEN, embarked in USS Nimitz (CVN 68).  He has deployed in support of Operations DESERT SHIELD, DESERT STORM DECISIVE ENDEAVOR, SOUTHERN WATCH, ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM, Counter Drug Operations, Western Pacific and Korean Peninsula deterrence ops.

Shore duty assignments include; flight instructor at Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron ONE TWENTY (VAW-120), Flag aide at Joint Staff (J8), Washington DC in the Joint Theater Air and Missile Defense Organization (JTAMDO), Officer-In-Charge of the Hawkeye Weapons and Tactics Unit Pacific (WTUPAC), and Military Professor in the Strategy and Policy Department at the Naval War College.

He commanded Training Squadron FOUR (VT-4) at NAS Pensacola from 2006-2007.   During his command tour the “Warbucks”earned the Admiral John H. Towers Aviation Safety Award for the best mission oriented flight safety program within Naval Air Training Command, the Department of the Navy’s Safety Excellence Award, CNO Safety S Award, and Secretary of Navy Energy Award.  From July 2011 to July 2014 he commanded Fleet Coordinating Group in Yokosuka, Japan.  He led detachments providing combat liaison for the Navy Component Commander at Combined and Joint Headquarters throughout the Pacific Command region.

CAPT Carambas assumed command of NROTC Houston Consortium on July 11, 2014. CAPT Carambas has flown over 3500 hours in 5 variants of E-2C and jet training aircraft with 500 arresting landings.  His personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Air Medal (two strike/flight awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (eight awards/four with Combat “V”), Joint Service Achievement Medal, and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.  He is married to Lauren Valluzzi and they have two daughters, Madeline and Margaret.


Lieutenant Colonel Eric M. Gillard, USMC
Executive Officer (Aviator)
Associate Professor of Naval Science

LtCol Eric Gillard

Lieutenant Colonel Gillard was born in Portland, Oregon on 02 March 1970.  He graduated from Kingwood High School, Kingwood, Texas in 1988 and attended Texas A&M University, earning a bachelor’s degree in Psychology.  He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant through the Reserve Officer Training Program (ROTC) in 1992.  Upon completion of The Basic School in Quantico, Virginia, he reported to MATSG Pensacola in November 1993 for flight training and was designated a Naval Aviator in September 1995.  Subsequently, he reported to HMT-204, MCAS New River for training in the CH-46E. After completion of Replacement Aircrew Training in April 1996, Lieutenant Colonel Gillard reported to HMM-365, MAG-29, MCAS New River, where he served in the S-4.  In November of that same year, HMM-365 deployed as part of the 26 MEU.  While embarked with the 26 MEU, Lieutenant Colonel Gillard participated in Operation Joint Endeavor which provided support to operations in Bosnia and Operation Silverwake which was a Non-Combatant Evacuation of U. S. Personnel from Albania.  Upon return from deployment, Lieutenant Colonel Gillard was assigned to the Operations Department where he served as schedule writer, pilot training officer, and Future Operations officer.

In November of 1998 he completed the Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course.  In April of 1999, Lieutenant Colonel Gillard once again deployed with HMM-365 and the 26 MEU.  During this deployment, he participated in Operations Noble Anvil, Allied Force, Shining Hope, and Joint Guardian in support of missions in Kosovo.  Also during this deployment HMM-365 conducted Humanitarian Operations in support of earthquake victims in Turkey.  Prior to the end of his second deployment, Lieutenant Colonel Gillard was assigned as the Assistant Maintenance Officer for HMM-365 where he served until being transferred to Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1), MCAS Yuma AZ. In April of 2000, Lieutenant Colonel Gillard reported to MAWTS-1 where he served as the NATOPS officer and member of the CH-46E instructor division.  While at MAWTS-1, he instructed 5 WTI courses and conducted numerous fleet support training missions. Upon completion of his tour of duty at MAWTS-1, Lieutenant Colonel Gillard transitioned to the KC-130 and was assigned to VMGR-352, MCAS Miramar CA.  While assigned to the “Raiders”, he served as the Director of Standardization and Safety, the Operations Officer, the Maintenance Officer, and the Executive Officer.

In March 2004, he deployed as part of 3MAW’s Fusion Cell in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and again in 2006 as the KC-130 detachment Operations officer for OIF 05-07 Al Asad airbase, Iraq. From June 2007 to June 2008 Lieutenant Colonel Gillard attended the Naval War College in Newport, RI earning a Master’s Degree in National Security Policy. From July 2008 until June 2010, Lieutenant Colonel Gillard was assigned to HQ USSOCOM, Tampa FL where he served as a requirements officer and executive officer for the J7. In July 2010, Lieutenant Colonel Gillard once again transitioned aircraft, this time into the MV-22B Osprey.  He was reassigned to MAG-16, MCAS Miramar and commanded VMM-161 from April 2011 – March 2013.  During his time in command, LtCol Gillard led the “Greyhawks” on a deployment to Afghanistan in support of OEF 12.2.

His personal decorations include the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 stars), and Air Medal (“8” Strike/Flight awards).  He is married to the former Ms. Carrie Culp of Houston, Texas.  They have two sons, Jackson and Carter, and one daughter, Grace.

Capt Andrew Nelson

Combat Engineer Phone:  (936) 261-1627 Email:

GySgt Marcus Williams

Assistant Marine Officer Instructor Phone:  (936) 261-1633 Email:

LCDR Chris Whitman

Aviator Phone: 936-261-1629 Email:

LT Terence Gilbert

Surface Warfare Officer Phone: 936-261-1628 Email:

Ms. Barbara Martin

University Secretary Phone: 936 261-1622 Email:

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