Our Staff


Professor of Naval Science and Commanding Officer

NROTC Houston Consortium

The son of a career Air Force officer, Captain Symons is a graduate of Duke University and earned his commission via Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps in 1993.  He was designated a Naval Aviator in April 1996.

Captain Symons’ initial sea tours were with Helicopter Combat Support Squadron TWO (HC-2), Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron TWO SIX (HSC-26), and Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron TWO EIGHT (HSC-28). 

Ashore, he served as the MH-60S Deputy Program Manager at the MH-60R/S Fleet Introduction Team, FRS Instructor Pilot with Helicopter Combat Support Squadron THREE (HC-3) and served on staffs at the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Personnel & Readiness) and Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (N98).

Prior command tours include Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron TWO TWO (HSC-22) and Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron THREE (HSC-3).

Captain Symons holds Master of Science degrees in Global Leadership and National Security and Strategic Studies from the University of San Diego and Naval War College, respectively.

His personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy Commendation Medal (six awards), and other personal, unit, campaign, and service awards.  

Major Elseroad

Executive Officer (Aviator)

Associate Professor of Naval Science

Major Elseroad was commissioned a Second Lieutenant after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May 2003.  He completed the Basic Officers Course in Quantico, Virginia and reported to NAS Pensacola in April 2004. He was designated a Naval Aviator in June 2005.

First Lieutenant Elseroad reported to HMHT-302 at MCAS New River, NC for training at the CH-53E FRS. In January 2005 he reported to MAG-24, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, for series conversion training to the CH-53D.  Upon completion of conversion training, First Lieutenant Elseroad reported to HMH-363, the “Red Lions.” While at HMH-363 First Lieutenant Elseroad served as a Schedule Writer, Pilot Training Officer, NATOPS Officer, and Aviation Safety Officer.  He was promoted to Captain in 2007 and deployed twice to Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2006-2009.  In June 2009, Captain Elseroad reported to the MAG-24 Standardization Department to serve as a CH-53D instructor pilot and CH-53D NATOPS Evaluator.  In this role he provided CH-53D conversion training for pilots. 

Upon completion of his tour at MAG-24 in January 2010, Captain Elseroad transferred to HMHT-302 for duty as a CH-53E Fleet Replacement Squadron Instructor Pilot.  During his time at HMHT-302, Captain Elseroad served as the S-5 Officer, Airframes Officer, and Quality Assurance Officer.

In June 2013, Captain Elseroad transferred to Marine Corps University (MCU), Quantico, VA to attend the Command and Staff College. During this tour, Captain Elseroad was promoted to Major and successfully completed intermediate level professional military education. 

Following Command and Staff College, Major Elseroad was transferred to Camp Lejeune, NC to serve as a faculty advisor for the Expeditionary Warfare School Blended Seminar Program. In this billet he oversaw multiple conference groups of company grade Marine Officers in the completion of their career level professional military education.

Major Elseroad reported back to MAG-29 in August 2016 and was assigned to HMH-366.  Major Elseroad served as the Director of Safety and Standardization and then the Executive Officer until his departure in January 2018.

Major Elseroad joined the staff of the NROTCU Houston Consortium in February 2018 and currently serves as the Executive Officer.

Major Elseroad holds a Master of Military Studies from MCU. His personal decorations include the Air Medal with Strike/Flight Numeral 6, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal gold star in lieu of second award, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal gold star in lieu of second award, and he was the 2008 recipient of the General James L Jones Safety Award. 

Capt Raymond Fernandez

Marine Officer Instructor

Phone:  936-261-1627

Email: rafernandez@pvamu.edu

GySgt Steven Kern

Assistant Marine Officer Instructor

Phone:  936-261-1633

Email: stkern@pvamu.edu

Mr. Freedom Shaw

Supply Officer

Phone: 936-261-1631

Email: fwshaw@pvamu.edu

LT Cordaress Chambers

Freshman/Sophomore Class Advisor

Phone: 936-261-1630

Email: ctchambers@pvamu.edu

LT Coble

Junior/Senior Class Advisor

Phone: 936-261-1628

Email: dlcoble@pvamu.edu

Mr. Jonathan D. Kin

Human Resource Assistant


Email: jdkin@pvamu.edu

Ms. Barbara Martin

University Secretary

Phone: 936-261-1622

Email: bamartin@pvamu.edu