Assistant Professors of Military Science

MAJ Frank Cortez

MS IV Instructor and Operations Officer

Date Assigned: July 2016

Branch/MOS: Military Police

Military Education: Military Police Officer Basic Course, Special Reaction Team Course, Military Police Captains Career Course, Command and General Staff College, Joint Planners Course, Combatives Level 1 and Anti-Terrorism Course Level 1 and 2.

Civilian Education: University of Northern Iowa, B.A. Criminology; Webster University, M.A. Business and Organizational Security Management; Mercer University, Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Awards and Decorations: Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (1OLC), Army Commendation Medal (3OLC), Army Achievement Medal (4OLC), Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (1OLC), National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (Bronze Numeral 2), Overseas Service Training Ribbon (Bronze Numeral 2), Meritorious Unit Citation, German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge – Gold and the Order of the Marechaussee – Bronze.

Key Assignments: Battalion Executive Officer/S3, U.S. Army Protective Services Battalion, 701st Military Police Group (CID); Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection Officer, ARCENT-Kuwait; Commander, HHC 3rd Military Police Group (CID); Battalion S2, 10th Military Police Battalion (CID) (ABN), Baghdad, Iraq; Assistant S3, 3rd Military Police Group (CID); Operations Officer, ARCENT; Assistant S3, 720th Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade; Assistant S3, 720th Military Police Battalion, Baghdad Iraq; Platoon Leader/Special Reaction Team OIC, 178th Military Police Detachment, 720th Military Police Battalion; Platoon Leader, 411th Military Police Company, 720th Military Police Battalion.

Personal: Major Cortez lives with his wife Beth and has four daughters, Myah, Avah, Ainsley and Avery. 



CPT Andrew LaVallie

MS III Instructor

Date Assigned: July 2016

Branch/MOS: Armor

Military Education: Airborne School, Armor Basic Officer Leaders Course, Army Reconnaissance Course, Combative Levels 1 and 2, and Maneuver Captains Career Course.

Awards and Decorations: Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Valorous Unit Award, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (1 Campaign Star), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, and the Order of St. George Black Medallion.

Key Assignments: C/2-7 IN Tank Platoon Leader, D/2-7 IN Tank Company Executive Officer, and HHC/2-7 IN Company Executive Officer. Deployments include Shindand, Afghanistan and Drawsko Pomorskie, Poland.

Personal: CPT LaVallie is married to Denyse LaVallie (former resident of Cornwall on the Hudson, NY).


CPT Yecenia Diaz

MS I and MS II Instructor

Date Assigned: September 2017

Branch/MOS: Military Police

Military Education: Domestic Violence Intervention Training, Military Police Basic Officer Leader’s Course, Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Course, and the Military Police Captain’s Career Course

Awards and Decorations: Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (2), Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Army Service Ribbon


Key Assignments:  Provost Marshal, Area Support Group-Kuwait; Commander 116th Military Police Company, Fort Riley, Kansas; Battalion Assistant S3, Fort Riley, Kansas; Brigade Commander’s Adjutant, Fort Hood, Texas; Directorate of Emergency Services Operations Officer, Fort Hood, Texas; Executive Officer, HHD of 720th Military Police Battalion, Fort Hood, Texas; Platoon Leader, 202nd Military Police Company, Fort Bliss, Texas.

Personal: CPT Diaz has a four year old son named Dominic