Master Sergeant Roland Cuellar recently assumed the duties of senior military instructor for the University’s Army ROTC Department. With 20 years of experience across the active Army, Master Sergeant Cuellar joins the Military Science Department after three years of service with the 3rd Cavalry Regiment at Fort Hood, Texas. The senior military instructor serves as the department’s senior advisor to the professor of military science. Additionally, the senior military instructor is charged to oversee a host of functions to include the department’s physical training program, instruction and development of military science level III cadets, professional growth and development of the cadre’s noncommissioned officers, as well as ensuring cadets understand the Army’s history and traditions.
“The Senior Military Instructor is vital to the success of any Army ROTC program as their scope of duties and responsibilities touch nearly aspect of Department’s mission,” stated Lieutenant Colonel Ryan Remley, professor of military science. “Not only is he my primary advisor, but he plays a role in helping coach, teach and mentor every cadet and cadre who is a member of the battalion. MSG Cuellar has a stellar military record and we are fortunate to have such a fine noncommissioned officer assigned to the Royal Warrior Battalion.”
A native of San Antonio, Texas, Master Sergeant Cuellar enlisted in the United States Army in September 1992 as a fire support specialist in the field artillery. He completed his basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and advanced individual training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Among his many duty assignments are platoon forward observer, company fire support sergeant, assistant brigade fire support sergeant, battalion fire support sergeant, battalion fire support trainer and battery first sergeant. Included among Master Sergeant Cuellar’s duty stations are Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; Fort Riley, Kansas; Fort Irwin, California and Fort Hood, Texas. In 1995 Master Sergeant Cuellar deployed to Haiti in support of Operation Uphold Democracy and since 2003 has deployed to Iraq on three separate occasions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn.
His military education includes the Army’s primary leadership development course, basic noncommissioned officer course, advance noncommissioned officer course, military transition team training course and air assault school. He currently holds an associate’s degree in business management from Barstow Community College.
Master Cuellar’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Air Assault Badge, Combat Action Badge and Driver/Mechanical Badge. MSG Cuellar was inducted into the Army’s Sergeant Audie Murphy Club in 2002 and was awarded the Field Artillery’s Honorable Order of Saint Barbara Medal in 2000.
Master Cuellar currently resides in Clarks Summit along with his wife and two children.