Instructors | East Union Lancer Battalion | Manteca

Senior Army Instructor

Lieutenant Colonel Retired

John Tao

Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) John Tao was born and raised in Taiwan.  He immigrated to the United States in 1979.  He received an Army commission in 1988 upon graduating from University of Notre Dame.  During his 27 years in the Army, he held command and staff positions throughout the world in places such as Europe, Guam, Philippines, Africa, and in America.  He has been to over 38 countries and served in three combat tours in Panama and Iraq.  He is an Army Ranger who served with 2nd Ranger Battalion and conducted combat parachute operations during Operation Just Cause.  His awards and decorations include Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Ranger Tab, Pathfinder Badge, and Senior Parachutist Badge with Gold Star.   


In his last Army assignment, LTC Tao served as the Professor of Military Science (PMS) of Santa Clara Army ROTC program.  In 2012, the Army selected LTC Tao as the National PMS of the Year due to outstanding performance of his cadets at summer camp and program’s exceptional achievements in less than two years.  His ROTC program was also awarded General Douglas MacArthur award as one of the top three ROTC programs in the country. 


LTC Tao became the Senior Army Instructor of East Union high school JROTC program in 2015.  His vision for the Lancer Battalion is to develop cadets into winners who are competent, confident, and compassionate about their community.  Equally important, Lancer cadet shall learn key leadership traits and life skills necessary to become a good citizen who is capable of succeeding in college and in life.

LTC Tao is married with two children.  His oldest son, Eric graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point.  His younger son, Brandon is a high school senior who plans to attend UCLA and become an Army surgeon someday. 


LTC Tao’s Education: 


BS, Biology, University of Notre Dame, 1988


MA, Int'l Policy Studies, Monterey Institute of Int'l Studies, 1999


MA, Educational Administration, Santa Clara University, 2014


Army Instructor

Sergeant First Class Retired

Oscar Moreno

Army Instructor

Sergeant First Class Retired

Oscar Moreno

Sergeant First Class (SFC) Moreno was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. He joined the U.S. Army in 1990 and attended Basic training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. His overseas assignments include South Korea where we worked as a 16R Vulcan Gunner, and Schofield Barrack, Hawaii where he was a section sergeant for an Avenger system team.   His stateside assignments include Fort Polk, Louisiana, Fort Bliss, Texas, where he served as an Army Instructor for the Vulcan system and also the Avenger system; Fort Hood, Texas, where he deployed to Iraq from 2004-2005; and Fort Benning, Georgia where he served as a Basic Officer Leadership Course Instructor.  He also served as an Army recruiter for the Sacramento Battalion recruiting in the Bay area from 2000-2003.


After retiring in September 2010, SFC Moreno was hired as the Army Instructor for the El Paso High School in El Paso, Texas.  In 2016 he moved to Manteca California where he was hired to work at East Union High School. His goal for East Union JROTC Cadets is to give them the opportunity to grow and become responsible citizens, not only for their community but also for their country, challenge them physically and mentally and prepare them for lifelong learning.


SFC Moreno has two boys, Alexander and Oscar, with his wife Laura; and a daughter, Marisa, in Texas.

SFC Moreno attained his Associates degree in Computer Science in 2014 and His Bachelor’s degree in Computer Networking in 2016.



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