Assistant Professor of Military Science and Leadership
I entered the United States Army in 1980 at Springfield Massachusetts. I trained as a Light Infantryman and graduated from basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia.
I served in the following organizations: 3-75th Ranger Battalion Fort Benning ,GA; 1-22nd Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division (LI), Fort Drum, NY; 2-187th Infantry Regiment 101st Airborne Division (AASLT) Fort Campbell KY; 5th Ranger Training Brigade, Dahlonega, GA; 1-87th Infantry Regiment and US Army Garrison, 10th Mountain Division (LI), Fort Drum, NY; US Army Cadet Command with duty at the University of Tennessee at Martin; I am presently retired from the Army and working as Department of the Army Civilian at the University of Tennessee at Martin.
I have attended all levels of the Noncommissioned Officers Education System for my grade, culminating with the United States Army First Sergeants Course. I am an honor graduate of the US Army Ranger Course and completed numerous Infantry and Special Operations-related schools. Along the way I earned an Associate's Degree from Fayetteville College in Fayetteville, NC.
My awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit; the Meritorious Service Medal (2nd oak leaf cluster); the Army Commendation Medal (5th oak leaf cluster); the Army Achievement Medal (4th oak leaf cluster); the Army Good Conduct Medal (8th award); the National Defense Service Medal (with star); the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (with star); Southwest Asia Service Medal (with 2 stars); the Afghanistan Campaign Medal; the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; the Global War on Terrorism Support Medal; the Humanitarian Service Medal; the NCO Professional Development Ribbon (with numeral 3); the Army Service Ribbon; the United Nations Somalia Medal; the Kuwaiti Liberation Medal - Saudi Arabia; the Kuwaiti Liberation Medal - Kuwait; the Valorous Unit Award; the Joint Meritorious Unit Award; both the Expert Infantryman and Combat Infantryman Badges; the Senior Parachutist Badge; the Air Assault Badge and the Ranger Tab.
I am married to a wonderful woman Barbara, whom I owe a lot of gratitude for her sacrificing so much while living a nomadic life, moving from place to place, being separated for long periods of time. She raised our two children John and Sarah who graduated from UT-Martin.
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