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Howard
LTC Lowell Howard
Professor
Military Science
211 Blackburn Science Building
Murray State University
Murray, KY, 42071
msu.rotc@murraystate.edu
731.881.7153
about firstname

Lieutenant Colonel Lowell E. Howard, Jr. was assigned as the Professor of Military Science of the University of Tennessee at Martin in July 2015. He was born in Lexington, Kentucky, and grew up in multiple locations in the U.S. and overseas while his father completed a career in the Army. Lieutenant Colonel Howard completed the Reserve Officers Training Corps program at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, and was commissioned in May 1995 as a Transportation Corps officer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication, a Master of Science in Logistics Management from Florida Tech, and a Master of Military Art and Science from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He earned the title of Certified Professional Logistician (CPL) by SOLE, the International Society of Logistics, in 2003.

Lieutenant Colonel Howard’s military schooling includes: the CGSC Intermediate Level Education Course, the Advanced Military Studies Program at the School of Advanced Military Studies, the Logistics Executive Development Course, the Support Operations Course, the Combat Developers Course, the Combined Logistics Captains Career Course, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the Surface Deployment Planning Course, and the Transportation Officers Basic Course.

Previous assignments include: Chief, CJ4 Plans & Operations, Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF) Operation Inherent Resolve, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait; Chief, G4 Exercises, U.S. Army Central, Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina; Corps Transportation Officer, III Corps, Fort Hood, Texas; CJ5 Logistics Planner, CJTF-1/1st Cavalry Division, Bagram, Afghanistan; Executive Officer, Special Troops Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade, Taji, Iraq; Brigade S4, 1st Infantry Division Support Command, Fort Riley, Kansas; Doctrine Developer, Combined Arms Support Command, Fort Lee, Virginia; Logistics Plans Officer, Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force Arabian Peninsula, Balad, Iraq; Commander, HHD, 485th Corps Support Battalion, Hutier Kaserne, Germany; Executive Officer, 15th Movement Control Team, 27th Transportation Battalion, Fliegerhorst Kaserne, Germany; Executive Officer, G Company, 71st Transportation Battalion, Fort Eustis, Virginia; Platoon Leader, 331st Transportation Company and 89th Transportation Company, 6th Transportation Battalion, Fort Eustis, Virginia.

His awards include: the Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (4 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), the National Defense Service Medal (1 Bronze Service Star), the Kosovo Campaign Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, the Overseas Service Ribbon (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), and the NATO Medal. His unit awards include the Joint Meritorious Unit Award and the Meritorious Unit Commendation.

Lieutenant Colonel Howard is married to the former Kimberly Coulter from Los Alamos, New Mexico, and together they have three children: Melanie, Melissa, and Cameron.

CPT Payne
CPT Payne
Assistant Professor
Military Science
211 Blackburn Science Building
Murray State University
Murray, KY, 42071
jpayne35@murraystate.edu
270.809.5066
about firstname

CPT Jason L. Payne grew up in San Antonio, Texas, where he enlisted into the United States Army after high school. He served ten years as an enlisted service member, becoming a Non-Commissioned Officer, before separating from active duty to attend college. CPT Payne attended the University of Memphis and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History. He then attended the Officer Candidate School, at Fort Benning, Georgia, and commissioned as an Infantry Officer in May 2009.

CPT Payne attended the Basic Officer Leadership Course at Fort Benning, Georgia, before serving with the 3rd Squadron, 4th Calvary Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. He served as a Scout Reconnaissance Platoon Leader, Headquarters Company Executive Officer, Squadron S4 and deployed to Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom XII. He then attended the Captain’s Career Course at Fort Benning, Georgia, before being assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 8th Calvary Regiment, 1st Calvary Division, Fort Hood, Texas. At this assignment, he served as a Battalion Assistant S3, the Hotel Company, Forward Support Company Commander, and the Charlie Company, Mechanized Infantry Commander. He also deployed to the Republic of Korea and Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, in support of Operation Spartan Shield. CPT Payne was assigned as the Assistant Professor of Military Science of the Murray State University Army ROTC Program in July 2017.

CPT Payne is a graduate of the Infantry Basic Officer Leadership Course and the Maneuver Captain’s Career course. He has been awarded the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal.

SFC Clayton
SFC Clayton
Senior Military Instructor
Military Science
211 Blackburn Science Building
Murray State University
Murray, KY, 42071
dclayton3@murraystate.edu
270.809.5062
about firstname

SFC Clayton was born in Murray, Kentucky. He joined the Army in August of 2000 and attended OSUT (One Station Unit Training) at Fort Benning, GA to be an Infantryman. He is currently married to Jacklyn Clayton with four children.

During his career, SFC Clayton served as a Platoon Sergeant, Operations NCOIC, Squad Leader, Drill Sergeant, and a Team Leader. He deployed to Operation Enduring Freedom twice, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and a deployment to Cameroon.the Assistant Professor of Military Science of the Murray State University Army ROTC Program in July 2017.

SFC Clayton has been assigned to the following units: 1st Battalion 30th Infantry Regiment Fort Stewart, GA; Mission Command Training Program Fort Leavenworth, KS; 1st Battalion 32nd Infantry Regiment Fort Drum, NY; 2nd Battalion 60th Infantry Regiment Fort Jackson, SC; 1st Battalion 187 Infantry Regiment Fort Campbell, KY; and 3rd Battalion 187 Infantry Regiment Fort Campbell, KY.

SFC Clayton’s military and civilian education includes the US Army Air Assault School, Battle Staff, Sexual Harassment Response Prevention Course, Unit Prevention Leader Course, Modern Army Combatives 1 & 2, Basic Leaders Course, Advanced Leader Course, Senior Leader Course, Drill Sergeant School, and Combat Life Saver Course.

SFC Clayton’s awards and decorations include the Combat Infantryman Badge, Drill Sergeant Badge, Air Assault Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (3 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (1 OLC), Good Conduct Medal (4th award), Overseas Service Ribbon (#3).

Deborah Ferguson
Deborah Ferguson
Program Assistant
Military Science
211 Blackburn Science Building
Murray State University
Murray, KY, 42071
dferguson1@murraystate.edu
270.809.5061
Major Huber
Major William Huber
Professor
Military Science
211 Blackburn Science Building
Murray State University
Murray, KY, 42071
whuber@utm.edu
731.298-1583
Atsitty
CPT V Natani Atsitty
Assistant Professor
Military Science
211 Blackburn Science Building
Murray, KY, 42071
vatsitty@murraystate.edu
270.809.5098