Military Science Department Chair; Professor of Military Science
LTC Dennis J. Utt, a native of Cameron, Missouri, was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Quartermaster Corps in 1999 from the Officer Candidate School, Fort Benning, Georgia and entered active duty in 1991. LTC Utt spent his first three years as an Officer in Germany assigned to the 51st Maintenance Battalion and was assigned, where he served as the Supply Support Activity Platoon Leader for both the 574th Quartermaster Company and the 553rd Maintenance Company. He deployed in the summer of 2001 to Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo and served as the Chief of Supply and Services for Area Support Group Falcon.
In 2003, he completed the Combined Logistics Officer Advance Course, and was assigned to Fort Campbell, Ky. LTC Utt served a tour as the Supply and Services Officer for the 129th Combat Service Support Battalion in Afghanistan (2003-2004) and a tour as the Battalion’s S3 in Iraq (2004-2005). Upon returning from Iraq, LTC Utt assumed command and stood up the newly created 20th Quartermaster Company. After a successful command, LTC Utt served as the S4 for 2nd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, where he once again deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) (2008).
In 2009, LTC Utt left Ft. Campbell and was assigned to Fort Hood, Texas where he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) as an Operations Officer for the 13th Expeditionary Support Command (2009-2010). After his rotation, he redeployed with the unit to Fort Hood. Shortly after recovery was complete, he was selected as the Support Operations Officer for the 553rd Combat Service Support Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade. In 2011, LTC Utt deployed with the battalion in support of OEF/Operation New Dawn. Upon return to Fort Hood, he was selected to attend the Command and General Staff College (CGSC) in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
In 2013, LTC Utt graduated CGSC and he was assigned to stay on as an Instructor/Lesson Developer for the college.
In 2015, LTC Utt assumed the position as the Professor of Military Science for Truman State University, Reserve Officer Training Corps. (ROTC) program (The Bulldog Battalion).
LTC Utt holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Columbia College, Columbia Missouri and a Master of Arts degree from Webster University. His military education includes the Quartermaster Officer Basic Course, the Combined Logistics Officer Advanced Course, the Army Force Management Course, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the Support Operations Course, and the United States Army Command and General Staff College.
LTC Utt’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Meritorious Service Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the National Defense Service Medal with one Service Star, the Southwest Asia Service Medal with two Service Stars, the Iraqi Campaign Medal with two Service Stars, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Kosovo Campaign Medal, the Overseas Service Ribbon with Numeral 5, the NATO Medal for Kosovo Operations, the Meritorious Unit Commendation with two Oak Leaf Cluster. LTC Utt has been inducted into the Distinguished Order of Saint Martin.