Military Science Department Chair; Professor of Military Science
Lieutenant Colonel Ward enlisted in the United States Army Reserve in 1993 and attended Basic Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Fort Gordon, Georgia, and was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 3rd Battalion, 75th Field Artillery, in Springfield, Missouri, where he served as a Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) 31U (Signal Support Systems Specialist). In 1994, the unit deactivated and merged with Alpha Battery to form the 459th Transportation Company in the 89th Regional Support Command (RSC). LTC Ward was reclassified to MOS 88M (Motor Vehicle Operator), and served in that capacity until 1995, becoming a Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) Cadet in the 459th Transportation Company.
Lieutenant Colonel Ward was commissioned from the ROTC program at Southwest Missouri State University in May, 1998. After completing the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, he was assigned to 1st Battalion, 6th Field Artillery (M109A6), 1st Infantry Division Artillery (DIVARTY), Bamberg, Germany. There he served as a Platoon Fire Direction Officer, Service Battery Executive Officer and Paladin Platoon Leader. In 1999-2000, he deployed to Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo, for KFOR rotation 1B. During his last year in Germany, he moved to Vilseck, Germany, and served as a Company Fire Support Officer in 2nd Battalion, 63rd Armor, in 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division.
After the Field Artillery Captain’s Career Course in 2002, LTC Ward was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 13th Field Artillery (MLRS), 214th Field Artillery Brigade, at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, where he served as the Battalion Assistant S3 and Battalion S4. In March, 2003, he deployed to Iraq with the 214th Field Artillery Brigade headquarters, serving as the Brigade Liaison Officer to the 4th Infantry DIVARTY in Tikrit, Iraq, for OIF I. He assumed command of Charlie Battery in 2004, and in 2005-2006, he deployed Charlie Battery to Iraq for OIF III, serving at Talil and Balad Air Bases conducting convoy escort and base defense missions.
In 2006, LTC Ward was next assigned to the 191st Infantry Brigade, Division West, FIRST ARMY, at Fort Lewis, Washington. There he served as an Observer Controller/Trainer (OC/T) Team Chief and Deputy Brigade S3, mobilizing and training Army, Navy and Air Force units in Detainee Operations.
From 2008 to 2010, LTC Ward attended graduate school at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. There he earned a Master’s Degree in Public Service and Administration (MPA) and studied the Public Policy Analysis Track. He concentrated in Security Policy, earning a Graduate Certificate in Advanced International Affairs – Emphasis in Defense Policy and Military Affairs. He also earned the Dean’s Leadership Certificate. He conducted additional research and study with scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, California, to learn the interagency process between the Department of Energy and Department of Defense.
In 2010, LTC Ward was assigned to Fort Riley, Kansas, with 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division as part of its Stability Transition Team (STT) and deployed for Operation New Dawn to K1 Air Base near Kirkuk, Iraq. During the deployment he later served as the Brigade Fire Support Officer at FOB Warrior, in Kirkuk, Iraq. Upon re-deployment, he served as the Battalion S3 (Operations Officer) and Executive Officer in 1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery (Hamilton’s Own); the oldest, continually serving battalion in the United States Army.
From 2014 to 2016, LTC Ward was assigned to the Mission Command Training Program, Operations Group Charlie, at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where he served as a Fires Observer Controller/Trainer (OC/T) and Chief of Plans and Exercises. Here he participated in 20 warfighter exercises helping to train 27 functional/multi-functional brigades and Brigade Combat Teams.
From 2016 to 2017, LTC Ward was assigned to EIGHTH ARMY in Yongsan (Seoul) and Camp Humphreys, near Pyongtaek, Republic of Korea. There he served as the G3 Fire Support Element Deputy Director and Deputy Fire Support Coordinator (DFSCOORD).
From 2017 to 2018, LTC Ward served as an Instructor in the Department of Command and Leadership at the U. S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
Currently, LTC Ward is the Professor of Military Science at Truman State University, in Kirksville, Missouri.
LTC Ward’s civilian education includes a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar, Missouri; and a Masters of Public Service and Administration from the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. He is also a certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator© (MBTI) Practitioner.
LTC Ward’s military education includes the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, Field Artillery Captain’s Career Course, the Combined Arms Service and Staff School (CAS3), Combat Life Saver Course (CLS), Safety Officer’s Course, the Command and General Staff Officer’s Course (CGSOC), the Joint Humanitarian Operations Course, the Army Basic Space Cadre Course (Phase I and II), and the Command and General Staff Officer Course Basic Instructor Course.
Military Awards include: the Bronze Star Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the National Defense Service Medal with one campaign star, the Kosovo Campaign Medal, the Iraqi Service Medal – 4 stars, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon with “4” Device, the Korean Defense Service Medal, and the NATO Medal for Kosovo. He is also a member in good standing of the Officers’ Mess of the 2nd Canadian Motorized Brigade Group, Petawawa, Ontario.
He and Heather Anne have been married for 16 years and have three wonderful children: Katie, 14; Sarah, 12; and John, nine.