The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) introduces LTC Kevin J. Moyer as professor of military science (PMS,) a post he has had since June.
The position includes concurrent roles as PMS at Henderson State University and Ouachita Baptist University, both at Arkadelphia.
Moyer said he accepted the opportunity because of the impact ROTC had on his life, according to a news release.
Once a cadet himself in ROTC at the University of Memphis, Moyer credits the officers that were in his program for being willing to take a shot on him. According to Moyer, the greatest takeaway from involvement in ROTC for a student is the development of skills, attributes, and competencies of what it means to be a leader. Knowing how to take orders and take charge are essential to becoming a productive member of a team or community.
“A lot of my success and personality in my leadership philosophies are a result of the ROTC program,” Moyer said. “If I could ever have gotten a chance to pay it back, that’s exactly what I wanted to do. When the opportunity came forward, I jumped all over it without even thinking twice. What I cared about was the fact that I would have a chance to once again give back to the program that gave so much to me.”
The lieutenant colonel was commissioned into the Corps of Engineers in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Memphis. He received a Master of Arts degree in public administration from Webster University in March 2002 and an M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School in September 2007, according to the release.
His previous assignments include Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Germany, and Missouri and he has deployed in service to this country to Nicaragua, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
Moyer’s military education includes the Command and General Staff College Officers’ Course, Red Team Members Course, Air Assault Course, Army Operational Electronic Warfare Course, Combined Arms Services and Staff School, and the Engineer Basic and Advanced courses. He also holds his professional certification as a project management professional (PMP).
His military awards and decorations include: two Bronze Stars, four Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, six Army Achievement Medals, a Humanitarian Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, a Presidential Unit Citation, Meritorious Unit Citation, two Army Superior Unit Awards, a Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Air Assault Badge, and the coveted Engineer Bronze DeFluery Medal.
He is married to Melodie Bichon of Hernando, Miss., and has three daughters.