Retired Lieutenant Colonel Shay Howard, a native of Texas, received a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery following his 1993 graduation as a Distinguished Military Graduate from East Central Oklahoma State University. He began his career as a Firing Platoon Leader with A Battery, 38th Field Artillery Regiment stationed at Camp Stanley, Korea. After his short tour, he moved to Fort Campbell, KY and served as a Company Fire Support Officer for C Company, 2-187th Infantry Battalion. He also served as the Fire Direction Officer and Executive Officer for C Battery, 3-320th Field Artillery Regiment and then as Battalion Assistant Operations Officer. After completing the Field Artillery Officer Advance Course in 1998, he reported to the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, NC to serve as a Battalion Fire Support Officer for 3rd BN, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR) and Assistant Operations Officer for 3rd BN, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment (AFAR). He deployed to Kosovo in 1999 in support of Operation Joint Guardian. In May 2001, LTC Howard assumed command of B Battery, 319th AFAR, and then was subsequently selected to serve in the 173rd Airborne Brigade as a Battalion Fire Support for 1st BN, 508th PIR and commander of D Battery, 319th AFAR in Vicenza, Italy. While assigned to the BDE, LTC Howard participated in the Airborne Assault into Northern Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom I (OIF) in 2003 and deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom IV in 2005. He completed his Italy tour as the Brigade Assistant Operations Officer. LTC Howard returned to Fort Bragg in 2007 serving as an Assistant Fire Support Coordinator for XVIII ABN Corps and deploying in support of OIF 07-09. LTC Howard then moved to 1st BDE, 82nd Airborne Division serving as the Brigade Fire Support Officer, Operations Officer, and Executive Officer for 3rd BN, 319th AFAR. While assigned to the battalion, he deployed in support of OIF 09-10. LTC Howard was selected to serve as a Professor of Military Science and command a ROTC detachment at Missouri Western State University from 2010 – 2014. LTC Howard’s last move brought him to Fort Sam Houston, TX in 2014 to serve with US Army South as Deputy Director and ultimately Director, Assistant Chief of Staff – G7. Mr. Howard currently serves as an APMS with the UTSA Army ROTC Program.