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Lt. Col. Glen Howie

Lt. Col. Glen Howie

Lt. Col. Daniel Bishop has completed his term at East Tennessee State University as professor of military science and commanding officer of the university’s Army ROTC program. He has turned over his position to Lt. Col. Glen Howie and moved to a new assignment at Fort George Meade, in Maryland, after providing guidance and a high level of energy throughout the few past years.

Howie, who stepped into his new position on July 1, is ready to accept the new challenge. “The ETSU ROTC program has a strong culture of winning whatever they attempt,” he says, “and my job is to keep that momentum going.”

He points proudly to the cadets’ many accomplishments during the past year.  “The cadets of ETSU’s Army ROTC program and our affiliate program at University of Virginia’s College at Wise have done an outstanding job,” he says. “During the spring semester alone, they competed in half-a-dozen major events. Those included the U.S. Army Small Arms Marksmanship competition, training with the German Army to earn the prestigious German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency, admission to the elite Pershing Rifle Society, the Bataan Memorial March in New Mexico, Best Ranger Competition, and taking first place while setting a course record at the Mountain Man Memorial March, sponsored by cadets at the University of Tennessee.”

While he was growing up, a military career seemed a logical step for Howie. “My father worked for the Department of the Navy in Washington, D.C., and was in the Navy Reserves,” he explains. “I attended James Madison University, majoring in marketing and Spanish, and entered the U.S. Army as a reservist.”

Now, after 20 years of active duty, Howie has had some impressive assignments. For nine of those years, he and his wife, Jonda, lived in Southern California. He earned a master’s degree in organizational leadership at Chapman University in Orange County and served a fellowship with the RAND Corporation.

“RAND conducts research and policy analysis for the military and other government agencies,” Howie says. “Their research is focused on difficult public policy challenges, where they perform analysis and provide recommended solutions to the customer. I loved my time there.”

Howie applied for the position here because, he says, “I want to give back to young cadets. The lessons I’ve learned over more than 20 years in the Army are something I can pass along to the next generation.”

He feels the ROTC program has much to offer, in addition to full scholarships. “Cadets learn leadership,” he says. “They are pushed beyond their expectations about their own capabilities. Today, active duty positions are very competitive, but serving as a second lieutenant after college graduation is not an ordinary entry level job. What other first position involves responsibility for a platoon of military personnel, their morale, welfare, equipment and every other facet of their lives?”

Howie is ready for the challenges ahead, and already loves his new home. “Tennessee is beautiful!” he says. “This is the friendliest place we have lived—and I don’t miss California traffic!”