Arkansas State University’s ROTC program has a new professor of military science. Maj. Joseph (Joe) Loar has been assigned as professor of military science.
Loar earned a bachelor’s degree in history at the University of Tennessee and commissioned as an infantry officer in 2005. He earned a masters degree in military arts and science with general studies and a focus in history from the Command and General Staff College in 2015.
“We welcome Maj. Loar to Arkansas State and the Red Wolf Battalion,” ASU Chancellor Kelly Damphousse said. “The ROTC program has a rich history at A-State since its founding in 1936, and we look forward seeing the new professor of military science lead the program, which prepares future Army officers.”
His last assignment was operations advisor for 3rd Squadron, 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade at Fort Benning, Ga., and a deployment in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in southeast Afghanistan.
“I am absolutely honored to join the Red Wolf family, this historic ROTC program, and the Jonesboro community,” Loar said. “Our team here in the Military Science Department is excited about this upcoming school year as we provide a resource for this region’s scholar athletes to serve their nation as adaptive leaders who excel and win in any environment.”
After completing Infantry Officer Basic Course and Ranger School, Loar’s first assignment was at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, where he served as an ATGM Platoon Leader, Rifle Platoon Leader, and Scout Platoon Leader in 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment (Gimlets), 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division from 2006-2009.
Upon redeployment from Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2009, Maj. Loar attended the Infantry Maneuver Captains Career Course. In 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, he assumed duties as the assistant operations officer prior to taking command in A Company, 1st Battalion 505th PIR from 2010-2011 followed by a second command in HHC, 2nd Battalion 505th PIR from 2011-2012.
After company command, Maj. Loar served as the aide de camp to the commanding general, U.S. Army Africa, from 2012-2014 before attending Command and General Staff College (CGSC) at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan. After graduation in 2015, he was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Ky.
Maj. Loar served as the battalion executive officer for 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry (Currahee) from 2015-2016, and as the 1st Brigade Combat Team (Bastogne) executive officer from 2016-2017.
His military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal w/ Oak Leaf, Meritorious Service Medal w/ 3 Oak Leafs, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal w/ Oak Leaf, the Combat Infantry Badge, and the Expert Infantry Badge.