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The following are graduates of the Missouri State University ROTC who have gone on to outstanding careers in the military.

Major General David E. White

Major General David E. White

329 - Commissioned 1954

Born in Springfield, Missouri and graduated from Southwest Missouri State University with a B.S. degree in Sociology. Earned  a Master of Science. Attended all professional military schools to include the War College.

Highest military decoration: Distinguished Service Medal

Retired

Lieutenant Colonel Robert Payne

Lieutenant Colonel Robert Payne

4 - Commissioned 1955

Assigned into the Field Artillery branch, had assignments in: San Francisco, CA; Okinawa, Japan; Vietnam; Oklahoma; Washington, D.C. and the Pentagon; Panama and Virginia. Recipient of numerous awards; including the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star Medal. Following his military career, he spent time as the Executive Director, Japan-American Society of Florida, and the Far East Trade Development Specialist port authority.

Lieutenant Colonel Charles Tom Stevens

Lieutenant Colonel Charles Tom Stevens

7 - Commissioned 1955

Born in Vernon County, Missouri and Distinguished Military Graduate from Southwest Missouri State University. Military decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal w/ 6 Oak Leaf Clusters and "V" Device, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, and two Purple Hearts. He has held several offices at both the state and national level with the National Federation of the Blind since 1974, and continues his work along with his wife, Helen.

Major General Robert Lynn Gordon

Major General Robert Lynn Gordon

65 - Commissioned 1957

Born in Kansas City, Kansas and graduated from Southwest Missouri State University with a B.S. degree in Business. Earned a Master in Business Administration from Indiana University. Attended all professional military schools to include the War College.

Highest military decoration: Distinguished Service Medal

Retired

 

Lieutenant Colonel Stanton L. Curbow

Lieutenant Colonel Stanton L. Curbow

129 - Commissioned in 1959

Infantry branch with assignments in: Kansas; Georgia; Korea; Hawaii; Vietnam; Virginia; Missouri; and Panama. Department Head and Professor of Military Science at Southwest Missouri State University 1980-1984. Awards include Combat Infantryman's Badge; Bronze Star w/ "V" device; Air Medal w/ "V" device; & five Purple Hearts. Upon retiring from the Army worked as the Director of Hammons Student Center until officially retiring.

Lieutenant General Neal T. Jaco

Lieutenant General Neal T. Jaco

102 - Commissioned 1959

Born in Springfield, Missouri and graduated from Southwest Missouri State University with a B.S. degree in Physical Education. Earned a Master of Science degree in International Relations from George Washington University. Attended all professional military schools to include the War College.

Highest military decoration: Distinguished Service Medal

Retired

Major General Robert F. Pennycuick

Major General Robert F. Pennycuick

138 - Commissioned 1959

Born in Mountain View, Missouri and graduated from Southwest Missouri State University with a B.S. degree in Mathematics. Earned a Masters of Art in Management from Webster College. Attended all professional military schools to include the War College.

Highest Military Decoration: Distinguished Service Medal

Retired

Brigadier General William A. West

Brigadier General William A. West

146 - Commissioned 1959

Born in Springfield, Missouri, BG West received his B.S. degree in Political Science and earned a Master of Science degree. Attended all professional military schools to include the Army War College.

Highest Military Decoration: Legion of Merit

Last assignment: Director of Operations and Support Officer at the Pentagon

Retired

Major General Fred F. Marty

Major General Fred F. Marty

300 - Commissioned 1963

Born in St. Louis, Missouri and graduated from Southwest Missouri State University with a B.S. degree in Education. Earned a Master in Business Administration from the University of Alabama. Attended all professional military schools to include the Air War College.

Highest Military Decoration: Distinguished Service Medal

Retired

Lieutenant General John E. Miller

Lieutenant General John E. Miller

302 - Commissioned 1963

Born Paragould, Arkansas and received his B.S. degree in Mathematics. Earned a Master of Science in Operations and Research and Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. Attended all professional military schools to include the War College.

Highest Military Decoration: Distinguished Service Medal

Last assignment: Deputy CG TRADOC at Ft. Monroe, Virginia

Retired

Major General Jarrett J. Robertson

Major General Jarrett J. Robertson

305 - Commissioned 1963

Born in Springfield, Missouri and graduated from Southwest Missouri State University with a B.S. degree in Public Speaking. Earned a Master's degree in History from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Attended all professional military schools to include the National War College.

Highest Military Decoration: Silver Star

Killed in Germany, February 1993

Brigadier General Tony L. Stansberry

Brigadier General Tony L. Stansberry

434 -Commissioned 1967

Born in San Angelo, Texas and graduated from Southwest Missouri State University with a B.S. degree in Education. Earned a Master of Science degree in Education Administration. Attended all professional military schools to include Command and General Staff College.

Highest Military Decoration: Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster

Retired

Colonel Arthur D. Hurtado

Colonel Arthur D. Hurtado

574 - Commissioned 1969

Born in Taos, New Mexico. Distinguished military graduate with a B.S. in Chemistry and a MSEE from New Mexico State University. Military decorations include the DCI National Intelligence Achievement Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit w/ Oak Leaf Cluster, Combat Infantryman's Badge, Parachute Badge, and Purple Heart.

Instrumental in the formation of the Advisory Board for the Dept of Chemistry, MSU on which he currently serves. A current member of the MSU Foundation Board of Trustees. He also serves as a member of the Command and General Staff College Foundation, Board of Trustees.

Retired

Brigadier General J. Marty Robinson

Brigadier General J. Marty Robinson

1027 -Commissioned 1979

Born in Webster County, Missouri, BG Robinson received his B.S. in Finance from Southwest Missouri State University; then graduated from the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Law in 1982. His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal w/ Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Achievement Medal and the Iraq Campaign Medal.

Major General Karen E. Dyson

Major General Karen E. Dyson

1040 - Commissioned 1980

Masters Degrees in Business Administration and National Resource Strategy. Her awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit w/ three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Bronze Star Medal w/ Oak Leaf Cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal w/ five Oak Leaf Clusters, the Parachutist Badge and the Presidential Support Badge.

Captain William M. Perry

Captain William M. Perry

1199 - Commissioned 1984

Distinguished Military Graduate. Assigned into the Field Artillery branch and served 4½ years on active duty. CPT Perry departed the military in 1988 and currently is a senior executive and co-lead of the Accenture Negotiations Center of Excellence (CoE). He has started two University Scholarships; one dedicated to the ROTC students in memory of his father, and the other for the College of Business.