Auburn University
Cadets receive a safety briefing before moving out on a Field Training Exercise. The safety of our Soldiers is a primary concern for the Army, and Auburn cadets learn that safety briefings and risk assessments are part of every training event.

Safety First

Cadets receive a safety briefing before moving out on a Field Training Exercise. The safety of our Soldiers is a primary concern for the Army, and Auburn cadets learn that safety briefings and risk assessments are part of every training event.

LTC William H. Shaw

Professor of Military Science, Chief MS IV Instructor

Lieutenant Colonel Bill Shaw graduated from Dunwoody High School in Atlanta, Georgia and subsequently attended North Georgia College where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.  A Distinguished Military Graduate of North Georgia, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the US Army Infantry and assigned to Fort Benning, Georgia.

After serving as an Infantry Rifle and Scout Platoon Leader and Commander of an Airborne Pathfinder Detachment at Fort Benning, Colonel Shaw joined the Army’s Special Forces in 1989. Assigned to the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Devens, Massachusetts, he served as Commander of a Military Free Fall Detachment, Assistant Group Operations Officer and Support Company Commander. In 1996 he moved to Stuttgart, Germany, where he served as a Special Force Company Executive Officer and Company Commander and as a Special Forces Battalion Executive Officer.  Reassigned to Fort Polk, Louisiana, he was the Senior Special Operations Observer-Controller and Chief of the Special Operations Plans Division at the Joint Readiness Training Center. Colonel Shaw returned to his Alma Mata as an Assistant Professor of Military Science and Director of Instruction for the North Georgia College and State University ROTC Department in 2000, and he is currently assigned as the Professor of Military Science at Auburn University.

Lieutenant Colonel Shaw holds a Master of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from Louisiana State University. He was published in Tom Clancy’s book Special Forces, and the author cites him as a major contributor to his later work Shadow Warriors.  His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Special Forces tab, Ranger tab, Master Parachutist wings, Military Freefall wings, Pathfinder badge, Air Assault wings, and both Canadian and British Airborne wings.  Lieutenant Colonel Shaw is a certified mountaineering instructor; high and low ropes course instructor; as well as a leadership development course facilitator.  His academic accomplishments, combined with his Army and athletic coaching experience, have given him insight into the following areas fundamental to the development of our Nation’s future leaders: leadership, athletic environmental conditioning, mental and physical training, group dynamics, team building, goal setting, time management, and motivation.

LTC Jon K. Segars

Battalion Commander, Professor of Military Science

Lieutenant Colonel Segars is a distinguished military graduate of North Georgia College with a bachelor’s degree in business management and holds a master’s degree in adult education from Kansas State University.  Commissioned in 1988, Lieutenant Colonel Segars has served the Army in a variety of Armor, Cavalry and Infantry leadership positions in peacetime training and during combat operations. 

After his commissioning as a lieutenant of Armor, Lieutenant Colonel Segars served as a cavalry platoon leader in the 197th Infantry Brigade at Fort Benning, Georgia and with the 24th Infantry Division during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.  Following his graduation from the Infantry Advanced Course and promotion to Captain, he served as a maintenance officer at Camp Casey, Korea, a tank company commander at Fort Carson Colorado and a cavalry troop commander at Fort Bliss, Texas.  Beginning in 1997, Lieutenant Colonel Segars served with the 91st Infantry Division as a team chief in support of Army National Guard training and combat preparation in the states of Washington, Oregon, California and Hawaii.  In 2001, Lieutenant Colonel Segars graduated from the Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and was assigned as a tank battalion executive officer and later a brigade operations officer in the 3rd Infantry Division.  While assigned to the 3rd Division, he participated in Operation Desert Spring in Kuwait and subsequently the initial assault into Baghdad during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Most recently, he served as the Chief of U.S./Canadian Border Operations for Joint Task Force North, a subordinate headquarters in U.S. Northern Command, which provides military support to federal law enforcement agencies to detect and deter transnational threats to the homeland.  Through his support of border security, he was selected to represent U.S. Northern Command on several international committees and as a guest instructor at the Canadian Land Forces Command and Staff College.

Jon and his wife Joy are expecting their first child in October.

MSG Ronald Wheeler

Chief MS II Instructor

MSG Ronald D. Wheeler is a native of Pekin, Illinois and enlisted in the active Army as an Armor Crewman in February of 1984, completing One Station Unit Training at Fort Knox KY.

MSG Wheeler’s assignments include: C&HQ Companies, 1-13 Armor Battalion, 1 st Armored Division, Illesheim Germany. A Company, 3-69 Armor Battalion, 24 th Infantry Division, Fort Stewart Georgia. D Company, 4-32 Armor Battalion, 3rd Armored Division, Butzbach Germany. D&HQ Companies, 2-67 Armor Battalion, 3 rd Armored Division, Freidberg Germany. D Company, 1-68 Armor Battalion, 4 th Infantry Division, Fort Carson Colorado. HHT, 4-7 Cavalry, 2 nd Infantry Division, Camp Garry Owen Korea. C&HQ Companies, 3-67 Armor Battalion, 4 th Infantry Division, Fort Hood Texas. V Corps HQ, Fort Hood Texas. 155 th Armor Brigade, Tupelo Mississippi. C&HQ Companies, 1-35 Armor Battalion, 1 st Armored Division, Baumholder Germany.

MSG Wheeler has served in the following duty positions: Tank Driver/Loader, Tank Gunner, Tank Commander, Platoon Sergeant, Company Master Gunner, Battalion Master Gunner, Squadron Master Gunner, Brigade Master Gunner, Corps Master Gunner, Tank and HQ Companies First Sergeant, Security and Intelligence Noncommissioned Officer and Operations Sergeant Major. MSG Wheeler is currently serving as the Senior Military Science Instructor at Auburn University.

MSG Wheeler’s military education includes the Primary Leadership Development Course (PLDC), Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course (BNCOC), Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Defense Course, Small Arms Maintenance Course, M1A1/M1A2 Master Gunner School, Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course (ANCOC) and the First Sergeant’s Course. He has also completed one year of college towards an Associates Degree in General Studies with the University of Maryland.

Operational experience includes: Operation Desert Shield/Storm, Operation Intrinsic Action, Operation Iraqi Freedom I.

His awards include the Bronze Star Medal (1-OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (2-OLC), Army Commendation Medal (4-OLC), Humanitarian Service Medal, Army Achievement Medal (2-OLC), Good Conduct Medal (7 th Award), 2 National Defense Service Medals, Korean Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Defense Medal with 3 Campaign Stars, Saudi Arabia Liberation Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Gulf War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and the Gulf War on Terrorism Service Medal.

MSG Wheeler currently resides in Auburn with his lovely wife Cheryl.

COL Patton Pickens

Associate Professor of Military Science, Executive Officer

Colonel Keith Pickens was commissioned a Regular Army officer in 1983 and served as a tank platoon leader, tank company executive officer and scout platoon leader in the 3d Battalion, 64th Armor in Schweinfurt, Germany. He returned to the United States in 1986 and was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 32d Armor at Fort Hood, Texas, where he commanded a tank company during the Persian Gulf War. After redeploying to Fort Hood COL Pickens led the Bandit Battalion’s headquarters company until he was reassigned as an assistant professor of military science at the University of North Alabama in Florence, Alabama.

Colonel Pickens resigned his Regular Army commission and transferred to the United States Army Reserve in 1994. He served as an observer-controller with the 1st Brigade, 87th Division until 2001, when he was reassigned to the 101st Airborne Division Detachment, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. COL Pickens was mobilized in November 2001, and commanded the Division Detachment during its deployment to Kuwait and Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division. After returning to Fort Campbell, he served as adjutant of the 3397th Garrison Support Unit, Chattanooga, Tennessee. Colonel Pickens is currently on a leave of absence from the War Eagle Battlion while serving an extended active duty tour at the United States Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania.

A distinguished Military Graduate of the Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of Alabama, COL Pickens holds a Master’s of Public Administration degree form the University of West Florida and is a member of the honor society, Phi Kappa Phi. His military education includes the Armor Officer Basic Course, Armor Officer Advanced Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School and Command and General Staff Officer’s Course. He has twice been awarded the Bronze Star Medal, and he holds three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals and three Army Achievement Medals.

MAJ Johnney Matthews

Operations Officer

MAJ Johnney K. Matthews is a 1985 graduate of Stevenson High School and a 1989 graduate of Alabama A&M University where he received his Bachelor's degree in Biology and was a Distinguished Military Graduate from the Army ROTC program. He received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Ordnance Corps.

Upon completion of the Ordnance Officer Basic Course at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, MAJ Matthews was assigned to the 2 nd Infantry Division, Camp Casey Korea from 1990 - 1991, where he served as the Battalion Maintenance Officer for the 102d Military Intelligence Battalion. Following his assignment in Korea, He was reassigned to the 659 th Maintenance Company, 189 th Corps Support Battalion, Fort Bragg, North Carolina from 1991-1994, and served as Automotive Platoon Leader and Shop Officer. He also deployed with the unit to support the disaster relief after Hurricane Andrew, Homestead, Florida.

Following completion of the first Combined Logistics Officer Advance Course at Fort Lee, Virginia, MAJ Matthews was assigned to the 101 st Airborne Division in 1994 where he served as the Maintenance Management Officer, 101 st Airborne Division Support Command. MAJ Matthews’ next military assignment took him to Birmingham, Alabama where he served as the Supply and Services Officer, 81st Regional Support Command. Following this assignment, MAJ Matthews assumed Command of the A Company, 3397 th Garrison Support Unit, Chattanooga, Tennessee from 1998-1999. MAJ Matthews returned to Camp Casey Korea and assumed Command of D Company, 702d Main Support Battalion, from 1999- 2000. After completing his second tour and 17 months in Korea, MAJ Matthews, returned to the Home of the Airborne and Special Operations Soldiers, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where he served as a Support Operations Officer, United States Army Special Operations Command until his attendance to the Air Command and General Staff College in 2002.

MAJ Matthews' next assignment was at Fort Stewart, Georgia with the 3d Infantry Division (Mechanized). While assigned to the MARNE DIVISION, he served as the Division Materiel Officer, Division Support Command. As well as the Support Operations Officer and Battalion Executive Officer for the 3d Forward Support Battalion, Logistics Support Area Anaconda, Balad Iraq. He is currently serving as the Operations Officer for the Auburn University Army R.O.T.C department.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (w/ 3 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (w/ 4 OLC), Army Achievement Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and German Parachutist Badge.

MAJ Matthews is married to the former Tina Loyd of Stevenson, Alabama. They have three lovely daughters Megan 14, Jacklyn 7, Katelyn 4.

MAJ Paul West

Admissions Officer

SFC Thomas Morgan

Military Science Instructor

SFC Raymond Honea

Chief MS III Instructor

Sergeant First Class (SFC) Raymond J. Honea graduated from Dothan High School in 1985 and enlisted in the Army on 15 March 1988. He attended Basic and Advance Individual Training at Fort Benning, Georgia as an Infantryman.

SFC Honea has graduated from ANCOC at Fort Benning, Georgia on the Commandant’s List, BNCOC at Fort Stewart, Georgia as the Honor Grad, Iron Man and on the Commandant’s List, and PLDC at Fort Carson, Colorado as the Iron Man. He has also graduated from Army Recruiter Course, Basic Airborne Course, Master Fitness Trainer Course, Basic Military Fire Suppression Course, The Army Instructor Training Course, Tactical Certification Course, Ranger First Responder Course, The Basic Ground Fighting Techniques Course and Rappel Master Course. He has also completed one year of college towards an Associates Degree in General Studies through Central Texas College.

Past duties and assignments include:  Fort Carson, Colorado with D Company, 1st Battalion, 10th Infantry Regiment and with C Company, 2nd Battalion 12th Infantry Regiment.  Serving there for 16 months as a Squad Automatic Rifleman and Antitank Gunner.  Camp Hovey, Korea with the B Company, 1st Battalion 503rd Infantry Regiment and with C Company, 2nd Battalion 503rd Infantry Regiment for 1 year, Serving as a Radio Transmit Operator (RTO), Unit Armorer, Fire Team Leader and Assistant Patrol Leader. Fort Carson, Colorado with B Company and D Company, 1st Battalion 12th Infantry Regiment for 2½ years, serving as a Track Commander on a M113 Armored Personal Carrier, Dismount Fire Team Leader, Commander’s HUMVEE Driver and Dismount Squad Leader. While with 1/12 INF, he was deployed to Saudi Arabia as part of a security element for the 3rd Battalion (PATRIOT) 43rd Air Defense Artillery Regiment. Manheim,Germany with B Company, 4th  Battalion 8th Infantry Regiment for 9 months, serving as a Dismount Squad Leader.  Fort Lewis, Washington with B Company.  1st Battalion 23rd Infantry Regiment for 20 months serving as a Dismount Squad Leader.  Fort Stewart, Georgia with C Company, 3rd Battalion 7th Infantry Regiment for 2½ years, Serving as a Dismount Squad Leader, Bradley Section Leader, Platoon Sergeant. Tustin and Irvine, California with the United States Army Recruiting Command for 23 months, serving as a Detailed Army Recruiter, Army Recruiting Assistant Station Commander and Army Recruiting StationCommander. Fort Benning, Georgia with B Company, 2nd Battalion 11th Infantry Regiment, Infantry Officer Basic Course (IOBC) for 3 years, serving as a Platoon Sergeant/Platoon Trainer for over 1,600 newly commissioned Infantry Lieutenants.

Awards and decorations include:Meritorious Service Medal; Army Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster; Army Achievement Medal with ten Oak Leaf Clusters; Good Conduct Medal (5th award); National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star; Southwest Asia Service Medal with Bronze Star; Humanitarian Service Medal; NCO Professional Development Ribbon with numeral 3; Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon with numeral 3 Kuwaiti Liberation Service Medal – Emirate of Kuwait

MAJ James McGhee

Operations NCO

MAJ James W. McGhee is a native of Monroe, LA and enlisted in the Active Army as an Armor Crewman, 7 May 1990. He completed One Station Unit Training at Fort Knox, KY.

MAJ McGhee’s assignments include: A Company, 2-72 Armor Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Casey, Korea; E Troop, 1st Battalion 16th Cavalry Regiment, Fort Knox, KY; A Company, 1-63 Armor Battalion, 1st Infantry Division, Vilseck Germany; C Company, 2nd Battalion, 81st Armor Regiment, United States Army Armor Center, Fort Knox, KY; B Company, 46th Adjutant General Battalion, Fort Knox, KY; B Company, 1-72 Armor Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Casey Korea; C Company, 2-63 Armor Battalion, 1st Infantry Division, Vilseck, Germany.

MAJ McGhee has served in the following duty positions: Tank Driver/Loader; Tank Gunner; Tank Commander; Senior Drill Sergeant; Master Fitness Trainer; Tank Platoon Sergeant; and is currently serving as the Operations/Training NCOIC at Auburn University.

His military education includes:  Primary Leadership Development Course (PLDC); Basic Noncommissioned Officer’s Course (BNCOC); Master Fitness Trainer Course; Army Instructor Training course; Noncommissioned Officers Course (ANCOC); and Drill Sergeant School.  He has also completed two years of college with and Associates Degree in General Studies with the University of Maryland.

Operational experience includes: Operation Able Sentry (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia); KFOR 4B (Kosovo); and Operation Iraqi Freedom II (Kuwait/Iraq).

His awards include:  Bronze Star Medal; Meritorious Service Medal (1-OLC); Army Commendation Medal with Valor; Army Commendation Medal (1-OLC); Army Achievement Medal (4-OLC); Good Conduct Medal (5 th AWD); Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; two National Defense Medals; Armed Forces Expeditionary medal; UNPREDEP Service Medal; Korean Defense Service Medal and the prestigious Drill Sergeant Badge.

Ms. Diane Ambus

Human Resources Assistant

Ms. Ambus is native of Opelika, AL and a graduate of Opelika High School. She is a graduate Southern Union Community College and has completed the Medical Assistant requirements at Atlanta Medical Dental School. She has also attended UAB. Recently, Ms. Ambus received a B.A. degree in Management of Human resources from Faulkner University.

Ms. Ambus is a graduate of Administrative Specialist (71L) School in Ft. Jackson, SC and Legal Clerk (71D) School in Ft. Meade, MD. Ms. Ambus served 4 years in the active Army National Guard and 4 years inactive in the Army National Guard.

Her awards include: Army Service Ribbon; 4 Certificates of Achievements; Officially Commended 10 times; 5 Monetary Awards; and other numerous awards of appreciation.

Mr. Jerry Shamp

Supply Technician

Ms. Mary Ledford

Office Administrator

Mrs. Diane Thomas

Human Resource Assistant