University of Kentucky

Golden Knights at UK

LTC Shawn Umbrell

Professor of Military Science (PMS)


LTC Shawn Umbrell commissioned in May 1998 as a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry from The University of Toledo (Toledo, OH). He served as a rifle platoon leader and company executive officer in 3rd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, KY, from July 1999 until September 2002.

Following an assignment as a Ranger Instructor with the 6th Ranger Training Battalion at Camp Rudder, FL, he returned to Fort Campbell and commanded C Company, 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, from June 2004 to May 2005 and Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1-502 from May 2005 to January 2007. During that time he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, serving in Southwest Baghdad. He then served until December 2008 as an Observer Controller/Trainer at the Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, LA. During that time he deployed with 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment for four months to Iraq.

After graduating from Intermediate Level Education at Fort Leavenworth, KS, in December 2009 he deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom where he served as the Operations Officer for 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. Upon redeployment in July 2010, the 5th Brigade reflagged as 2nd Stryker Brigade Team, 2nd Infantry Division. MAJ Umbrell remained in 2nd SBCT and served as the 1-17th Executive Officer, Brigade Operations Officer, and Brigade Executive Officer. He deployed with 2nd SBCT from March through December 2012 to Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.

Mr. Allen Back

Enrollment & Scholarship Officer


Mr. Allen Back commissioned in May 1990 as a Second Lieutenant in the Armor Branch from The University of Kentucky. He has served in the United States Army for over 25 years and currently serves as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserves, 84th Training Command " Railsplitters”, Fort Knox, KY.

Mr. Back served as Assistant Professor of Military Science at Centre College and UK from 2002 to 2005. In February 2005 he deployed to Iraq and served on Military Transition Team and as the Base Support Unit Operations Officer, Al Kasik Military Training Base during Operation Iraqi Freedom III/IV.

Mr. Back also served as Recruiting Operations Officer and Director, Military and Veteran Affairs at Eastern Kentucky University from September, 2007 to October, 2013. Mr. Back has a Masters of Science in Human Resources Development from Villanova University.

CPT Stephen Strack

Executive Officer


CPT Smith

Operations Officer


MSG Gregory Lehman

Training NCO


MSG Michael Tanner

Senior Military Instructor (SMI)


MSG Michael Tanner entered the Army as a Calvary Scout and has had assignmnents in Ft. Carson, Ft. Knox, Korea, and University of Kentucky as the SMI.

Janiece Bishop

Human Resource Technician


Eva Hicks

Department Manager Associate


Mrs. Hicks comes to the University of Kentucky after 10 years at Lexmark International, where her career included roles as Executive Assistant, Human Resources Specialist in Recruiting, and Technical Writer. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Management from Midway College.

Rob Roane

Human Resource Technician