University of Virginia

LTC Mark Houston

Professor of Military Science

LTC Mark Houston was commissioned in 1995 from the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he was the Army Athletic Association’s Distinguished Graduate. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from West Point, a Master of Business Administration from Texas A&M University, and a Post-Graduate degree in Strategic Management and Leadership from the Chartered Management Institute of the United Kingdom.

Prior to becoming the Professor of Military Science, LTC Houston served in U.S. Army Airborne & Air Assault Infantry units across the globe. Assignments included the 1/509th Parachute Infantry Battalion at Fort Polk, Louisiana, the 25th Infantry Division (Light) in Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, and the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. More recently he served in combat on the Eastern border of Afghanistan as the Executive Officer for 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne (Air Assault) – Task Force White Currahee (OEF X / XI).

In addition, LTC Houston has served as the West Coast Admissions Officer for the United States Military Academy at West Point, and as the U.S. Army Exchange Officer / Instructor at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom near Oxford, England.

LTC Houston has earned most awards and decorations associated with a career Infantry Officer.


Master Sergeant Graves

Senior Military Science Instructor

Master Sergeant Graves brings a wealth of military knowledge to the Cavalier Battalion. MSG Graves joined the army because he "wanted to do something that my daughter would be proud of, a 'super-duper paratrooper', and for job security."

MSG Graves' favorite assignment to date has been Fort Bragg, Airborne. When asked why Airborne is his favorite, he stated, "... self explanatory, its Airborne."

While his favorite assignment was Airborne, his favorite part of the army in its entirety are the friendships he has forged, and he remains in contact with many of them, despite many assignment changes.

MSG Graves says he continues to enjoy serving because "I want to pass on my leadership knowledge because I love soldiers... a lot."

When asked what he is most looking forward to with his experience at UVA ROTC, he said, "If you impact one person, you've made a difference because leadership spreads, and I know that I have done my job if my leadership impacts one person. I hope to help you all fight beyond your limits because we don’t settle for limitations, we go above and beyond."

MSG Graves has quickly assimilated into the Cavalier Battalion and has garnered much respect from the cadets and other cadre of the program.

Guy R. Mallow

Senior Military Science Instructor

A Maryland native, Guy Mallow was commissioned in 1984 as an Engineer Officer through the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program at Frostburg State University, Frostburg, MD, where he was a Distinguished Military Graduate. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from Frostburg State and is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College.

Prior to commissioning, he served two years in A Company, 1st /115th Infantry in the Maryland Army National Guard as a Simultaneous Membership Program cadet. On active duty, he served in the 293rd Engineer Battalion, Baumholder, Germany; the 37th EN BN (Airborne), Fort Bragg, NC; the Sapper Training Detachment, Fort Leonard Wood, MO; the 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, GA; the Defense Mapping School, Fort Belvoir, VA; Security Assistance Team, U.S. Military Training Mission, Saudi Arabia; the G8, Army Staff, Pentagon. Prior to arriving at the University of Virginia, he served as the Senior Army Instructor at Bassett High School, Bassett, VA. He deployed in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm as Bravo company commander while serving in the 37th Engineers.

Guy Mallow’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medals, and the Joint Service Commendation Medal, among others. He has been awarded the Ranger Tab, Sapper Tab, Master Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Army Staff Identification Badge, Honduran Parachutist Badge and the Bronze German Armed Forces Efficiency Medal. He is also a recipient of the Army Engineer Association’s Bronze de Fleury Medal.

Phone: (434) 924-1300


Jordan B. Scanlan

Enrollment and Scholarship Officer

Phone: (434) 924-7101

Mr. Haynes

Supply Tech

Phone: (434) 924-1334

Tracy Argabright

Human Resources Administrator

Phone: (434) 924-1341