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Robert E. Davis

Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army

JROTC Director for Army Instructor of the Year, U.S. Army Cadet Command (2015)

Lieutenant Colonel Robert Davis was commissioned into the Quartermaster Corps upon graduation from Arkansas State University in Aug 1978 as a Distinguished Military Graduate, and also listed in Who’s Who among University and College Students in America. He also holds a Masters of Business Administration from Texas A&M University.

LTC Davis served as Platoon Leader, Corps Logistics Officer, Company Executive Officer, Division Accountable Officer (2d Infantry Division, Camp Casey, Korea), Accountable Officer (Red River Army Depot), Company Commander (HHC, Wagon South, Korea), Military Advisor (for all USAR units located in southern CA, AZ, and NV), and Executive Officer (215th Forward Support Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division, Ft. Hood, TX). LTC Davis deployed 3 times with the 215th FSB to the Persian Gulf (Operations Desert Shield/Storm, 1990-1991; Intrinsic Action, 1992; Iris Gold, 1993).

Following 24 years of service which began in 1975 with the United States Marine Corps, LTC Davis retired from Active Duty in 2000. His legacy, however, did not cease when he exited Active Duty. Rather, he chose to continue mentoring our Nation’s youth and accepted a position as a JROTC instructor at David W. Carter High School, Dallas Independent School District, Dallas, TX. After three years, he was selected as Deputy Director of Army Instruction of the Dallas Independent School District, and subsequently to serve as the Director. During his tenure with USACC, he earned the 2015 JROTC Director for Army Instructor of the Year, and in 2021 was awarded the
Public Service Commendation Medal for exemplary service as the Senior Army Instructor.

LTC Davis’ awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (4 OLC), Army Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal (2 BSS), Korea Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (“3”), Kuwait Liberation Medal (SA), and the Kuwait Liberation Medal (K).

After over 40 years of uniformed service, LTC Davis retired for a second time in Jan 2022. Throughout his career, LTC Davis’ has imbued youth with a mindset derived from his own ethos of “if I can, you can!” His mindset was forged from his humble beginnings on Hughes Plantation
(Hughes, AR) and strengthened throughout his career of distinct professionalism. While LTC Davis’ service has advanced our Nation’s security, he may best be remembered by the underprivileged children of intercity Dallas, who though beginning in an environment of seemingly overwhelming conditions, will surely embody their own sense of “if I can, you can!”