Army ROTC Leadership
LTC Scott H. Starr, USA
Professor of Military Science
MARION MILITARY INSTITUTE
LTC Scott Starr enlisted into the Army in January 1998 and received his commission through the Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia in December 2001.
LTC Starr’s initial assignment as an officer was to the 25th Infantry Division, where he served as Assistant Battalion and Brigade S2, Collection and Jamming Platoon Leader, and Task Force Collection Manager.
From May 2006 to June 2008, LTC Starr commanded Alpha Company, 344th Military Intelligence Battalion, before being reassigned as to the 1st Infantry Division where he served as an Intelligence Advisor to the Iraqi Army.
Following deployment, LTC Starr served in the Korean Theater of Operations as a Brigade Plans Officer, 501st Military Intelligence Brigade and Battalion S3, 532nd Military Intelligence Battalion.
LTC Starr additionally served as Battalion S3 and Battalion XO, 344th Military Intelligence Battalion and Senior Watch Officer, Branch Chief, Deputy Division Chief, and Division Chief at the United States European Command Joint Intelligence Operations Center Europe Analytic Center in the United Kingdom.
LTC Starr’s deployments include OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM – AFGHANISTAN and OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. He holds a BA in Management from Shorter University and a MA in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.
LTC Starr and his wife Jennifer have four children – Ashlyn (19), Haley (17), Owen (14), and Skylar (11).
SGM Deondre Long, USA
Chief Military Science Instructor
MARION MILITARY INSTITUTE
SGM Long was born in Galveston, Texas on April 17, 1980. He graduated from Texas City High School in Texas City, Texas in 1998.
SGM Long entered into military service at Fort Knox, Kentucky in September 1998 where he attended One Station Unit Training (OSUT); upon completion of OSUT he was awarded the MOS 19D, Cavalry Scout.
SGM Long’s duty stations include E Troop 1st Cav Sep, Fort Wainwright, Alaska; Comanche 4/7 Cav, Camp Garry Owen, South Korea; HHC 1st ID, Wurzburg, Germany; HHT 2/16 Cav, Fort Knox, Kentucky; B Troop 5/4 Cav, Fort Riley, Kansas; Comanche 4/7 Cav and HHC BDE 1ABCT, Camp Hovey, South Korea; B HHBN, Camp Red Cloud, South Korea. He’s served as a 1SG in A 3/47 In, Fort Benning, Georgia, D 1-81 AR, Fort Benning, Georgia, A Co 1-81 AR, and HHC BDE 194th AR BDE, Fort Benning, Georgia. SGM Long served as a Senior Cavalry OC/T and Operations Sergeant for 1-305th IN, Camp Shelby, MS; attended Sergeant’s Major Academy; served as the Operations Sergeant Major for 1-6 IN, Fort Bliss, Texas and is currently the Chief Military Science Instructor for Marion Military Institute (ROTC) in Marion, Alabama. He has deployed to Iraq in support of OIF 03-04, OIF 08-09, Kuwait, Iraq and Jordan for OIR/ORR 17-18. His duty positions have consisted of Driver, Gunner, Ops Assistant, G3 Plans NCOIC, Retention NCO, Instructor/Writer, Senior Training Management NCO, Resilience Instructor, Platoon Sergeant, First Sergeant, OC/T, Operations Sergeant Major. He has performed duties as a Unit Prevention Leader (UPL), Equal Opportunity Leader (EOL), Resilience Trainer, SHARP NCO, and Army Recruiter.
SGM Long’s accomplishments include The Order of St. George Medallion, The Order of St Maurice Medallion, and Excellence in Armor awardee. He is also the recipient of the Commandant’s List during WLC, SLC, and Battle Staff Course. He received the Physical Fitness Award for WLC, ALC, and SLC. He also received the Bronze Schutzenschnur qualification Medal while stationed in Germany.
SGM Long’s awards and decorations include the BSM (1OLC), MSM (3OLC), ARCOM (4OLC), AAM (7OLC), AGCM (6th award), NDSM (with BS), Iraqi Campaign Medal (4CS), GWOT-S, Korean Defense Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (5), Military Volunteer Service Medal (MOVSM), Army Service Ribbon, and Overseas Service Ribbon (6).
SGM Long’s civilian education includes a Master’s in Business Administration (2018), a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice (2014), and an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science (2013), all from the University of Maryland University College. SGM Long earned his Barber’s license in 2014. His military education includes the Warrior Leader Course (WLC), Advanced Leader Course (ALC), Senior Leader Course (SLC), Commanders and First Sergeant Course, USASMA Class 67, Army Recruiter Course, Equal Opportunity Leader (EOL), Master Resilience Course (MRT) & Level 2 Facilitator Course, Basic Instructor Course, Air Assault Course, Sexual Harassment and Assault Response Program (SHARP), Short Range Marksmanship Course, Recruiter Course, Cavalry Leaders Course, Battle Staff and Observer Controller/Training OC/T.
SGM Long is currently married to the former Evelyn Thomas-Long, and they have two children, Tyler and Jayden.