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Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Rian M. Carter
Professor of Military Science
Army Reserve Officers Training Corps
Louisiana State University and A&M College
Phone (225) 578-2371

A native of the Pacific Northwest, LTC Carter was born and raised in the Portland, Oregon / Vancouver, Washington metropolitan area.  LTC Carter earned his commission from the New Mexico Military Institute 2000. Two years later, he earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Portland State University and was assessed onto Active Duty as an Ordnance Corps Officer.  LTC Carter is currently serving as the Professor of Military Science at Louisiana State University and Agriculture and Mechanical College.

LTC Carter has served in numerous leadership and logistical staff positions throughout his career to include: Supply and Services Officer, Headquarters, 26th Forward Support Battalion, 2D Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3D Infantry Division; Ground Equipment Platoon Leader, Bravo Company, 26th Support Battalion, 2D Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3D Infantry Division; Shop Officer, Bravo Company 26th Brigade Support Battalion, 2D Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3D Infantry Division; Support Operations Maintenance Officer (MATO); Headquarters, 26th Brigade Support Battalion, 2D Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3D Infantry Division; Battalion S-4, Headquarters, 26th Brigade Support Battalion, 2D Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3D Infantry Division; Commander, Forward Support Company, 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, 2D Brigade Combat Team, 3D Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia; Ordnance TAC Officer, Army Logistics University, Fort Lee, Virginia, Brigade S4, Headquarters, 555th Engineer Brigade, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington; J4, IJC Theater Engineer Brigade, Bagram Airfield; Battalion Executive Officer, 2D Brigade Support Battalion, 2-2ID (SBCT), 7th Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord; and G4 Operations Officer and later Executive Officer to the Chief of Staff United States Army – Europe, Wiesbaden, Germany.

LTC Carter has served two tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and one tour in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

LTC Carter’s military schooling includes: the Ordnance Officer’s Basic Course; the Combined Logistics Officer Advance Course; the Intermediate Level Education Course; the Army’s Basic Instructor Course; the Joint Logistics Course; and the Support Operations Course. In 2013, LTC Carter earned a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of Oklahoma.

His awards and decorations include: Bronze Star Medal (with oak leaf cluster); Meritorious Service Medal (with five oak leaf cluster); Army Achievement Medal (with oak leaf cluster); Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals; Iraq Campaign Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; NATO Medal, and the Combat Action Badge.  He is also a recipient of The Ordnance Order of Samuel Sharpe.

LTC Carter is married to the former Danielle Bush of Vancouver, Washington and have two children: Zachary (13) and Gabriel (11).  They currently reside in Geismar, Louisiana.

Captain (CPT) Tiffany S. Franklin
Officer-in-Charge (University of Louisiana-Lafayette)
Assistant Professor of Military Science (LSU)
Office: Brooks Annex 2, Room 204

Phone (337) 262-3358
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CPT Tiffany Franklin was born in Alexandria, LA. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Rehabilitation and Disability Studies and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration both from Southern University, Baton Rouge, LA.

CPT Franklin received her commissioning as a Quartermaster Corp Officer through the Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC) in December 2011. Upon her commissioning, CPT Franklin attended the Quartermaster Basic Officer Course at Ft. Lee, VA, graduating April 2012; where she then later attended the Combined Logistics Captain’s Career Course, graduating July 2016.

CPT Franklin’s first assignment was Ft Hood, TX where she served as a Petroleum Platoon Leader in the 53rd Quartermaster Company, 553rd Combat Support Sustainment Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade. In 2014, while serving as a Platoon Leader in the 664th Ordnance Company, CPT Franklin deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, where she served as the Detachment Commander for the Kandahar Ammunition Supply Point. Upon returning from deployment CPT Franklin was assigned to the 1st Calvary Division Sustainment Brigade, where she served as the Chief Operations Officer and later served as the Assistant S3.

CPT Franklin’s most recent assignment was with the United States Army Pacific Command, where she served as a Battle Captain in the G3 Current Operations.

CPT Franklin’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, and the NATO medal. 


Mr. Brian L. Spears
Senior Military Science Instructor, Contractor
Team ROTC - Golden Key Group
University of Louisiana-Lafayette
Phone (337) 262-3365
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A native of Crowley, LA, Mr. Brian Spears graduated in 1997 from the University of Southwestern Louisiana with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, and completed USL ROTC training before being commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry.

Mr. Spears served for 20 years in the active Army in numerous leadership positions that included: Mechanized Rifle Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, and Brigade Comptroller (Fort Benning); Basic Training Company Executive Officer and Company Commander (Fort Benning, GA); G3 Operations Officer and Rifle Company Commander (Fort Campbell, KY; Mosul and Kirkuk, Iraq); Company and Battalion Observer/Controller (Fort Polk, LA); Battalion Operations Officer and Executive Officer (Fort Campbell, KY and Kandahar, Afghanistan); Foreign Military Advisor (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia); Division/Corps Staff Observer/Controller and Plans/Operations Chief for Warfighter Exercises at the Mission Command Training Program (Fort Leavenworth, KS).

Mr. Spears’ military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Airborne School, Bradley Leader’s Course, Infantry Captain’s Career Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Ranger School, Air Assault School, and the Command and General Staff College. While on active duty, he also graduated from Webster University with a Master’s in Business Administration.

Mr. Spears retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He and his wife, Jamie Jo, have three children, Lawrence, Emily, and Christopher. The Spears reside right here in Lafayette, LA.