Major (MAJ) 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, MAJ Carter was born and raised in the Portland, Oregon / Vancouver, Washington metropolitan area. MAJ 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. MAJ Carter is currently serving as the Professor of Military Science at Louisiana State University and Agriculture and Mechanical College.
MAJ 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.
MAJ Carter has served two tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and one tour in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
MAJ 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, MAJ 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.
MAJ 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) Alexander L. Bowling
Officer-in-Charge (University of Louisiana-Lafayette)
Assistant Professor of Military Science (LSU)
Office: Brooks Annex 2, Room 204
Phone (337) 262-3358
CPT Alexander L. Bowling was born in Elmira, New York but spent his formative years growing up in Massachusetts and England. He received his commission in 2009 after graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor of Science in Military History.
Following the Infantry Basic Officer Leader Course CPT Bowling was stationed at Fort Hood, TX. While there, he was assigned to Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment as a Platoon Leader and while deployed to Iraq in 2011 he transitioned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company as the Company Executive Officer.
In 2013 after completion of the Maneuver Captains Career Course CPT Bowling was assigned to Fort Polk, LA as an Observer, Coach, Trainer in Task Force One, Operations Group where he served as a Platoon Senior OC/T and as the Task Force Tactical Analysis and Feedback Facility OIC.
In May 2015 he received a follow-on assignment to 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team at Fort Carson, CO where he served as the 1st Battalion 41st Infantry Battalion Planner. Most recently he commanded Alpha Company, 1-41 Infantry, throughout their 2016 deployment as part of KFOR 21, the NATO mission to Kosovo.
Captain Bowling has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (with one Oak Leaf Cluster), the Army Commendation Medal (with two Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Achievement Medal (with one Oak Leaf Cluster), the Iraqi Campaign Medal (with one Campaign Stars), the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, both the Global War on Terrorism Service and Expeditionary Medals; Meritorious Unit Citation, both the Combat and Expert Infantryman’s Badges, Ranger Tab, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Pathfinder Badge, and the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (Gold).
Captain Bowling is married to Lesley Y. Kim, who is earning her PhD at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in Biology.