The Department of Military Science will host its annual Royal Warrior Battalion Military Ball on Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel in downtown Scranton. This annual event is an opportunity for the cadets, cadre, alumni and friends of the Military Science Department to come together and celebrate the history and traditions of the program.
This year the event’s guest speaker will be Colonel Brian R. McCullough, currently a student at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I., pursuing a master's degree in national security and strategic studies. Col. McCullough graduated from the United States Military Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree and was commissioned as a field artillery officer in May 1989. He completed his MBA from Saint Martin’s University in 2000 and graduated from the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., in 2002. He is married and has three children.
From 1990 to 1993, Col. McCullough’s first two duty stations were in Germany. First, He became a company fire support officer in 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division in Bad Kissingen, West Germany. He later served as both the headquarters battery executive officer and reconnaissance and survey officer for 2nd Battalion, 41st Field Artillery Regiment in Bad Kissingen and then on deployment during Operation Desert Shield and Storm. He evenutally became a fire direction officer in Battery A, 2-41FA and redeployed to Germany. His unit later inactivated and Col. McCullough moved to 2nd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery, 1st Armored Division in Baumholder, Germany, where he served as battalion motor officer, Battery B Platoon Leader, and Battalion Assistant S3.
Eventually, Col. McCullough moved to the 25th Infantry Division (Light) at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, (1993-1998), serving as Battalion S-1 and then Battalion Assistant S-3 in 1st Battalion, 8th Field Artillery. He deployed on Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti where he served on the international police monitor staff and then returned to Hawaii to become the Commander Battery A, 1-8 FA, and then Commander Battery F, 7th Field Artillery Regiment.
Col. McCullough served as a national guard advisor and then as the 5th Army Deputy Commanding General’s aide-de-camp at Fort Lewis, Wash., from 1998 through 2000. He transitioned from field artillery to the Army’s human resource management functional area and was reassigned to III Corps G1, Fort Hood, Texas, where he served as corps strength manager and Deputy G1 (2000-2002).
Col. McCullough later transitioned to Functional Area 59 serving in strategy, policy, and planning positions in Combined Forces Command/United States Forces Korea CJ5 in Seoul, South Korea (2003-2006); U.S. Joint Forces Command J5/J7 in Norfolk, Va. (2006-2009/10); and Multinational Forces-Iraq CJ5 Strategy and Plans Directorate (2009). Next Col. McCullough reported to the Army’s Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC) at Fort Monroe (later Eustis), Va., where he served as the chief, Army Wargaming Branch and as the chief, ARCIC Initiatives Group.
His awards and decorations include: the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal (2 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (1 OLC), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (2 OLC), and the Parachutist Badge.
For more information in the Military Ball, contact the Military Science Department at (570) 941-7457.