LTC Joseph E. Worley, Jr.
Professor of Military Science, Army ROTC
LTC Worley enlisted into the Oklahoma Army National Guard in March 1989. He graduated from Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training while assigned to the 1/245 Aviation Battalion (SO) (A). He served as a Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) Cadet with his Battalion while attending Oklahoma State University.
He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in Chemical Corps in December 1993 upon graduating from Oklahoma State University with Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. Additionally, he received his Master of Arts in Human Resource Management from Webster University in 2009. His military education also includes the Basic Parachutist Course, Chemical Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Human Resource Management Course, and Intermediate Level Education qualification.
His first active duty assignment was with the 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, NY in September 1994. He deployed in support of Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti in the fall of 1994 in this assignment. LTC Worley then served as the Platoon Leader/Executive Officer of 59th Chemical Company, also at Fort Drum, NY from 1996-97. LTC Worley served as the Brigade Chemical Officer of 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Giebelstadt, Germany from 1998-99. During this year, he was selected to command 503rd Chemical Detachment, V Corps Headquarters, Heidelberg, Germany from 1999-2000. From December 2000 to March 2002, LTC Worley served as Commander, Headquarter and Headquarters Company, 266th Finance Command, Schwetzingen, Germany. LTC Worley returned to the Continental United States in April 2002 and served as Small Group Leader of Chemical Officer Basic Course, A Company, 84th Chemical Battalion, Fort Leonard Wood, MO from May 2002 to April 2003. From April 2003 to April 2004, he executed dual duties of Brigade S1 and Headquarters and Headquarters Company Commander of the 3d Chemical Brigade. From February 2005 to May 2007, LTC Worley served as the Brigade S1 and Adjutant of 4th Brigade, 10th Mountain Division at Fort Polk, LA. From May to December 2007, he served as Group S1 and Adjutant of 7th Special Force Group, Fort Bragg, NC. He deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan in the fall of 2007 in this assignment. From January 2008 to February 2009, he served as the Officer Management Branch OIC in United States Army Special Operations Command G1. From February 2009 to June 2011, LTC Worley served as the HR Operations Officer for the 82nd Sustainment Brigade, XVIII Airborne Corps. LTC Worley deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan from December 2009 to December 2010. He began his current assignment as the Professor of Military Science at the University of Southern Mississippi in June 2011.
LTC Worley's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC), the Army Commendation Medal (1 OLC), the Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (2 OLC), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (w/Bronze Star), Humanitarian Service Medal (w/Bronze Star), NATO Medal (w/Bronze Star), Global War on Terror Service and the Parachutist Badge.
LTC Worley is married to the former Sheila Hawkins of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. The Worley’s have one daughter, Susan (9 years) and one son, Andrew (6 years).