Texas Tech University

John D. Ring, M.A.

Professor of Military Science
Department of Military Science

Lieutenant Colonel John D. Ring was selected as the Professor of Military Science at Texas Tech University in April of 2015.  He serves as the Professor of Military Science to a corps of 140 Cadets and 12 Cadre.  He oversees the curriculum and instruction for all Cadets from freshman year to commissioning as Second Lieutenants, supervises departmental budgets from Texas Tech University and the Department of Defense, directs recruiting efforts across the region of Texas and the neighboring states, institutes departmental policies synchronized with Texas Tech University and all federal agencies, and governs campus based and national scholarships within the program.

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Degrees and Certifications

  • B.S. Environmental Science and Systems Engineering, USMA, West Point, NY, 1994
  • US Army Flight School, Ft Rucker, AL, 1995  (UH-1, OH-58, UH-60)
  • M.A. Counseling and Leader Development, Long Island University, NY, 2003
  • Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS, 2009
  • Center for Homeland Defense and Security Executive Leader Program, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterrey, CA, 2015

Operational Assignments

  • 1995-1999 Assistant operations Officer and Platoon Leader, OH-58 Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance
  • 1999-2000 Adjutant, 4th Aviation Brigade, Camp Comanche, Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • 2000-2002 Commander, A company, 2-10 Aviation Regiment, Fort Drum, NY
  • 2004-2005 Instructor, United States Military Academy, West Point, NY
  • 2006-2009 Operations Officer, Defense Coordination Element, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2010-2011 Chief of Operations and Chief of Task Force Security, 2nd Stryker Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, Salah Ad Din and Diyala Provinces, Iraq
  • 2011-2014 Chief Instructor, NORAD and USNORTHCOM Command Center, Peterson AFB, CO
  • 2015-Present Professor of Military Science, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX


  • Bronze Star
  • Defense Meritorious Service Medal
  • Meritorious Service Medal (3)
  • Army Commendation Medal (3)
  • Army Achievement Medal
  • National Defense Service Medal (2)
  • Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
  • Iraqi Campaign Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Medal
  • Army Service Ribbon
  • Overseas Service Ribbon
  • NATO Medal
  • Joint Meritorious Unit Award
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation
  • Combat Action Badge
  • Aviator Badge
  • Parachutist Badge