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John W. Lankford

Chair of the Military Science Department  | Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army




  • B.S., Austin Peay State University
  • M.S., University of Kansas

Military Education

  • Cadre Faculty Development Course (University of Louisville)
  • Command and General Staff College
  • Combined Logistics Captain Career Course
  • Quartermaster Officer Basic Course
  • Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course
  • Primary Leadership Development Course
  • Air Assault School and the Airborne School


As the chair of the Military Science Department at St. Mary's University, Lt. Col. John Lankford sets high academic and physical training standards for all students enrolled in the Military Science program.

Lankford assumed position as the Professor of Military Science at St. Mary’s University in May 2015. After enlisting in the Army in 1990, Lankford completed basic combat training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and advanced individual training at Fort Eustis, Virginia. He received his commission through the Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia, in 2002 and is a graduate of Austin Peay State University and the University of Kansas.

Commissioned into the Quartermaster Corps, Lankford has held a variety of duty positions from the tactical to strategic levels to include: Supply Support Activity Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, Battalion Maintenance Officer, Company Commander, Battalion Operations Officer, Test Support Officer, Aide-de-camp, Supply and Services Chief, Support Operations Officer and Battalion Executive Officer.

Lankford is married to the former Sharron Wilson and they reside in San Antonio with their two Labradors retrievers, Chase and Trooper.

Military Assignments

Lankford has served in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom and his assignments included:
Alpha Company, 526th Forward Support Battalion
Fort Campbell, Kentucky
15th Sustainment Brigade, 1st Cavalry, Fort Hood
Alpha Company, 15th Special Troops Battalion, 15th Sustainment Brigade, Fort Hood
Operational Test Command, Fort Hood
United States Forces – Afghanistan, Kabul, Afghanistan
8th Theater Sustainment Command, Fort Shafter, Hawaii
524th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion and 45th Sustainment Brigade, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii


Bronze Star Medal (Three Oak Leaf Clusters)
Meritorious Service Medal (One Oak Leaf Cluster)
Army Commendation Medal (Two Oak Leaf Clusters)
Army Achievement Medal (Two Oak Leaf Clusters)
National Defense Service Medal
Iraq Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Good Conduct Medal
Noncommissioned Officer Development Ribbon (Numeral Two)
Army Service Ribbon
Overseas Ribbon (Sixth Award)
NATO Medal (International Security Assistance Force)
Army Superior Unit Award
German Armed Forces Efficiency Badge
Air Assault Badge
Parachutist Badge
Honorable Order of Saint Martin recipient