Master Sergeant Heavener is the Senio Military Instructor and teaches the MSIII class as well as supervises the Day to Day operation of the Battalion.
MSG Heavener was born in Ft Belvoir, VA and entered the Army in February, 1993. He attended basic training at Ft Jackson, SC.
MSG Heavener’s leadership assignments include TOW missile gunner and Truck Commander, 1st SQDN, 17th Cavalry, Ft Bragg, NC; Section Sergeant, 1st Bn, 77th Armor, Schweinfurt, Germany; Drill Sergeant, 5th SQDN, 15th Cavalry, Ft Knox, KY; Platoon Sergeant, A Troop, 1st SQDN, 40th Cavalry, Ft Richardson, AK; First Sergeant, A Troop, 1st SQDN, 40th Cavalry, Ft Richardson, AK; First Sergeant, Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1st SQDN, 40th Cavalry, Ft Richardson, AK; First Sergeant, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, United States Army Alaska, Ft Richardson, AK; First Sergeant, Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 4th SQDN, 73rd Cavalry, Ft Bragg, NC. He is currently serving as the Senior Military Instructor at the Marshall University Army ROTC program.
MSG Heavener has been deployed in support of peace keeping operations in Kosovo and two combat deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster) Army Commendation Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal (4 Oak Leaf Clusters), Good Conduct Medal (6th Award), National Defense Service Medal (1 Bronze Star), Kosovo Campaign Medal (with Bronze Star), Iraqi Campaign Medal, Afghan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (with Numeral 3), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (with Numeral 4), NATO Ribbon, Drill Sergeant Identification Badge, Ranger Tab, Senior Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Air Assault Badge and the Combat Action Badge.
MSG Heavener’s military education includes the Warrior Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Senior Leaders Course, Drill Sergeant Course, Scout Platoon Leaders Course, Ranger School, Basic Airborne School, Jumpmaster School, Pathfinder School, Air Assault School and the Rappel Master Course.
He is married to the former Kelly Kinskey and together they have two children, Mara and Jacob.