Lieutenant Colonel Cloyd D. Lilley has been the Professor of Military Science for Marshall University’s Army ROTC Department since June 2013. A native of Uniontown, Pennsylvania, Lieutenant Colonel Lilley is a 1994 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Signal Corps upon his graduation.
After completing his initial officer training at Fort Gordon, Georgia, Lieutenant Colonel Lilley was assigned as the Battalion Signal Officer for the 3rd Military Intelligence Battalion (Aerial Exploitation) stationed at Camp Humphreys, South Korea. In 1996, Lieutenant Colonel Lilley was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where he served as the Mobile Tactical Satellite and Contingency Communications Package Platoon Leader for Alpha Company, 82nd Signal Battalion, and later as the Battalion Signal Officer for the 3rd Battalion (Airborne), 4th Air Defense Artillery Regiment.
In May of 1999, Lieutenant Colonel Lilley was assigned to the 125th Signal Battalion, 25th Infantry Division (Light) and served as the Deputy Division Automation Officer, Battalion Maintenance Officer and the commander of Alpha Company. After company command, Lieutenant Colonel Lilley culminated his tour of duty in Hawaii serving as the Group Signal Officer for the 45th Corps Support Group.
In June of 2003, Lieutenant Colonel Lilley was reassigned to the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Headquarters where he served as an Operations Staff Officer for the Joint and Army Experimentation Division until June of 2005. Following his completion of the Army’s Intermediate Level Education Course, he was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division and served as the Director of the Joint NETOPS Control Center – Afghanistan (JNCC-A) for Combined/Joint Task Force – 82 (CJTF-82) during OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM VIII and then as the Division’s Network Support Company Commander as part of the CJTF-82 in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM X. In September 2010, Lieutenant Colonel Lilley was assigned to the XVIII Airborne Corps and deployed on his third combat tour as the Deputy Director of the Joint NETOPS Control Center – Iraq (JNCC-I) for United States Forces – Iraq. He concluded his tour at Fort Bragg in May 2013 as the XVIII Airborne Corps G6 Chief of Operations.
Lieutenant Colonel Lilley possesses a Master of Science degree in Management from Troy University. His military education includes the Signal Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Combined Arms and Service Staff School (CAS3), the Command and General Staff College – Intermediate Level Education (CGSC-ILE), the Joint Planning Course, Airborne, Air Assault, Jumpmaster and the Air Movement Operations Courses.
Lieutenant Colonel Lilley’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), The Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (with four Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal (with two Oak Leaf Clusters), the National Defense Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, the NATO Medal, the Senior Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge and the German Parachutist Badge.