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ROTC Programs Get New Commanding Officer

By: Kathleen Tuck   Published 1:15 pm / August 12, 2009


Lt. Col. Jon Tussing

A new commanding officer has taken the helm of Boise State’s Military Science Department and of the ROTC programs at five Idaho universities, including Boise State.

Lt. Col. Jon Tussing (right) took command of the department, which is housed in the College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs, in July and has been working to get to know Boise State and the community. He and his family moved from Fort Bragg, N.C.

“Coming to Boise State is a great opportunity for me,” Tussing said. “I’m looking forward to bringing quality students and cadets into the program and helping them focus on leadership, service to the country and becoming better citizens.”

At Fort Bragg, Tussing most recently was a joint air operations officer for the Joint Special Operations Command. He also served as operations officer and executive officer for the 1-82nd Attack Reconnaissance Battalion (82nd Airborne Division) while at Fort Bragg.

Tussing is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in management in 1992, and the Naval War College in Newport, R.I., where he earned a master’s in national security and strategic studies in 2004. Tussing has been awarded two Bronze Stars, a Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal and various other medals for his service.

In his new job, Tussing also oversees the ROTC programs at Boise State, Idaho State University, Brigham Young University–Idaho, Northwest Nazarene University and the College of Idaho.

He replaces Lt. Col. Phillip Chambers, who accepted a new command at Fort Polk, La.