Meyer selected to ROTC Wall of Fame at WMU

Alan D. Meyer, pictured on rightAlan D. Meyer (pictured above on the right), associate professor of history, has been selected for the ROTC Wall of Fame at his alma mater, Western Michigan University (WMU). This award is an honor bestowed upon select alumni with distinguished military careers. The Wall of Fame resides in the ROTC building on the WMU campus. Of the 52 Wall of Fame recipients (one person per year), Meyer is one of only four who is also a member of the WMU Wall of Valor for having received a military award for heroism.

At Auburn, Meyer teaches history of technology and aviation history. He earned his undergraduate degree in history at WMU and spent eight years on active duty as an officer in the U.S. Army. He then returned to graduate school to complete his PhD in American history and history of technology as Hagley Fellow at the University of Delaware.

Prior to joining Auburn’s history faculty in 2009, Meyer worked for several years in Washington, D.C., as a civilian historian for the U.S. Air Force. Meyer is a longtime private pilot and a Smithsonian Research Fellow with the National Air and Space Museum, and he holds the rank of Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. Meyer’s military awards include the Legion of Merit, Soldiers Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (three oak leaf clusters), Army Achievement Medal (two oak leaf clusters), Navy Achievement Medal, and the NATO Medal. Along with his U.S. Army Senior Parachutist badge, he has earned foreign military jump wings from Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Macedonia and Paraguay. He served with the 10th Special Forces Group with multiple deployments to Bosnia and Eastern Europe. Promoted to Major in 2002, he became the Assistant Operations Officer for the newly formed Special Operations Detachment-Joint Forces, which was deployed to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom. After returning, Meyer transferred to the Army Reserve and was assigned to the Command Historian’s Office for the Army Special Operations Command. Following his promotion to Lieutenant Colonel, he taught Command and General Staff College. Upon promotion to Colonel in 2014, he and his team planned and executed large-scale military exercises involving numerous units and more than 10,000 troops. In 2018, he retired after 30 years of commissioned service.

Meyer’s military education includes the Army’s Basic Parachutist and Jumpmaster Courses, Special Forces Advanced Urban Combat Course, Command and General Staff College, and U.S. Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College.

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Last Updated: November 04, 2019