LTC Decker B. Hains
Professor of Military Science
Lieutenant Colonel Decker B. Hains assumed duties as the Professor of Military Science at Western Michigan University on June 15, 2012. LTC Hains was commissioned in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers upon graduation from the U.S. Military Academy in 1994.
LTC Hains' previous assignments include: Platoon Leader and Executive Officer, 23rd Engineer Company, Fort Richardson, Alaska; Battalion S4, Special Troops Battalion, Fort Richardson, Alaska; Assistant Brigade S3, Engineer Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Howze, Korea; Commander, C Company, 2nd Engineer Battalion, Camp Casey, Korea; Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York; Chief, Military Transition Team, Baghdad, Iraq, Deputy District Commander for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District from October 2009 to August 2011, and Design Engineer for the 555th EN BDE on Joint Base Lewis-McChord from August 2011 to May 2012.
LTC Hains earned a bachelor of science degree with a civil engineering major in 1994 from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point; a master of science degree in arctic engineering from the University of Alaska-Anchorage in 1998; a master of science degree in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1999; and a doctor of philosophy in civil engineering from Lehigh University in 2004. LTC Hains is a graduate of the Engineer Officer Basic Course, Engineer Officer Advanced Course, and the Command and General Staff College. LTC Hains is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Missouri and a certified Project Management Professional.
His military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal; the Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters; the Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters; the Army Achievement Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters; the National Defense Service Medal; the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; the Iraq Campaign Medal; the Korean Defense Service Medal; the Overseas Service Ribbon with numeral 3; the Parachutist Badge; and the Air Assault Badge. LTC Hains was also awarded the Bronze deFleury Medal by the US Army Engineer Association.
LTC Hains' civilian awards include the Best Paper Award for Professional Interest Council I at the 2007 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) National Conference and the 2007 Excellence in Civil Engineering Education (ExCEEd) New Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Committee on Faculty Development. LTC Hains also served on the ASCE Body of Knowledge II (BOK II) Committee that published in February 2008 the second edition of Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge for the 21st Century: Preparing the Civil Engineer for the Future.
A native of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, and Boca Raton, Florida, LTC Hains lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He is married and has three daughters. He is also an avid basketball and soccer official.
LTC Hains may be reached at (269) 387-8120 or (800) WMU-ROTC or by E-mail LTC Hains