Lieutenant Colonel Decker Hains

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Decker Hains
Department Chair and Professor of Military Science
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Department of Military Science and Leadership
Western Michigan University
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Kalamazoo MI 49008-5249 USA
  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Lehigh University, 2004
  • M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Missouri-Rolla, 1999
  • M.S., Arctic Engineering, University of Alaska-Anchorage, 1998
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, United States Military Academy, 1994
  • Professional Engineer, State of Missouri
  • Project Management Professional

Lieutenant Colonel Decker B. Hains, chair of Western Michigan University's Department of Military Science and Leadership, joined the University as a professor of military science and leadership June 15, 2012. Hains was commissioned in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers upon graduation from the U.S. Military Academy in 1994.

Hains' previous assignments include: platoon leader and executive officer, 23rd Engineer Company, Fort Richardson, Ala.; battalion S4, Special Troops Battalion, Fort Richardson, Ala.; 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, N.Y.; 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.

Hains is a graduate of the Engineer Officer Basic Course, Engineer Officer Advanced Course and the Command and General Staff College.

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. Hains was also awarded the Bronze deFleury Medal by the U.S. Army Engineer Association.

Hains' civilian awards include the Best Paper Award for Professional Interest Council I at the 2007 American Society for Engineering Education National Conference and the 2007 Excellence in Civil Engineering Education New Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers Committee on Faculty Development. Hains also served on the ASCE Body of Knowledge 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, Pa., and Boca Raton, Fla., Hains lives in Kalamazoo. He is married and has three daughters. He is also an avid basketball and soccer official.