Gulf War Veteran Takes Command as ROTC Chief

LTC Lora Rimmer

A veteran of the first Gulf War as well as the more recent Operation Iraqi Freedom has been installed as chair of the Department of Military Science and will oversee the ROTC program at The University of Texas at Arlington.

Lieutenant Colonel Lora A. Rimmer began her new role as Professor of Military Science in July. She transferred from the Combined Arms Center in Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

During her 21 years of service, Rimmer has served in command and staff positions at both the tactical and operational levels across the U.S. Army. A commissioned officer in 1990, her first duty assignment was in Heilbronn, Germany, with the 34th Signal Battalion. She deployed with the unit in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm serving as both a platoon leader and company operations officer. In 1993, she left active service to join the U.S. Army Reserves.

In 1999, Rimmer re-entered active service as part of the Captain’s Recall Program. She was assigned to Fort Lewis, Wash., in May 2000 where she assumed duties as an Operations Officer for the 142nd Signal Brigade (Forward). Later that year, she assumed command of Delta Company, 29th Signal Battalion where she and her soldiers supported numerous multinational training exercises in East Asian nations, including Japan, Korea and Thailand.

In 2002, Rimmer reported to the 2nd Brigade, 75th Division (Training Support) in San Antonio. Three years later, she reported to Fort Hood and served as the Network Operations Officer for 4th Infantry Division and 1st Cavalry Division. She deployed with the 1st Cavalry Division from October 2006 to December 2007 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Upon redeployment, she went on to Fort Leavenworth.

Rimmer’s awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (4 OLC), and the Army Achievement Medal (1 OLC). A wife and mother of one, she has a B.A. in History and an M.A. in Business Administration from the University of Kansas.

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