Assistant Professor of Military Science / MS IV Instructor
CPT Uriah F. Watkins
Captain Uriah F. Watkins began his military career at the age of seventeen when he enlisted into the Idaho Army National Guard as an Artilleryman. In the summer of 2000 he attended Brigham Young University in Idaho and immediately enrolled in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). CPT Watkins graduated in December 2004 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management and a commission into the United States Army Corps of Engineers.
After completing the Engineer Officer Basic Course at Fort Leonard Wood, MO, CPT Watkins led a platoon for twenty-four months during which time he deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 07-09. CPT Watkins redeployed in 2008 and shortly thereafter was reassigned to Fort Lewis, WA as an Observer Controller Trainer (OC/T). During his time as an OC/T, CPT Watkins trained and mentored dozens of units as they prepared to deploy in support of our national defense.
In 2011, CPT Watkins attended and graduated from the Engineer Captains Career Course and was then assigned to HHC, 6th Engineer Battalion (C)(A) at Fort Richardson, AK where he served as Company Commander, a Brigade Planner, a Battalion Air Officer and a Battalion Assistant Operations Officer.
In 2013, CPT Watkins took command of the Army’s only Artic Airborne Sapper Company. He led the company through several training events and a rotation through the US Army’s National Training Center at Fort Irwin California. In 2014 he took his company to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
CPT Watkins is a Sapper, a Jump Master, a Rapple Master and a graduate of the Army’s Mountain Warfare School. His awards and achievements include: the Eagle Scout award, a graduation diploma from both the Engineer and Armor Captains Career Course, a Master’s degree in Geological Engineering, the Bronze Star Medal (2), the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (2), the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal the Afghan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Humanitarian Service Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Army Parachutist Badge, the Army Air Assault Badge, the Army Pathfinder Badge and the Sapper Tab. CPT Watkins and his wife Shari have been married for fifteen years and have five children: Lincoln (12), Persephone (7), Timpani (5), Emmaline (3) and India (1).