Professor of Military Science

MAJ Beard

MAJ Steven W. Beard

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Major Steve Beard was commissioned as an Engineer Second Lieutenant in 2003 from the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Political Science.

In his more than fourteen years as an officer, MAJ Beard has served in a variety of engineer units and participated in four combat deployments -- two to Iraq and two to Afghanistan. During his latest deployment in 2015, MAJ Beard served as the Executive Officer of Task Force Solid, assigned to 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division. He most recently completed a tour of duty in Germany where he managed European Defense Initiative construction projects in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.

In addition to his undergraduate education, MAJ Beard holds a Master of Science Degree in Geological Engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Missouri. He also holds a Project Management Professional certification. He is a graduate of the Basic Mountaineering Course in Fort Greely, Alaska, the Joint Engineer Operations Course held in Stuttgart, Germany and Intermediate Level Education in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

MAJ Beard's awards and decorations include the following: the Bronze Star Medal, with oak leaf cluster; Meritorious Service Medal, with three oak leaf clusters; Navy Commendation Medal; Combat Action Badge; Air Assault Badge; and the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge in Gold. He is an honorary member of the 187th Infantry Regiment.

MAJ Beard is married to Adrian Beard (formerly Sullwold) of Elm Creek, Nebraska. They have three sons; Eric (8), Tyler (5) and Cody (2).