New Professor of Military Science
Published date: June 5, 2018
The Virginia State University Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) is proud to introduce the 26th Professor of Military Science (PMS) and Department of Military Science Chair, Lieutenant Colonel Vashaun (Tony) Wrice, who will assume responsibility of the program this month.
Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Wrice is an Infantry officer with more than 17 years of Active Duty service. He graduated from the United States Army Military Academy at West Point (USMA), NY in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in engineering psychology. He also holds a Master of Arts in organizational psychology from Columbia University and is currently pursuing a Master of the Arts in higher education administration from the University of Louisville.
LTC Wrice began his Army service in the 101st Airborne Division by serving as a platoon leader in the 187th Infantry Regiment (Rakkasans). He also completed two company commands in the 3rd Infantry Division and served as a Company and Battalion Tactical Officer at USMA. As a field grade officer, LTC Wrice served as a Battalion Operations Officer and Executive Officer. His most recent duty position was serving as a Brigade Operations Officer with the 3rd Battlefield Coordination Detachment at Osan Airbase, Republic of South Korea. LTC Wrice has two combat tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. LTC Wrice’s military education includes the US Army Command and General Staff School, the Infantry Maneuver Captain’s Career Course, the Infantry Officer Basic Leader Course, US Army Ranger Course, Airborne School, and Air Assault School.
LTC Wrice’s decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with two oak leaf clusters (2OLC), the Meritorious Service Medal (3OLC), the Army Commendation Medal (1OLC), the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal (4OLC), the Air Force Achievement Medal, the Order of St. Maurice – Centurion, and the Order of St. Barbara along with a number of other awards and decorations.
LTC Wrice will inherit an excellent ROTC program that has steadily grown in recent years. With more than 1,662 graduates, VSU’s ROTC program has produced innumerable leaders with exceptional service to the military, business community and government service and is proud to boast that 12 of its alumni, including four that are currently serving, have earned the rank of general officer. LTC Wrice’s vision for the program is develop and train leaders of character that leave their organizations better than they found them, inspire their subordinates to improve themselves and steward the profession.
LTC Wrice hails from Brunswick, Georgia and is married to the former Raquandia (Shea) Baldwin of Lumpkin, Georgia. They have two sons, Jayden and Joshua.
LTC Wrice will replace the outgoing PMS, Lieutenant Colonel Dave Johnson, who is retiring from Active Duty after 23 years of service with plans to become a high school teacher.