Justin Middleton, '09
How did UNG benefit you in your Career?
Where do I start! My experience in the Corps of Cadets put me leaps and bounds over my peers when I got to active duty. The Corps had taught me things as a freshmen and sophomore that my peers were just starting to learn once they joined AD. My experience with greek life and SGA gave me the relational skills that were necessary to succeed in the military, working with International partners/local nationals on deployments, or with civilian organizations while on active duty.
How do you stay involved as an Alumnus?
I still keep in touch with tons of acquaintances from UNG, both student and faculty. I have been able to come back to the Corps and share my experiences with the Military Science classes, as well as speaking at some of the local churches in the community.
Organizations involved with in College:
- Corps of Cadets
- Mountain Order of Colombo (Military Mountaineering Unit)
- Pi Kappa Alpha
- Ranger Challenge
- Student Government Association
- GA Army National Guard
Career/Community Accomplishments since College:
- Infantry Officer who attended Infantry Basic Officer Leader Course (IBOLC), Ranger School, Airborne School, Pathfinder School, and Maneuver Captains Career Course (MCCC)
- Fort Carson, Colorado: 4th Infantry Division: Platoon Leader and Executive Officer and a deployment to Afghanistan
- Fort Benning, Georgia: 75th Ranger Regiment: Platoon Leader and Executive Officer and two deployments to Afghanistan
- Fort Benning, Georgia: 199th Infantry Brigade: Company Commander of the International Military Student Office, a unit that receives and trains over 1200 International Officers from all over the world.
- In 2010 Justin entered the Infantry world at Fort Benning, and went through IBOLC where he was recognized as the Distinguished Honor Graduate, and then on to Ranger School and Pathfinder school. He almost immediately deployed to Afghanistan when he got to his first duty station at Fort Carson, CO, where he served as a Platoon Leader and Executive Officer. In 2012 he returned to Fort Benning, GA where he joined the 75th Ranger Regiment and did two deployments to Afghanistan while serving as a Platoon Leader and Executive Officer. He then completed MCCC and was assigned as a Company Commander of the International Military Student Office, a company that receives and trains over 1,200 International Officers each year from all over the world.
Plans for the next few years:
In college, Justin gave his life to Jesus Christ, and began following his plan instead of his own. He recalls that this was the best decision he ever made, and only by his grace was he able to accomplish any of these things in the past 6 years of his active duty career. Justin and his wife Audrey just had their first child, Aleyna Grace Middleton. They transitioned off of active duty in August of 2016 into the National Guard. They are currently exploring business opportunities overseas as a result of international relationships made during during their time on active duty.