Faculty & Staff

Lieutenant Colonel Mark Houston
Professor of Military Science

LTC Mark Houston

LTC Mark Houston

LTC Mark Houston was commissioned in 1995 from the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he was the Army Athletic Association’s Distinguished Graduate. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from West Point, a Master of Business Administration from Texas A&M University, and a Post-Graduate degree in Strategic Management and Leadership from the Chartered Management Institute of the United Kingdom.

Prior to becoming the Professor of Military Science, LTC Houston served in U.S. Army Airborne & Air Assault Infantry units across the globe. Assignments included the 1/509th Parachute Infantry Battalion at Fort Polk, Louisiana, the 25th Infantry Division (Light) in Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, and the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. More recently he served in combat on the Eastern border of Afghanistan as the Executive Officer for 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne (Air Assault) – Task Force White Currahee (OEF X / XI).

In addition, LTC Houston has served as the West Coast Admissions Officer for the United States Military Academy at West Point, and as the U.S. Army Exchange Officer / Instructor at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom near Oxford, England.

LTC Houston has earned most awards and decorations associated with a career Infantry Officer.

He and his wife Allyson (a former Army Aviator) have 4 children.

Phone: (434) 924-6543
Email: houston@virginia.edu

Guy R. Mallow
Senior Military Science Instructor

Guy R. Mallow

A Maryland native, Guy Mallow was commissioned in 1984 as an Engineer Officer through the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program at Frostburg State University, Frostburg, MD, where he was a Distinguished Military Graduate. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from Frostburg State and is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College.

Prior to commissioning, he served two years in A Company, 1st /115th Infantry in the Maryland Army National Guard as a Simultaneous Membership Program cadet. On active duty, he served in the 293rd Engineer Battalion, Baumholder, Germany; the 37th EN BN (Airborne), Fort Bragg, NC; the Sapper Training Detachment, Fort Leonard Wood, MO; the 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, GA; the Defense Mapping School, Fort Belvoir, VA; Security Assistance Team, U.S. Military Training Mission, Saudi Arabia; the G8, Army Staff, Pentagon. Prior to arriving at the University of Virginia, he served as the Senior Army Instructor at Bassett High School, Bassett, VA. He deployed in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm as Bravo company commander while serving in the 37th Engineers.

Guy Mallow’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medals, and the Joint Service Commendation Medal, among others. He has been awarded the Ranger Tab, Sapper Tab, Master Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Army Staff Identification Badge, Honduran Parachutist Badge and the Bronze German Armed Forces Efficiency Medal. He is also a recipient of the Army Engineer Association’s Bronze de Fleury Medal.

Phone: (434) 924-1300
Email: gm9r@virginia.edu

CPT Jane Petrick
Military Science Instructor

CPT Jane Petrick was commissioned in 2009 through the ROTC Program at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, with a Bachelors Degree in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies with a branch of Air Defense Artillery. CPT Petrick served as a Fire Control Platoon Leader and Battery Executive Officer in the 3rd Battalion, Fourth Air Defense Artillery Regiment, Fort Bragg North Carolina. She served as a Brigade Battle Captain and Brigade Future Plans Officer in 108 th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, Fort Bragg, NC where she strategically deployed In Support of OEF, 2011-2012. After attending the Field Artillery Captain’s Career Course, she commanded HHC 3-353 AR RGT, JRTC Operations Group, Fort POLK, LA. 3-353 AR RGT’s mission is to train US Armed Service Personnel in advisor Skills, combat skills, and security force assistance skills to provide Army and Joint Force Commanders with trained personnel that will deploy in support of Foreign Indigenous Security Force training.

Jane is married to Mr. Daniel Ramirez (former Army Infantryman). They enjoy spending time Mountain Biking, Hiking, and spending as much time as possible outside in the beautiful Virginia weather.


SFC Martin
Military Science Instructor

SFC Martin

SFC Martin grew up a St. Louis Cardinals fan, and has a taste for artsy movies, naming Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and Citizen Kane as two of his favorites, even reluctantly admitting his fondness for Chariots of Fire.

1SGt Martin is a family man, having married his college sweetheart and having one daughter. He explained that he originally joined the military when he was 17, in the United States Marine Corps. After serving several years on active duty and in the reserves as a Marine, he joined the Army to provide healthcare for his family.

After serving as Squad Leader in Battle Company of the 2-503 in the 173rd airborne in the Korengal Valley of Afghanistan, he went on to serve with Chosen Company and Destined Company, both in the Wardak Province of Afghanistan as Platoon Sergeant. His three deployments to Afghanistan total 3 years, with deployments lasting 15 months in the Korengal Valley, 12 months in Jalrez, Wardak Province, and 9 months in Sayedabad, Wardak Province. His favorite experience in the army, though, was being stationed in Italy with the 173rd Airborne Division. He said that his seven years spent there was “eye-opening.”

Though he’s only been here a few weeks, he admits that he’s enjoying him self so far with the Battalion. “I enjoy being with the cadets. The cadets so far are pretty cool.”

Additionally, he looks forward to imparting some of his wisdom to the new cadets. He explained that he “would like to teach [the cadets] to be officers that will work in tandem with their sergeants, to understand what it means to be in a command team, not just in command.” And though he’s only been here a few weeks, he admits that he’s enjoying him self so far with the Battalion. “I enjoy being with the cadets. The cadets so far are pretty cool.”

Major Damon B. Slaughter
Military Science Instructor

Major Slaughter
Major Damon B. Slaughter enlisted in the Army in 1998 and received a commission through the Officer Candidate School in 2003. Major Slaughter holds a Masters of Science in Engineering Management and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Administration and is certified as a Project Management Professional. Prior to becoming an Assistant Professor of Military Science MAJ Slaughter’s previous assignments include: Directorate of Public Works, Daegu, Korea; Corps of Engineers, Kansas City, MO; U.S. Army Engineer School, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq, Baghdad, Iraq; 1-48 th Infantry Battalion, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; 5 th Engineer Battalion, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; 588 th Engineer Battalion, Fort Hood Texas. Major Slaughter’s awards include the Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, and the Army Achievement Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster.Major Slaughter is married and has two sons.

Major Jesionowski
Military Science Instructor

Mr. Haynes
Supply Tech

Mr. Haynes

Phone: (434) 924-1334
Email: mth5y@virginia.edu

Tracy Argabright
Human Resources Administrator

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Phone: (434) 924-1341
Email: tla9e@virginia.edu