Lt. Colonel Marcus D. Majure was the speaker at the U. S. Army, aviation commissioning at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo., on May 10.<br /><!-- 1upcrlf -->
Lt. Colonel Marcus D. Majure was the speaker at the U. S. Army, aviation commissioning at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo., on May 10.
Lt. Colonel Marcus D. Majure was the speaker at the U. S. Army, aviation commissioning at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo., on May 10.

A Jackson native, Majure is the son of Kathryn Shivers McDowell of Florence and the late Marion Dewitt Majure of Philadelphia.

Majure told cadets that the Army would offer some of the most demanding positions in some of the worst environments and most dangerous locations.

"You need to remember who these troops are and the fact that you are leading good troops that are someone's father, son, mother, daughter, aunt, uncle, brother, sister, cousin, son-in-law, sister-in-law," he said.

"You will be offered really hard jobs that no one wants, and you should take that hard job and you should do it with pride and Passion as you lead.

"You will do this hard job in a nasty and miserable environment but you will do it standing firm in the Army core values and by selfless service that make this Army we serve powerful and long lasting."

Majure is the grandson of the late Herbert and Dolly Majure of Philadelphia and the nephew of Stan and Mrs. Carolyn Dearman and Harlan and Mrs. Peggy Majure, all of Philadelphia.

Majure was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, United States Army Aviation Officer upon graduation with honors and a distinguished military graduate from Delta State University in 1987.

After completing the Aviation Officer Basic Course and the Initial Entry Aviation Flight School as an attack and scout helicopter pilot, he served with the 3rd Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky., from 1988-1992.

Following completion of the Aviation Officer Advance Course in 1992, LTC Majure attended the Aviation Maintenance Managers Test Pilot Course at Fort Eustis, Va., on the OH-58A/C Scout, the AH-1F Cobra, and the AH-64A Apache.

LTC Majure was then assigned to Fort Hood, Texas, as the Commander of Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, 4th Brigade, 4th Infantry Division from 1993 - 1996.

He transitioned to Korea and served as a member of the United Nations Command. He returned to Fort Hood, Texas in 1997 where he served in command and staff positions in the 4th Aviation Brigade. In 1999, he deployed to Kuwait for Intrinsic Action 99-03 as the Support Operations Officer and the Senior Logistician with the 1st Battalion 10th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division. Following deployment, he commanded the Division Aviation Intermediate Maintenance Company (AVIM) from 1999-2001.

In 2001, he attended the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC) at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and simultaneously graduated with a masters Degree in human relations administration from Central Michigan University in 2002.

In 2004, he was selected as the Command and General Staff College, "Military Instructor of the Year." In 2005, he took command of the Mississippi State University Army ROTC "Bulldog Battalion" and was awarded Top 15 percent Program in the Nation. In 2007, he was asked by the Commanding General to command, at Missouri Western State University, the "Pony Express Battalion" and in 2010 the "Pony Express Battalion" received prestigious awards.

In fall of 2010, he took command and deployed to Iraq with 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, as a Stabilization Transition Team and a Senior Advisor to the Iraqi Army.

LTC Majure has deployed in support of Operation Desert Shield/Storm, Korea, Kuwait, Republic of Georgia, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. His awards include: the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (five OLCs), the Army Commendation Medal (three OLCs), the Army Achievement Medal (two OLCs), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal. He is a Master Aviator and Air Assault qualified. Honorary awards include the Order of St. Michael.

Lieutenant Colonel Majure has been married to the former Lisa Field of Madison for over 25 years.

They have two sons, Taylor 22, and Hunter, 15.