Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Drew Betson received his commission as an Armor Officer in the U.S. Army after graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2004.
LTC Betson reported to the 3rd Infantry Division in Ft. Stewart, GA for his first assignment. There he served and a Platoon Leader in the 1st Battalion, 76th Field Artillery Regiment and deployed to Baghdad, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in January 2005. He returned to Baghdad in 2007 as the planner for the 4th Battalion, 64th Armored Regiment and took command of A Company (Apaches) in 2008. He also commanded Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment in 2009. After graduate school, LTC Betson returned to West Point as an Instructor and Assistant Professor in the Defense and Strategic Studies Program, and Executive Officer to the Commandant of Cadets. Most recently, LTC Betson was assigned to staff positions in the 1st Cavalry Division, 3d Cavalry Regiment, and III Armored Corps at Ft. Hood, TX. With these units he deployed to Bagram, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and to Mosul, Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. Prior to his departure, he was in the III Armored Corps Commanding General’s Initiatives Group.
LTC Betson received his appointment as Professor and Chair of the Military Science Department for the Gateway Battalion in August, 2019.
LTC Betson holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Military History from the United States Military Academy, a Master of Arts Degree in Diplomacy and International Commerce from the University of Kentucky’s Patterson School, and a Master of Military Art and Science in Military History from the Art of War Scholars Program in the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He has earned numerous decorations, to include two Bronze Stars, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, four Meritorious Service Medals, the Combat Action Badge, the Sapper Tab, and Basic Parachutist Wings.
He and his wife Roslynn live in St. Louis with their three wonderful children.