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B.A. (International Relations), West Chester University of Pennsylvania, 1995

Military Education
Marine Corps Recruit Training, 1993
Marine Corps Officer Candidate School, 1997
Financial Management Officer Course, 1998
MAGTF Intel Officer Course, 2004
Marine Corps Command and Staff College, 2009 (Non-Res)

Major Assignments
Lieutenant Colonel Howard’s assignments in the operating forces include intelligence officer at Intel Battalion, Division, and MEF.  Intel officer, ground sensor platoon commander and company executive officer at 2nd Intel Bn; Current Operations Officer and Director of Intel Support to Security Force Advisor Assist Teams to RC(SW).  Division Head, Geospatial Intel Division, Marine Corps Intelligence Activity, Quantico. 

Other assignments include Deputy Budget Officer, Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune; Series Commander, Executive Officer and Commanding Officer, Recruit Training Regiment, Parris Island, SC; Collections Officer, Intel Plans Officer, Special Technical Operations Plans; US Southern Command; and J2 Engagement and Targeting officer for Joint Interagency Task Force.

Major Awards and Decorations
Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with gold star).