I am Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Norman Lier. Although I was born in Washington D.C. I claim Alabama as my home since that is where I spent a large portion of my childhood. I retired in 2005 from the United States Army after 22 years of active duty service to our great nation.
I began my Army career upon my graduation from the University of North Alabama in 1983 when I received my commission as a Second Lieutenant of Infantry. I have served in a variety of assignments to include the 3rd Armored Division in Germany where I served as an Infantry Platoon Leader, Scout Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer and Battalion Motor Officer. From that assignment I attended the Infantry Officers Advance Course at Fort Benning, GA and then was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) where I served as a Battalion S1 (Personnel Officer) and Anti-Armor Company Commander. I was sent from there to the 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, GA and served as the Regimental Comptroller and then as the Regimental Headquarters Company, Company Commander. Other assignments include the Personnel Command in Washington D.C. as well as a tour of duty at the Pentagon where I worked as an Army Comptroller. I was given the opportunity to return to Fort Campbell, KY and the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) where I was a Battalion Executive Officer, Secretary to the General Staff, Brigade Executive Officer and Director of Resource Management for the installation and its units. While there I was deployed to Central America where I served as the J3 (Operations Officer) for Joint Task Force Bravo and also to Kosovo. My final duty assignments were at Southern Command in Miami and at Forces Command at Fort McPherson, GA.
In the course of my career, I have completed the Infantry Officers Basic and Advance Courses, the Logistics Course, Ranger School, Airborne School, Jumpmaster School, Air Assault School, Professional Military Comptrollers Course, Planning, Programming and Budget Execution School, Combined Arms Service Staff School, and the Air Force Command and General Staff College.
It is an honor for me to continue serving our nation, as well as Russellville and Russellville High School as the Senior Army Instructor for the JROTC program.