Hello. This is Michael Norman, the owner of The American Patriot Shop and I would like to present the first biography in our new Hometown Hero series. Many, in fact, most veterans serve honorably and move on to a quiet civilian life without ever reaching a status of having well known recognition. They are our sons, our daughters, our neighbors and friends, all of whom are deserving of our gratitude and respect. For that reason, we will be regularly featuring an article on veterans from all over the country who deserve to be honored. Now, I present to you a longtime friend of mine, Lieutenant Colonel Brian W. Lassetter.
Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Brian W. Lassetter is currently assigned as the Senior Army Instructor (SAI) at Worth County, Georgia High School’s JROTC program. JROTC is a leadership program that motivates its cadets to be productive citizens. LTC Lassetter (Retired) uses five core competencies at Worth County High School to teach, coach and mentor his cadets to meet or exceed the JROTC standard: 1) Be on time 2) Be at the right location 3) Be in the right uniform 4) Have the correct materials 5) Doing what you’re supposed to be doing.
The last position LTC Lassetter held in the military was the Commander of 1-108th Cavalry Regiment, where his Squadron helped build nation capacity in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala as one of the first units in the military to participate in the Regional Aligned Forces Mission. Prior to this assignment LTC Lassetter held positions as the Executive Officer of the 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT). State Collective Training Manager responsible for coordinating all security cooperation exercises as well as annual training for the Georgia Army National Guard. Prior to this assignment LTC Lassetter was assigned as the Executive Officer of 2-121 Infantry, S3 of Task Force Warrior (2-121 Infantry) where he deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from 2008-2009 with the 48th IBCT.
Prior to this assignment LTC Lassetter commanded Task Force Ripper within the Recruiting and Retention Battalion of the Georgia Army National Guard where he learned what it’s like to put our sons and daughters in formation prior to training them to protect our nation. LTC Lassetter commanded B / 2-121 Infantry during their deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as a battle space owner from 2005 – 2006 responsible for the Al Radwania region southwest of Baghdad. Prior to this, LTC Lassetter served as the scout platoon leader and Infantry Platoon leader HHC and A / 2-121 Infantry where he deployed to Bosnia Herzegovinian on a Peace keeping mission. LTC Lassetter held numerous other leadership positions as an officer and enlisted Soldier/Non-Commissioned Officer in the National Guard and Active duty to include his deployment Iraq in support of Operation Desert Shield / Desert Storm in 1990-1991 as a squad leader.
LTC Lassetter holds a Masters of Arts in Leadership from Shorter College, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Albany State University where he graduated Cum Laude.
LTC Lassetter received his commission from the Georgia Military Institute May 1998. His military education includes Officer Candidate School (Distinguished Honor Graduate), Infantry Officer Basic Course (Honor Graduate), Infantry Captains Career Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Intermediate Level Education, Cavalry Leader Course, Human Resource School, Basic Non-commissioned Officer Course (Commandants List), and Primary Leadership Development Course (Commandants List).
Among his decorations are the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star (2), Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal (4), Army Commendations Medal (3), Army Achievement Medal (3), Good Conduct Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (2), National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Army Lapel Button, Southeast Asia Service Medal with 2 Bronze Service Star, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with “M” device, Non-Commissioned Officer’s Professional Development Ribbon with Numeral 2, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, and the Kuwait Liberation Medal.
LTC Lassetter, his wife Renee and their two boys Austin (20) and Hunter (17) live in Moultrie, Georgia. Their daughter Savannah lives at Ft Bragg with her husband PFC Brenn Butterfield.