Skip to Main Navigation | Skip to Content

Fighting Mules Scholar

The Fighting Mules Scholarship offers up to $1,500 for incoming freshmen.

ROTC Learn to Lead
Join the Fighting Mules Battalion
Excel as you rappel


Military Science & Leadership


Lieutenant Colonel Dan Cureton

Professor of Military Science (BN CDR)

LTC Dan Cureton enlisted in the Army in 1987. After graduation from Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning GA, he was commissioned an engineer second lieutenant.

LTC Cureton has served in a variety of command and staff positions, but has spent the last sixteen years in the comptroller career field. His first tour of duty was at Fort Polk, LA where he served as a platoon leader and assistant battalion S4 for the 588th EN BN. During this time he deployed to Operation Desert Shield/Storm where he served as a company executive officer. In 1993 he served as the battalion S4 for the 2nd Engineer Battalion at Camp Castle Korea. LTC Cureton took command of B Company, 35th Engineer Battalion, and then B Company, 169th Engineer Battalion, before being assigned as the S3 for the 169th Engineer Battalion while stationed at Fort Leonard Wood MO.

In 1996 LTC Cureton served as the Brigade Resource Manager in Panama for the 470th MI Brigade, and then the comptroller for all special operation forces in Panama. LTC Cureton was then assigned to the Pentagon as a budget officer for the Army Budget Office. In 2002 he served as a budget officer for the 8th U.S. Army in Korea. LTC Cureton then became the G8, 24th Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas where in 2005 he deployed for 12 months to Operation Iraqi Freedom as the C8, Division Comptroller, for the MultiNational Force Northwest in Mosul Iraq. He was then assigned to United States Central Command J8. After three years at CENTCOM he deployed to Iraq for another 12 months from May 09 to May 10 as the Chief of Special Programs and later Chief of Budget Execution for the J8, United States Forces Iraq (USF-I). He is currently assigned as the Chief of Integration and Evaluations Division, Army Budget Office, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Financial Management and Comptroller [ASA(FM&C)].

LTC Cureton is a graduate of the Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced Course. He has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in business administration from Syracuse University. LTC Cureton’s awards include the Bronze Star (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Accommodation Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Joint Service Achievement Medal (with oak leaf cluster), and the Army Achievement Medal (with oak leaf cluster).

LTC Cureton and his wife, Debbie, are the proud parents of one child, Robby, born in 2005.