Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Lee H. Evans has been selected assistant commandant of Tarleton State University’s Corps of Cadets, effective Aug. 6.

A Mineral Wells native, Evans retired in 2016 after more than 22 years of military service. He served in U.S. Army Special Operations while on active duty, leading soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines across five continents and more than 35 countries.

“The Corps of Cadets is a key initiative for our university, a reflection of the great military history we enjoy as part of The Texas A&M University System,” said President F. Dominic Dottavio. “I am confident that Lt. Col. Evans will uphold and preserve that proud and longstanding tradition. He has served our nation with distinction, leading military efforts in the U.S. and abroad to protect and defend our country.”

Evans’ parents are Tarleton alumni.

“I grew up playing on the World War I-era cannon on the Stephenville campus,” he said. “I am blessed to serve as assistant commandant of the Texan Corps of Cadets. It will be my honor-bound duty to guide the corps with every bit of my being and bleed purple with every effort.”

Early in his military carry, Evans was platoon leader of the Army’s prestigious 3rdUnited States Infantry Regiment — The Old Guard — at Fort Myer, Va., conducting special ceremonies in the nation’s capital. As commander of the Joint Information Support Task Force in Qatar, he led a troop of 300 that provided trans-regional support throughout the U.S. Central Command, monitoring the effectiveness of military information support at six embassies in the Middle East.

“Lt. Col. Evans’ real-world experience, along with that of our entire Tarleton cadre, provide an outstanding foundation for the Texan Corps of Cadets, ensuring they excel and develop into the next generation of military and civilian leaders,” said Dr. Alex del Carmen, executive director of the university’s School of Criminology, Criminal Justice and Strategic Studies.

Tarleton’s historic Corps of Cadets dates to 1917 and was reinstated in 2016 under the leadership of retired U.S. Air Force Col. Kenny Weldon. Part of the School of Criminology, Criminal Justice and Strategic Studies, the corps is maintained within the university’s student body.