Three Assume Commander Duties at LSU ROTC

09/17/2014 09:28 AM

BATON ROUGE – LSU’s military tradition is deeply woven into the fabric of the university’s rich history, from 1860 to present day military men and women graduating from its ROTC program. The Department of Military Science welcomed three new commanders to lead its Army, Air Force and Navy programs.

Professor of Military Science Lt. Col. Lawrence House, a native of Asheville, N.C., was commissioned in the Regular Army Transportation Corps from East Tennessee State University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from ETSU and a master’s in management from Webster University.  

He has served in key and developmental positions in the U.S., Korea and Iraq, including battalion executive officer and support operations officer, 180th Transportation Battalion. 15th Sustainment Brigade in Fort Hood, Texas; brigade transportation officer, 155th Separate Armored Brigade, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force in Iraq; Lt. Col. assignment officer, strategic initiatives officer and chief, Command Management Branch with the U.S. Army Human Resources Command in Fort Knox, Tenn.; and more. In addition, House has received eight medals and three badges including the Bronze Star Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal.  

Lt. Col. Dwight W. Pertuit, Jr. assumed duties as the commander of Air Force ROTC Detachment 310. In this capacity, he commands the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps detachment. His responsibilities include leadership and administration of the LSU AFROTC program; the preparation, education and training of 93 cadets for active duty; teaching two AFROTC college courses; and serving as a liaison for the United States Air Force, or USAF, to the university and people of southern Louisiana.  

Pertuit entered the Air Force after graduating from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in business information systems and quantitative analysis, with a minor in military studies. He has received six medals including the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.

Capt. Anthony P. Chatham, a native of LaPlace, La., is the commanding officer over the Naval ROTC Unit. Established at Southern University, the unit offers students from LSU, Southern University, Southeastern Louisiana University and Baton Rouge Community College an opportunity to compete for commissions in the U.S. Navy or Marine Corps.

Chatham received his commission through the Naval ROTC program after graduating from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa. He holds a Master of Science degree in joint campaign planning and strategy from Joint Advanced Warfighter School at the National Defense University. He received a master’s degree in homeland security studies from Tulane University, and his personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Achievement Medal and more.

For more information about the Department of Military Science, visit or contact Director of Academic Affairs and Student Development Linda Warmsley at 225-578-2371.  



Tara  Kistler 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Wednesday, September 17, 2014