Don Loftis served in the US Army for 27 years from 1968 to 1994 and retired as a Colonel of Infantry. He entered the US Army in 1968 and earned his commission through OCS at Fort Benning, GA. He served a combat tour in Vietnam/Cambodia as the Battalion Senior Advisor for a Vietnamese Infantry Battalion.
During the Cold War, he served as a Rifle Company Commander and the Battalion Intelligence Officer in the 3rd Battalion 6th Infantry in West Berlin. Later he was an Infantry battalion S3 and XO for the 1st Battalion 23d Infantry in the Korean DMZ He commanded the 4th Battalion, 23d Infantry in the 9th Infantry Division, and then commanded the OPFOR (1st Battalion 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment) for the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC).
As a Colonel, he commanded the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground and concluded his Army career in 1994 as the Deputy Commander of the US Army Test and Evaluation Command.
Upon retirement in 1994, Col. (Ret) Loftis worked for the defense contractors-BDM, TRW and SAIC He was a Vice President for BDM. He retired from SAIC in 2011 and still consults for various DOD R&D firms.
Don was a chapter President for the Association of the US Army (AUSA) and was on the AUSA National Board of Advisors. He is also a life member of the local Military Officers Association of America,82d Airborne Association, the Army Ranger Association and is a life member of the 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment Association.
Col. Loftis graduated from UTEP in 1968 and Kansas State (MS/Computer Science) in 1983. He is a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College, the Defense Systems Management College and the US Army War College. In September 1998, he was inducted into the US Army OCS Hall of Fame.
Col. Loftis and his wife, Donna, live in Albuquerque.