Degrees and Certifications:
Associates Degree in General Studies and Teaching
SFC (R) Mark Vance
I am the JROTC Army Instructor for the Bassett Bengals Battalion at Bassett High School, in Bassett Virginia. Originally from Lynchburg, Virginia, I enlisted in the US Army in 1984 as a Heavy Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic. Later in my career I was trained as an Automated Logistics Specialist. During my 24 years of military service I served as a maintenance and logistics Non-Commissioned Officer with multiple overseas postings which include Bamburg Germany, Saudi Arabia, and Mannheim Germany. My state-side assignments included Fort Sill Oklahoma, Fort Bragg North Carolina, Fort Jackson South Carolina, Fort Dix New Jersey, and service with the Virginia Army National Guard in Danville. During my career I was deployed to Desert Shield and Desert Storm as well as being deployed to Louisiana in support of Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. After my retirement in 2009 I took a position as the Army Instructor for the Spartan Battalion at Central Davidson High School from 2010 through 2012, and then transferred to Bassett High School. Va. I currently have a Bachelors Degree in General Studies with a emphases in teaching. I currently resides in Brosville, VA with my wife, Lisa.
My awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with 11 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Good Conduct Medal with Silver Clasp with 2 Loops, the National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Service Star, the Southwest Asia Service Medal, the Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon with ‘2’ Device, and the Kuwait Liberation Medal.