Colonel (Ret) Vernon Lightner is a native of Great Falls, SC. He has served as the Senior Army Instructor, for the JROTC program since 2017. Prior to this, he served on the Joint Staff for the Director for Strategic Plans and Policy, and the Chairman, of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Livingstone College and a Master of Science Degree in Public Administration from Central Michigan University. In addition, Vernon is a 2014 graduate of the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, National Defense University, Washington, DC where he received a Master of Science in National Security Strategy. Vernon retired from the Army in 2017, after serving 27 years in the United States Army Military Police Corps. Vernon is married to Colonel (Ret) Cynthia Lightner, and they have three Children.
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