Meet Your Instructors

Russell L. Hooper LTC(R) Russell L. Hooper
Senior Army Instructor
Director of JROTC Programs
972-274-1818 ext. 301
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Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Russell L. Hooper is a native of Palestine, Texas. He was commissioned in 1985 through the Army ROTC Program at Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas as a Distinguished Military Graduate. As an Artillery Officer, he completed the Officer Basic Course at Fort Sill, Oklahoma in June 1986 and reported to his first duty assignment in Germany. He was assigned to the 3-79 th  Field Artillery Battalion (Lance), 42 nd  Field Artillery Brigade. During this tour, he served as platoon leader and executive officer at the battery level.

Hooper returned to Fort Sill in 1989 to attend the Officer Advanced Course. Upon completion, he immediately assumed command of Alpha Battery, 1-17 th  Field Artillery Battalion, 75 th  Field Artillery Brigade. He deployed his unit to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Upon re-deployment, he served as Assistant Plans and Operations Officer for III Corps Artillery at Fort Sill.

In late 1992, LTC Hooper was assigned as a FORSCOM resident trainer for the Louisiana National Guard’s 256 th  Mechanized Brigade. Hooper was assigned as the Executive Officer of the 1-141 st  Field Artillery Battalion (155mm, SP, PALADIN) from 1996 through 1998. He served as the Battalion Commander of this unit from October 1998 through October 2001. After a brief tour as the Assistant G-3, Operations, he was assigned to the Joint Forces Command Headquarters-Louisiana. His last assignment was the Maintenance and Logistics Officer at Camp Minden, Louisiana. Hooper retired in March 2006 after 20 years of active military service.

LTC Hooper served for two years as the Senior Army Instructor (JROTC) at Emmett J. Conrad High School, Dallas ISD in Dallas, Texas. He is currently the JROTC Coordinator for the DeSoto Independent School District and the Senior Army Instructor at the DeSoto High School. His military awards include the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal (w/3 OLC), the Army Commendation Medal (w/3 OLC), the National Defense Service Medal and the Liberation of Kuwait Medal. 


Joe D. Clayton Jr. CSM(R) Joe D. Clayton Jr.
Army Instructor 
(972)-274-1818 Ext. 300
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Command Sergeant Major Joe D. Clayton Jr. was born in Clinton, Oklahoma. He completed high school in Oklahoma and joined the Army in 1987. CSM Clayton attended Basic Training and completed Advanced Individual Training as a Cannon Crewmember (13B) at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Upon completion he was assigned to 2 nd Battalion 6 th Field Artillery in Hanau, Germany from February 1988 to September 1991. CSM Clayton served as an Ammunition Specialist and Cannoneer during Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield while assigned to the 2 nd Battalion 6 th Field Artillery to include duty in Saudi Arabia. He was then assigned to the 3 rd Battalion 11 th Field Artillery, at Fort Lewis, Washington where he served as a gunner on an M-198 Medium Towed Howitzer from October 1991 to April 1993. His next assignment was with the 2 nd Armored Calvary Regiment in Fort Polk, Louisiana where he served as a Gunner and Chief of Section from May 1993 to November 1995.

He was then assigned to the 1 st Battalion 15 th Field Artillery, Camp Casey, Korea from January 1996 to January 1997. After returning from overseas, he attended Drill Sergeant School at Fort Benning, GA. After completion of Drill Sergeant Duty he was assigned to the 1 st Battalion 17 th Field Artillery where he served as a Platoon/Gunnery Sergeant from September 1999 to July 2001. From August 2001 to August 2003 he served as the Commandant of Cadets at the University of Hawaii (SROTC) Battalion. His First Sergeant time was served in Fort Sill, Oklahoma from September 2003 to October 2007 in the NCOA Warrior Leader Course, Charlie Battery 2 nd Battalion 18 th Field Artillery, and HHB 75 th Fires Brigade. He deployed on a Military Transition Team to Mosul, Iraq from December 2007 to December 2008. After redeployment he became the FCoE G3/5/7 Operations Sergeant Major from January 2009 to December 2009. His Command Sergeant Major time was from January 2010 to June 2014.

Some of CSM Clayton’s military schools and education include Air Assault School, Drill Sergeant School, Warrior Leader Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Senior Leaders Course, Equal Opportunity School, Unit Movement Course, M109A6 (Paladin) Commanders Course, TAITC Course, U.S. Army Risk Management Safety Course, First Sergeant Course, U.S. Army Sergeant’s Major Academy (NRC#36). He holds an Associate Degree in Applied Science/Administration and Management Studies and is pursuing his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Global Supply Chain Management.

CSM Clayton’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4 th award), Army Commendation Medal (2 nd award), Army Achievement Medal (11 th award), Army Good Conduct Medal (8 th award), National Defense Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon #4, Southwest Asia Medal BSS-3, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, GWTSM, Overseas Service Ribbon (4 th award), Liberation of Kuwait Medal (Saudi Arabia), Army Service Ribbon, Drivers Mechanics Badge (W), Air Assault Badge, Combat Action Badge, and Drill Sergeant Identification Badge. He is also a member of the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara. Command Sergeant Major Clayton is married to the former Tammie D. Cook of Louisiana and they have two daughter’s Jayla and Alaysha

Edward B. Prueitt

SFC(R) Edward B. Prueitt
Army Instructor
972-274-1818 ext. 303
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Sergeant First Class (Retired) Edward Prueitt is a native of Dallas, Texas. He joined the United States Marines Corps July 17, 1989 where he attended boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, California. His first assignment was Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, First Marine Division where he deployed to Desert Storm/Desert Shield.

After completing four years in the Marine Corps, SFC Prueitt received an honorable discharge in May 1993. In October of 1993, he joined the United States Army where he served in Frankfurt, Germany for his first assignment as a Personnel Security Clerk. His next assignment was 151 st  Postal Company Fort Hood, Texas where he served as a Squad Leader and later Platoon Sergeant. He deployed five times while stationed at Fort Hood; twice to Kuwait, twice to Bosnia and Qatar. On his second tour in Germany, SFC Prueitt deployed to Iraqi and Afghanistan over a four year period. He retired from Fort Sill, Oklahoma on February 1, 2010. His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal and the Joint Service Achievement Medal. 

SFC Prueitt completed 20 years of military service. After retirement, he was selected to teach Junior Cadet Corps at East Middle school. He held that position for four years where he mentored and trained his Color Guard who won first place at the Middle School National Competition 2012. He began the next phase of his teaching career at the Desoto High School in August 2013 as the LET I instructor. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice earned from Saint Leo University of Florida and a Juris Doctorate earned from UNT Dallas College of Law.