Colonel Terry R. Tillis is a native of Sanford, Florida, and began his military career upon graduation from the University of Central Florida as an Armor Officer. His first assignment was to Fort Benning, GA where he served in 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division as a plans officer, Tank, and Mortar Platoon Leader.
Following attendance at the Infantry Captains Career Course, Colonel Tillis has served in several command and staff positions including Assistant Operations Officer, 3rd Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division Fort Hood, TX; Tank Company Commander, C CO 3-67 AR; Company OC/T, Operations Group (Tarantula Light Infantry TF) Fort Irwin, CA; APMS and Battalion XO for the University of Southern California; Military Transition Team Chief and Operations Officer, 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division; Squadron Operations and Executive Officer, 2/11 ACR; Regimental Operations Officer, 11th ACR Fort Irwin, CA; Squadron Executive Officer OC/T, Operations Group (TF4 Cavalry Squadron) Fort Polk, LA; Aide de Camp to the Commanding General, TRADOC Fort Eustis, VA; Commander, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, CO; 4th Infantry Division ACoSG-5 Plans Officer; and 2nd Infantry Division ACoSG-3 Operations Officer.
Colonel Tillis’ assignments required multiple deployments in support of our Nation’s defense and interests.
Colonel Tillis holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Central Florida, a Master of Arts from the University of Southern California, a Master of Military Studies from the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and a Masters of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. He is a graduate of both the U.S. Army Airborne and Ranger Schools, the Armor Officer Basic Course, the Infantry Captains Career Course, the Combined Arms Services Staff School, the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and the Naval War College.
Colonel Tillis is married to Dana Tillis and they enjoy raising their daughter and two pups together.