Charles Beirne photo Major Charles Beirne
Assistant Professor of Military Science, Army ROTC
216 Alan B. Mollohan Campus Community Center
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Awards and Decorations

  • Bronze Star Medal
  • Army Commendation Medal
  • Army Achievement Medal (3 awards)
  • Army Civilian Achievement Medal
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Iraqi Campaign Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with "M" device)
  • Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (2 awards)
  • Joint Meritorious Unit Award
  • Overseas Service Ribbon
  • Army Service Ribbon
  • Combat Action Badge
  • Air Assault Badge

Military Career Path

Major Charles J. Beirne was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery upon graduation from the Virginia Military Institute in 1998. After completing the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course at Fort Sill, OK, he reported to Fort Hood, Texas and was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery in the First Cavalry Division where he served as a Fire Support and Fire Direction Officer. He joined the Army Reserve after serving two years in the IRR (Individual Readiness Reserve) and was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 319th Regiment (USAR) in Salem, VA. In May of 2005 MAJ Beirne was mobilized and served in Iraq: 2005-2006 with a MiTT (Military Transition Team) attached to the XVIII Airborne Corps and subsequently to the 101st Airborne Division. Upon return from deployment, he served as a Company Commander, Battalion Operations Officer, and Battalion Executive Officer, again with the 2nd Battalion, 319th Regiment (USAR). Previous to his arrival at Glenville State College, Major Beirne was a contractor assigned as a Senior Military Instructor with the Marshall-New Market Army ROTC Battalion at the Virginia Military Institute. Major Beirne is a graduate of the Air Assault Course, Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, Transportation Captains Career Course, Command and General Staff College, and SOCC Instructor Training.


Major Beirne is a native of Roanoke, VA, and his wife, Debra, is a native of Georgetown, SC. They have two daughters, Josephine (11) and Brooke (7) and one son, Michael (5).