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LTC Travis Habhab, Chair 305 E. 23rd Street, Stop C3603 78712 • 512-471-5639

LTC Travis M. Habhab

Professor Master of Business Administration, Texas A&M University

Chair and Professor of Military Science Department
LTC Travis M. Habhab

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LTC Travis Habhab’s Biography:

     Travis Habhab is an Lieutenant Colonel and an Apache Helicopter Pilot.  Lieutenant Colonel Habhab graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management and received a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army Aviation Branch in May 1998.  In 2007, he graduated from Texas A&M with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree.  He is a graduate of the Army Flight School, the Aviation Officer Basic Course, the Apache and Apache Longbow Helicopter Qualification Courses, the Aviation Captains’ Career Course, Command and General Staff College, the Joint Firepower Control Course, and the Air Assault Course.

     After flight school, Lieutenant Colonel Habhab served 2 years in the Republic of Korea.  At Camp Eagle, he worked as the Squadron Adjutant, Assistant Operations Officer and Attack Platoon Leader for 1st Squadron, 6th Cavalry Brigade.  Upon completion of the Aviation Captains’ Career Course, Major Habhab was assigned to HHC, 4th Brigade at Fort Hood, Texas as an Assistant Brigade Operations Officer.  Next, he served as the 1-227th Attack Helicopter Battalion Assistant Operations Officer from August of 2003 to Jan 2004. 

     Major Habhab took command of B Company, 1-227th Aviation Regiment “Reapers” in January, 2004 and deployed his company to Iraq for a one-year combat rotation.  In Iraq, Major Habhab led his company to conduct critical combat operations in Baghdad, Fallujah, An Najaf, Al Hillah, and Al Kut.  While flying combat missions in Iraq, Major Habhab earned the Army’s highest award for valor in flight, the Distinguished Flying Cross.

     After earning his MBA from Texas A&M in 2007, Major Habhab became an Assistant Professor at the United States Military Academy.  At West Point, he taught Principles of Finance and Principles of Economics, while serving as the Officer in Charge of the Cadet Finance Club and an Academic Mentor for the Army Football Team.  Additionally, he was the Head Coach of the Men’s’ Team Handball Program, coaching them to two consecutive Collegiate National Championships.

     In 2010, Major Habhab became the Battalion Executive Officer for 4-101st Assault Helicopter Battalion, preparing them for a combat deployment.  After transitioning to the Battalion Operations Officer position, he deployed them Afghanistan to counter the insurgency in the Zabul Province.  Major Habhab was then selected for the 159th Brigade Executive Officer position, where he was responsible for planning and sustaining Aviation combat operations throughout Afghanistan’s Regional-Command South.  In his latest assignment, Major Habhab served as the Senior Aviation Operations Trainer at the Army’s premier training area, the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, CA, where he coached and trained Multi-Functional Aviation Task Forces for combat operations in Afghanistan and anywhere in the world.

     Major Habhab’s awards and decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross, two Bronze Star Medals, Air Medal with Valor, two Air Medals, three Meritorious Service Medals, two Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with four tours, NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge, Senior Army Aviator Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.

     Major Habhab currently serves as the University of Texas Army ROTC Department Chair and Professor of Military Science.  On 19 June 2013, he was selected for Lieutenant Colonel and will be promoted during the 2013-2014 academic year. Major Habhab and his wife, Tara, have two daughters, ages 10 and 6, and a 3 year old son.

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