Attaway named to command

By Larry Tucker
editor@wood.cm
Posted 4/29/21

A 1994 Quitman High School graduate will take command of the 1st Battalion 5th Aviation Regiment at Ft. Polk, La. in the summer of 2022.

Lieutenant Colonel James A. Attaway III serves as the chair and professor of military science at Stephen F. Austin University (SFA), the first graduate of the university to head the program.

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A 1994 Quitman High School graduate will take command of the 1st Battalion 5th Aviation Regiment at Ft. Polk, La. in the summer of 2022.

Lieutenant Colonel James A. Attaway III serves as the chair and professor of military science at Stephen F. Austin University (SFA), the first graduate of the university to head the program.  

“Team Attaway will be doing split operations next year…we just found out that I have been slated to command 1st Battalion 5th Aviation Regiment at Fort Polk, Louisiana beginning in the summer of 2022.  I am very honored and humbled to be able to be a battalion commander,” Attaway said. “This would have been impossible without all the help of the soldiers, NCOs and warrants throughout the years. We are also excited that I will be within a two-hour drive of Nacogdoches during Daisy’s senior year and get to fly again.”

Attaway is the son of Jim and Sally Attaway of Quitman. He enlisted in the Army in 1998 and served as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division, rising to the rank of sergeant. In 2004, Attaway joined the ROTC program at SFA where he also studied kinesiology. 

Attaway graduated from SFA cum laude in 2004 and returned to active duty, serving in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as a CH-47D Chinook flight platoon leader. During a later deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Attaway was the aviation liaison officer to the 14th U.S. Army Special Forces teams and a Navy Seals platoon.

His other assignments include Kosovo, Korea, Alabama, Florida and Kentucky. Attaway is a graduate of Ranger School, Airborne School and the Command and General Staff College. 

Since May 2018, the distinguished soldier has been the chair and professor of military science department at SFA, the first graduate of the school to return to take charge of the ROTC program.

Under Attaway’s leadership, the department at SFA has established the First Lieutenant Kile G. West 5K and 10K. Members of the ROTC Ranger Team took first place in the Task Force Ranger Team for the first time in the school’s history. In May 2020, Attaway was promoted to lieutenant colonel.

In a Texas State Senate resolution honoring Attaway, it noted Attaway’s love and support from his family, including his wife, Shauna, and children, Daisy and James.

The resolution by the Texas State Senate stated this: “Lieutenant Colonel James A. Attaway III’s courage, skill and dedication to duty have contributed greatly to the defense of our nation and earned him the respect and admiration of his fellow soldiers, and he may indeed reflect with pride on his outstanding record of service as he takes the challenges and opportunities of his new promotion.”