Professor of Military Science
Lieutenant Colonel Rachelle (“Chelley”) Macon received her Army commission as a Second Lieutenant and Signal Officer through Army ROTC at Appalachian State University in 2002. She branch-transferred to the Adjutant General Corps in 2004.
Her civilian education consists of a B.S. in Recreation Management with a concentration in Outdoor Experiential Education from Appalachian State University (2002), and a M.E. in Kinesiology from the University of Virginia (2012).
Lieutenant Colonel Macon’s military education includes the Command and General Staff College, Adjutant General Captain’s Career Course, and Signal Officer Basic Course.
As a senior Human Resources Officer for the Army, Lieutenant Colonel Macon served most recently in the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) located at Fort Campbell, KY. She has served overseas in Korea and Germany. Her deployments include Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom 10-11) and Iraq (Operation Inherent Resolve 16-17).
In addition to her operational experience, Lieutenant Colonel Macon served as an instructor at the United States Military Academy at West Point from 2012 to 2015. She taught in the Department of Physical Education and participated in the Master Teacher Program in addition to managing the Competitive Clubs athletic program for 25 club teams.
Her awards and decorations include the Bronze Star (1 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (2 OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (1 OLC), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Award (1 OLC), National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (4), and NATO Service Medal.
Lieutenant Colonel Macon is a native of Springfield, Illinois. She is married to Mr. Bennett Macon from Cullowhee, North Carolina. They have two children, Landon and Addison .