Soldier Pulls Double Duty As College Professor
(September 29, 2010)
IRAQ (Sept. 26, 2010) - A Georgia National Guard soldier, Spc. Doug Lane, an
intelligence analyst with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 110th Combat
Sustainment Support Battalion, 224th Sustainment Brigade, 103rd Sustainment
Command (Expeditionary), and a Jacksonville, Fla., native, didn't quit his day
job when he deployed earlier this year to Iraq.
An intelligence analyst by night, Spc. Lane spends his days at the education
center teaching college algebra to service members for the University of
Maryland at Contingency Operating Base Adder, Iraq.
Holding a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from the University of South
Florida and a master's in administration, Lane has worked for 20 years as an
“I love working with soldiers and helping students,” said Lane. “I'm really
in my element when I'm teaching.”
Besides teaching his scheduled classes, Lane spends much of his free time at
the education center offering extra tutoring for students. He also teaches
an online course for Strayer University.
Some of Lane's students at the education center are fellow soldiers from his
own company. Spc. Alexandria Dean, a
Spc. Doug Lane, an intelligence analyst with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 110th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 224th Sustainment Brigade, 103rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), and a Jacksonville, Fla., native, demonstrates the solution to a math problem Sept. 19,
2010 at the education center at Contingency Operating Base Adder, Iraq. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Glen Baker
transportation coordination manager with the HHC, 110th CSSB, and a
Valdosta, Ga., native, is taking her first college course with Lane. When
she heard that he was going to be her professor, she said she was a little
“He seemed boring and drawn out,” said Dean, but her opinion has since changed.
“He's a really good teacher. His stories are funny and he's smart. He likes to
communicate a lot.”
Dean describes herself as “not good with math,” but said that Lane's examples
and some of the shortcuts he teaches make the class easier for her to
understand. Compared to other math teachers she's had, Dean said she has had to
ask fewer questions than she had to in the past.
Though his teaching career spans two decades, Lane has also been a lifelong
student. In addition to his degrees in education, he earned a Masters of
Divinity in counseling from Liberty University, which he plans to put to good
use by becoming a chaplain candidate upon redeployment.
He already offers counseling at his home church in Madison, Ga., known as The
Gathering. He is also pursuing a doctorate degree from the University of
While working toward his doctorate, Lane will focus his research on the negative
results of the restrictions today's educators face. He hopes to help reverse
what he sees as some of the most damaging changes to education.
By Army Sgt. Blake Pittman
224th Sustainment Brigade
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