Captain R. Boone Gilbreath is a first year instructor in the Core Physics Program. He graduated from Arkansas Tech University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering and an Associate of Science in Nuclear Technology. Upon graduation, he commissioned as an Ordnance Officer and served as maintenance platoon leader, maintenance control officer, and troop executive officer with Forward Support Troop D, 7th Squadron, 10th US Cavalry at Fort Carson, CO. Captain Gilbreath deployed to Camp Stone, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from 2010-2011. Following the deployment, he served as maintenance control officer and rear provisional company commander with the 4th Brigade Support Battalion at Fort Carson, CO. Upon relinquishing command, CPT Gilbreath attended the Combined Logistics Captains Career Course at Fort Lee, VA where he subsequently served as the Assistant Director of Training at the US Army Transportation School. In 2017, he earned a Master of Science Degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Tennessee. His research involved the development of surrogate post-detonation nuclear debris for forensics exploitation.
Captain Gilbreath’s awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (1 OLC), the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2 CS), the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO (ISAF) Medal, and the Valorous Unit Award. He is a member of the Ordnance Order of Samuel Sharpe, the Order of the Spur (sliver), and the Order of the Combat Spur (gold).
Captain Gilbreath and his wife Jessica, née Woods, are originally from Greenwood, AR. They have two sons, Thomas (5) and Samuel (2). His outside interests include shooting sports, hunting, fishing, photography, and mechanical and woodworking projects