MAJ Brian Sears

MAJ Brian Sears

Instructor

Brian.sears@westpoint.edu

Biography


MAJ Brian Sears graduated from the United States Military Academy with a degree in History. He commissioned as a Field Artillery officer and was assigned to the 1-38 Field Artillery Regiment, 210 Field Artillery Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Casey, Korea, where he served as a platoon leader and a general’s aide-de-camp. He deployed to Afghanistan as a general’s military assistant, and upon redeploying, served as a liaison officer to the Republic of Korea Army. Brian attended the Field Artillery Captains Career Course at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He was then assigned to the 4-27 Field Artillery Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, where he served as the 1-1 Cavalry Squadron’s Fire Support Officer, and later the Brigade Fire Control Officer. Brian then commanded the 1st Armored Division’s Headquarters Support Company. He then deployed to Afghanistan and served as Bagram Airfield’s J3 (Operations Officer). He began graduate school at Baylor University in 2020, graduating in 2022. Brian now serves as an instructor in the American History division of the Department of History. He is married to May, and they have three wonderful daughters: Abigail, Annalee, and Lillian.

Ongoing Research Projects


The History of Religion, Faith, and Irreligion at West Point

The History of Religion, Faith, and Irreligion in the U.S. Military

Pentecostals and Charismatics in the Religious Right

Publications & Presentations


“Power, Prophecy, and Dominionism: The New Apostolic Reformation Goes to Washington” Fides Et Historia, Vol. 54 No. 2 (Summer/Fall 2022), pgs. 80-102.

Tongue-Talkers in the White-Robed Army: Early White Pentecostals in the Ku Klux Klan (American Society of Church History, New Orleans, Louisiana, January 10, 2022)

Review of Fleek, Sherman L., “The Mormon Military Experience: 1838 to the Cold War.” Journal of Military History 88, no. 1 (January 2024): 206–8