Maj. Matt Lurker, History, Social Studies, and Military Science
Major Lurker has spent the past 28 years serving in various capacities within the Government and associated industries. He began his career as a Security Police Officer (law enforcement) in the US Air Force serving in Air Combat Command then Space Command. After leaving the Air Force on disability, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation Management and a minor in Military Science (Army ROTC) and Paramedicine.
After graduating college, he worked as a Deputy Sheriff in Madison County until he was offered a teaching position with Texas A&M University/TEEX as a Critical Infrastructure Instructor. In this capacity, Major Lurker served on a team that helped establish the Critical National Infrastructure Authority in the United Arab Emirates (their version of Homeland Security). He then served with the US Department of State as in instructor, and medic, in the Diplomatic Security Worldwide Protective Services, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement, and the International Police and Peacekeeping Operations programs. Major Lurker spent three years deployed with these programs in the Middle East, Africa, and Nepal.
After returning to the US, Major Lurker was appointed as the law enforcement program manger for NASA at the Armstrong Flight Research Center. While at NASA, Major Lurker worked with multiple research and development projects at the Center and became an academy instructor through the Los Angeles Police Department. He was later appointed as the Chief of Police in Iona, Idaho then the Chief Administrative Officer for Laurel, Montana.
Major Lurker attained his ‘Major’ rank through his 18 years of service with the US Air Force Auxiliary, better known as the Civil Air Patrol. He is rated as a Cadet Programs Officer, Emergency Services Officer, Communications Officer, and Safety Officer.
Major Lurker is currently certified as a High School Law Enforcement academy instructor through the Idaho Department of Education. He is helping in the development of state standards for Military Science and Aerospace Education at the high school level.