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University of Memphis Naval ROTC Instructor Named Top in the Nation University News
For release: March 4, 2009

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Marine Gunnery Sergeant Curtis Osburn
Marine Gunnery Sergeant
Curtis Osburn
Marine Gunnery Sergeant Curtis Osburn has been named the national Instructor of the Year in a competition sponsored by the United Services Automobile Association (USAA).  GySgt Osburn had earlier been chosen Instructor of the Year for the Mid-South Region.

Osburn is one of 65 Assistant Marine Officer Instructors currently assigned to 59 Naval ROTC units across the country.  At the University of Memphis since 2007, he is the only enlisted man with the U of M NROTC cadre. He teaches drill and other military-related topics and “leads by example” for the future Navy and Marine officers.

He has had two tours of duty in Iraq and stateside assignments as a drill instructor at San Diego, Cal., and as an instructor of Marine OCS candidates at Quantico, Va.

Osburn has recently been selected to make First Sergeant, and in May he will be transferred to the west coast, with possible deployment to Afghanistan.

A native of Hazlehurst, Ga., Osburn and his wife, Amanda, are the parents of two children, Kaylan and Josh.

He is the son of Beverly E. Farmer and the stepson of W. Frank Farmer of Hazlehurst

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