COL (Ret.) Don Loftis

Distinguished Member of the Regiment


In 1988 LTC Loftis moved to Little Rock, AR and assumed command of the 1st Battalion 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment (OPFOR) for the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC). LTC Loftis was the second commanding officer of the 1-509th when it was reactivated in Arkansas and prepared it for the OPFOR mission at JRTC. The biggest accomplishments of the 509th during his command was the integration of the augmentee companies and special platoons needed for each rotation.

Following his command of the 1-509th and attending the US Army War College, Colonel Loftis commanded the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground (YPG) in 1991-1993. During the testing of parachutes and all airborne equipment, COL Loftis participated on jump status (the first and only commander to do so), supported the airborne utility assessment of the C17 and the single point release among many other airborne concepts.

COL (ret) Don Loftis served in the US Army for 26 years from 1968 to 1994 and retired as a Colonel of Infantry.


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