Major La' Ketha Prioleau
WHAT I DO NOW: I am an Acquisition Professional for the US Army serving as a Project Engineer at the National Reconnaissance Office in Chantilly, VA.
MY JOB CONSISTS OF: Assistant Product Manager and satellite communications government lead for $8B+ next-generation SIGINT Intel collection space system within the National Reconnaissance Office.
PATH TO MY CURRENT CAREER POSITION: I commissioned through the Army ROTC Program at LSUS/Northwestern State University in May 2000 and served as a Military Intelligence Officer in various commands and deployment locations from 200 - 2008. After company command (in 2008) I was selected to become an Acquisition Professional. Upon completion of Graduate School at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, having been conferred a Master Degree in Science – Information Technology in 2013, I was selected to work with the Air Force at the National Reconnaissance Office in Chantilly, VA.
HOW I GOT TO LSUS: I chose LSUS because it was close to home. My father was active duty military and we were stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City.
FOND MEMORIES OF LSUS: My fondest memories were participating in the ROTC program, the Art class I took my senior year, and the Washington, DC trips (Washington Semester) with Dr. Pederson.
LSUS FACULTY WHO HELPED ME: Dr. Bill Pederson.
HOW LSUS HELPED ME SUCCEED: It prepared me for military service through education and discipline.
ADVICE TO COLLEGE-BOUND STUDENTS: One should take college seriously. If you do not plan to take it seriously, don’t waste your parent’s or the government’s money. You can have fun and be responsible while in school!
ADVICE TO SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO ENTER MY FIELD: Serving in the military is the most humbling experience I have ever had. The Army needs smart, intelligence, motivated, and confident leaders. I have opportunities for personal and professional development through various educational institutions both government and private. Never miss a chance in a lifetime, no matter what it is.
TIPS ON CHOOSING A MAJOR OR CAREER: If you don’t know what you want to do, take an inventory and try various careers. Never choose a career for the money, but for the enjoyment and satisfaction of doing what you like.
MT TOUGHEST PROFESSIONAL CHALLENGE: Changing toxic leadership environments into workplaces with highly effective and efficient synergized team members.
MY TOUGHEST PERSONAL CHALLENGE: Prioritizing my dreams. There are so many things I would like to do and so little time.
SUCESSES IN MY LIFE: US Army Military Intelligence Knowlton Award (2007)
US Army Signal Corps Wahatchee Award (2006)
Certificate of Achievement, I2WD Team of the Quarter, 4d QTR 2002, 2d QTR 2003
Army Meritorious Service Medal (2)
Army Commendation Medal (3)
Army Achievement Medal (4)
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Korean Defense Service Medal
Army Service Ribbon
Overseas Service Ribbon
Combat Deployment Service Stripe (2)
I’VE LEARNED THIS FROM LIFE: Be honest in all you do; it allows you to sleep at night. Don’t be lazy; life is a blessing and you owe God the glory in all you do. Do not be afraid to share your thoughts and feelings in a spirit of understanding and consideration of others. Love someone more than you love yourself.
WHAT I'D BE DOING IF I HAD ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD: Going to cosmetology school, DJ school, and working on a PhD. I would probably do a little shopping and traveling as well.