Lt. Howard O. Ashton
On July 15, 1944, following a Change of Command ceremony, newly-promoted Lieutenant Howard O. Ashton assumed command of the MSTC V-12 program. Ashton had previously held the position of Executive Officer at MSTC. Ashton was originally from Boulder, Colorado. Prior to his service to the U.S. Navy, he had taught political science and business law at Aberdeen State Teachers College, South Dakota.