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Captain Starnes graduated from West Texas State University with a degree in physics and mathematics and entered the Navy's submarine service. He commanded the ballistic missile submarine USS George C. Marshall, served as assistant deputy commander for strategic systems at Atlantic Fleet submarine headquarters, and was assigned as Naval Attaché to the Federal Republic of Germany. He holds a Master of Arts from the U.S. Naval War College in Rhode Island, a Master of Science in finance and economics from West Texas A&M University, and a doctorate in economics from Texas Tech University. He is associate dean of the School of Business at Wayland Baptist University in Texas, where he teaches, and is CEO of Palo Duro Supply Inc. 

Positions Held at MOAA:

  • Chairman, Voices for America’s Troops Board; Investment Committee; Membership Committee