Col. Chad Chasteen graduated in 1993 as an Army ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate from the University of Wisconsin system and received a commission in the Aviation Branch. During the last 24 years, Chasteen commanded three companies, a battalion, and an advisory group and served 12 years in the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne).
Chasteen's assignments include platoon leader and company commander in 1st Battalion, 2d Aviation Regiment (Attack) at Camp Mobile, Korea (1995-1996); battalion assistant S4 in 2d Battalion, 2d Aviation Regiment (Assault) at Camp Stanley, Korea (1996); company executive officer and battalion S1 in 2d Battalion, 3d Aviation Regiment (GSAB) at Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia (1996-1999); and battalion S3 and company commander in 78th Aviation Battalion at Camp Zama, Japan (1999-2002).
Chasteen served with the Night Stalkers from 2002 to 2014. After Green Platoon, he was assigned to Hunter AAF, Georgia as an assistant S3 in 3d Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) and Assault Platoon leader and company commander in D/160th SOAR (Airborne). He then served as the battalion S3, 3-160th SOAR (A) (2008-2010) at Hunter AAF and regiment S3, 160th SOAR (A) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky (2010-2012).
Chasteen served as the battalion commander of 4-160th SOAR (A) at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, from 2012-2014. The battalion supported simultaneous combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, including a hostage rescue, and was recognized by the Army Aviation Association of America as the 2013 Active Aviation Unit of the Year.
Chasteen served as the G-3 director (Proponency), U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence at Fort Rucker, Alabama, from 2014-2015, graduated from the U.S. Army War College in 2016, and served as the group commander of the Special Operations Advisory Group to the Special Mission Wing in Afghanistan from 2016-2017
Chasteen participated in 11 deployments to SOUTHCOM, including Operation WILLING SPIRIT in Colombia and SECURE TOMORROW in Haiti, in addition to eighteen deployments to CENTCOM in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM, NEW DAWN, RESOLUTE SUPPORT and FREEDOM'S SENTINEL.
Chasteen's education includes master's degrees from Central Michigan University and the U.S. Army War College.
Chasteen is a Master Aviator and his awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Medal (Numeral 4), and the Combat Action Badge.
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