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Lt. Col. Donald R. Kirk

Commander, 1st Battalion, 145th Aviation Regiment

Commander, 1st Battalion, 145th Aviation Regiment

Lt. Col. Donald Kirk received his commission in 2001 from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in communications. He was assigned to Aviation branch and graduated from the UH-60 AQC and flight school as an Honor Graduate in 2002.

Kirk’s first assignment was as in B/2-1 AVN, 4th BDE, 1st ID, Katterbach, Germany. He served three years in Germany completing assignments as a Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, Aviation Liaison Officer, and Assistant Battalion S3.

Kirk’s other assignments include: Aviation Liaison Officer, 2/25 Stryker Brigade, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; Brigade Assistant Operations Officer and Brigade Chief of Operations, 25th CAB, Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii; Commander, B/2-25 AVN, Wheeler Army Airfield; Commander, A/2-25 AVN, Wheeler Army Airfield; Assistant Professor of Military Science, Norwich University; Battalion Operations Officer and Executive Officer, 3-501 AVN, 1AD CAB, Fort Bliss, Texas. Kirk has deployed in support of operations in Kosovo (KFOR4B) and Iraq (OIF II; OIF 06-08; OIF 09-11).

Kirk is a graduate of the Aviation Officer’s Basic Course, the Infantry Captain’s Career Course, the Air Command and Staff College, and holds a Master’s of Military Operational Art and Science from Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Alabama.

Kirk’s previous assignment was as the Professor of Military Science at West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia. His military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Air Medal, the Senior Aviation Badge, and the Basic Parachutist Badge.

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