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Col. Thomas von Eschenbach was commissioned in June 1991 after earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from Auburn University where he was an Army ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate.
After completing Aviation Officer Basic Course, the Initial Entry Rotary Wing Course and Ranger School, he was assigned to 1st Battalion (Attack), 82nd Aviation Regiment at Fort Bragg, N.C., where he served as Headquarters Headquarters Company executive officer, platoon leader and battalion adjutant. After completion of the Aviation Officer Advanced Course in 1996, von Eschenbach was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 4th U.S. Cavalry Regiment in Schweinfurt, Germany, where he served as squadron assistant S3 and air cavalry troop commander. After troop command, von Eschenbach was assigned to the 1st Infantry Division Headquarters in Wurzburg where he served as the division G3 air.
After returning from Germany in 1999, von Eschenbach served as a small group leader at the Aviation Captains’ Career Course at Fort Rucker, Ala., and later took command of Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 145th Aviation Regiment where he commanded the Aviation Branch Captains’ Career Course and Aviation Warrant Officer Advanced Course. As a field grade officer, von Eschenbach served as the XO for 1st Battalion (Attack), 82nd Aviation Regiment during Operation Iraqi Freedom and later the battalion S3 and 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade S3. In 2006, von Eschenbach was assigned to the U.S. Army Human Resources Command, where he served as a Aviation MAJs Assignment Officer and later the LTC Assignments/Branch Executive Officer. From 2009-2011, von Eschenbach commanded 3rd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment and deployed to Regional Command East in 2010 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as the commander of Task Force Lighthorse based in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. After command, von Eschenbach served on the Army Staff on the Army G3 as the deputy director for Army Aviation.
Von Eschenbach is a graduate of the Aviation Officers Basic Course, Initial Entry Rotary Wing Course, U.S. Army Ranger Course, U.S. Army Jumpmaster Course, Aviation Officers Advance Course, the Army Command and General Staff College, and National Defense University’s Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal with “V” device, Army Achievement Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, NATO Medal, Ranger Tab, Combat Action Badge, Senior Aviator Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, and Air Assault Badge.
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