Fort Leonard Wood
Chief of Staff

Colonel Chris Beck was commissioned as an Engineer Officer after graduating from the United States Military Academy in 1993. He is a licensed Professional Engineer for the State of West Virginia, and recently completed command of the Louisville District, US Army Corps of Engineers at Louisville, Kentucky prior to assuming Chief of Staff, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

His other assignments include: Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, Assistant S3 and Battalion S1, 19th Engineer Battalion, Fort Knox, Kentucky; Design Engineer and Plans Officer, 130th Engineer Brigade, Hanau, Germany; Commander of B Company, 94th Engineer Battalion, Vilseck, Germany; Structural Design Engineer, Chief of the Civil Design Section, Deputy Branch Chief for the Design Branch, and Deputy District Engineer, Huntington District, US Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington, West Virginia; Project Engineer, Afghanistan Area Office, US Army Corps of Engineers, Kabul, Afghanistan; Brigade Engineer and Battalion S3, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; Battalion Executive Officer and Brigade Executive Officer, 36th Engineer Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas; Commander, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado; Chief, Engineer Plans, US Central Command, Tampa, Florida.

His six operational deployments include Operation Joint Endeavor in Bosnia, Operation Joint Forge in Kosovo, Operation Enduring Freedom in 2003, 2008, 2010-2011, and Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2006-2007.

Colonel Beck’s military education includes the Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the Command and General Staff College, and the Air War College. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering from the United States Military Academy, a Master’s of Science in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri-Rolla, a Master’s of Science in Structural Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a Master’s of Strategic Studies from the Air War College.

Colonel Beck’s awards and decorations include the Silver Star, the Bronze Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, the Army Superior Unit Award, the Combat Action Badge, and the Bronze Order of the deFleury Medal.

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