Chief of Staff

Chief of Staff

Colonel Bjarne M. Iverson serves as the Chief of Staff, United States Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

Colonel Iverson was born in Illinois. He hails from Virginia and received his commission as an Engineer officer upon graduation from George Mason University in 1984.

He has held a variety of command and staff positions worldwide including Special Weapons Platoon Leader (Atomic Demolitions Munitions (ADM)), 59th Ordnance Brigade, supporting NATO and II Corps (German), in Landsberg Am Lech, Germany; Vertical Construction Platoon Leader, Charlie Company, and Company Executive Officer, Headquarters and Headquarters and Delta Companies, 249th Engineer Battalion (Combat) (Heavy), 18th Engineer Brigade, Karlsruhe, Germany; Battalion Civil Engineer, 43d Engineer Battalion (Combat) (Heavy), Fort Benning, Georgia; Company Commander, 72d Engineer Company (Mechanized) (Separate), 197th Infantry Brigade (Mechanized) (Separate), Fort Benning, Georgia and Iraq; Battalion Operations Officer, 41st Engineer Battalion (Combat), 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, New York; Director and Command Engineer, J-7, Joint Task Force – Bravo, Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras; Division Assistant Chief of Staff for Civil-Military Affairs, G-5, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, New York; Political-Military Advisor to the U.S. Defense Representative, and U.S. Military Training Mission liaison officer to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Saudi Arabian Ministry of Defense and Aviation, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Deputy Commander, 937th Engineer Group (Combat), Fort Riley, Kansas; Battalion Commander, 70th Engineer Battalion (Combat) “Kodiaks”, 1st Armored Division, Fort Riley, Kansas and Iraq; Political-Military Advisor to the Commanding General, Combined Joint Task Force – 7 / Multi-National Force – Iraq, Baghdad, Iraq; Director, National Reconstruction Operations Center, Gulf Region Division (GRD), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Iraq; Commander, 1st Engineer Brigade, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; Executive Officer to Commander, Multi-National Force – Iraq / Commander, U.S. Central Command; U.S. Army Military Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, New York, New York; and Chief of Staff, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, and Iraq.

His campaigns include Operations JUST CAUSE, DESERT SHIELD, DESERT STORM, IRAQI FREEDOM I, III, and VI, and NEW DAWN. He is a graduate of Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the U.S. Army Combined Arms Services Staff School, the Command and General Staff College, and the Army war College. He is a Middle East Foreign Area Officer and holds the Arabic language certification from the Defense Language Institute. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from George Mason University, a Master of Arts in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University, and a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. From 2009-2010, he served as the U.S. Army Military Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City.

Colonel Iverson’s awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (one Oak Leaf Cluster), Bronze Star (Four Oak Leaf Clusters), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two Oak Leaf Clusters), Joint Service Commendation Medal (one Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Commendation Medal (one Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Achievement Medal (two Oak Leaf Clusters), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal (one Oak Leaf Cluster), Joint Meritorious Unit Award (three Oak Leaf Clusters), Combat Action Badge, Ranger Tab, Airborne Badge, and Air Assault Badge. He is also a recipient of the Engineer Regiment’s Bronze and Silver Orders of the de Fleury Medal.

Colonel Iverson and his wife Usa have three children – Melissa, Kristina, Eric, and son-in-law Matthew, and grandson Gunner.

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