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Chief of Staff
Colonel Joseph D. Blanding

COL Joseph D. Blanding is assigned to the Joint Munitions Command, Rock Island, Illinois where he serves as Chief of Staff, effective 22 July 2016. In this position, he supervises the Command General Staff and the Special Staff.

He is a Brigade Command Level Central Selection List selectee slated to command McAlester Army Ammunition Plant, McAlester, Oklahoma, on or about June 2017.

A native of Pineville, South Carolina, COL Blanding graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Morris College in May 1994 as a Distinguished Military Student and commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Transportation Corps. He holds the following degrees: Doctorate of Education, University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC); Master of Science in Human Resource Management, Troy University; Master of Science in Education, Old Dominion University; Master of Science in Human Relations, University of Oklahoma; and a Master of Strategic Studies, Air University. His military education includes the Air War College, the Army’s Intermediate Level Education, the Joint Planning Course, Combined Staff Service School, the Combined Logistics Officer Advance Course, the Transportation Officer Basic Course, and the Support Operations Course Phase II.

His previous assignments include: Battalion Commander, 330th Transportation Battalion, Fort Bragg, NC; Task Force Dragon’s Heart, Bagram, Afghanistan; Chief of Supply and Services, United States Europe G4; J4 Director, Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force Arabian Peninsula; Observer Trainer with the Battle Command Training Program; Battalion S3 and S4 with the 172nd Brigade Support Battalion; 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Commander; Headquarters and Headquarters Company Special Activities, Commander; Headquarters and Headquarters Company 1st Transportation Movement Control Agency, Executive Officer; Alpha Company, 1/222nd Aviation Battalion, and Heavy Equipment Transport Platoon Leader with the 701st Main Support Battalion, 1st Infantry Division.

COL Blanding’s awards and decorations include: Bronze Star (Oak Leaf Cluster); Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Meritorious Service Medal (4 Oak Leaf Clusters); Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; Joint Meritorious Unit Award; Valorous Unit Award; Meritorious Unit Commendation; Army Superior Unit Award; National Defense Service Medal (1 Bronze Star); Afghanistan Campaign Medal (1 Bronze Star); Iraq Campaign Medal (2 Bronze Stars); Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon Numeral 5 Device, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (International Security Assistance Force) in Afghanistan; and the Air Assault Badge.