Tiger Squadron Commander

LTC Strong

Lieutenant Colonel Eric S. Strong was born in Wiesbaden, Germany, and grew up in Syracuse, New York.  He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1997, receiving his commission as an Armor Officer.  Following completion of the Armor Officer Basic Course and the Scout Platoon Leaders Course, LTC Strong reported to Apache Troop, 1st Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Carson, Colorado, where he served as a tank and scout platoon leader and then as the troop executive officer. 

LTC Strong then completed the Aviation Officer’s Advance Course and reported to 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division at Fort Riley, Kansas.  He was initially assigned as the S3 Air for 2nd Battalion, 70th Armor Regiment and assumed command of the Brigade Reconnaissance Troop in February of 2002.  In 2003, LTC Strong deployed to Baghdad, Iraq, as a Troop Commander and later as the Deputy Brigade S3.  He then served as the aide-de-camp to the Commanding General, 1st Armored Division in Wiesbaden, Germany.  In the summer of 2005, LTC Strong assumed duties as an observer, controller and trainer at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany.

LTC Strong then attended the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama.  Upon graduation in 2008, LTC Strong was assigned to 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Benning, Georgia, where he served as the Squadron S3 for the brigade’s reconnaissance squadron and then as the Brigade S3.  LTC Strong deployed to FOB Kalsu, Iraq, in the fall of 2009 as the brigade’s operations officer.  In the summer of 2010, he assumed duties as the aide-de-camp to the Commanding General of the Training and Doctrine Command, General Martin Dempsey.  LTC Strong remained General Dempsey’s aide-de-camp until June of 2013; including his time as the 37th CSA and 18th CJCS. 

LTC Strong holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Notre Dame, a Masters of Art in Diplomacy from Norwich University and a Masters of Military Art and Science from the Air Command and Staff College.  His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (with oak leaf cluster), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (with two oak leaf clusters), the Army Commendation Medal (with oak leaf cluster), the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal (with three oak leaf clusters), the Combat Action Badge, the Basic Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge, the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge and the Army Staff Badge.