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Lieutenant Colonel Steve Carpenter is a native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania and received his commission in the United States Army as a field artillery officer upon graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point in June 1996.
Upon graduation from the Officer Basic Course at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, his career began in the 4th Battalion, 42nd Field Artillery, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas where he served as a fire direction officer, platoon leader, strike-recon platoon leader and assistant operations officer. After the Captain’s Career Course, Lieutenant Colonel Carpenter was assigned to the 25th Infantry Division Artillery at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. He served as the 25th Infantry Division Artillery plans officer, the 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry fire support officer, and commander, Bravo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 11th Field Artillery Regiment. During this time in command, he deployed with 2nd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 01-02.
Following a short stint as a military performance instructor at West Point and graduation from the Canadian Joint Command and Staff Program in Toronto, Canada, Lieutenant Colonel Carpenter deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 07-08 as a Military in Transition Team Chief; serving along-side the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment. Upon redeployment, he was assigned to the 41st Fires Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas where he served as the 1st Battalion, 21st Field Artillery operations officer, brigade operations officer, brigade executive officer and finally, brigade deputy commanding officer.
Lieutenant Colonel Carpenter holds a Bachelor of Science degree in American Legal Studies from the United States Military Academy, a Master of Science degree in International Relations from Saint Mary’s University and a Master of Science Degree in Defense Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada.
Lieutenant Colonel Carpenter is married to the former Kaitlin Grant Powell of El Paso, Texas and they have four children.
(Last updated 20 July 2011)