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553rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion


Kenneth W. Letcher

Lieutenant Colonel Kenneth W. Letcher is from Albany, Georgia. He attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, receiving his commission in 1995 as an Infantry Officer. LTC Letcher’s key assignments include: Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, and Battalion S1, 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry, 10th Mountain Division, Aide-de-Camp for the Assistant Division Commander-Support, 10th Mountain Division, and Movement Control Officer for Task Force Eagle, 10th Mountain Division during its deployment to Bosnia in 1999. After completion of the Combined Logistics Officer Advance Course he served in the Support Operations Office for the 703rd Main Support Battalion, 3D Infantry Division, Commander, Bravo Company (Transportation Motor Transport), 703rd Main Support Battalion at Fort Stewart, Georgia and during the initial invasion of Iraq. He later transitioned and served as the 703rd Main Support Battalion Operations Officer. Following his tour with the 3D Infantry Division, LTC Letcher deployed as the Battalion Executive Officer with the 83nd Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, later serving as the Brigade S4. After his assignment with the 82nd Airborne Division he served as the Chief of Plans and Policy for the Army’s Human Resource Command Officer Personnel Management Directorate. Before taking command of the 553D Combat Sustainment Support Battalion in October 2013, LTC Letcher served in Grafenwoehr, Germany as the Chief of the Multinational Training Command’s Mission Command Program.

LTC Letcher’s military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic Course, the Transportation Officer Transition Course, the Combined Logistics Officer Advance Course, the Combined Arms Services and Staff School, the Command and General Staff College, and the School of Advance Military Studies. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in English from Vanderbilt University, a Masters in Business Administration from American Military University, a Masters in Military Arts and Sciences from the U.S. Army CGSC’s School of Advance Military Studies, and a Masters in Science in Security Studies from Kansas State University.

LTC Letcher’ s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (with OLC), the Meritorious Service Medal (with 5 OLCs), the Army Commendation Medal (with OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (with OLC), and a number of service awards. LTC Letcher has earned the U.S. Army Ranger Tab, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, the Combat Action Badge, the Pathfinder Badge, the Parachutist Badge, and the Air Assault Badge. Additionally LTC Letcher is a recipient of the U.S. Army Transportation Corps’ Honorable Order of St. Christopher.


"Your sacrifices, and those of your family, epitomize the true spirit of selfless service. I am grateful for all you do each and every day."


Kenneth W. Letcher


"Taking care of Soldiers is more than giving them time off its ensuring their equipment is properly maintained and accounted for. Also it’s ensuring Soldiers are properly trained to do what the Country has called us to do."


CSM Jill L. Crosby