COL Curtis W. King
COL Curtis King is a native of Central City, Kentucky. He was commissioned as an Air Defense Artillery Officer upon graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY in 1996.
COL King’s first assignment was in Kaiserslautern, Germany where he served in Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery as a Force Protection Platoon Leader during the unit’s deployment to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and later as the Fire Control Platoon Leader. Upon the Battalion’s realignment to Fort Bliss, Texas in 1999, he served as the Battalion Fire Direction OIC and Assistant Operations Officer.
After completion of the Air Defense Advanced Course, he commanded Alpha Battery, 3rd Battalion, 6th Air Defense Artillery and then commanded Delta Battery, 1st Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. Upon completion of command, COL King was assigned as a missile defense planner for the Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Following Command and General Staff College, he served as the Battalion Operations Officer for 3rd Battalion, 4th Air Defense Artillery Regiment in Fort Bragg and later as the Brigade Operations Officer for the 108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade. He then served as Commander, Task Force Torkham in 1 BCT/101st AASLT Division from August 2010 to May 2011 during their rotation in Regional Command East supporting operations in Nangarhar Province along the Afghanistan/Pakistan Border. He then returned to Fort Bragg and served as the Deputy Commander for 108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade from August 2011 to July 2012. Following this, he served as Commander, 1st Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery Regiment from August 2012 to July 2014. COL King most recently served as the Director, Joint Staff Special Access Program Central Office.
COL King’s military education and training includes the Air Defense Artillery Basic Course; Air Defense Artillery Advanced Course; Joint Planner’s Course; Command and General Staff College, US Army War College and Airborne School. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal; Meritorious Service Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters; the Army Commendation Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters; and the Joint Service Achievement Medal.