Colonel Steven M. Pierce
USAG Ansbach Garrison Commander
Colonel Steven M. Pierce was commissioned in 1992 at Valley Forge Military College and assessed into Army Aviation in 1994. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and a Master of Strategic Studies degree from the U.S. Army War College. Colonel Pierce is a graduate of the Initial Entry Rotary Wing Course, Aviation Officer Basic and Captain’s Career Courses, OH-58D Kiowa Warrior Aircraft Qualification Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Cavalry Leader’s Course, Basic Airborne Course, Jumpmaster School, Joint Firepower Course, Joint Air Operations Command and Control Course, Command and General Staff College, and the Army War College. He is a Senior Army Aviator, qualified in the UH-1, OH-58A/C, and OH-58D.
Colonel Pierce’s assignment history includes: Platoon Leader, 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment and Regimental Aviation Officer, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC; Division G3 Air, 1st Armored Division, Bad Kreuznach, Germany; Commander, E Troop, 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Division, Buedingen, Germany and Baghdad, Iraq; Cavalry Troop Observer/Controller, Combat Maneuver Training Center, Hohenfels, Germany; Brigade Aviation Officer, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC and Baghdad, Iraq; Squadron Operations Officer later Executive Officer, 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC; CJ3 Aviation Operations Officer, Combined Joint Task Force-82, Bagram, Afghanistan; Instructor, Army Joint Support Team, Hurlburt Field, FL; Commander, 1st Battalion, 13th Aviation Regiment, 1st Aviation Brigade, Fort Rucker, AL; Lift/Utility Action Officer, Aviation Directorate, Headquarters, Department of the Army G3/5/7, Washington, D.C.; and Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa Liaison Officer to U.S. Africa Command, Stuttgart, Germany. He has deployed twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 and 2006-07, and once in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2009-2010.
His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4 Oak Leaf Clusters (OLC)), Air Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal (3 OLC), Meritorious Unit Commendation (OLC), National Defense Service Medal (1 Service Star), Kosovo Campaign Medal (1 Service Star), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2 Campaign Stars), the Iraq Campaign Medal (2 Campaign Stars), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 3), NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge, Senior Army Aviator Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, and German Parachutist Badge.