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249th Engineer Battalion Commander

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Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Kent commissioned as an Engineer Lieutenant in 1999 after graduating from the University of Michigan. In his initial assignment to the 44th Engineer Battalion at Camp Howze, Korea, he served as a Platoon Leader.  He was reassigned to 565th Engineer Battalion (PROV) in Hanau, Germany, where he served as the Battalion Maintenance Officer, Company Executive Officer, and Assistant S3.  As the Assistant S3, he deployed to Kosovo and Iraq.  Following the Engineer Captains Career Course, LTC Kent was assigned to Headquarters, 3rd Infantry Division, where he served as the Iraqi Security Forces Engineer and Division Engineer Training Officer.  He was reassigned to 1st Brigade Combat Team and served as the Current Operations Officer and Assistant Brigade Engineer before assuming command of Echo Company, 3-69 Armor Battalion in Ramadi, Iraq.

After completing command, LTC Kent was assigned to United States Army Cadet Command as a Detailed Inspector General.  Following Command and General Staff College, LTC Kent served as the Battalion Executive Officer for 6th Engineer Battalion (Combat) (Airborne) and Brigade Operations Officer for 2D Engineer Brigade at Joint-Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.  As the Brigade S3, he deployed to Bagram, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  LTC Kent then moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, where he served as a Regional Fellow at the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies.  LTC Kent’s most recent assignment was as the Operations Officer for the Assistant Chief of Staff – Engineer, United States Army Pacific, Fort Shafter, Hawaii.

LTC Kent holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from the University of Michigan, a Master’s of Science in Engineer Management from the University of Missouri-Rolla, and is a certified Project Management Professional.

LTC Kent’s military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and Army Achievement Medal.  He has earned the Ranger Tab, Sapper Tab, Combat Action Badge, and Parachutist Badge.