COL Stephen W. Ledbetter
COL Stephen W. Ledbetter
Colonel Stephen Ledbetter, a native of Hendersonville, Tennessee, received his commission into the Army Transportation Corps thru the University of Tennessee at Martin Reserve Officer Training Corps in December of 1993, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education.
COL Ledbetter's previous assignments include Platoon Leader, 68th Transportation Company, 28th Transportation Battalion, Mannheim, Germany, Highway Operations Officer, 37th Transportation Command, Kaiserslautern, Germany, and Aide-de-Camp for the Deputy Commanding General, 21st Theater Army Area Command, Kaiserslautern, Germany. He then served as the Movement Control Officer, 82nd Airborne Division Support Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and Company Commander, Delta Company, 782nd Main Support Battalion, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Following command, he was selected for the Training With Industry Program and completed a one-year fellowship with US Airways in Arlington, Virginia. His following assignment was as the Assistant Secretary of the General's Staff, Army Materiel Command, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, followed by Aide-de-Camp for the Commanding General, Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, Alexandria, Virginia.
After graduating from the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, COL Ledbetter served as the Distribution Integration Chief and Brigade S3 Operations Officer, 82nd Sustainment Brigade, Fort Bragg, North Carolina and as the Support Operations Officer, 82nd Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. His next assignment was the Chief of Operations and Plans Officer, 528th Sustainment Brigade (Special Operations)(Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He served as Battalion Commander of the 53rd Transportation Battalion (Movement Control), Fort Eustis, Virginia, followed by an assignment to the Pentagon as the Military Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower & Reserve Affairs).COL Ledbetter's overseas assignments include: Germany, Iraq (two tours) and Kuwait.
COL Ledbetter's military education includes the Transportation Officer Basic Course, Defense Packaging and Dangerous Materials Transportation Course, Air Assault School, Airborne School, Jumpmaster School, Combined Logistics Officers Advanced Course, Joint Planners Course, the Army Command and General Staff College and the Eisenhower School, National Defense University.
COL Ledbetter's awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star (Two OLC), the Meritorious Service Medal (Four OLC), the Army Commendation Medal (Two OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (Four OLC), the National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service medal, the Armed Forces Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon (Four), the NATO Medal, the Air Assault Badge, the Senior Parachutist Badge and the Canadian Parachutist Badge.