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COL Deric J. Holbrook

Visiting Fellow - US Army War College

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COL Deric Holbrook is a Visiting Fellow from the US Army War College. 

COL Holbrook graduated from Central Washington University in 1996 and was then commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery. Upon completion of the Officer Basic Course, he was assigned to the 25th Infantry Division (Light) in Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.  During this assignment, COL Holbrook served as a Fire Direction Officer, Fire Support Officer, Platoon Leader and Executive Officer. 

After completing the Field Artillery Captains Career Course and CAS3 in 2001, he was assigned to Scheiwnfurt Barracks, Germany, to serve with the 2d Brigade, 1st Infantry Division (Mech).  There, he deployed to Kosovo as a Battalion Assistant S3 and then to Iraq as a Battery Commander in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  COL Holbrook was then selected in 2005 to serve as a Fire Support Officer in 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, NC.  There he supported counter terrorist operations in both Colombia and Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. 

After completing the Army Command and General Staff College in 2009, COL Holbrook was assigned to 4th Brigade, 2d Infantry Division (Stryker) at Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM).  During this assignment, he served as a Brigade FSO, Battalion S3 and Battalion XO and again deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2010.  He was then selected in 2012 for assignment to NATO’s Allied Rapid Reaction Corps in Gloucester, United Kingdom.  COL Holbrook was then selected for Battalion Command and was honored to Command the Field Artillery Squadron of the 2d Cavalry Regiment from 2014-2016.  COL Holbrook’s post command assignment was to The Joint Staff, J7, Deployable Training Division where he served as an Observer / Trainer and Lead Observer Trainer from 2016-2018.  Lastly, COL Holbrook was selected as an Army War College Fellow with duty at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute in Canberra, Australia. 

His service within the joint community includes: Joint Fires Planner, NATO’s Allied Rapid Reaction Corps, Gloucester, UK (2012-2014) and as an Observer/Trainer in the Deployable Training Division, Joint Staff (J7), Suffolk, VA (July 2016 to June 2018).

His professional military education includes: The Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, Captain’s Career Course, Combined Arms Service Staff School, Command and General and Staff College (JPME I) and the Joint Forces Staff College (JPME II).  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s degree in International Relations.

COL Holbrook’s personal decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (two Oak Leaf Clusters), Defense Meritorious Service Medal,  Meritorious Service Medal (three Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal for Valor, Army Commendation Medal (four Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal (four Oak Leaf Clusters), National Defense Service Medal (one Bronze Star), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (one Bronze Star), Iraq Campaign Medal (three Bronze Stars), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NATO Medal for Kosovo and Afghanistan, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge and the coveted Ranger Tab.