Lt. Col. Ronald E. Anzalone was born in California and raised in Northern New Jersey. He commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Course (ROTC) as a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry upon graduation from the University of Scranton, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biophysics in 1998. Following his commission and initial training, Anzalone served as a Rifle Platoon Leader and a Company Executive Officer for C Company, 3rd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). His next assignment was at Fort Benning, Georgia with 1st Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment serving as the A Co Commander for an Infantry Basic Training Company. Upon completion of Special Forces Selection and Qualification Course, Anzalone served at Fort Carson, Colorado as a Battalion Assistant S3 and Detachment Commander with 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and as the Group HHC Company Commander for 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne).
His next assignment took him to the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, California, earning a Master of Science Degree in Defense Analysis in 2010. After completing school he served as the A Company Commander and Battalion S3 for 1st Battalion 10th Special Forces Group at Panzer Kaserne, Germany. Anzalone’s next assignment took him to MacDill Air Force Base where he served as the Deputy J33 and Planner in the J35 at Special Operation Command – Central (SOCCENT). His military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Ranger and Special Forces Qualification Courses, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the Naval Command Staff College, Joint Professional Military Education-II and the U.S. Army Recruiter Pre-Command Course. During his career, Anzalone conducted numerous deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Inherent Resolve. His latest assignment was as the Group Executive Officer for 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Carson, Colorado. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Humanitarian Service Medal, Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Military Freefall Parachutist Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Air Assault Badge, Recruiter Badge; German, Emirati, Canadian, and Norwegian Parachutist Badges.