Colonel Stephen Battle is a Civil Affairs (CA) officer who has served in a multitude of positions and commands throughout his 27 years of service as both an enlisted Soldier and Commissioned Officer. Most recently, COL Battle was the US Eighth Army G9, stationed at Camp Humphreys –Republic of Korea. A prior enlisted Infantryman, Colonel Battle commissioned into the Infantry Branch in 1998 through the ROTC Department at the University of Dayton. As an Infantryman and Infantry Officer, Colonel Battle served in various assignments at Ft. Drum, Ft. Bragg, Joint Base Lewis Mc Chord and Ft. Hood. Colonel Battle assessed into the CA Branch in 2005 and served as a CA Team Leader and Civil Military Support Element in the 97th CA BN. As a MAJ, Colonel Battle served as the BCT S9 for 4th BDE 101st ABN DIV (AASLT), Company Commander of D Co. 98th CA BN and XO of the 98th CA BN. His next assignment was to the 1st Special Forces Command’s Office of Special Warfare, where he served as the Operations Officer and XO. Finally, Colonel Battle Commanded the 83rd Civil Affairs Battalion, supporting all Global Combatant Commands, USFK and the Joint Chiefs of Staff Global Response Force with regionally aligned, culturally astute and language certified CA teams and Companies in a multitude of capacities. During his tenure as BN CDR, the 83rd CA BN deployed teams to 29 countries. His operational and combat experience includes deployments to Somalia, Kosovo, Iraq, The Republic of the Philippines, Bangladesh, Thailand, Afghanistan, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Colonel Battle’s Military Education Includes: US Army Airborne, Air Assault, Sniper and Ranger Schools, Infantry Officer Basic Course, Armor Captain's Career Course, Civil Affairs Qualification Course, Advanced Regional Analysis Course, Special Operations Language Training Course (Tagalog), the US Army Command and General Staff College Intermediate Level Education Course, and Senior Service College at the National Defense University’s Joint Advanced Warfighting School (JAWS).
Colonel Battle's Awards and Decorations Include: the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Joint Meritorious Achievement Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals for service in Iraq and Afghanistan, Expert and Combat Infantryman's Badge (with second service star), Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge and the US Army Ranger Tab.
Colonel Battle's Civilian Education Includes a BA in History from the University of Dayton, an MS in National Security Studies/Defense Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School, and an MS in Strategy and Operational Planning from the National Defense University’s JAWS.
Colonel Battle is married to the former Maureen Murphy of Cambridge, Ontario. Their daughter Mackenzie attends The Citadel (Class of 2022).