A native of Athens, Tennessee, Lt. Col. Ben Boardman graduated from Furman University in 1997 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Tennessee Army National Guard. Following completion of the Aviation Officer Basic Course and flight school at Ft. Rucker, Alabama in 2000, he completed the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior qualification course and transitioned to active duty service in the 82nd Airborne Division’s 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment in 2001.
Boardman served in 1-17th Cavalry, 82nd Aviation Brigade from 2001 - 2005 as an armed reconnaissance platoon leader, assistant squadron S3, squadron S4, and air cavalry troop commander. During this time, he deployed twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2003 - 2005. He completed troop command during Army Transformation in A Troop, 7-17th Cavalry, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade in the 101st Air Assault Division prior to completion of the Aviation Captain’s Career Course in 2006.
Following assignment with the Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate, he completed Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth KS in 2011, and served as the squadron executive officer and squadron S3 of 1st Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment in the 1st Infantry Division. He deployed to Afghanistan in 2013 as the 1st Combat Aviation Brigade (TF Demon) S3, where he flew his last combat mission in the OH-58D.
Boardman next served as a joint aviation planner and the director of special air programs in the Aviation Tactics Evaluation Group (AVTEG) during a three year assignment to the Joint Special Operations Command at Ft. Bragg from 2014 - 2017. He then assumed command of 2nd Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment where he served 4th Combat Aviation Brigade and 4th Infantry Division as the general support aviation battalion commander from 2017 - 2019.
Boardman is qualified in the UH-1, OH-58D(I) and (R), UH-60 A/L/M among other aircraft. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (3), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2), Meritorious Service Medal (4), Air Medal with “V” device, and others commensurate with officers of his rank and experience. He has deployed numerous times in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, Inherent Resolve, Atlantic Resolve, and to other ODTAAC environments.
Boardman is married to the former Jennifer Leidel of Sebring, Florida, and they have four children: Isaac (11), Eliana (9), Nathaniel (7), and Heidi Grace (5).