COL Joseph A. Katz
A native of Bettendorf, Iowa, COL Joseph A. Katz graduated from the United States Military Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in American History and Systems Engineering. Upon graduation he was commissioned as a Field Artillery officer in 1999. After graduation from the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course and US Army Ranger School, COL Katz was assigned as a Fire Support Officer in 1-23 IN, 2nd ID at Fort Lewis, WA. Following this assignment, he served as a Platoon Leader and Executive Officer for C/1-37, 2nd ID. His final assignment at Fort Lewis was serving as the Aide de Camp to the I Corps Deputy Commanding General (Training and Readiness).
From May 2003 to Dec 2003, COL Katz attended the Infantry Captain's Career Course, Fort Benning, GA. After the Career Course he was assigned to the Division Fires Cell, 25th Infantry Division where he deployed to Afghanistan and served as the Assistant Division Fire Support Coordinator in CJTF-76. Following this assignment, COL Katz was assigned as the Battalion Fire Support Officer for the 3-4 CAV, 25th ID which included a deployment to Tal Afar, Iraq. Next, he was assigned as the Battery Commander of B/3-7 FA, where he led the Battery through a deployment in Kirkuk, Iraq.
Following Battery Command, COL Katz served as an Assistant Professor and Course Director of Military Tactics in the Department of Military Instruction at the United States Military Academy from 2008-2010.
In 2010-2011, COL Katz attended Columbia University where he earned an MPA degree from the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA).
Following CGSC in 2012, COL Katz was again assigned to 3-7 FA, 25th ID where he served as the Battalion Operations Officer and Executive Officer.
In July 2014 COL Katz was reassigned to the Human Resources Command at Fort Knox, KY serving as the Field Artillery Branch Executive Officer and LTCs Assignment Officer.
In August 2016, COL Katz served as an lnteragency Fellow, assigned to the US Department of State where he served as a Foreign Affairs Officer in the East Asia /Pacific bureau.
From 2017 to 2019, COL Katz commanded 3-320 FA, 3/101st Airborne Division. Following this command, he attended the Army War College and was then assigned to his most recent position serving on the Joint Staff (J3) in the Pentagon.
COL Katz's awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal (1OLC), the Meritorious Service Medal (4OLC), the Army Commendation Medal (2OLC), the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal (1OLC), the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Citation (IOLC), Army Superior Unit Award (2OLC), the Ranger Tab, the Air Assault Badge, the Airborne Badge, the Pathfinder Torch, and Combat Action Badge.
COL Katz is married and they have two children.