COL Jeffrey A. VanAntwerp was commissioned into the Infantry from the United States Military Academy in 1998. From West Point, he attended the infantry officer’s basic course at Ft. Benning, GA, and then traveled to Hawaii for assignment in the 25th Infantry Division, where he served as a Platoon Leader, Scout Platoon Leader, and Company Executive officer in 3rd BDE, 25th ID from 1999-2002.
Following their initial assignment, the VanAntwerps attended the Captain’s Career Course and were assigned to 1st BDE, 25th ID (SBCT) at Ft. Lewis, WA, where then-CAPT VanAntwerp served as a BDE A/S3 and Company Commander from 2003-2006 - including a yearlong deployment to Mosul, Iraq. Following Company Command, the family returned to West Point and attended Graduate School at Columbia University, before serving for one year as a Company Tactical Officer. In 2008, he assessed for and was selected to an Army Special Missions Unit (SMU), where they then served from 2008-2019 - with the exception of 1yr at Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) as the Current Operations Officer (J33) from 2015-2016, and 1yr at the Army War College from 2016-2017. Following SMU Command from 2017-2019, the family moved to Tampa, FL where COL VanAntwerp served as the Executive Officer to the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Commander, before moving to Hawaii to serve as the Deputy Commanding General for Operations at the 25th ID.
His schools include Airborne, Air Assault, Ranger, SERE, and Military Freefall; and he has deployed to multiple locations throughout the Middle East and Africa during his career.