Lieutenant Colonel Vance M. Brunner was raised in Kailua, Hawaii and enlisted in the Hawaii National Guard in April 1997 as a Ground Surveillance Systems Operator. Upon graduating in 2002 from the University of Hawaii, he received an active duty commission into the Chemical Corps.
After completing the Officer Basic Course at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri he was assigned to the 1-319th Field Artillery Regiment at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and served as the Battalion Chemical Officer. In August 2003, he deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom where he served as the Battalion Battle Captain. Upon returning in February 2004, he was assigned to the 21st Chemical Company where he served as a Platoon Leader and Executive Officer. In May 2005, he deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom where he served as the detention facility Officer-In-Charge (OIC) in the province of Khost.
After returning from Afghanistan, LTC Brunner attended the Chemical Officer Advanced Course in Fort Leonard Wood. In May 2006, he was assigned to Fort Lewis, Washington to the 110th Chemical Battalion as a Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear (CBRN) and High Yield Explosive Response Team Leader, where he led his team through two National Level Exercises. In December 2008, he was assigned to the 23d Chemical Battalion where he commanded the 62d Chemical Company. In January 2010, he deployed the company to Kuwait in support of both OIF and OEF. Upon returning in December 2010, LTC Brunner was selected for the US Army Command & General Staff School in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. After graduating, he was assigned as the Officer Training Department Chief, Fort Leonard Wood, where he oversaw the Warrant Officer and Officer Basic and Advanced Courses for all CBRN officers. In June 2014, he was assigned as Operations and Executive Officer for the 22d Chemical Battalion in Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. As the Executive Officer, he re-stationed the Battalion HQ to their new location in Fort Bliss, Texas. LTC Brunner’s last assignment was in South Korea, where he served as the Plans OIC for the Combined Forces Command Counter-Weapons of Mass Destruction Combined Joint Interagency Coordination Group, Korea. Currently, LTC Brunner is the Commander of the Headquarters Command at Joint Base Myer – Henderson Hall (JBM-HH).
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2OLC), Army Commendation Medal (4OLC), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (2OLC), Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and Navy Diver Badge. LTC Brunner and his wife have been married for 17 years.