Col. Lance O'Bryan

Colonel Lance A. O’Bryan is a native of Monroe City, Missouri and attended Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri.  He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery on May 15, 1998.

Previous Assignments for Col. O’Bryan include command and staff positions in Mechanized, Stryker, and Light Infantry Brigade Combat Teams. He has also served as the Recruiting Operations Officer at the University of Missouri-Columbia Army ROTC Department, Operations and Plans Branch Chief in the Officer Readiness Division, Officer Personnel Management Directorate, U.S. Army Human Resources Command, Commander, U.S. Army Garrison-Okinawa, Executive Officer to the Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management in the Pentagon, and was most recently assigned to U.S. Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany.  He has deployed numerous times in support of combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

 Col. O’Bryan’s military education includes Airborne School, Field Artillery Officer’s Basic Course, Infantry Captain’s Career Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Joint Firepower Control Course, Recruiting Operations Officer Course, Security Cooperation Management Course, and Intermediate Level Education at the Command and General Staff College. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science from Missouri State University, a Master of Arts Degree in International Diplomacy from Norwich University, and a Masters in Strategic Studies from the Army War College.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (2 OLC), the Meritorious Service Medal (4 OLC), the Army Commendation Medal (3 OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (1 OLC), the Valorous Unit Citation (1 OLC), Meritorious Unit Citation, Army Superior Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1 Bronze Star), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (1 Bronze Star), Iraq Campaign Medal (4 Bronze Stars), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (with numeral 3), NATO Medal, the Combat Action Badge, and the Basic Parachutist Badge.