Col. Charles R. Bell Jr.
Colonel Charles R. Bell Jr. is a native of Martins Ferry, Ohio. He obtained his commission through ROTC and is a 1997 graduate of Ohio University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. COL Bell also holds a Master of Arts in Management from American Military University and a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. His military education includes the Engineer Officer Basic Course, Combined Arms Exercise, Engineer Captain Career Course, Joint and Theater Engineer Operations Courses, Command and General Staff College and the Army War College.
COL Bell has held numerous staff positions and has commanded at the platoon, company, and battalion level. He began his military career assigned to the 463rd Engineer Battalion, Wheeling, WV, where he served as an Engineer Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer. In 2001, he entered the Active Guard Reserve (AGR) Program and his assignments have included S3-Plans Officer and Commander, Headquarters Support Company, 980th Engineer Battalion Austin, TX; Commander, 459th Engineer Company (Multi Role Bridge), Bridgeport, WV; Assistant Operations Officer, 412th Theater Engineer Command, Vicksburg, MS; Operations Officer (S3) and Executive Officer (XO), 980th Engineer Battalion, Austin, TX and the Chief of Staff (COS), Army Reserve Engagement Cell, United States Army Pacific, Fort Shafter, Hawaii; Commander, 841st Engineer Battalion, Miami FL and Deputy Chief of Staff and G3-R, 412th Theater Engineer Command, Vicksburg, MS.
COL Bell deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan as the Operations Officer (S3), 980th Engineer Battalion in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from December 2011 to October 2012, where he led theater construction, bridging, and route clearance efforts predominately operating throughout Regional Command (South). COL Bell previously deployed to Baghdad, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from March 2004 to March 2005, as the Commander, Headquarters Support Company, 980th Engineer Battalion.
His awards and decorations include the Combat Action Badge, Bronze Star Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Meritorious Service Medal with seven Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army and Navy Achievement Medals, Reserve Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star Device, Iraq and Afghanistan Campaign Medals, Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Mobilization, Numeral2 and Hour Glass Device, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Medal, Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon with numeral 1 and the Army Meritorious Unit Citation. COL Bell is also a recipient of the Engineer Regiment, Bronze de Fleury.
He is member of Army Engineer Association (AEA) and Society for American Military Engineers (SAME).