Col. Varman Chhoeung
COL Varman Chhoeung assumed command of the Presidio of Monterey July 9, 2020.
COL Varman Chhoeung was born in Cambodia and raised in Virginia. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering. Following his commission as an Engineer Officer, COL Chhoeung was assigned to the 16th Engineer Battalion, 1st Armored Division, Giessen, Germany where he served as a Line Platoon Leader, Assault and Obstacle Platoon Leader, Battalion Adjutant, and Battalion Logistics Officer.
After completion of the Special Forces Qualification Course, COL Chhoeung was assigned to the 1st Special Forces Group where he held numerous positions, to include Detachment Commander for Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha 192, Battalion Assistant Operations Officer, Company Commander, Battalion Executive Officer and 1st Special Forces Group Operations Officer. He also served as the Operations Officer for the Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines.
From 2013 to 2015, COL Chhoeung served as an Assistant for Special Operations and Irregular Warfare Policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict at the Pentagon. Following this assignment, COL Chhoeung was selected to command 2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Eglin Air Force Base from 2015 to 2017. His most recent assignment was at the United States Army Special Operations Command Headquarters at Ft. Bragg, NC where he served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations.
COL Chhoeung has deployed to Kosovo, Iraq, the Philippines, and Afghanistan. Some of his awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Special Forces Tab, and the Ranger Tab. He is a graduate of the US Army War College and the Naval Postgraduate School.
Current as of July 2020