COL Joe Hilbert
Deputy Commder- Maneuver
Colonel Joe Hilbert is a native of Chattanooga, TN and was commissioned in the Regular Army Field Artillery as a Distinguished Military Graduate from the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL.
Colonel Hilbert’s first duty assignment was at Fort Polk, LA where he served as a Fire Direction Officer, Platoon Leader and Battery Executive Office with 3rd Squadron, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment (ACR) and as the Fire Support Officer for 1st Battalion (Airborne), 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, the Opposing Forces (OPFOR) battalion at the Joint Readiness Training Center.
In 1998, COL Hilbert was stationed in Germany where he served first as a Division Artillery Operations Officer with the 1st Armored Division Artillery, then as the Battery Commander for Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment. Upon relinquishing command, he was assigned to Ft. Belvoir, VA where he served as the Aide de Camp for the Commanding General, U.S. Army Security Assistance Command (USASAC). He then returned to Germany as an Olmsted Scholar at the Universität Leipzig in Leipzig Germany.
Upon returning to the United States, Colonel Hilbert attended the Command and General Staff College and then reported to Ft. Bragg, NC where he served as an Operations Officer for the XVIII Airborne Corps; as the Battalion S3 for 3rd Battalion (HIMARS), 27th Field Artillery Regiment; as the Brigade S3 for the 18th Fires Brigade (Airborne); and finally, as the Chief of Operational Fires for the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC).
From 2011-2014 COL Hilbert was stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington where he first served as the commander of the 5th Battalion (HIMARS), 3rd Field Artillery Regiment and later as the Deputy Chief of Staff for the 7th Infantry Division. He then attended the U.S. Army War College and has most recently served as the G33 Chief of Current Operations and as the Fire Support Officer for the XVIII Airborne Corps. On July 8, 2016 COL Hilbert became the 44th Commander of the 82nd Airborne Division Artillery. In July of 2018, Colonel Hilbert returned to Germany where he served as the Commander of Operations Group for the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany. COL Hilbert’s operational deployments include the Operation Uphold Democracy and later the United Nations Mission in Haiti, Operation Joint Guardian and the Kosovo Force, and Operation Enduring Freedom. He assumed his duties as the 3rd Infantry Division’s Deputy Commander for Maneuver on July 10th, 2020.
His military education includes the Field Artillery Basic Course, the Infantry Officers Advanced Course, the Command and General Staff College, and the U.S Army War College. He holds a Masters in Security Studies from the Army War College and a Masters in European Studies (Magister Atrium Europastudien) from the Universität Leipzig in Leipzig Germany. Awards and decorations include, the Master Parachutist Badge, the Bronze Star Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and the Army Meritorious Service Medal.