Col. Eric Towns, Commander, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Leonard Wood

Col. Eric Towns received his commission in 1995 after earning his Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Boston University. After attending the Officer Basic Course at Fort McClellan, Towns was assigned to Schofield Barracks, Hawaii as the Battalion Chemical Officer for 1-8th Field Artillery Battalion as well as 4th Platoon Leader and Executive Officer of 71st Chemical Company (Smoke/Decon).

Following completion of the Chemical Officer Advanced Course at Fort McClellan, Towns was assigned to Fort Campbell as Commander, NBC Detachment, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne). Also while at Ft Campbell, he commanded 63rd Chemical Company (Smoke/Decon) (Air Assault).

Upon the completion of command, Towns was a Joint Chief of Staff Intern at the Pentagon and served as the Executive Assistant to the Chief of the J3, Joint Operations Division (JOD) followed by a year in HQDA/G8/FDB as the Synchronization Staff Officer for Decontamination and Smoke. He was then assigned as the Aide-de-Camp to the Commander of Joint Task Force Guantanamo.

Following this year in Cuba, Towns was selected as the first Chemical Officer for the Asymmetric Warfare Group (AWG) at Fort Meade, Maryland. During this assignment, he deployed as the first Forward Support Team Leader for AWG operations in Afghanistan, as well as deploying to Iraq as the AWG LNO to a Joint Special Operations Task Force.

After graduation from CGSC, Towns served as the S-3 and XO of the 23d Chemical Battalion at Fort Lewis. Following his assignment to 23d Chemical Battalion, Towns served for two years as the Chief of Officer Training at the U.S. Army CBRN School followed by a year as the Deputy Commander of 3d Chemical Brigade.

From 2013 to 2015, Towns commanded the 22d Chemical Battalion (Technical Escort) at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. Following a year as a student at the US Army War College, he served as the Chemical Branch Chief at Army Human Resources Command. Towns’ last assignment before taking command was serving as the Chief of the Requirements Determination Division at MSCOE.

Towns’ military education includes: Chemical Officer Basic and Advanced Courses; Combined Arms and Services Staff School; Technical Escort School; Airborne School; Jumpmaster School; Air Assault School; Army Force Management Course; Command and General Staff College; Modern Army Combatives (Level 1), the Army Basic Instructor Course, and the US Army War College. Towns holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Boston University, a Master of Science in Public Administration from Central Michigan University, and a Master of Strategic Studies from the US Army War College.