Col. Adam Hilburgh, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood Chief of Staff
COL Adam Hilburgh, Chief of Staff, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence, Fort Leonard Wood, assumed the position in May 2022 after serving as the Assistant Commandant, United States Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear School.
COL Hilburgh has led Soldiers from the platoon to brigade level; most recently as the Commander, 3d Chemical Brigade, Fort Leonard Wood, MO. His previous operational assignments include: Chief of Staff and G3, Operations Officer for the 20th CBRNE Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD; Battalion Commander, 23d CBRNE Battalion, 2d Infantry Division, Republic of Korea; and deployments to Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
COL Hilburgh’s early assignments include: Company Executive Officer, 62d Chemical Company in Wonju, Korea; Battalion S4 for the 23d Chemical Battalion in Waegan, Korea; and Operations Officer, 83d Chemical Battalion at FT Polk, LA. COL Hilburgh deployed to Kuwait in January 2003 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and assumed command of 7th Chemical Company (BIDS) for Operation Iraqi Freedom. In February, 2005, he was assigned to the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, LA as an Observer/ Controller. COL Hilburgh redeployed to Iraq in 2006-2007, to Multi-National Force- Iraq (MNF-I), serving as a Planner and Operations Officer. Upon his return, COL Hilburgh became the executive officer of the 83d Chemical Battalion and the 1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade(R). He deployed to Afghanistan to serve as the lead campaign planner for the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Kabul, Afghanistan. COL Hilburgh was then a Professor in the Department of Joint, Interagency and Multinational Operations at the Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, KS.
COL Hilburgh has completed his coursework for a PhD in History at the University of Kansas and is currently finishing his dissertation. Additionally, he holds a Master of Science in Environmental Management from Webster University, a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, and two Masters of Military Arts and Science from the School of Advanced Military Studies in Fort Leavenworth, KS. His military education and schools include: the Advanced Strategic Leadership Studies Program for his War College; School for Advanced Military Studies (SAMS)- Honor Graduate; Naval War College, Chemical Officer's Advanced Course - Distinguished Honor Graduate; Chemical Officer's Basic Course; Basic Airborne Course; and Technical Escort Course.
His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal (1 OLC), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (3OLC), the Army Commendation Medal (1 OLC), the Army Achievement Medal, the Afghan Campaign Medal (2 Stars), the Iraqi Campaign Medal (4 Stars), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the NATO Expeditionary Medal. His foreign decorations include the French National Defense Medal w/ Bronze Infantry Clip, British Parachute wings, the German Efficiency Badge (Bronze), the German Schutzenschnur (Silver), and the Danish Contingent (DANCON) March Medal.