COL Adam W. Hilburgh


COL Adam Hilburgh most recent position was serving as the Chief of Staff, 20th CBRNE Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD.  His previous operational assignments include G3, Operations Officer for the 20th CBRNE Command; Battalion Commander, 23rd CBRNE Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, Republic of Korea and deployments to Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.  He commissioned from Valley Forge Military Academy and graduated from Westfield State University in Massachusetts before reporting to the officer basic course at Ft McClellan, AL. He was assigned to the 62nd Chemical Company in Wonju, Korea as Company Executive Officer and later as Battalion S4 for the 23rd Chemical Battalion in Waegan, Korea.

COL Hilburgh completed the Chemical Officer's Advanced Course in 2001 as Distinguished Honor Graduate and was assigned to 83rd Chemical Battalion at FT Polk, LA as an Operations Officer. He 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 in Fort Polk, LA as an Observer/ Controller.  He again deployed to Iraq in 2006-2007, this time to Multi-National Force- Iraq (MNF-I) serving as a planner and operations officer. Upon his return, he became the executive officer of the 83rd Chemical Battalion and the 1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade(R). After completing school at the Naval War College and the School for Advanced Military Studies (SAMS) as a Honor Graduate, COL Hilburgh deployed to Afghanistan to serve as the lead campaign planner for the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Kabul, Afghanistan. He was then a Professor in the Department of Joint, Interagency and Multinational Operations at the Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, KS, then served as the commander of the 23D CBRNE BN at Camp Stanley, Korea. After command, he attended the Advanced Strategic Leadership Studies Program for his War College before his assignment as G3, 20th CBRNE Command.

COL Hilburgh is a Doctoral Candidate in History at the University of Kansas. 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 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, the NATO Expeditionary Medal, and the Parachutist Badge. 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.

Him and his wife, Kay, have been married for 20 years and have three children.