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Colonel (RET) Tom Duncan


COL(R) Duncan currently serves as a Team Leader and Assistant Professor for the Department of Tactics, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, following his retirement in January 2022 after more than 34-years of service on active duty in the US Army Chemical Corps and in the Iowa Army National Guard. He also a Director At Large, Chemical Corps Regimental Association.


COL(R) Duncan enlisted in the Iowa Army National Guard (IANG) in 1987. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant from the University of Northern Iowa in December, 1991. He earned a Master of Science from Webster University in Environmental Management, a Master in Security Studies from Kansas State University, and a Master of Military Arts and Science from the Command and General Staff College. He is also certified as a Project Management Professional through the Project Management Institute.


COL (R) Duncan’s duty assignments include medic, 1-194th Field Artillery, IANG. Battalion Chemical Officer and HHS Executive Officer, 3-7 Field Artillery; Platoon Leader and Executive Officer, 71st Chemical Company, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Assistant Secretary General Staff and Commander, 503d Chemical Detachment, V Corps, Heidelberg, GE and Tasar, Hungary. Commander, 69th Chemical Company, 1st Armored Division, Budingen, GE. Observer Controller, Cobra and Bronco Teams, National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California. Captain’s Career Course Small Group Instructor, 84th Chemical Battalion; Executive Officer, 3-10 Infantry Battalion; Executive Officer and Operations Officer 3d Training Brigade; Fort Leonard Wood, MO. Chief of Future Plans; Deputy CJ5 (FUPLANS); and Deputy G3-5-7; 101st Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, KY and CJTF-101, Bagram, Afghanistan. Commander, 84th Chemical Battalion, U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear School (USACBRNS), Fort Leonard Wood, MO. Division Chief, Deputy Division Chief, and Action Officer, J5-Pakistan Afghanistan Coordination Cell, Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington, DC. Commander, Pueblo Chemical Depot, Colorado. Assistant Commandant, USACBRNS, Fort Leonard Wood, MO. Director, School for Command Preparation, Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS.


COL(R) Duncan’s military schooling includes Chemical Basic and Advanced Courses, Airborne School, Air Assault School, Command and General Staff College, School of Advanced Military Studies, Joint Forces Staff College, and U.S. Army War College Fellowship at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution.


COL(R) Duncan’s award’s and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (2 OLC), Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (5 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (3 OLC), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (4 OLC), Joint Meritorious Unit Award (2 OLC), Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal (2 OLC), Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (3), NATO Medal (2), Ranger Tab, Air Assault Badge, Parachutist Badge and the German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency – Silver.


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