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Colonel David J. Carpenter.
COL David J. Carpenter most recently served as the Deputy G3, 18th Medical Command at Fort Shafter, Hawaii. Prior to arriving in Hawaii, he served from 2008 to 2013 as the Chief of Medical Operations for the Joint Special Operations Command headquartered at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
COL Carpenter, a Distinguished Military Graduate from Southern Illinois University, was commissioned in 1992 as a Medical Service Corps Officer and initially assigned to the 4th Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment in the 7th Infantry Division at Fort Ord, California. Following his initial assignment, he served in the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) deploying with the 2nd Brigade of the 101st to Operation SAFE PASSAGE. Upon his return and completion of the Combined Logistics Officer Advance Course he moved to the 10th Mountain Division to serve as company commander of C Company, 710th Main Support Battalion and then as the S3 Battalion Operations Officer. Later he joined the 2nd Infantry Division in Camp Casey Korea serving as the Division Medical Plans Officer. Upon his return to CONUS, COL Carpenter was assigned to the United States Army Special Operations Command where he deployed with the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Arabian Peninsula (CJSOTF-AP) in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Following redeployment, he attended the Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and was assigned as deputy surgeon of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) where he deployed again in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Following his return, COL Carpenter was assigned to 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) where he deployed on two occasions serving as both the CJSOTF-AP Deputy Surgeon and later as the CJSOTF-AP Surgeon in support of the Global War on Terror.
COL Carpenter is a graduate of the Army Medical Department Basic Course, the Combined Logistics Officer Advance Course, United States Army Command and General Staff College and received a Masters of Business Administration from Grantham University.
COL Carpenter’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star (with two oak leaf cluster), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (with oak leaf cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (with four oak leaf cluster), Army Commendation Medal (with two oak leaf cluster), Army Achievement Medal (with two oak leaf cluster), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (with one bronze campaign star), Iraq Campaign Medal (with silver campaign star), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, Korean Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Expert Field Medical Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Air Crewmember Badge, German Parachutist Badge and is a recipient of the Order of Military Medical Merit.