Colonel Stephen F. Elder
Colonel Stephen Elder is a native of Dexter, Missouri and is a 1995 graduate of Southeast Missouri State University where he earned a Bachelors of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering. In 1995 he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Ordnance Corps and became an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Officer in 1999.
COL Elder’s prior assignments include: 24th Ordnance Company, Hunter Army Airfield, GA as a Platoon Leader and Executive Officer; Commander of 774th Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Company, Fort Riley, KS; Commander of 706th EOD Company, Schofield Barracks, HI; Battalion S3 and Executive Officer, 3rd EOD Battalion, Fort Lewis, WA; Operations Chief of Technical Collection for Defense Intelligence Agency, Charlottesville, VA; 192nd EOD Battalion Commander, Fort Bragg, NC; 52nd EOD Group Deputy Commander, Fort Campbell, KY; CJTF OIR Counter IED Chief, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait; Prior to assuming command, COL Elder attended the United States Army War College in Carlisle, PA.
Colonel Elder is a graduate of: Ordnance Officer Basic Course, Combined Logistics Captain’s Career Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Explosive Ordnance Disposal School, Command and General Staff College, Joint Forces Staff College, U.S. Army War College and the Air Assault Course. He holds a MSA from Central Michigan University and a Master’s in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.
His operational deployments include: Operation Desert Fox (1996) and Desert Thunder Kuwait (1997), Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan (2003/2008-09/2011-12) and Operation Inherent Resolve, Iraq (2015-16). Deployed positions ranged from Platoon Leader to Company Commander to Headquarters Staff to Chief of Counter Improvised Explosive Device Defeat.
His decorations and awards include: Bronze Star Medal (2), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (5), Joint Service Commendation Medal, USA Commendation Medal (3), USA Achievement Medal (3), Meritorious Unit Commendation, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal (2), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2), USA Service and Overseas Ribbon (2), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (3), Joint Meritorious Unit Commendation, NATO Medal, Air Assault Badge and Master Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge.
Colonel Elder is married to Michelle and they have two sons.