Nate Springer

Colonel Nate Springer assumed command of U.S. Army Garrison-Fort Carson July 8, 2020. He earned his commission from Oklahoma State University and entered service as an Armor Officer in 1999. His first assignment was to Fort Riley, Kansas, where he served as a Tank Platoon Leader, Scout Platoon Leader, and Company Executive Officer. 

As a Captain, he reported to 1st Infantry Division in Wurzburg, Germany. He served on the General Staff and as a staff officer assigned to the 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry, deployed to both Samarra and Tikrit, Iraq, as part of OIF II. He then served as commander of both B Troop and HHT, 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade and deployed to Northeast Kunar and Eastern Nuristan Province, Afghanistan, as part of OEF VII-VIII. 

As a Major, he studied at the Naval Postgraduate School, served as the Squadron Executive Officer of 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, and deployed to Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, as part of OEF XI-XII. He then served as the Executive Officer of 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division. 

As a Lieutenant Colonel, Springer served as the Army’s Fellow at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu. He then commanded the 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry, 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division. Following command, he served as the Executive Officer to the Commander of the Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth and attended the War College through the Advanced Strategic Leadership Studies Program (ASLSP). Most recently, he served as a military professor at the School of Advanced Military Studies. 

Colonel Springer earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from Oklahoma State University, a Master of Science in Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School, a Master of Military Art and Science, Art of War History, from the Command and General Staff College, and a Master of Arts in Strategic Studies through ASLSP. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (with two oak leaf clusters), the Meritorious Service Medal (with three oak leaf clusters), the Army Commendation Medal (with two oak leaf clusters), the Army Achievement Medal (with three oak leaf clusters), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Afghan Campaign Medal (with three campaign stars), the Iraq Campaign Medal (with two campaign stars), the Combat Action Badge, the Airborne Badge, and the Air Assault Badge. Colonel Springer is married to Rachael (Hamilton) Springer of Tulsa, OK and they have two children (Curtis, 19, and Julianna, 15).

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