COL Steven Angerthal, PhD, USA

Chief, Strategic Plans & Communications

COL Angerthal’s US Army service began in May 1988 when he was commissioned with distinction after completing the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps Program as a scholarship cadet at The Johns Hopkins University. After attending the Engineer Officer Basic Course at Ft Belvoir, VA, he was assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division’s 2nd Engineer Battalion, at Camp Giant, South Korea. Upon completing this assignment, he was assigned to the 20th Engineer Battalion at Ft Campbell, KY. He was serving as a platoon leader when his battalion deployed in October 1990 to Saudi Arabia and later participated in combat operations in Iraq. After re-deployment to Ft Campbell, KY in April 1991, he served as the platoon leader of a combat support platoon until his discharge from active duty in February 1992.

He was accepted into the doctoral program in Political Science at the UWI-Madison in September 1992. He earned his MA in Political Science in May 1993 and began conducting dissertation research in the summer of 1995, spending a total of six months gathering data in Buenos Aires, Argentina. While writing his dissertation, he served multiple active duty assignments times as an Army Reservist. He spent the summer of 1998 as the Central Asian States desk officer in the Deputy Directorate for Political-Military Affairs of the J-5 Directorate for Strategy and Plans at CENTCOM, MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, FL. He then served for 9 months with the US Military Group-El Salvador at the US Embassy-San Salvador. While on this assignment, he participated in humanitarian assistance/disaster relief operations in the aftermath of Hurricane Mitch. During this period, he completed his dissertation and earned a Doctorate in Political Science with a minor concentration in Latin American Studies in December 1999.

In mid-1999 he was selected into the Active Reserve Program and assigned as an Engineer Plans Officer with the 88th Regional Support Command in St Paul, MN. After attending the Civil Affairs Officer Course at Ft Bragg, NC in 2000 he was transferred Civil Affairs branch and re-assigned as Operations Officer of the 407th Civil Affairs Battalion. His next assignment was to the J-3 Operations Directorate, SOUTHCOM, Miami, FL where he served coordinating SOUTHCOM-sponsored multinational exercises. He was then selected to attend the 2005-06 Command and General Staff Officer Course at WHINSEC at Ft Benning, GA.

After graduation, he was assigned as Operations Officer of the 308th Civil Affairs Brigade in Homewood, IL. In 2007, he transferred to the Regular Army as a Foreign Area Officer specializing in Latin America as the Joint Task Force-Bravo Liaison Officer at the US Embassy-Tegucigalpa, Honduras. He returned to the US in 2009 and was assigned to The Pentagon where he served in several positions, including the Joint Staff during which time he participated in the Joint Staff Crisis Management Element following the Haiti earthquake of 2010. He deployed to Afghanistan in September 2011 to serve as an Operations Officer at Bagram Air Base.  He re-deployed in March 2012 and was assigned to the Inter-American Defense College in April 2012 where he served as a Professor of Civil-Military Relations. He was assigned in August 2014 as Army Attaché-Ecuador and served with the US Defense Attaché Office in the United States Embassy-Quito. He reported to Fort Lesley J. McNair in July 2017 where currently serves in the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies.