Lieutenant Colonel Joseph E. Escandon
LTC Joe Escandon enlisted in the United States Army as an Infantryman in 1988 and subsequently served in the 3rd Battalion, 41st Infantry at Fort Hood, TX and the 1st Battalion, 52nd Infantry Regiment at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California. Upon completion of active duty in 1992, LTC Escandon transitioned to the U.S. Army Reserve's 1st Battalion, 40th Armor, and began attendance at the University of Arizona. An ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate, LTC Escandon was commissioned in 1996.
LTC Escandon’s first assignment was as a company executive officer in the 1st Battalion, 50th Infantry regiment, Infantry Training Brigade (ITB), Fort Benning, Georgia. He next served as a rifle platoon leader and support platoon leader in the 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment. In early 2000 LTC Escandon returned to the ITB and commanded B Co., 1-50 IN. Following completion of the Infantry Captain’s Career Course, LTC Escandon was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, where he served as the battalion logistics officer and commanded C Company during Operation Iraqi Freedom I.
Following company command LTC Escandon attended graduate school, and from 2005-2007 served on the Army Staff as a strategist in the Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate of the G-3/5/7. From 2007-2009 LTC Escandon was a student at the Command and General Staff College and the School of Advanced Military Studies at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
In the summer of 2009 LTC Escandon reported to the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York and immediately deployed to Afghanistan where he served as the operations officer of the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry during Operation Enduring Freedom IX-X. In the spring of 2010 LTC Escandon assumed duty as the operations officer of 3rd Brigade Combat Team (Spartans), 10th Mountain Division, and deployed with the brigade to Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. LTC Escandon later joined 10th Mountain Division headquarters/Regional Command – South, serving as a planner and deputy division G-3/5/7.
Prior to assuming command, LTC Escandon served as the aide-de-camp to the Commanding General, V Corps in Germany and as the aide-de-camp to the Commander, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command in Afghanistan.
LTC Escandon holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Arizona, a Master of Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and two Master of Military Art and Science degrees from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (with 2 oak leaf clusters), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (with 2 oak leaf clusters), the Army Commendation Medal (with 4 oak leaf clusters), the Joint Services Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal (with 3 oak leaf clusters), the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Ranger Tab, Senior Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Army Staff Identification Badge, and the German Parachutist Badge.