Colonel Bryan J. Laske
Colonel Bryan J. Laske enlisted in the Army in 1991 and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers through Officer Candidate School, Fort Benning, GA in September 1993. He completed Special Forces Assessment and Selection in 1997 and the Special Forces Qualification Course in 1999.
His previous assignments include: Sapper Platoon Leader and Executive Officer, A Company, 2nd Engineer Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Castle, Korea; Support Platoon Leader, 618th Engineer Company, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Executive Officer, A Company, 307th Engineer Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Special Forces Detachment – Alpha Commander, Assistant Operations Officers, and Troop Commander, 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group, Stuttgart, Germany; Headquarters, Department of the Army Staff Officer, G3 Special Operations Division, Pentagon; Company Commander and Executive Officer, 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group, Stuttgart, Germany; Operations Officer, Joint Task Force, Joint Special Operations Command; Transition Team Commander, Afghanistan; Office of the Secretary of Defense Staff Officer, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict, Pentagon; Battalion Commander, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky; U.S. Army Fellow at the State Department.
COL Laske earned a Bachelor of Science degree in architecture from Virginia Tech, a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Maryland, and a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. His military schools include the US Army Airborne School, US Army Jumpmaster School, US Army Air Assault School, US Army Ranger School, Officer Candidate School, Engineer Officer Basic Course, Infantry Officer Advanced Course, Special Forces Qualification Course, Military Freefall Parachutist School, Special Forces Advanced Reconnaissance and Target Exploitation Course, and US Army Command and General Staff College.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Defense Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Army Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters. He has earned the Combat Infantry Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Military Freefall Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Special Forces Tab, and Ranger Tab.