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U.S. Secretary to the United States - Republic of Korea Status of Forces Agreement Joint Committee Special Assistant for International Relations to the Deputy Commander, U.S. Forces Korea

Colonel (Retired) Stephen E. Bruch was born in Richmond, Virginia and earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics from the United States Military Academy at West Point.  He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army in 1985 and served for 29 years as an active duty Infantry officer.   He now serves as a Department of the Army (DA) Civilian.

Colonel (Retired) Bruch’s military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Combined Arms Service Staff School, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC), U.S. National War College (NWC).  He holds three Master Degrees:  Physics (University of Virginia), Military Arts and Science (CGSC), and International and Strategic Studies (NWC).  He also served as an Instructor and then Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics at the U.S. Military Academy.

Prior to his current DA Civilian position, Colonel (Retired) Bruch served as the Deputy J-5 (Strategy, Policy, and Plans), Chief of Operations (J-33), and Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for United States Forces Korea.  He served as Senior Brigade Combat Team Observer-Controller at the Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, Louisiana, where he trained and prepared brigade combat teams for operations in Iraq (OIF) and Afghanistan (OEF/ISAF).  As a Lieutenant Colonel, he commanded 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division – Air Assault, stationed in Fort Campbell, Kentucky.  He commanded this battalion in combat in Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom I.  Prior to battalion command, he served as 1st Brigade Executive Officer, Deputy G3 (Operations, Plans, Readiness, and Training), and two years as the Operations Officer (S3) for 2nd Battalion, 325th Infantry in the 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.  As a captain, he commanded the Long Range Surveillance Detachment, G Troop/ 5-17 Cavalry Squadron and B Company, 1st Battalion 506th Infantry Regiment (Air Assault) in 2nd Infantry Division, Republic of Korea.  As a lieutenant, he served as a Rifle and then Scout Platoon Leader and as a Company Executive Officer in 3rd Battalion, 325th Airborne Battalion Combat Team stationed at Fort Bragg and then Vicenza, Italy.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medals, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal, Army Superior Unit Award, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.  He has earned the Air Assault, Combat Infantry, Expert Infantry, Master Parachutist Badges and Ranger Tab.