COL Steven Angerthal, PhD, USA

Colonel Angerthal is Chief of Strategic Plans and Communications, William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies. His U.S. 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, Virginia, he was assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division’s 2nd Engineer Battalion, at Camp Giant, Korea. Upon completing this one-year assignment, he was assigned to the 20th Engineer Battalion at Ft Campbell, Kentucky. 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, Kentucky 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 University of Wisconsin-Madison and began attending classes full-time in September 1992. He earned his Master of Arts degree 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 Politcal-Military Affairs of the J-5 Directorate for Strategy and Plans at US Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, Florida. He then served for 9 months with the U.S. Military Group-El Salvador at the U.S. 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 Doctor of Philosophy degree 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, Minnesota. After attending the Civil Affairs Officer Course at Ft Bragg, North Carolina in 2000 he was transferred Civil Affairs branch and re-assigned as Operations Officer of the 407th Civil Affairs Battalion. His next assignment in 2003 was to the J-3 Operations Directorate, U.S. Southern Command, Miami, Florida where he served two years coordinating SOUTHCOM-sponsored multinational exercises. He was then selected to attend the 2005-06 Command and General Staff Officer Course at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation at Ft Benning, Georgia.

After graduation, he was assigned as Operations Officer of the 308th Civil Affairs Brigade in Homewood, Illinois. In 2007 he transferred to the Regular Army as a Foreign Area Officer specializing in the Latin America region. He served two years as the Joint Task Force-Bravo Liaison Officer at the U.S. Embassy-Tegucigalpa, Honduras. He returned to the United States 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 January 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 in the Studies Department as Professor of Civil-Military Relations at the Inter-American Defense College, Ft. Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C. He was assigned in August 2014 as Army Attaché-Ecuador and served with the US Defense Attaché Office in the United State. He reported to Fort Lesley J. McNair in July 2017 where currently serves in the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies.