Lieutenant Colonel Hugh H. Coleman III assumed the duties as commander of the Army Field Support Battalion-Afghanistan in July 2020. He graduated from Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina.
He was most recently assigned to Operations Group Sierra, Mission Command Training Program, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, as a sustainment observer coach/trainer.
LTC Coleman originally commissioned as an field artillery officer and then branch transferred first to transportation and later to logistics. Prior to his arrival at MCTP, he was assigned to the Combined Arms Support Command as a doctrine developer. From 2014 to 2016, he served as brigade operations officer (S3) and then support operations officer for the 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion in the 101st Sustainment Brigade at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
During his assignment in the 101st Airborne Division, LTC Coleman deployed in 2015 to Monrovia, Liberia, as part of Operation United Assistance, the United States’ response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Prior to the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, he was assigned to the 407th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where he served as a battalion operations officer (S3), forward support company commander, and rear detachment commander. In January 2010, LTC Coleman led his company as part of the global response force’s no notice humanitarian assistance deployment to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, during Operation Unified Response after Haiti’s devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake. From 2007 to 2008, he was assigned to the 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division as a logistics advisor for an Iraqi National Police Battalion in Baghdad, Iraq. He also served as fire support officer, fire direction officer, platoon leader, and battalion adjutant while assigned to the 1st Infantry Division in Vilseck, Germany. While assigned to the 1st Battalion, 6th Field Artillery, LTC Coleman deployed to Baqubah, Iraq, from 2004-2005 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II.
LTC Coleman’s military education includes the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, the Combined Logistics Captains Career Course, and the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
His civilian education includes a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Presbyterian College, a master’s degree in transportation and logistics from North Dakota State University, and a master’s degree in finance from the University of Maryland University College.
His awards include the Bronze Star Medal, three Meritorious Service Medals, four Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, Iraqi Campaign Medal (3 campaign stars), the Humanitarian Service Medal,Armed Forces Service Medal (2 awards), Overseas Service Ribbon (3 awards), the Combat Action Badge, the Senior Parachutist Badge, the Egyptian and German Airborne Badges, and the Military Order of Saint Christopher.
LTC Coleman was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He is married and he has three sons.