Lieutenant Colonel John D. Short assumed command of the Army Field Support Battalion-Southwest Asia in July 2022.
LTC Short was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Air Force in December 2002 through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. He served as a USAF Security Forces officer for four years. In 2007, he completed an inter-service transfer to the U.S. Army where he entered as a quartermaster officer, and attended the Combined Logistics Captains Career Course. After completion of CLC3, he was assigned to the 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas, and deployed on a Military Transition Team as a logistics advisor to the 6th Iraqi Army Division, Baghdad, Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Following his deployment, LTC Short was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment, Task Force 49, Fort Wainwright, Alaska, and commanded its forward support company from March 2010 to June 2012. During this time, he led his company on a four-month deployment in Pakistan as part of Task Force Denali in support of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts. LTC Short was then assigned as the commander to Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, U.S. Army Alaska, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, from September 2012 to January 2014. Following command, he served as the battalion executive officer to the 17th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion where he deployed to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, in support of the U.S. Central Command Materiel Recovery Element mission. After redeploying, LTC Short attended satellite Command and General Staff College en route to Fort Knox, Kentucky, where he served as the Plans and Exercise chief and chief of Training with the 4th Cavalry Multifunctional Training Brigade, First U.S. Army, from 2015 to 2018. In the summer of 2018, LTC Short was assigned to Camp Humphreys, South Korea, where he served as the current operations officer in U.S. Forces Korea J4 for two years. After Korea, he was assigned as the chief of G4 Plans to NATO Rapid Deployable Corps-Turkey in Istanbul, Turkey, during the Corps’ rotation as the NATO Response Force. In the summer of 2021, LTC Short was assigned to the U.S. Army Aviation and Missiles Command at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, and served as the deputy of Support Operations Division to the AMCOM Logistics Center.
LTC Short holds a Master of Science degree in logistics management from Florida Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice from the University of South Alabama.
LTC Short’s awards and decorations include two Bronze Star Medals, two Defense Meritorious Service Medals, three Meritorious Service Medals, two Joint Commendation Service Medals, the Army Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, two Army Achievement Medals, two Air Force Achievement Medals, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Overseas Service Ribbon with numeral 5 device, and the NATO Medal.
LTC Short is a native of Russellville, Kentucky. He is married and has three children.