Operations Group, Joint Readiness Training Center

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COLONEL David W. Gardner
Commander, Operations Group
Joint Readiness Training Center


Colonel David W. Gardner graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1994 and has served in a variety of maneuver assignments.

From 1995-1998, he served as an Infantry Platoon Leader, Mortar Platoon Leader, Headquarters Company Executive Officer, and Battalion Logistics Officer in the 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment in the 82d Airborne Division. Upon graduation from the Field Artillery Advanced Course, Colonel Gardner was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment in the 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized) where he commanded in Kosovo and in the invasion of Iraq. Beginning in 2008, Colonel Gardner served as a Battalion Executive Officer, Brigade Operations Officer, and Brigade Executive Officer in the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, before assuming command of the 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment. He deployed that battalion to Afghanistan in 2012 under the 1st Infantry Division in Regional Command-East. Colonel Gardner then commanded the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, and deployed with that command to Europe in support of Atlantic Resolve.

Colonel Gardner’s non-troop assignments include: Strategist on the Army Staff; Division Future Operations Lead Planner; Military Assistant to the Commander, International Security and Assistance Force/US Forces, Afghanistan; and, Instructor at the School of Advanced Military Studies.

Colonel Gardner holds a Bachelor’s in Physics and Masters Degrees from Harvard University, National Defense University and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

COL Gardner’s awards and decorations include the Afghanistan and Iraq Campaign Medals (with 6 Campaign Stars), Kosovo Campaign Medal, Combat and Expert Infantryman Badges, Ranger Tab, and Master Parachutist Badge.