Commander, 83RD USARRTC, Fort Knox, KY Ernest Parker

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Colonel Parker was born at Grand Forks A.F.B., North Dakota.  He entered the Army and received his commission from the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps in 1988.  He has a bachelor’s degree from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, North Carolina and a master’s degree from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. 
 
Commissioned as a Quartermaster Officer, his first assignments were as Tech Supply Officer, Platoon Leader, and CL IX Support Operations Officer in the 724th Main Support Battalion (MSB), Fort Stewart, Georgia. 
 
In August 1990, he deployed to the Persian Gulf with the 24th Infantry Division (Mechanized) and served in both Desert Shield and Desert Storm.  Upon returning to the United States, Colonel Parker attended the Ordnance Advanced Course, followed by a two-year assignment with the 2nd Infantry Division at Camp Casey in the Republic of Korea.  While in Korea, he commanded Bravo Company, 302nd Forward Support Battalion for 16-months. 
 
Following company command, Colonel Parker served as Media Relations Officer, then aide-de-camp, for the Commander at the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) worldwide headquarters in Dallas, Texas. 
 
In January 2000, Colonel Parker transitioned to the Army Reserve as a full-time Soldier in the Active Guard and Reserve (AGR) program.  As an AGR his assignments include: the Department of Defense 50th Anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration Committee as a Public Affairs Officer; a tour in the Pentagon as readiness officer in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4, Headquarters Department of the Army; and National Outreach Branch Chief in the Office of the Chief, Army Reserve. 
 
In June 2006, Colonel Parker deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as the Executive Officer for a Joint forward deployed 36-member Coalition Military Assistance Training Team (CMATT) on Al Kasik, an Iraqi Army base between Mosul and Tal Afar.  His team trained and mentored an Iraqi Army Logistics Brigade to assume the vital role of conducting Base and Supply Support Activity operations in support of 18,000 Soldiers from the 2nd and 3rd Iraqi Army Divisions at 23 Forward Operating Bases.
 
Upon his return from Iraq in June 2007, Colonel Parker worked in the Office of the Chief, Army Reserve as the Recruiting Advertising Officer.   From June 2008 to June 2010 he commanded the 3-338th Training Support Battalion at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center, Indiana. 
 
Following battalion command Colonel Parker completed the Army War College as a National Security Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.  From July 2011 to July 2013 he served as the Chief of Public Affairs at the United States Army Reserve Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
 
In August 2013 Colonel Parker assumes command of the 83rd United States Army Reserve Readiness Training Center, Fort Knox, Kentucky.
 
Colonel Parker’s military education includes the Army War College, Command and General Staff Officer Course, Public Affairs Officer Course, Ordnance Officer Advanced Course, and Quartermaster Officer Basic Course.
 
His awards and decorations include: the Bronze Star Service Medal, Army Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters; the Army Commendation Medal; the Army Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster; National Defense Service Medal with Service Star; the Southwest Asia Campaign Medal with 3 bronze service stars; the Iraq Campaign Medal; the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Korean Defense Service Medal; the Armed Forces Reserve Medal; the Army Service Ribbon; the Overseas Ribbon; the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia); the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait); the Army Staff Identification Badge; the Army Parachutist Badge; and the Army Air Assault Badge.
 
Colonel Parker and his wife Edna reside at Fort Knox, Kentucky.  They have two daughters ages 12 and 6 years old. 
 
As of July 2013
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