Brig. Gen. Black was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Infantry through the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps at Utah State University in 1980. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Utah State, and a Master of Strategic Studies degree from the U.S. Army War College.
Brig. Gen. Black’s assignments include Commander, Special Forces Operational Detachment-Alpha, Company A, 1st Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Layton, Utah; Commander, Special Forces Operational Detachment-Bravo, Company A, 1st Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Layton, Utah; Deputy Commander, 650th Area Support Group, Salt Lake City, Utah; Commander, 307th Quartermaster Battalion, Fort Carson, Colo., and Salt Lake City, Utah; Commander, 650th Area Support Group, Salt Lake City, Utah; Chief of Staff, 96th Regional Readiness Command, Salt Lake City, Utah; and Deputy Commanding General, 96th Regional Readiness Command, Salt Lake City, Utah. Prior to assuming command of the 364th ESC, Brig. Gen. Black was Deputy Commander for Mobilization (IMA), Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.
His overseas deployments include Shift Director, Dynamic Targeting, Headquarters, International Security Assistance Force, Kabul, Afghanistan, and Director, Theater Liaison Element - Afghanistan, Special Operations Command Central, Kabul, Afghanistan.
Brig. Gen. Black is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic Course, the Infantry Officer Advanced Course, Airborne School, the Special Forces Officer Qualification Course, the Quartermaster Officer Advanced Course, the Command and General Staff College, and the Army War College.
Brig. Gen. Black’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (with three oak leaf clusters), the Army Commendation Medal (with four oak leaf clusters), the Army Achievement Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with silver hourglass and ‘M’ device), the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (with four oak leaf clusters), the Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon, NATO Medal, Master Parachutist Badge, Special Forces tab, and Royal Thai Army airborne wings.