Brigadier General Stephen K. Curda is the Commander of the 351st Civil Affairs Command, Mountain View, Calif. Since his commission, he has served in a variety of positions including Platoon Leader, Support Operations Officer, S-3 Officer and Company Commander in 2 ID, Republic of Korea, Soto Cano AB, Honduras, Ft. Hood, TX and Ft. Davis, Panama. He also served as the 45th Infantry Brigade (Separate), S-4 Logistics Officer and Chemical Officer. He joined the 350th Civil Affairs Command in 1997 and participated in numerous joint exercises in Central and South America.
Brig. Gen. Curda served with the Joint Special Operations University in Hurlburt Field, Florida as the Director of Distance Learning and launched distance learning programs for JSOU. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, he was mobilized and served as a Deputy and eventually Interim Senior Advisor of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research for the Coalition Provisional Authority. He successfully served as a Battalion Commander for the 451st Civil Affairs Battalion. During his command tenure, his battalion supported four Operation Iraqi Freedom and one Operation Enduring Freedom rotations with distinction. Brig. Gen. Curda commanded the 308th Civil Affairs Brigade and recently returned from serving as the US Forces – Afghanistan J9 Director, responsible for all US civ/mil operations in Afghanistan.
Brig. Gen. Curda holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Instructional Technology and has held faculty and administrative positions at Florida State University, University of Toledo and University of West Florida. Currently, he is the Director of Assessment and Innovative Technology for National Louis University and serves on the faculty of the National College of Education.
He has received numerous awards and decorations including the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal (OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (OLC), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Service Commendation Medal (2 OLC), the Army Service Achievement Medal (OLC) and the parachutist badge.
Brig. Gen. Curda is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College.