Colonel Stephen E. Zarbo enlisted in the United States Army Reserve in 1983 and served as an enlisted Soldier until his commissioning as a Second Lieutenant, Military Intelligence, in 1986. During Colonel Zarbo’s 25 year career with the Department of Defense, he served in a variety of command and staff positions as an Active Duty Soldier, Department of Defense Civilian and Active Guard and Reserve Soldier. His service includes assignments as a tactical intelligence officer for artillery and infantry units as well as senior positions on Departments of the Army and Defense staffs. He also served as a senior defense analyst focused on international drug trafficking for the Department of the Army and the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).
Colonel Zarbo’s overseas service includes tours in the Republic of Korea, Germany, Panama and Colombia. He also deployed in support of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Colonel Zarbo’s military schools include the US Army Military Intelligence Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Combined Arms Service Staff School, Western Hemispheric Institute for Security Cooperation Command and General Staff Course, and the US Army War College. He holds a MA in Organizational Management and a MS in Strategic Studies.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Staff Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and Polish Parachutist Badge.
Colonel Zarbo is currently assigned as the Deputy Commander of the US Army’s 6,500 Soldier strong Military Intelligence Readiness Command, Fort Belvoir, Virginia. He is married with a son.