Command photo of ARCD Commander COL Darren S. Antal (Photo by VIOS)
COL Antal received his commission through the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) at Indiana State University as a Transportation Officer and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Science. After attending the Transportation Officer Basic Course, he began his civilian career working air operations for Kalitta Air, a cargo airline that grew to be American International Airways (AIA). At the same time, he continued his Army Reserve career as a basic training company executive officer assigned to the 2/329th, 4th BDE, 70th Division. For the next 13 years, he held civilian positions with two more airlines, American Trans Air (ATA) in flight operations serving as an instructor and floor supervisor and then with FedEx air operations. Over the course of the 13 years, he also served in the Army Reserve as an executive officer, S1 and company commander of two Infantry training companies and one AG replacement company that was mobilized to support the Conus Replacement Center (CRC) in Fort Bliss, TX in 2005.
In August 2007, COL Antal was assigned to the 310th Expeditionary Sustainment Command (ESC) as the Command Inspector General in the Active Guard Reserve (AGR) program. He finished his fourth year as an IG deployed to Joint Base Balad, Iraq in which the 310th ESC oversaw the withdrawal of US troops and equipment from Iraq on 18 December 2011. After returning from Iraq, COL Antal was assigned to Office of the Chief of Army Reserve (OCAR), G1 as Chief of Health Promotions. As the Chief of Health Promotions, he was part of a team that developed the Army Reserve Medical Management Center (ARMMC). The ARMMC centralized management of medical profiles and medical boarding actions in an effort to streamline and decrease completion time of medical boarding processes. In October 2013, he was selected for Battalion Command. His Personnel Services Training Battalion stood up the Adjutant General (AG) training platform at Fort Knox, KY, becoming one of the first to meet One Army School System (OASS) accreditation. In May 2016, he was then assigned to Human Resources Command (HRC) serving as the Deputy Chief of the Soldiers Programs and Services Division (SPSD). In May 2017 upon being selected for promotion to COL, he became the Chief of the Army Reserve Enlisted Division (ARED). In this position he grew ARED by 30% and resolved the AGR end strength challenge within six weeks of taking on the mission. For the first time in the history of the AGR program, ARED maintained AGR Enlisted end strength at over 100% for 11 consecutive months.
COL Antal holds a Masters in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. COL Antal’s military education includes Adjutant General Advance Course, Command and General Staff College, the Inspector General Course, the Joint Inspector General Course and Air Assault Course.
COL Antal’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Achievement Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Force Service Medal- Mobilized, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Meritorious Unit Citation, Department of the Army Staff Badge, Air Assault Badge and the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge – Gold.