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Colonel Ronald F. Fizer
Colonel Fizer Colonel Ronald (Ron) F. Fizer was assigned to the Joint Staff in July 2010. He served in the J5 Strategic Plans and Policy section as the Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Division Chief. COL Fizer recently graduated from the National Defense University’s Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF) as a Distinguished Graduate and received a Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy.

Prior to attending ICAF, COL Fizer served at Army Materiel Command (AMC) at Fort Belvoir, Virginia as the G3/5 Chief Planner for AMC’s Retrograde and Reset Support for Southwest Asia. This capitalized on his recent experience from service in Iraq, where he was AMC’s Strategic Planner for the Multi-National Force-Iraq and Commander of the 402nd Army Field Support Brigade.

COL Fizer’s military career includes serving with the 3rd Infantry Division in Germany as a chemical officer, smoke platoon leader and executive officer. He also served with the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, CO, as an assistant plans officer, chemical officer and commander of the 3rd Brigade’s Headquarters Company. He was the Chief of Modeling and Simulation in the Directorate of Combat Developments at the US Army Chemical School. After graduating from Command and General Staff College, he served as Battalion S-3 and Executive Officer with the 23rd Chemical Battalion in Korea. He served as the chief of the Materiel Requirements Branch in the Joint Staff J-8, Joint Requirements Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Defense, and then as the Staff Synchronization Officer for Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical (NBC) Reconnaissance and Biological Defense at Department of the Army Headquarters in the Army G-8. COL Fizer’s Battalion-level Command was as the Commander of Radford and Scranton Army Ammunition Plants.

He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in General Science from Gannon University in Erie, PA. He also holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration, with emphasis in Environmental Science Management, from Jacksonville State University in Alabama. His military education includes graduation from the Chemical Officer Basic and Advanced Courses; the Operations Research Analyst Military Application Course; and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff Course.

COL Fizer’s awards and decorations include the Parachutist Badge, Joint Staff Identification Badge, Army Staff Identification Badge, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, Bronze Star Medal, and the Legion of Merit.

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