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Col. Steven R. Braddom

Colonel Steven R. Braddom was born in Columbus, Ohio and was commissioned from West Point as a second lieutenant in Aviation branch.

Colonel Braddom has held a variety of operational assignments in Aviation to include Assault Helicopter Platoon Leader in the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Company Executive Officer for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment in the Republic of Korea, Brigade Adjutant for the 10th Aviation Brigade, and Assault Helicopter Company Commander for A Company, 2nd Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment. As a Company Commander, Colonel Braddom served in Bosnia-Herzegovina as part of Stabilization Force (SFOR) Six. Colonel Braddom served in Operation Iraqi Freedom with the 1st Infantry Division Combat Aviation Brigade and Task Force ODIN.

Colonel Braddom received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from West Point in 1993, and a Master of Science degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2002. After graduate school, he served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil & Mechanical Engineering at the United States Military Academy.

Colonel Braddom completed the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School as a distinguished graduate from Class 128 in 2005, and he completed the Program Manager’s Course in 2011. Colonel Braddom was selected as the National Defense Industrial Association U.S. Army Military Tester of the Year in 2009.

Colonel Braddom’s previous acquisition assignments include Chief of the Cargo, Utility and Fixed-Wing Division for the Aviation Technical Test Center (ATTC), Forward Operational Evaluator for the Army Test & Evaluation Command (ATEC) in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Chief of the Flight Projects Office for the Aeroflight Dynamics Directorate (AFDD) of the Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC), Product Manager for the Sea-Based X-Band Radar (SBX) in the Missile Defense Agency, and most recently Director, Aviation Development Directorate – Eustis (ADD-E), Fort Eustis, VA.

His military awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, the Air Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters, the Master Aviator Badge, and the Parachutist Badge. He is qualified in the UH-60A/L/M, C-12C/D/R, OH-58A/C and the UH-1H.