Colonel Curtis A. Buzzard
78th Commandant, U.S. Corps of Cadets
U.S. Military Academy, West Point
COL Curtis A. Buzzard was commissioned an infantry officer in 1992 from the United States Military Academy. He began his career in the 82nd Airborne Division as a Rifle Platoon Leader, Support Platoon Leader, and Battalion S3 Air in 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment and later served as the Brigade S3 Air. He then served on staff and as a Company Commander in both the 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment and later in the 3rd US Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard).
After attending the United States Marine Corps Command and Staff College, COL Buzzard returned to the 82nd Airborne Division as a Battalion Operations Officer, Battalion Executive Officer, and later as Battalion Commander for 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment. He then served as the US Army War College Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and returned to the 82nd Airborne Division as the Division G3 and later commanded the 3rd Brigade Combat Team. Next, COL Buzzard commanded the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany and most recently served as the Deputy Commander for Operations for the 7th Infantry Division. COL Buzzard has also served as a strategist in HQDA G3 and as the Army Military Aide to the President, serving for Presidents Bush and Obama.
COL Buzzard earned Master's Degrees from Harvard University and the Marine Corps University. He has deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan, and his awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (3 awards), Bronze Star Medal (3 awards), Meritorious Service Medal (6 awards), Army Commendation Medal (3 awards), Combat Infantryman's Badge, Expert Infantryman's Badge, Ranger Tab, Master Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Presidential Service Badge, Army Staff Badge, and numerous foreign jump wings. He is married to the former Teri Marie Anderson and has three daughters, Katie, Caroline, and Anna.