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Lieutenant Colonel Casey Geist has been serving in the United States Army since 1996. Currently, he is the Director of the U.S. Army Cadet Command’s Directorate of Leader Development and Education where he oversees the curriculum development, cadre and staff development, civilian workforce development, and quality assurance for the U.S. Army’s ROTC programs.

He has previously served as the Professor of Military Science for Georgia Military College, operations officer for the U.S. Army Airborne and Special Operations Test Directorate, and operations officer for 2-501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, and executive officer for the 4-73 Cavalry Squadron (Airborne).

Lieutenant Colonel Geist has three combat tours, Chief of Operations to the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment where he deployed to the Kandahar Province, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. During that same deployment he assumed duties as the Executive Officer for 4-23 Infantry Battalion, operating in the Maiwand District. He deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as an Operations Officer and Combat Advisor to the Iraqi Counter Terrorism Command, and with the 82nd Aviation Brigade in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

His additional assignments include 2nd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, at Fort Polk, Louisiana as a scout platoon leader and company executive officer, commander of A Troop, 1-17 Cavalry, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, which later reflagged to A Troop, 5-73 Cavalry (ABN) where he mobilized to New Orleans, Louisiana in support of recovery operations during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, commander of A Co, 1-22 Field Artillery at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, where he trained newly commissioned officers at the Basic Officer Leader Course II. 

Lieutenant Colonel Geist is a graduate of the Command General and Staff School, Ranger School, Jumpmaster School, Scout Platoon Leader Course, holds a B.A. in Mathematics from UCCS, a M.A. in Business and Organizational Security from Webster University, and a M.A. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Louisville.

Lieutenant Colonel Geist’s awards include the Bronze Star with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Valorous Unit Award, the Army Reserve Component Achievement Award, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan and Iraq Campaign Medals, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, Humanitarian Service Medal, NATO Medal, the Combat Action Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab, the German, Dutch, Polish, and Italian Parachutist Badges, and the Bronze Order of Saint George.

He is married to his wife Jenny from Louisville, Kentucky and has two children, Taylor and Jacob.