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LTC Brian P. Zarchin
Commander, Headquarters Battalion

LTC Brian P. Zarchin is a native of Olney, Maryland. He is a 1993 Distinguished Military Graduate of James Madison University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree.

After being commissioned in the Aviation branch, LTC Zarchin attended and completed Initial Entry Rotary Wing Training and the Aviation Officer Basic Course at Fort Rucker, Alabama. In May 1994, he was assigned to the 1st Battalion (Attack), 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. There he served as an Aeroscout Platoon Leader, Class III-V Support Platoon Leader and Assistant S3. In 1997 LTC Zarchin graduated from the Aviation Officer Advanced Course and later in 1998 completed the OH-58D(I) Kiowa Warrior Aircraft Qualification Course at Fort Rucker. He was then assigned to the 1st Battalion (Attack), 10th Aviation Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York. There, he commanded Charlie Company from November 1998 to December 2000 and deployed the “Diamondbacks” to Bosnia-Herzegovina for eight months in support of Operation Joint Forge (SFOR-6). Following command, LTC Zarchin served as the Flight Operations Officer at the Military District of Washington’s 12th Aviation Battalion, Fort Belvoir, Virginia from January 2001 to April 2002. There, LTC Zarchin flew missions in support of Pentagon rescue and recovery operations on September 11th, 2001 and conducted operations in support of Operation Noble Eagle.

From April 2002 to April 2004, LTC Zarchin served as a Selection Board Recorder, DA Secretariat, US Army Human Resources Command (HRC). In June 2004, he attended Command and Staff College (CSC) at the Marine Corps University, Quantico, Virginia and graduated in June 2005 with a master’s degree in Military Studies. Following CSC, LTC Zarchin deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as an Aviation Planner with the Headquarters, XVIII Airborne Corps/Multi-National Corps - Iraq (MNC-I) in Baghdad. In November 2005, he redeployed to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and later assumed duties as the Executive Officer (XO) for the 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division. From July 2006 to July 2007, LTC Zarchin served as an Air Cavalry Task Force XO in Tal Afar and Mosul, Iraq. Upon redeployment, LTC Zarchin served as 1-17’s S3 and later the 82nd Aviation Brigade’s S3 until August 2008. After serving with the 82nd Airborne Division, LTC Zarchin was assigned as an HRC Aviation Major’s Assignments Officer and Aviation Colonel’s Human Resource Manager in the Office of the Chief of Staff of the Army’s Senior Leader Development (SLD) office.

LTC Zarchin’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC), two Air Medals, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), the Army Commendation Medal (with Valor), the Army Achievement Medal (2 OLC), the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, and the NATO Medal. He is authorized to wear the Combat Action Badge, the Senior Aviator Badge, the Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge, the Army Staff Identification Badge, and the Chilean Parachutist Badge.

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