Chief of Staff

Chief of Staff United States Army
Lieutenant Colonel (P)
Brent Clemmer

Chief of Staff
First Army Division East
Fort Knox, KY 40121
September 12, 2019

Lt. Col. Brent Clemmer is a graduate of San Diego State University where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and was commissioned as an infantry second lieutenant in 1998. His first assignment was with 2ND Battalion, 9TH Infantry Regiment, 2ND Infantry Division, Republic of Korea, where he served as a Rifle Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer. Following his tour in Korea, LTC Clemmer served in 3RD Battalion, 75TH Ranger Regiment as a Ranger Platoon Leader and a Company Executive Officer. During this assignment he participated in the initial invasion of Afghanistan, including a parachute assault.

Following attendance at the Infantry Officers Advanced Course at Fort Benning, Ga., in 2002, he was assigned as an Assistant S3 in 2ND Battalion, 3RD Infantry, 3RD Brigade (SBCT), 2ND Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McCord (JBLM), Wash. In 2003-4, he deployed with 2-3 IN during Operation Iraqi Freedom to Mosul Iraq. Following the deployment, he assumed command of C Company, 2ND Battalion, 3RD Infantry Regiment, 3RD Brigade in 2004. In 2005, he deployed the company to Mosul then Baghdad, Iraq. Promoted to major during the deployment, he assumed duties as the brigade’s plans officer.

In January 2008, LTC Clemmer attended the Special Operations, Low Intensity Conflict program at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. Then he attended the Command and General Staff College and School of Advanced Military Studies in Leavenworth, Kansas. Following graduation in 2011, he served as a Maneuver Planner for I Corps as it formed the nucleus of the IJC Headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan. In late 2011, he returned to JBLM to become the S3 for 2ND Brigade (SBCT), 2ND Infantry Division. The Brigade deployed to Kandahar Province in Afghanistan in 2012. Following redeployment in 2013, LTC Clemmer transitioned from the Brigade S3 to the Brigade Executive Officer. Following his time with 2ND Infantry Brigade, LTC Clemmer served as the Future Operations Deputy at I Corps. He commanded 1-21 IN (The Gimlets), 2ND BDE, 25TH ID from March 2015 to June 2017. Following command, LTC Clemmer attended the Army War College in Carlisle, PA. In his last assignment, LTC Clemmer served as the G3, 7TH Infantry Division at JBLM. LTC Clemmer currently serves as the Chief of Staff of Division East, First Army.

LTC Clemmer has a Master of Science in Defense Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a masters in military arts in theater operations and strategic studies. His awards and decorations include: the Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Expert Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge with one Combat Jump Star, and the Ranger Tab.