COL Joseph McCallion, Jr.
108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade
COL Joseph McCallion, Jr. is a native of Asbury, New Jersey. COL McCallion graduated from Rutgers College with a degree in History. Upon completion of the Air Defense Artillery Basic Course, COL McCallion served in various Short Range Divisional Air Defense Artillery assignments to include as an Avenger Platoon Leader in 5-5 ADA, 2d Infantry Division in the Republic of Korea, and then as an Avenger Stinger Platoon Leader and later Battery Executive Officer in 3-4 ADAR, 82d Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
After completing the Armor Officer Advanced Course, COL McCallion served as an Assistant Battalion Operations Officer in 1-44 ADA at Fort Hood, Texas, prior to assuming command of Charlie Battery, 1-44 ADA (Linebacker/Avenger) at Fort Carson, Colorado. COL McCallion then served in the Pentagon as a Junior Military Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Force Management Policy) and then later as Systems Synchronization Officer for Air Defense programs in the Army G8.
After serving as the Deputy Chief of Plans in the 32d Army Air and Missile Defense Command at Fort Bliss, Texas, COL McCallion was assigned to 3-43ADA as the Battalion Executive Officer and later as the Battalion Operations Officer. During this time, COL McCallion deployed with the Battalion when it reestablished Patriot Missile Defense operations in the USCENTCOM AOR in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. COL McCallion then served as the Brigade Operations Officer for the 11th “Imperial” ADA Brigade at Fort Bliss, Texas. From July 2009 until May 2011, COL McCallion served as the Deputy Commanding Officer of the 357th Air and Missile Defense Detachment in Kaiserslautern, Germany. He then commanded the 1st Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery (Patriot) in Okinawa, Japan, from June 2011 to June 2013. Following Battalion command, COL McCallion returned to the Pentagon in Army G8 as the Patriot Systems Synchronization Officer.
COL McCallion is a graduate of the U. S. Army War College, School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS), Command and General Staff College, the Armor Officer Advanced Course and the Air Defense Artillery Officer Basic Course. He is also a graduate of the Airborne, Air Assault, Jumpmaster, Tank Commander, and Ranger courses.
COL McCallion’s awards include the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Senior Parachutist Badge, the Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge, the Army Staff Identification Badge, and the British Parachutist Badge.
COL McCallion is married to the former Stephanie Bakies. They have been blessed with five children.