Lieutenant Colonel Brian Speas
is a native of Las Cruces, New Mexico. LTC Speas was commissioned in 1996 after his graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY.
His military education includes: Infantry Officer Basic Course, Armor Officer Advanced Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the Special Forces Qualification Course and the College of Naval Command and Staff. He holds a Baccalaureate degree in Management from the United States Military Academy and a Masters degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the US Naval War College, Newport RI.
LTC Speas served as a Rifle Platoon Leader, Anti-Armor Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer while assigned to 3/502nd IN, 2nd BDE, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). He next served as a Detachment Commander and Assistant Battalion Operations Officer while assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (A). From 2007 until 2011, LTC Speas served as a Company Commander, Task Force Commander and Battalion Executive Officer. This was followed by an assignment as the Special Activities Branch Chief, Special Operations Command Africa from Jun 2011 until May 2013.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal for Valor, Army Commendation Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal, Special Forces Tab, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantry Badge, Parachutist Badge and Air Assault Badge.