Colonel John P. Stack

Chief of Staff, U.S. Army Special Operations Center of Excellence

Colonel John P. Stack Col. John P. Stack currently serves as the Chief of Staff for the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Col. Stack’s initial assignment was with the 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia. Positions held include Infantry platoon leader, anti-tank platoon leader, company executive officer and battalion support platoon leader. Col. Stack served as a Bradley platoon leader during Desert Storm.
In 1994, he completed the Special Forces Qualification Course as the Distinguished Honor Graduate. From 1994 to 1998, while assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), he commanded three Special Forces Detachments in both Fort Bragg and Panama.
Col. Stack spent the next two years assigned to the Joint Readiness Training Center, where he served as a Special Forces Observer/Controller and the Chief of SOF Plans. In 2001, he was assigned to the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, where he served as the Chief of Unit Training in the G-3 Operations Directorate. In 2002, he served in 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, where he deployed to several countries in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as the Commander of the 3rd SF Group’s In-Extremist Force, and as the Executive Officer, 2nd Bn., 3rd SFG(A). In 2005, he was assigned to the United States Special Operations Command, where he served as an operations officer and deployed to Iraq several times in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
From 2007 to 2010, he commanded U.S. Army Garrison- Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey. Following command, he attended the Pakistan National Defense University in Islamabad, and later served as the Deputy Commander, Special Operations Command (Forward)-Pakistan. Following this assignment, he served as Commander, U.S. Army Garrison-Stuttgart from 2012-2015.
From 2015-2016, he served as the Deputy Commander-Support for the NATO Special Operations Component Command-Afghanistan/Special Operations Joint Task Force-Afghanistan, headquartered at Camp Integrity, Kabul, Afghanistan. Col. Stack holds a bachelor’s from Rutgers University, a master’s from Louisiana State University and a master’s in National Security and War Studies from the Pakistan NDU. Additionally, he is a graduate of the U.S. Air War College.

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