FORT HOOD, Texas — The 1st Cavalry Division will host a promotion ceremony for Col. Steven P. Carpenter to brigadier general on June 30 at 2 p.m. at the National Mounted Warrior Museum on Fort Hood, Texas.
Former III Corps commander, Gen. Paul E. Funk II, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command commanding general, will promote Carpenter during the ceremony.
Carpenter is a native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania and received his commission as a field artillery officer upon graduation from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in June 1996.
Upon graduation from the Officer Basic Course at Fort Sill, OK, his career began in the 4th Battalion, 42nd Field Artillery, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, TX where he served as a Fire Direction Officer, Platoon Leader, Strike-Recon Platoon Leader and Battalion Assistant S3. After the Captain’s Career Course, he was assigned to the 25th Infantry Division Artillery at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. He served as the 25th Infantry Division Artillery plans officer, 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Fire Support Officer and Commander of Bravo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 11th Field Artillery Regiment. During this time in command, he deployed with 2nd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 01-02.
Following graduation from the Canadian Joint Command and Staff Program in Toronto, Canada, Colonel Carpenter deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 07-08 as a Military in Transition Team Chief with the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment. Upon redeployment, he was assigned to the 41st Fires Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, TX where he served as the 1st Battalion, 21st Field Artillery S3, Brigade S3, Brigade Executive Officer and Brigade Deputy Commanding Officer.
Carpenter commanded the 3rd Battalion, 13th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Infantry Division at Fort Sill, OK from June 2012 to April 2014. Following battalion command, Carpenter was selected to serve as Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff, Army (CSA) where he was responsible for the Army’s General Officer Education Program, Senior Leader Forums and Four-Star General Officer Conferences.
From June 2017 to July 2019, Carpenter commanded the 75th Field Artillery Brigade, III Corps which was the home of over 50% of the active component’s rocket and missile firepower. While in command, the 75th Field Artillery Brigade deployed to the Middle East and Central Asia in support of Operations Inherent Resolve, Freedom’s Sentinel and Spartan Shield and supported the Korea rotational battalion mission.
Following brigade command, Carpenter returned to the Pentagon where he served on The Joint Staff in the J35 as the EUCOM and NATO Division Chief from July 2019 to February 2020 and then as the Asst. Deputy Director for Regional Operations (ADDRO) until June 2021.
Carpenter will continue to lead within the division as the Deputy Commanding General of Maneuver. Overseeing the lethality of the division with aspects of training, deployment readiness exercises, the division’s Tactical Command Post, studies, doctrine and many essential duties for the First Team.
Carpenter holds a Bachelor of Science degree in American Legal Studies from the U.S. Military Academy, a Master of Science degree in International Relations from Saint Mary’s University, a Master of Science degree in Defense Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada and a Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy from the National Defense University.
Married for 21years, Carpenter and his wife, Kaitlin, are the proud parents of five children: Ella (17), Kairys (14), Landry (11), Kyla (11) and Vincent (7).
A public affairs representative will meet the media at the south parking lot of Marvin Leath Visitors Center located on T. J. Mills Blvd. at 1 p.m. for an escort to the event.