Colonel Eric D. Tilley graduated from the United States Military Academy
at West Point in 1989, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology
and was commissioned as an Air Defense Artillery officer.
Upon completion of the Air Defense Artillery Officer Basic Course, he was assigned
to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), serving in a variety of assignments,
to include Vulcan/Stinger Platoon Leader during OPERATIONS DESERT SHIELD and DESERT
STORM; Air Defense Officer to 187th IN (Rakkasans); and Executive Officer of 20th
Following completion of the Adjutant General's Officer Advanced Course, he completed
consecutive assignments in Germany: first as Commander, 510th Postal Company; followed
by Director of Postal Operations during OPERATION JOINT ENDEAVOR; and as Readiness
Officer, 1st PERSCOM.
Upon returning to the United States, he served as Commander of Headquarters, Training
Support Battalion, and as a Combat Developments Officer in the Adjutant General
School at Fort Jackson, SC. He also served as Executive Officer of 18th Personnel
Services Battalion (Airborne) and Strength Manager for XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort
After completion of the Command and General Staff Officer's Course, he returned
to Europe, serving as the G1 for US Army NATO; Personnel Branch Chief for Headquarters
Support Group, SHAPE; and J1 for NATO CIS Agency in Mons, Belgium.
His most recent assignments were as Commander, US Army Garrison Shinnen, the Netherlands,
and Operations Chief for the Senior Leader Development Office, Office of the Chief
of Staff, Army, the Pentagon.
Colonel Tilley's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious
Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (four oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation
Medal (two oak leaf clusters), Army Achievement Medal (two oak leaf clusters), NATO
Medal, Parachutist Badge and Air Assault Badge. He holds a Master of Arts degree
in Public Administration from the University of Maryland and a Master of Science
degree in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College.