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Vice Commander BG Stephanie Purgerson

BG STEPHANIE A. PURGERSON
U.S. Army Reserve
Vice Commander
Joint Enabling Capabilities Command

Brigadier General Stephanie A. Purgerson is Vice Commander of Joint Enabling Capabilities Command (JECC) in Norfolk, Virginia. As Vice Commander, BG Purgerson is responsible for oversight of all planning, coordinating, and synchronizing for the service reserve component commands that support JECC. She oversees the readiness process for two subordinate commands, Joint Communications Support Element and Joint Planning Support Element, to enable deployment in accordance to JECC standards.

BG Purgerson graduated from Clarion University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and was commissioned as a second lieutenant through the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. She earned her Master of Science degree in Engineering Technology from Murray State University of Kentucky and a Master of Strategic Studies from the US Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

BG Purgerson’s military education includes U.S. Army Airborne School, Chemical Officer Basic Course, Environmental Officer Course, Quartermaster Officer Advanced Course, Unit Movement Officer Course, Support Operations Course, Contracting Officer Course, the Command and General Staff College, United States Army War College, and the Joint and Combined Warfighter School.

BG Purgerson’s assignments include Chemical Officer/Asst S3 at 9th BN 101st Aviation Regiment, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where she deployed in support of Desert Storm. In 1997, she transitioned to Texas Army National Guard where she served as the Executive Officer for A Company, 372nd Forward Support Battalion (FSB), Dallas, Texas; Commander and S1, Headquarters & Headquarters Company, 372nd FSB, Dallas; Commander, B Company, 372nd FSB, Dallas; and S4, 372nd FSB, Dallas. Her next assignments were the S&S Officer and General Supply Officer, 49th Infantry Division Support Command, Austin, Texas; the S2/3 and the Battalion Executive Officer, respectively, 949th Brigade Support Battalion, Fort Worth, Texas; and the newly formed 36th Sustainment Brigade as the Deputy Support Operations Officer in Temple, Texas. She was then selected as the 949th Brigade Support Battalion Commander where she deployed her battalion in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in various locations across Iraq. Following her 949th command tour, she served as the Brigade S4, 136th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade in Roundrock, Texas, and depolyed as a Forward Base Camp Commander of Phoenix in Kabul, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. She was then selected as the 36th Sustainment Brigade Commander in Temple, Texas. Upon completing command, she transitioned to the National Guard Bureau as the J1 Chief of Strategy and Policy in Arlington, Virginia. She returned to Texas and served as the J5 in Joint Forces Headquarters Texas until her current assignment as the Vice Commander of JECC.

BG Purgerson’s civilian occupation is the Chief Operating Officer of Nanoracks, a commercial space company in Webster, Texas, that provide satelite launching and payload manifesting services to and from the international space station.

Her awards include the Bronze Star Medal (2 oak leaf clusters), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (2 oak leaf clusters), the Army Commendation Medal (1 oak leaf cluster), the Army Achievement Medal (2 oak leaf clusters), the National Defense Service Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal, the Afghanistan Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Armed Forces Service Medal (Silver Hour glass, M device and numeral 2), the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Non-Article 5 NATA Medal (ISAF), the Kuwait Liberation Medal, the Meritorious Unit Commedation Medal (2 awards), the Parachutist Badge, the Combat Action Badge, and the Order of Saint Martin.

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