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LTC Tarpon S. Wiseman 
Contingency Planning Course Director

LTC Wiseman is currently serving as the Contingency Planning (CNP) Course Director at the Joint and Combined Warfighting School of the National Defense University’s Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia. The mission of the Joint Forces Staff College is to educate national security professionals to plan and execute operational-level joint, multinational, and interagency operations to instill a primary commitment to joint, multinational, and interagency teamwork, attitudes, and perspectives. He has over 21 years of military service predominantly the tactical level; however, his duty assignments include over three years of teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. A native of Houston, Texas, the United States Army commissioned LTC Wiseman a Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery from Trinity University in 1993. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business from Trinity and a Masters of Business Administration from Cameron University. LTC Wiseman’s assignments include duty as a Fire Direction Officer and Platoon Leader, 1-321st Field Artillery (Airborne), Ft. Bragg, NC; Battalion Fire Support Officer, 1-506th IN (Air Assault) in Korea and 3-8 Armor at Fort Hood, TX; Commander, C Battery, 2-82 Field Artillery, Fort Hood, TX; Observer Controller at the former Combat Maneuver Training Center, Hohenfels, Germany. In 2004, he attended the Command and General Staff College, followed by his first tour with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) as an internally resources Division G3 Military Transition Team (MiTT) Trainer, 4th Iraqi Army, Tikrit, Iraq. Upon return in 2006, he transitioned to Battalion Executive Officer, 1-320th Field Artillery and deployed once again to Baghdad, Iraq. While in Baghdad, he assumed the duties of Brigade Executive Officer, 2nd BCT, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), and once back in 2009, moved to be the Professor of Military Science at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. Most recently, LTC Wiseman served as the Commander of 1-320th Field Artillery (Air Assault), which included a Security Force Assistance tour embedded with the Zone 1 Afghan Border Police in Regional Command-East along the Afghanistan-Pakistan Border. LTC Wiseman’s military schooling includes: the Field Artillery Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Airborne School, Air Assault School, Ranger School, Mountain Warfare School, Jumpmaster Course, the Command and General Staff College, and the Joint and Combined Warfighting School. His awards include the Bronze Star Medal (3), Meritorious Service Medal (5), Army Commendation Medal (2), Army Achievement Medal (5), Meritorious Unit Citation (2), National Defense Service Ribbon (2), Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Iraqi Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon (5), Combat Action Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Ranger Tab and German Airborne wings. 

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