Colonel Jeff Broadwater was born in Fort Benning, Georgia and raised in Radcliff, Kentucky. He is a 1989 distinguished military graduate of the University of Kentucky and was commissioned as an Armor Officer.
COL Broadwater’s initial assignment was with 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in Germany as a Scout Platoon Leader where he deployed to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait during Operation Desert Storm in 1991. He later served as the Squadron Support Platoon Leader. After returning from Germany and attending the Armor Officer Advanced Course at Ft. Knox, Kentucky, COL Broadwater served in 3rd Battalion, 73rd Armored Regiment (Airborne) in the 82d Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. From July 1994 to February 1995, he served as the battalion assistant S3 and deployed to Haiti in support of Operation Uphold Democracy. He then commanded Company B, 3rd Battalion, 73rd Armored Regiment (Airborne) from February 1995 to July 1997. After company command, COL Broadwater attended graduate school in Monterey, California and then taught at the United States Military Academy in the Department of Mathematical Sciences. After attending the Command and General Staff College, COL Broadwater served in 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas from June 2003 to May 2006. While at Fort Riley, he served as the Battalion Executive Officer for 2-34 Armor and later as the Brigade Operations Officer and Brigade Executive Officer for 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division. He served in Ramadi, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as the Brigade Operations Officer. After his time at Fort Riley, Kansas, COL Broadwater commanded 3rd Squadron, 7th U.S. Cavalry, at Fort Stewart, Georgia and as part of the “Surge” in support of Iraqi Freedom in Adhamiyah, Iraq. After command, COL Broadwater served as Cobra 07, the Senior Armor and Reconnaissance Trainer, and Bronco 07, the Senior Brigade Combat Team Trainer at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California. Following his assignment at NTC, COL Broadwater attended the National War College in Washington, D.C. Upon graduation, COL Broadwater was assigned to the Army Review Boards Agency in Washington, D.C. COL Broadwater commanded 2 ABCT, 1 ID from June 2012 to June 2014 where the BCT served as the First Regionally Aligned Brigade to AFRICOM.
COL Broadwater is a graduate of the Scout Platoon Leader’s Course, Ranger School, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the National War College. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Kentucky in Mathematics, a Master of Science degree in Applied Mathematics from the Naval Post Graduate School, and a Master of Science degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the National Defense University.
COL Broadwater’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal ( with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (4th Oak Leaf Cluster), Ranger Tab, Master Parachutist Badge, and Combat Action Badge.
COL Broadwater is married to the former Alicia Davis of Lexington, Kentucky. They have three children – Davis, Jeremy and Meredith.