Colonel Charles Lombardo
Commander, Operations Group

COL Chuck Lombardo was commissioned into Armor in 1993 after graduating from Missouri State University.  His education includes BA in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Missouri State University in 1992, MA in Human Resource Management from Webster University in 2001 and MMAS from the School of Advanced Military Studies in 2015.

From 1993 to 1997 COL Lombardo was assigned to the 2nd Armored Division, Fort Hood, Texas where he served as a Tank Platoon Leader, Rifle Platoon Leader, Task Force Scout Platoon Leader and Battalion S1 in 3-67 Armor and 1-41 Infantry. Upon completion of the Field Artillery Advance Course, COL Lombardo was assigned to the 3rd ACR at Fort Carson, Colorado.  In the 3rd ACR, COL Lombardo served as the Regimental Planner, Squadron Motor Officer, B Troop and HHT 1/3 ACR Commander from 1997-2001. Upon completion of Troop Command, LTC Lombardo served as a Scout Platoon Leader, Company and Brigade S3 Trainer at the Joint Maneuver Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany from 2001-2004.

Following completion of ILE, COL Lombardo served in the 1st Cavalry Division from 2005 to 2008. In the 1st  Cavalry Division, COL Lombardo served as the Chief of Training, S3 and XO for 1-7 CAV, and the Brigade S3 for 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, with service to Baghdad as a part of OIF 06-08. Upon completion at Fort Hood, COL Lombardo’s next assignment was at TRADOC HQ where he served as the Aide de Camp to TRADOC CG from 2008-2010. Following his service in TRADOC, COL Lombardo commanded 2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment from 2010 to 2013 at Joint Base Lewis- McChord and Zabul, Afghanistan. Following command, COL Lombardo served as a Special Assistant to the TRADOC Commanding General from September 2013 to June 2014. From 2014 to 2016 COL Lombardo completed the Advanced Strategic Leadership Studies Fellowship at the School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS), with service as a Seminar Leader in SAMS at Fort Leavenworth, Ks.
COL Lombardo commanded the 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division from June of 2016 to June of 2018. The Iron Brigade executed the inaugural AWA, transitioned from TRADOC back to FORSCOM, executing NTC 17-08 and deploying straight from NTC to OSS from October 2017 to June, 2018.