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About the 29th Combat Aviation Brigade

COL BECKLERColonel Mark M. Beckler
Commander, 29th Combat Aviation Brigade

Colonel Mark M. Beckler is a native of Ohio. He was commissioned as an Aviation Officer in the Active Army in 1992. After initial training, he served in the multinational peacekeeping force in the Sinai, Egypt. He subsequently served in Aviano, Italy with the Army’s Southern European Task Force and at Fort Campbell, Kentucky in B Company, 7th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment.  

After leaving the Active Army in 1999, he remained an Aviation Officer in the Ohio Army National Guard. In early 2003, CPT Beckler worked at the National Guard Bureau (NGB) while the Army prepared for the conflict in Iraq. After promotion to Major, he deployed to Iraq in 2004 as the Support Operations Officer / Aviation Maintenance Officer for 4-159th Aviation Intermediate Maintenance Battalion to Balad Iraq.  

Upon return from Iraq, MAJ Beckler attended the Army’s Command and General Staff Officer Course and the Advanced Military Studies Program at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He returned to NGB in 2008 as a staff officer working on readiness, mobilizations, strategic plans, and policy.  

LTC Beckler was selected as an Army Congressional Fellow in 2010 and he subsequently worked as an Army Congressional Budget Liaison in 2011. LTC Beckler assumed command of the 2-149th General Support Aviation Battalion (TXARNG) in 2012. He subsequently served at NGB as the Aviation Operations Branch Chief, Executive Officer for the Special Assistant to the Chief, National Guard, Bureau, and ARNG Strategic Communications Division Chief.  

COL Beckler is a Senior Army Aviator and a graduate of the Army Airborne and Air Assault courses. He earned Bachelor and Masters Degrees from the University of Chicago. His awards include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Humanitarian Service Award, and others.

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