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LTC Hyokook “Brenden” Song

CSM_WheelerLTC Brenden Song graduated from University of California, Davis and received a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and a commission in the US Army Chemical Corps. After completing the Chemical Officer Basic Course at Fort McClellan, AL, he was assigned to 23d Chemical Battalion to serve as a decon platoon leader at Camp Carroll, Republic of Korea (ROK). In 2001, he moved to Fort Carson, CO to serve as Squadron Chemical Officer in the 1st Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment (ACR), and then later deployed to Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom I) as an Assistant to the 3d ACR Regimental Chemical Officer.

Following the Captain’s Career Course and Combined Arms Services Staff School, he returned to Camp Carroll, ROK to serve as Battalion S2 and S4 in 23d Chemical Battalion. After re-stationing of the Battalion to Fort Lewis, WA, he took command of the 62d Chemical Company in 2005. After the company command, he deployed to Afghanistan as Assistant S-3 when the Battalion was called to serve in Bagram Airbase.

After the deployment, LTC Song was selected for Joint Chief of Staff/Office of Secretary of Defense Internship program in Washington, D.C. area. He worked in the Pentagon in three staff sections: Deputy Directorate of Special Operations in the Joint Staff; Pakistan/ Afghanistan Coordination Cell in the Joint Staff; and G8, Full Dimension Protection in the HQDA staff. He was then sent to 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command in Camp Henry, ROK, to serve as CBRNE Officer for two years.

Soon after, LTC Song moved to Joint Base Lewis McChord, WA, to become Battalion S-3 and XO in the 23d CBRNE BN during its re-stationing to Camp Stanley and integration with the 2d Infantry Division in ROK. Upon completion, LTC Song moved to Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD to serve as a CBRNE Operations officer and Deputy Chief of Operations in 20th CBRNE Command. After his tenure in Current Operations, he was chosen to serve as the Deputy Commander during the stand-up of Task Force Atlas (C-IED) in Camp Arifjan, Kuwait to support Combined, Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve.

LTC Song holds Masters of Science Degrees in Environmental Management from Webster University and in Executive Policy Management from Georgetown University. His awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4OLC), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (1OLC), the Afghan Campaign Medal (1 Star), the Iraqi Campaign Medal (2 Stars), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the NATO Expeditionary Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation, Joint Meritorious Unit Citation and the Parachutist Badge. His foreign decorations include a German Efficiency Badge (Gold).


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