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Colonel W Maria Bochat

Chief of Staff

2nd Infantry Division

ROK - U.S. Combined Division

Colonel Bochat was commissioned in 1996 as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Chemical branch. After completing her Chemical Officer Basic Course, her first assignment was as a Decontamination Platoon Officer.

Since that time, she has served as a Company Executive Officer for a decontamination and biological integrated detection systems company; Aide-de-Camp to Commandant, USACBRN School; Brigade Chemical Officer for 2nd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division; Commander, 68th Chemical Company (heavy division chemical company), 1-21 Artillery Battalion (MLRS), Division Artillery, 1st Cavalry Division and in February 2003 deployed the company in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operations Enduring Freedom; Small Group Instructor, USACBRNS; Chief of Officer Training, United States Army CBRN School (USACBRNS); Battalion Executive Officer, 84th Chemical Battalion; CBRN planner, 20th CBRNE Command; G35, Chief of Plans, 20th CBRNE Command; Commander of 2d Chemical Battalion, 20th CBRNE Command; and the Commander, 48th CBRN Brigade. Her strategic assignments include Deputy CJ5 and the lead CIV-MIL Planner for Combined Joint Interagency Task Force (CJTIAF) 435, Camp Phoenix, Afghanistan where she was responsible for planning Rule of Law, Detention, and Reintegration Operations; and the Senior Military Advisor for the DASD of OSD CWMD Policy.

Colonel Bochat is a graduate of Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy with a Masters in National Security Resources; School of Advanced Military Science with a Masters in Military Science; and Jacksonville State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in English. Colonel Bochat speaks Japanese.

Colonel Bochat’s awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, and the Army Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters.