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COL Joe Paladino

Commander, 100th Missile Defense Brigade (Ground-based Midcourse Defense)

COL Joseph Paladino received his commission through ROTC at the University of Central Florida in 1999. He currently serves as the commander of the 100th Missile Defense Brigade (Ground-based Midcourse Defense) and most recently served as the chief of Space Policy and Doctrine Division at U.S. Space Command. Prior to that assignment, COL Paladino was appointed as a U.S. Army War College National Security Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

COL Paladino is a founding member of USSPACECOM where he served as the deputy chief of Staff (pre-command establishment) and the deputy chief of Joint Fires (post-command establishment). Other non-command assignments include platoon leader, materiel management officer, and deputy support operations officer in the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division; battalion logistics officer in the 5th Armored Brigade, First Army; operations officer, Army Space Support Team leader and battalion executive officer in the 117th Space Battalion (Colorado National Guard); strategic planner at U.S. Northern Command; and USNORTHCOM liaison officer to commander, U.S. Southern Command in Miami, Florida. 

His command assignments include: commander, D Troop, 362nd Armored Battalion, 5th Armored Brigade; commander, 217th Space Company, 117th Space Battalion; and commander, 117th Space Battalion. 

COL Paladino’s assignment history includes two deployments to Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 with the 4th Infantry Division and 2008-2009 with the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force. 

He holds a Masters of Business Administration in logistics management from Colorado Technical University, a Bachelor of Science in business management from the University of Central Florida, and a Project Management Professional Certification through the Project Management Institute. 

COL Paladino is married, and they have two children.

August 2022

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