Acting Commander, U.S. Army Satellite Operations Brigade

LTC David Pheasant is currently the commander of 53rd Signal Battalion (Satellite Control) and the acting commander of the U.S. Army Satellite Operations Brigade.

LTC Pheasant most recently served as the Deputy Army Capability Manager for Cyber at the Cyber Center of Excellence where he developed offensive and defensive cyber capabilities for the Army and joint forces. He previously served as the chief of Defensive Cyber Operations for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. 

LTC Pheasant enlisted in the Signal Corps as a computer programmer/systems analyst before entering ROTC where he earned his bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Texas as a Distinguished Military Graduate. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Signal Corps with a branch detail to the infantry. He also holds a Master of Science in information technology from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Additionally, he maintains several commercial IT certifications to include CISSP, CISM, CEH, SEC+, and ITIL.

LTC Pheasant was a plankholder in the first Stryker Brigade (3/2 ID) serving consecutively as an infantry patoon leader, battalion S-6, signal company commander, and battalion executive officer. After attending Advanced Civil Schooling, he served as the brigade S-6 for 3/1 CAV as they closed out Operation New Dawn in Iraq.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Combat Action Badge, the Expert Infantryman Badge, Basic Space Badge, and the Ranger Tab. He has been fortunate to serve in outstanding units when they were awarded the Valorous Unit Award, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, three Meritorious Unit Commendations, and the Army Superior Unit Award.

LTC Pheasant is married, and they have two dogs.

July 2021

Satellite Operations Brigade