Small Wars Journal

Steve Banach

Colonel (Retired) Steve Banach demonstrated impeccable leadership during his 27 years in the US Army – a period of service that included deployments to six combat zones.  His last assignment in the U. Army from 2007-2010, was as the 11th Director of the School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS).  He is a Distinguished Member of the 75th Ranger Regiment and served in that organization for nine years, culminating with command of the 3rd Ranger Battalion from 2001-2003.  He led US Army Rangers during a historic night combat parachute assault into Afghanistan on October 19, 2001, as the “spearhead” for the Global War on Terror for the United States of America.  Steve subsequently led US Army Rangers in a second combat parachute assault into Al Anbar Province in western Iraq in 2003.  He earned a Bronze Star Medal for valor in combat and a Bronze Star Medal for service to the nation.  He also earned two Bronze Combat Jumps Stars during his military career.  He is now a virtual warfare strategy consultant.

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