COL Stephen J. Riley was born March 21, 1969 in Alexandria, Virginia. He is a 1991 distinguished military graduate from Siena College in Loudonville, NY where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance. He has master degrees in Logistics Management from the Air Force Institute of Technology, in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, and in Strategic Studies from the Army War College.
COL Riley began his military career in 1991 as a rifle platoon leader in the 3/47th Infantry Battalion, Fort Lewis, WA. In 1993, he was assigned to Fort Polk, LA, served as a rifle and support platoon leader in the 1/509th Parachute Infantry Regiment (OPFOR) at the Joint Readiness Training Center. He was assigned to the Military Ocean Terminal, Bayonne, NJ, where he served as the Senior Terminal Operations Officer and Secretary of the General Staff for the Military Traffic Management Command, Eastern Area. In 1997, he was assigned to Kaiserslautern, Germany, where he served as an Operations Officer and Company Commander in the 37th TRANSCOM. After departing Germany in 2000, he was the first Army Officer selected to attend the Air Force's Advance Study of Air Mobility. In 2001 COL Riley was assigned to the Military Traffic Management Command Operations Center, Fort Eustis, VA. In 2003, he joined the 6th Transportation Battalion, and served as the Operations and Executive Officer through two deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. From 2005-2007, he served as the Executive Officer to the Commanding General, US Army Transportation Center and School. In 2007, he attended the College of Naval Command and Staff at the Naval War College, Newport, RI. Following graduation, he stayed in Newport as the Senior Army Advisor to the Commander, Navy Warfare Development Command and later was assigned as a Miltary Professor at the Naval War College. In 2011, COL Riley took commands of the 180th Transportation Battalion. He later served as the Deputy Commanding Officer for the 4th Sustainment Brigade and in 2013 deployed to Afghanistan serving as the USFOR-A J4 Mobility Chief. From 2015 to 2017 COL Riley served as the 597th Transportation Brigade Commander. He is currently serving as the Assistant Commandant for the U.S. Army Transportation Corps.
COL Riley’s military education includes: Infantry Officer Basic Course, Combined Logistics Captains Career Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Advanced Study of Air Mobility, College of Naval Command and Staff, and the Army War College. His awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2 OLC), Joint Service Commendation medal, Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (1 OLC), National Defense Service medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NATO Medal, Expert Infantryman Badge, Airborne Badge, and Ranger Tab.
This page last updated: February 21, 2020