Lieutenant Colonel John E. Tiedeman – U.S. Army 2014, Professor of Military Science of the Year
LTC Tiedeman entered military service in 1993 when he enlisted in the United States Army.He served his enlisted time in the Infantry for 4 1/2 years with the 2nd Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment and earned the rank of E-5 as a Non-Commissioned Officer.When assigned to the 75th Ranger Regiment LTC Tiedeman participated in Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti and Operation Safe Haven in Panama. LTC Tiedeman then attended the Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia earning his commission in 1998.After graduating from the Infantry Officer's Basic Course as a distinguished honor graduate, LTC Tiedeman reported to the 1-8 (Mech.) Infantry Battalion/3HBCT 4ID at Fort Carson, Colorado in 1999 where he served as a Mechanized Rifle Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer.In 2001, LTC Tiedeman earned his bachelors degree in Organizational Management from Colorado Christian University.LTC Tiedeman then received a branch transfer to Aviation Branch where he completed the Initial Entry Rotary Wing School at Fort Rucker, Alabama. After graduating from the Aviation Officer's Advanced Course in 2002, he has served as the Battalion Assistant Operations Officer for 1-52 Aviation Battalion, 17th AVN BDE at K-16, South Korea.LTC Tiedeman then Commanded A Company, 1-52nd AVN which later transformed to become A Company, 2-52nd GSAB under the newly formed 2nd CAB/2ID.After Company Command, LTC Tiedeman was assigned to the National Training Center from 2005-2007 as an Observer Controller preparing aviation units for deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan. He was then selected to attend gradate school at University of Washington where he earned his Master's Degree in Public Administration.He graduated in 2009 and deployed as a Team Chief of the Rusafa Area Command Advisory Team (RACAT) advising the IA Commander of Eastern Baghdad while attached to 1st CAV Division and 2-10 MTN BCT.Post-Deployment he was assigned to 4/6 ARS as the Detachment Commander and later the CAB S3 to transform and move the 16th CAB from Alaska to JBLM.He later served as the 2-158 AHB S3 and Executive Officer of the newest and premier Assault Helicopter BN in the Army.He recently deployed as the 16th CAB Executive Officer to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan in2014 and returned to assume duties in his current assignment as the Professor of Military Science at Santa Clara University.
LTC Tiedeman is a graduate of the United States Army Airborne School, Ranger Course, Officer Candidate School, Infantry Officer Basic Course, Bradley Leader's Course, Rotary Wing Course, Aviation Officer Advanced Course, and the UH-60 Qualification Course. His awards include the Expert Infantryman's Badge, Combat Action Badge, the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal w/ two oak leaf cluster, Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf cluster, Army Achievement Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters, Joint Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, NATO Medal, National Defense Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, and the Humanitarian Service Medal.
LTC Tiedeman has a beautiful wife, Kimberly, and three wonderful children Keara (15), Kambria (11), and Joshua (9).