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Lt. Col. Joseph Biehler, 27th Brigade Combat Team Commander

Colonel Christopher R. Cronin was commissioned a second lieutenant, Infantry, upon graduation from Syracuse University in October of 1993. He is a graduate of the United States Army Airborne School, Air Assault School, Infantry Officer Basic Course, Infantry Officer Advanced Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School and the Command and General Staff College.

His duty assignments include a three year tour as a member of the New York National Guard Counterdrug Task Force, and service as a Rifle Platoon Leader, Anti-Armor Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, Anti-Armor Company Commander, and at staff assignments at the battalion, brigade and division level. His most recent duties were as commander of the 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry in Utica, N.Y. He has served in the Army National Guard and the Army Reserve since 1990.

He served in Afghanistan in 2007-2008 as the Operations Officer for tactical trainers supporting the 1st Brigade of the Afghan Army's 203rd Army Corps. He also served as training team chief in support of an Afghan Infantry battalion, in which he was in combat numerous times along the Afghanistan/Pakistan border.

Cronin's awards include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NATO Medal, the Combat Infantry Badge, the Parachutist Badgem the Air Assault Badge, the German Army Marksmanship Badge and the German Army Athletic Badge.