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Brig. Gen. Steven P. Carpenter took command of the 7th Army Training Command on June 20, 2023.
He is a native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania and received his commission as a field artillery officer upon graduation from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in June 1996.
Upon graduation from the Officer Basic Course at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, he began his career in the 4th Battalion, 42nd Field Artillery, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas where he served as a Fire Direction Officer, Platoon Leader, Strike-Recon Platoon Leader and Battalion Assistant S3. After the Captain's Career Course, he was assigned to the 25th Infantry Division Artillery at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. He served as the 25th Infantry Division Artillery plans officer, 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Fire Support Officer and Commander of Bravo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 11th Field Artillery Regiment. During this time in command, he deployed with 2nd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 01-02.
Following graduation from the Canadian Joint Command and Staff Program in Toronto, Canada, Brig. Gen. Carpenter deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 07-08 as a Military in Transition Team Chief with the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment. Upon redeployment, he was assigned to the 41st Fires Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas where he served as the 1st Battalion, 21st Field Artillery S3, Brigade S3, Brigade Executive Officer and Brigade Deputy Commanding Officer.
Brig. Gen. Carpenter commanded the 3rd Battalion, 13th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Infantry Division at Fort Sill, Oklahoma from June 2012 to April 2014. Following battalion command, Brig Gen. Carpenter was selected to serve as Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff, Army (CSA) where he was responsible for the Army’s General Officer Education Program, Senior Leader Forums and Four-Star General Officer Conferences.
From June 2017 to July 2019, Brig. Gen. Carpenter commanded the 75th Field Artillery Brigade, III Corps where he deployed to the Middle East and Central Asia in support of Operations Inherent Resolve, Freedom’s Sentinel and Spartan Shield and supported the Korea rotational battalion mission.
Following brigade command, Brig. Gen. Carpenter returned to the Pentagon where he served on The Joint Staff in the J35 as the U.S. European Command and NATO Division Chief from July 2019 to February 2020, and then as the Asst. Deputy Director for Regional Operations (ADDRO) until June 2021.
Brig. Gen. Carpenter most recently served as the Deputy Commanding General (Maneuver) and DCG (Support) for the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Cavazos, Texas from June 2021 to June 2023.
Brig. Gen. Carpenter holds a Bachelor of Science degree in American Legal Studies from the U.S. Military Academy, a Master of Science degree in International Relations from Saint Mary's University, a Master of Science degree in Defense Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada and a Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy from the National Defense University.