MAJ Jonathan Silk
MAJ Jonathan Silk (promoted to Major in February 2012) entered the Army in September 1987 as an Infantryman. He served in all leadership positions through Platoon Sergeant. He attained the rank of Sergeant First Class prior to being commissioned as an Armor Lieutenant in January 2003 upon graduation from Officer Candidate School (OCS) as a Distinguished Military Graduate.
From July 2003 until December 2004 MAJ Silk was assigned to Killer Troop, 3rd Squadron, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment at FT. Polk, Louisiana.
While serving in Killer Troop, he served as a Scout Platoon Leader while deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. His platoon conducted combat operations in Baghdad, Karbala, Al Kut, Najaf, Kufah, and Diwaniyah. Upon redeployment from Iraq, MAJ Silk served as an Anti-Tank Platoon Leader. He is a published author, writing about his experiences in Iraq: “Light Cavalry Platoon-Armor Team Integration Procedures”, Armor Magazine, pp 6-7, July/August 2005.
In April 2007 he was reassigned to Korea and from April 2007 until October 2008 he commanded C Company 1st Battalion-72nd Armor Regiment (CAB) forward deployed at Camp Casey, Korea.
Upon return from Korea, he was re-assigned to 1st Battalion, 353rd Infantry Regiment, 162nd Infantry Brigade Foreign Security Forces –Combat Advisor (FSF-CA) where he took command of Aggressor Company. He deployed his company to Afghanistan to train and advise the Afghan National Police alongside NATO forces. MAJ Silk deployed his company back to FT. Polk in August 2010. He was then assigned to the Assistant Operations officer position where he served until July 2011.
He is a graduate of the Armor Officer Basic Course, Armor Captain’s Career Course, and the Cavalry Leader Course. His civilian education includes a M.B.A. for the University of Texas at Dallas, a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Louisiana State University (Alexandria Campus) and he is currently enrolled in the Master of Arts in Learning Technologies (M.A.L.T.) Program at Pepperdine University in preparation for an upcoming assignment to the Center for the Advancement of Leadership Development and Organizational Learning (CALDOL) at the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY.
MAJ Silk was the recipient of the calendar year 2009 General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award in May 2010 presented by the Army Chief of Staff, General George Casey. MAJ Silk’s awards include: Bronze Star Medal for Valor, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal (3-OLC), Joint Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (4-OLC), Army Achievement Medal (4-OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (4th Award), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Army Overseas Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Service Medal, Combat Action Badge, Expert Infantry Badge, Parachutist Badge, and Air Assault Badge.
MAJ Silk is currently assigned to the United States Army Student Detachment at FT. Jackson, SC while he is enrolled in the M.A.L.T/ program at Pepperdine University.
MAJ Silk is a triathlete and an advocate for wounded veterans, especially through his work with Team RWB. He frequently competes in triathlons to raise money for wounded veterans. To date he has raised over $7, 400. MAJ Silk is married to the former Staci Smith of Simpson, LA. They reside in Alexandria, LA with their three children.