Colonel Neal Corson was commissioned in the United States Army as an Armor Officer in 1992 from the Virginia Military Institute. After graduating from the Armor Officer Basic Course, he served as a Tank Platoon Leader, a Scout Platoon Leader and a Troop Executive Officer in 3rd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Bliss TX and Fort Carson CO.
In 1997, after completion of the Armor Officer Advance Course, Colonel Corson served as an Assistant Operations Officer in the 2nd Infantry Division G3 at Camp Red Cloud, Korea. Upon return to the United States Colonel Corson severed as an Assistant S3, A Troop Commander, and HHT Commander in 3rd Squadron 7th Cavalry Regiment at Fort Stewart GA. After command, Colonel Corson served as an Observer/Controller and a rotational planner at the Combined Arms Maneuver Training Center, Hohenfels Germany.
From 2005 to 2009, Colonel Corson served with 2nd Brigade 4th Infantry Division at Fort Hood, TX and Fort Carson, CO as the Brigade Planner, Operations Officer for 1-67 Armor, and Executive Officer for 2-4 Brigade Special Troops Battalion. While assigned to 2nd Brigade 4th Infantry Division Colonel Corson deployed twice in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom, NOV 2005 and SEP 2008.
In January 2011 Colonel Corson assumed command of 2-3 Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, at Fort Stewart GA. While in command Colonel Corson deployed to Kandahar Province, Afghanistan as a Security Force Assistant Team Commander where he coached, mentored, and advised the Commander of the 404 AUP Zone Headquarters.
After command, Colonel Corson served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for the Third Infantry Division followed by attending Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government as an Army War College Fellow.
From 2015 to 2017 Colonel Corson was assigned to the Army Capabilities Integrations Center (ARCIC) at Fort Eustis, VA where he served as the Joint and Army Concepts Division Chief and as the Executive Officer for the Director of ARCIC.
Colonel Corson’s civilian education includes a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Virginia Military Institute, and a Master’s degree in Military Arts and Sciences from the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
Colonel Corson’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal (two Oak Leaf Cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (three Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (three Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Achievement Medal (four Oak Leaf Clusters), National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation Award with an Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Superior Unit Award , and the Parachutist Badge.