COL Steven R. Ansley, Jr. serves as the Military Deputy at the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation & Missile Center, at Redstone Arsenal, Ala. Ansley previously served as the Chief of Staff for the Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office.Colonel Ansley was born in St. Charles, IL, and enlisted in the Army as a Combat Engineer in 1987. He served 23 months as an enlisted Soldier, attended the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School, and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in Aviation from the U.S. Military Academy, in 1993. His first assignment was to Fort Rucker, AL, for Initial Entry Rotary Wing Training in the UH-1 helicopter, followed by training in the OH-58A/C and AH-64A helicopters.COL Ansley’s operational assignments include Assistant Battalion Operations Officer; Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance Platoon leader, AH-64A Attack Helicopter Platoon Leader, and Company Executive Officer in the 24th Aviation Regiment, 24th Infantry Division and later the 1st Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division Hunter Army Airfield/Fort Stewart, GA. From 1998-2001 COL Ansley served in various positions within the 127th Aviation Support Battalion and the 501st Aviation Regiment, 1st Armored Division, Hanau, Germany. From April 1999 to July 2000, COL Ansley commanded Delta Company, 1st Battalion (Attack), 501st AVN.After joining the Army Acquisition Corps in 2001, COL Ansley served as an Assistant Product Manager within the Aviation Ground Support Equipment Office in Huntsville, AL (2001-2002). His next assignments included Executive Officer to the Program Executive Officer, Aviation, Redstone Arsenal, AL (2002-2003); Assignment Officer, Acquisition Management Branch, Alexandria, VA (2005-2008); Joint Test Director, Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site at Kwajalein Atoll (2008-2010), Director, Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology, 401st Army Field Support Brigade, Bagram Afghanistan (2010-2011); Product Manager, Aviation Ground Support Equipment, PEO Aviation (2011-2014); Joint Program Executive Office, Chemical and Biological Defense, Systems and Operations Coordinator to United States Forces Korea (2014-2016); Director Forward Element Atlantic (Europe/Africa region) Combat Capabilities Development Command (2016-2020); and most recently he served as the Chief of Staff, Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office (2020-2021).COL Ansley holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Factors Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy and a Master of Business Administration from the Naval Post Graduate School. He is a member of the Army Acquisition Corps and certified Level III in Program Management and Level I in Test and Evaluation.His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (5), the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the Army Aviators Badge, the Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge, and the Army Space Badge.