COL Shaffer is a career Air Defense Artillery officer, having served in various air and missile defense assignments over the last 24 years, commanding at all levels through Battalion Command. He has served combat tours in both Afghanistan and Iraq.
He graduated and received his commission as an Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Officer from the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Southern Illinois University - Carbondale. Following initial training at the Air Defense Officer Basic Course, COL Shaffer served in 5-5 ADA in Camp Casey, South Korea and 2-44 ADA, 101st Airborne Division at FT Campbell, Kentucky.
Following further training at the Engineer Captains Career Course at FT Leonard Wood MO, he reported to 4-5 ADA, 1st Cavalry Division at FT Hood Texas. Subsequently, COL Shaffer served as an Assistant Professor of Military Science at University of Maine Army ROTC Battalion, where he also earned a Masters of Public Administration. From there, he was the Senior Air Defense Observer/Controller/Trainer at the Army’s Joint Readiness Training Center located at FT Polk, Louisiana.
Following coursework at the Army Command and General Staff College, COL Shaffer was assigned to the 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division where he served as both the Operations Officer and the Executive Officer which included a 10-month deployment to Western Baghdad. Upon his return from Iraq, COL Shaffer moved to US Northern Command at Peterson Air Force base, serving as a Missile Defense watch officer and the Chief of Current Operations for Ballistic Missile Defense.
COL Shaffer next assumed command of 2-44 ADA at FT Campbell, Kentucky, conducting a short notice Battalion deployment to Afghanistan. He deployed the first Counter Rocket, Artillery, and Mortars (C-RAM) intercept capability in support of Coalition Forces in Afghanistan. Upon return to FT Campbell, the Battalion transformed to an Indirect Fire Capability Battalion and prepared for follow on missions. Following command, COL Shaffer attend the National War College at FT McNair. Prior to his current assignment, he was assigned to The Joint Staff Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate, J-5 as the Missile Defense Branch Chief. He was responsible for the development and implementation of Missile Defense strategy and plans as well as interagency and international interfaces.
Colonel Shaffer currently serves as the Chief of G-35 Future Operations and the chief of the Air and Missile Defense Division at Headquarters, US Army Europe. He is married to the former Patty Hiatt of Pontiac, IL.