Lieutenant Colonel Steve J. Chang is a native of Southern California. He was commissioned through the Reserve Officer’s Training Course (ROTC) as a second lieutenant in the Infantry upon graduation from the University of California, San Diego with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1997.
His military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Ranger and Special Forces Qualification Courses, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army Recruiter Pre-Command Course.
LTC Chang has served as a Rifle Platoon Leader, Anti-Armor Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer for A Company, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry while assigned to the 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii. His next assignment was in Okinawa, Japan as a Company Executive Officer and Detachment Commander while assigned to the 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne). Following this assignment, LTC Chang moved to the Military District of Washington and served as a Troop Executive Officer, a Brigade Current Operations Officer and the S3 and XO of a multi-discipline training squadron. During his career, he also conducted a number of deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom for Theater and Joint Special Operations Task Forces. His latest assignment has been to the Joint Special Operations Command Directorate of Operations where he served as an Operations Branch Chief.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Defense Meritorious Service Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Military Freefall Parachutist Badge, Basic Airborne Parachutist Badge, Thai Jump Wings, Air Assault Badge and the Army Recruiter Badge.