COL Stuart Furner graduated from the United States Military Academy (USMA) and was commissioned in 1993.
He is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic Course, the Ranger Course, and the TOW Leader Course. His first assignment was with 1st Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). There he served as a Rifle Platoon Leader, Rifle Company Executive Officer and Support Platoon leader. He participated in Operation Safe Haven/Safe Passage in Panama as a Platoon Leader.
Furner graduated from the Engineer Officer Advanced Course at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., in 1997. Other professional courses included the Combined Arms Services Staff School and the Bradley Fighting Vehicle Leader’s Course.
From 1997-2000, he was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized) at Fort Stewart, Ga., where he served as Battalion Adjutant and Rifle Company Commander, deploying his company to Kuwait in support of Operation Desert Fox.
In 2000, he attended the Tactical Officer’s Education Program at United States Military Academy (USMA), Westpoint, N.Y., serving as a Company Tactical Officer and Regimental Executive Officer.
In 2005, Furner attended Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
His next assignment was as Executive Officer, 1st Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) at Fort Myer, Va., and later as the Regimental Operations Officer, 3rd Infantry Regiment.
In 2008, Furner deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as the Operations Officer, of the Multi-National Forces Iraq Counterinsurgency Center for Excellence Camp Taji, Iraq.
From 2009-2012, he served as a professor at the United States Naval War College (USNWC), Newport, R.I. From there he deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as the Deputy Commander, Regional Support Command-North.
Furner earned a Bachelor of Science degree in International Relations from the USMA, a Master of Science in Leadership Development and Counseling from the University of Long Island, Brookville, N.Y., and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the USNWC.
His awards and decorations include: Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster; Joint Service Commendation Medal; Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters; Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters; Joint Service Achievement Medal; Army Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters; Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal; Expert Infantryman’s Badge; Ranger Tab; Basic Parachutist Badge and Air Assault Badge.