Lt. Col. Eric M. Saulsbury was commissioned into Field Artillery upon graduation from East Tennessee State University in 1998. His initial assignment was to 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery, where he served as a Fire Direction Officer, Platoon Leader, Battery Executive Officer (XO), and Battalion Fire Support Officer. While assigned to the 1st BN 10th FA, Lt. Col. Saulsbury deployed to Operation BRIGHT STAR, Egypt.
Upon promotion to Captain in 2001, he attended the Field Artillery Captains’ Career Course and was then assigned to 1st Battalion, 15th Field Artillery, Camp Casey, Korea from 2002-2003. Lt. Col. Saulsbury was reassigned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina and assigned to 1st Battalion, 321st Field Artillery (ABN) where he served as a Battalion Fire Direction Officer, Battalion Assistant S3 and Battery Commander of Bravo Battery, 1-321 AFAR. During this time, he conducted two combat tours to Iraq in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.
Upon promotion to Major, Lt. Col. Saulsbury was assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) where he served as the Battalion Fire Support Officer and deployed with 1-7 SFG (ABN) to Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. Lt. Col. Saulsbury was then reassigned to 2nd Brigade, 82d Airborne Division where he served as the Brigade Fire Support Officer and deployed as the Global Response Force to Haiti in January 2010 in response to the earthquake for Operation UNIFIED RESPONSE.
From 2010 to 2011, Lt. Col. Saulsbury attended Command and General Staff College (CGSC) Intermediate Level Education (ILE) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
Following completion of ILE, he was assigned Fort Bragg, NC to the 82nd Airborne Division where he served as Division Assistant Fire Support Coordinator from 2011 - 2012. During this time, Lt. Col. Saulsbury deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. After returning from Afghanistan, he was reassigned to 1st Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment where he served as the Battalion Operations and Executive Officer from 2012-2014. He moved up to 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division where he served as the Brigade Executive Officer from 2014-2015. During this time, he deployed to Iraq in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE. Lt. Col. Saulsbury was most recently assigned to 82nd Airborne Division where he served as Deputy Chief of Staff.
His awards and decorations include the Combat Action Badge, the Master Parachutist Badge, and the Recruiter Badge. He has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal (2 OLC), the Meritorious Service Medal (2 OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (3 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (3 OLC) as well as other various U.S. and foreign decorations and badges.