Lieutenant Colonel Jane W. Sander was born in Hubei, China and grew up in San Francisco, California after her family immigrated to the United States. She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. She also holds a master’s degree in Information Resource Management from Central Michigan University.
Lieutenant Colonel Sander enlisted in the U.S. Army in July of 1992 and served four years in the United States Army Reserve as an Operating Room Technician (91D) with the 352nd Combat Support Hospital in Oakland Army Base, Oakland, California while attending college and ROTC at the University of California at Berkeley. Her previous assignments include Area Node Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer, B/304th Signal Battalion, Camp Long, Wonju, Korea (1998-1999); Area Node Platoon Leader and Company Operations Officer, C/67th Signal Battalion; Assistant S-3, 67th Signal Battalion, Fort Gordon, Georgia (1999-2001); Assistant Systems Engineer Officer, 35th Signal Brigade (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina (2001-2002); Company Commander, B/51st Signal Battalion (Airborne), Fort Bragg (2002-2004); Branch Chief and Instructor, Combined Arms Division, 1-145th Aviation Regiment, 1st Aviation Brigade, Fort Rucker, Alabama (2005-2006); Detachment Commander, A/5th Psychological Operations Battalion (Airborne), Fort Bragg (2008-2009); S3 Operations Officer and Battalion Executive Officer, 5th Battalion, 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg (2011-2013); and Operations Section Chief, J39 MISO Branch, United States Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, Florida (2013-2015).
Lieutenant Colonel Sander’s deployments include Operation Iraqi Freedom I, Camp Victory and Camp Babylon, Iraq (April 2003- April 2004) as the Company Commander, B/51st Signal Battalion (Airborne), led 200 Soldiers providing tactical communications to the warfighters across Iraq; Operation Iraqi Freedom III, Balad, Iraq (July-September 2005), as a Combat Communications Liaison representing the 1-145th Aviation Regiment; Operation Iraqi Freedom 07-09 rotation Camp Victory, Iraq (January – August 2009) as the Detachment Commander, A/5th Psychological Operations Battalion (Airborne), led a company-sized, task organized detachment from two battalions and provided timely, responsive, effective Psychological Operations Support to the Multi-National Corps-Iraq (MNC-I).
Lieutenant Colonel Sander’s Professional Military Education includes the Signal Officer Basic Course, the Signal Captain Career Course, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School (CAS3), the Total Army Instructor Training Course, the Psychological Operations Qualification Course, the Advanced Regional Analysis Course, resident Command and General Staff College, the Joint and Combined Warfighting School (JPME-II), and the Basic Airborne School.
Lieutenant Colonel Sander’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (1 OLC), Purple Heart Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (3 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (1 OLC), National Defense Service Medal (w/Bronze Star), Iraqi Campaign Medal (2 BSS), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Action Badge, and Parachutist Badge. Her foreign awards include the German, Italian, and Thai Parachutist Badges.