25th Combat Aviation Brigade
Colonel Frank Tate
Colonel Frank W. Tate was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in Aviation Branch from the United States Military Academy in 1988. After attending the Aviation Officer Basic Course and the Initial Entry Rotary Wing Course, he was assigned to the 5th Squadron, 17th Cavalry in the Republic of Korea serving as a scout platoon leader. Following Korea, COL Tate attended the Aviation Officer Advanced Course at Fort Rucker, Alabama.
In 1991 he served in the 4th Squadron, 17th Cavalry at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, flying prototype armed OH58D Kiowa Warrior aircraft. After serving as a Troop Executive Officer and Squadron S-1, he commanded C Troop, 4-17 Cavalry, which was re-designated as P Troop, 4th Squadron, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment. COL Tate deployed with his Troop aboard U.S. Navy warships to Haiti in support of Operations Uphold Democracy and Support Democracy. Following command, COL Tate served as a CAV/Attack Helicopter Observer Controller at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana. Next he moved to the U.S. Army Infantry Center at Fort Benning, Georgia, as an instructor and Executive Officer for the Combined Arms and Tactics Directorate.
In 1999 COL Tate attended the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and remained for the School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS). Subsequently he was assigned to the 25th Infantry Division as the G3, Chief of Plans. He held that position through the Division's deployment to Bosnia for SFOR 11. Following Bosnia, COL Tate became the S3, Operations Officer, for 1-25 Aviation (Attack). In 2003 he became the S3 for the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade during train-up and deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom V. He went on to serve as the Deputy Commanding Officer, Joint Task Force Wings, in Afghanistan. In March 2005, COL Tate assumed command of 2-25 AVN, a position he held while deployed in support of OEF V and a subsequent deployment to Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), relinquishing command in December 2007. COL Tate served in the Pentagon as the Headquarters Department of the Army (HQDA), G3/5/7 Aviation Systems Division Chief until August, 2009, when he began Senior Service College classes. In October, 2010, COL Tate assumed command of the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, and deployed the brigade to Afghanistan from January 2012 to January 2013 in support of OEF XII-XIII.
COL Tate is a graduate of the Aviation Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Command and General Staff College, the School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS), and the National Defense University's Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF). He holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the United States Military Academy, a Masters Degree in Human Resource Management from Troy State University, and a Masters of Military Art and Science from the Command and General Staff College and a Masters of Science in National Resource Strategy from ICAF.
COL Tate's Awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (1 OLC), The Air Medal (Numeral 2), the Meritorious Service Medal (6 OLC), the Army Commendation Medal (V Device, 2 OLC), the Army Achievement Medal, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the National Defense Service Medal (1 BSS), the Afghanistan and Iraqi Campaign Medals, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1 BSS), the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Combat Action Badge, Master Aviator Badge, Parachutist Badge, and Air Assault Badge.