Fort Dix commander
Colonel Shelley L. Balderson enlisted in the Army in December, 1985 in Fairfax, Virginia and received a commission from Officer Candidate School, Fort Benning, GA, in June, 1987. She received a BA in Public Affairs and Administration from Ferrum College in Virginia, a MA in Computer Resources and Information Management from Webster University, and Masters in Strategic Studies from U.S. Army War College.
Colonel Balderson’s military education includes Signal Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Communications-Electronics Staff Officer Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Command and General Staff College, Defense Strategy Course, Joint Forces Staff College and U.S. Army War College. She is a Joint Qualified Officer.
After serving a year as Deputy Chief of Staff-Army Reserve, TRADOC Initial Military Training CoE, she became Chief of Staff for TRADOC’s DCG-Army Reserve, JB L-E, VA. She completed battalion command at 2-339th Regiment (Leader Training), US Army Reserve Readiness Training Center, Ft McCoy, WI. Prior to command, she served as Chief, Automation Services, DCS G-6, 80th Training Command (TASS). Colonel Balderson also served as Chief, Technical Integration, Army Defense Integrated Military Human Resources System (DIMHRS), HRC-Alexandria, where she monitored design, installation and implementation of 80+ conversion and persistent Army system interfaces.
She later served as Ops Chief and JT/MN Event Planner, MN Affairs Branch, at Joint Forces Command’s Joint Warfighting Center/J7, Suffolk, VA, where she planned and executed joint and NATO/Partnership for Peace (PfP) events supporting COCOM Theater Security Cooperation Plans and NATO Allied Command Transformation’s (ACT) initiatives. In this capacity, she assisted NATO transformation and coalition support activities, including establishment of NATO’s Joint Warfare Center in Norway, their Joint Analysis and Lessons Learned Center in Portugal, and stand up and training of the NATO Response Force (NRF).
Colonel Balderson’s earlier duty assignments include Multichannel Platoon Leader and XO, C-54th and C-16th, 3rd Signal Brigade, III Corps and Ft Hood; Commander, 301st Signal Company, Fort Pickett, VA; Battalion Ops, San Antonio Recruiting Battalion, TX; Brigade Marketing, 5th Recruiting Brigade, San Antonio; Information Management Officer, DCS G-6, HQS, 80th Division (IT).
Her most recent deployment in 2011 was with U.S. Forces-Iraq J4/Joint Logistics Ops Center as LOG Automation Officer for XVIII ABN Corps overseeing systematic shut down and redeployment of all Army LOG information systems across Iraq during Operation New Dawn.
Her awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal w/OLC, Meritorious Service Medal w/4OLC, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal w/2OLC, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal w/OLC, Army Achievement Medal w/2OLC, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with silver hourglass device, National Defense Service Medal w/bronze star, Global War on Terrorism Service and Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff ID Badge.
Colonel Balderson is married to Russell (Rusty) Balderson, an Environmental Program Manager, and has two children; a daughter, Casey, 22 and a son, Aaron, 25, a USMC first lieutenant.