Captain Brandon Soltwisch is originally from East Wenatchee, Washington. He enlisted as a 67T Blackhawk Helicopter Repairer in 1999 and served as a crew chief in A, 5-101st Aviation Regiment, 159th Aviation Brigade at Fort Campbell, KY attaining the rank of Specialist before earning a 4 year Green to Gold ROTC Scholarship. CPT Soltwisch was a Distinguished Military Graduate from Washington State University’s Army Reserve Officers Training Corps program in 2005 and commissioned as an Armor Officer.
He entered active duty immediately upon graduation and helped stand up the newly formed 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Bliss, TX. There, he served as an M1A2 Tank Platoon Leader and Executive Officer in Comanche Company, 2-7 Cavalry and deployed to Mosul, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Upon his return from OIF 06-08, the Brigade reflagged to 4th Brigade, 1st Armored Division and Brandon took command of D co, 1-77 Armor. In 2009, he deployed his tank company to Samawah, Iraq where he was part of the Army’s first Advise and Assist Brigade (AAB) and served as the only coalition unit in the Muthanna province. Later that year, Brandon took command of HHC, 1-77 Armor in Nasiriyah, Iraq. After Company Command, Brandon served as the Aide de Camp to the Commanding General of the Brigade Modernization Command at Fort Bliss, TX. During this time, he participated in a major shift in the Army’s Modernization Strategy which included the first Network Integration Evaluations (NIE). Brandon then served as the Squadron S3 in 1-16 Cavalry, 316th CB, Fort Benning, GA where he planned and executed the Army’s first annual Sullivan Cup Top Tank Challenge. He assumed duties as an instructor in BS&L in 2014.
Brandon’s civilian and military education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Washington State University and Master of Arts in Social-Organizational Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University where he was a member of Psi Chi International Honors Society in Psychology. His research interests include leadership, organizational change and organizational learning. Brandon is a graduate of the Armor Officer’s Basic Course, Maneuver Captain’s Career Course, Scout Platoon Leader’s Course and Air Assault School.
His military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (1 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (1 OLC), Good Conduct Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal (3 Campaign Stars), Valorous Unit Award, and Meritorious Unit Citation. He is also a recipient of the Black and Bronze Medallions of the US Cavalry and Armor Association’s Order of St George.
He is married to the former Meagan Kramer of Everett, WA. Together they have two children: Annalynn (3), and Isaac (5 months).
PL300: Military Leadership