Colonel Caryn S. Heard


 Colonel Caryn "Suzie" Heard earned a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering from Ohio Northern  University, a Master's Degree in Civil Engineering from Mississippi State University and a Master's Degree  in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. COL Heard received her commission through the  Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio in 1987.  Colonel Heard is a graduate of the Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Combined Arms Service and Staff School, Command and General Staff College, US Army War College, Airborne Course, Systems Automation Course and Human Resource Management Course.

Colonel Heard assumed command of the United States Army Garrison, Fort Buchanan on 3 July 2012. Prior to assuming command of Fort Buchanan, she deployed to Afghanistan with I Corps from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA. Her prior assignments also include serving as Director, Senior Leader Development Office, FT Knox, KY and Crystal City, VA; Chief, AGR Branch Full Time Support Directorate, FT McPherson, GA; Student, Army War College, Carlisle, PA; Commander, USAG, Fort Devens, MA; Chief, Senior AGR Management Office, Chief Acquisition Management Office, and Acquisition Personnel Management Officer in the U.S. Army Human Resources Command, St. Louis, MO; Project Officer, 342d Military Police Company, Detachment 1, Troy, OH; Facilities and Construction Engineer, 412th Engineer Command, Vicksburg, MS; Information Management Officer, 2d Region ROTC Headquarters, FT Knox, KY; Civil Engineer, St. Louis District Corps of Engineers, St. Louis, MO; Commander, E Company, 2d Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment Basic Combat Training, FT Jackson, SC; and Platoon Leader, Executive Officer and Assistant S3, 293d Engineer Combat Battalion (Heavy), Baumholder, Germany.

Colonel Heard's awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Army Superior Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Service Ribbon and Parachutist Badge.