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Commander, 38th Air Defense Artillery Brigade

COL Matthew Dalton

Colonel Neal J. Lape was born and raised in Syracuse, New York. In 2001, he graduated from the United States Military Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree, with majors in Chemistry and Biology and a minor in Nuclear Engineering. He holds a Masters of Military Art and Science (MMAS) degree, concentrating in Joint Operational Planning from the US Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC) and a Masters of Science (MS) degree in National Security Strategy, concentrating in Weapons of Mass Destruction from the National War College in Washington, DC.

Colonel Lape’s first operational assignment was to 5-52 ADA (Patriot) where he served as a Launcher Platoon Leader, Battery Executive Officer, Tactical Director, and Battalion S-1 in both Fort Bliss, TX and Operation Iraqi Freedom. After graduating from the Air Defense Artillery Captains’ Career Course, Colonel Lape served as Fire Direction Center OIC for 2-1 ADA (Patriot) in Gwangju, South Korea. Following this tour, he commanded Alpha Battery, 5-52 ADA (Patriot) which culminated in a 96-hour no-notice deployment to establish Patriot Battery Sites on Isa and Riffa Airbases in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Upon redeployment, Colonel Lape assumed command of Alpha Battery, 4th ADA Regiment, the US Army’s first operational Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) Battery at Fort Bliss, TX. Following Battery Command, he served on the 32d AAMDC staff as an Air Defense Artillery Fire Control Officer (ADAFCO) and Active Defense Planner.

Upon graduation from CGSC, Colonel Lape served as the Battalion S-3 and Executive Officer for 1-43 ADA (Patriot), stationed at Fort Bliss, TX but operationally deployed to the State of Qatar, Kingdom of Bahrain, and Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Following his time in 1-43 ADA, Colonel Lape performed duties as an Assignment and Executive Officer at the US Army Human Resources Command (HRC) located on Fort Knox, KY. Colonel Lape then held the distinct privilege of commanding 1-1 ADA (Patriot), the Snake Eyes Battalion, forward-stationed in Okinawa, Japan.  He most recently served on the Joint Staff (J5) as the Missile Defense Policy Division Deputy Chief, Directorate of Strategic Stability.

Colonel Lape’s awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (6 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (3 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (1 OLC), Iraqi Campaign Medal (2 Campaign Stars), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, and Japan’s Defense Cooperation Award.

He is married to the former Angela Nieto-Reyes and they have three children, Connor (17), Caiden (10), and Calianna (3).






受章歴には、上級国防功労章、功績勲章 (7回)、陸軍功労章 (4回)、陸軍任務遂行章 (2回)、イラク会戦記章(2回)、対テロ世界戦争外征章、対テロ世界戦争従軍記章、韓国防衛従軍記章、日本・防衛協力章等があります。