Colonel Townley R. Hedrick graduated and was commissioned as an infantry officer from James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics.
Colonel Hedrick’s lieutenant and captain assignments include rifle platoon leader, scout platoon leader, company executive officer and battalion adjutant for 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, Fort Drum, New York; platoon trainer for the infantry officer’s basic course in 2nd Battalion, 11th infantry Regiment, Fort Benning, Georgia; battalion logistics officer (S-4), A Co and HHC commander for 3rd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment; and brigade adjutant (S-1) for 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
Colonel Hedrick next served as the brigade logistics officer (S-4), battalion operations officer (S-3), and battalion executive officer, 3rd Battalion, 505th Infantry Regiment (5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment), 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. His next assignments included interagency planner for Joint Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, NC, followed by aide de camp for the Army vice chief of staff and as a planner for the Army’s office of the chief, legislative liaison at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. He served as the battalion commander for 1-19th Infantry, at Fort Benning, Georgia; deputy commander for 2nd BCT (502nd), and chief of operations for the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, KY. His most recent assignment was commander, U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Stewart, GA.
His deployments include Haiti with the 10th Mountain Division, Iraq with the 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions, and Afghanistan with the 101st. He participated in two disaster relief deployments within the United States; wildfire fighting in Montana and Hurricane Katrina Relief in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Colonel Hedrick is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Command and General Staff College, the Army War College, Airborne School, Air Assault School, Jumpmaster School and Ranger School.
His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal (fourth award), Meritorious Service Medal (fourth award), Army Commendation Medal (third award), the Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Air Assault Badge and Basic Airborne Badge.